( POST GAME WITH MARIO CRISTOBAL ) PENALTIES, TURNOVERS & SLOPPY PLAY ALMOST DERAIL DUCKS – “We’ve just got to finish drives. You’ve got to be really good at finishing”
It wasn’t a pretty win.
But a win, is a win,….is a win,…especially in Pac-12 play.
The No. 13 Oregon Ducks barely escaped the claw of the California Golden Bears Saturday evening after turnovers, untimely penalties and incredibly sloppy play almost gave Cal what would have been an impressive road win.
The Ducks overcame all of that however and scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to pull out a 17-7 win over the Bears to remain unbeaten in the conference.
“We’ve just got to finish drives” explained Oregon coach Mario Cristobal during his post game briefing.
“You’ve got to be really good at finishing. It’s such a huge point of emphasis. We’ve got to do a better job at coaching, and obviously, it starts with that. I thought the best part was that regardless of the things that were going on, as we had penalties that we are just not very accustomed to having, nobody flinched. Even though we might have been pressing, everybody encouraged each other, pushed each other, and just took on the mentality that we needed to.”
From the outset the Oregon offense showed its dominance up front opening large holes and running lanes for sophomore back Travis Dye. Dye was able to burst through those holes gaining large chunks of yardage on the Bears averaging close to 5 yards per carry.
And while it appeared the Ducks rushing attack was finding its way back to dominance, it was self inflicted wounds that slowed the Oregon offense.
After crossing midfield on two consecutive possessions in the first half, Dye fumbled twice. Once after being hit hard running into and through the second level and the second time he was stripped bursting through the line.
On both occasions the Oregon offense was firing on all cylinders and most certainly appeared headed toward the end zone.
“He’s determined” said Cristobal when asked how Dye handled the turnovers.
“It means a lot to him, and I saw how much that hurt him over there. It wasn’t just myself, …all his teammates surrounded him – we love you, we believe in you, we know you are going to help us win this football game – and he did.”
MARIO CRISTOBAL POST GAME PRESS BRIEFING