Oregon just beat Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl, 35-17. Oregon will finish the season 12-1, with the only loss coming to Stanford in OT. The Ducks will be either #2 or #3 in the final polls. Tonight’s win means that Kelly has won consecutive BCS bowls. Last year Oregon beat Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.
Oregon opened the game with a KOR for a TD. They immediately went for 2, got it and led 8-0. Kelly does this all the time. I have no idea if he’d do this in the NFL. I think it has a psychological effect. The Ducks scored again and led 15-0. Even when KSU scored, they were down 15-7. Just felt different than 14-7.
Oregon isn’t the biggest team. Kelly prefers speed. Still, they are not a finesse team. Oregon wore down the KSU defense by running the ball. KSU controlled the run in the 1st half. Kelly sped up the attack and ran more after halftime. Oregon finished with 46 runs for 219 yards. They controlled the game in the 2nd half. There was one drive late in the game with 7 straight run plays. You love to see a team do that and just destroy the will of the opponent. We did that vs Dallas a couple of years ago, but very rarely in the Reid era.
One play that Oregon loves is to have the QB take the shotgun snap, fake a handoff, and then pop up and throw the ball. The Skins were deadly with this play. The Eagles ran it with Foles quite a bit. We had the least success, but of course…we ran the least of the 3 teams. Go figure.
Oregon had a good gameplan on defense. I’m not giving Kelly credit for that, but I’m sure he had some kind of input on the plan.
I thought Kelly did a pretty good job of running things during the game. He did make one mistake. Kelly called for a fake punt in the 1st half when Oregon had 4th/short near midfield. KSU has great STs. They are too smart to get fooled in that situation and in that part of the field. Dumb decision. Moments like that are when you can see Kelly forcing aggressive calls.
Oregon did go for it 4 times on 4th down. The fake punt was the only time I thought they were over-aggressive. They had 5 penalties in the game. There were no turnovers and 2 takeaways. I only recall the QB getting sacked once, but defensive stats aren’t available right now.
I’m sure many of you watched the game.
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Forgot to add that the game featured something I’ve never seen…a 1-point safety. Oregon had a PAT blocked. KSU player got the ball and tried to circle back into the endzone to get around traffic. He was about to be tackled and lateraled the ball to a teammate, who was then tackled in the endzone. Apparently that results in a 1-point safety in college football.
Who knew such a thing existed?
Chip Kelly can score points in so many ways that it is hard to believe.