Oregon Football: 3 takeaways from ugly loss to Oregon State in Week 13

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Oregon State vs. Oregon football produced a closer than expected game and the end result was an upset victory for the Beavers.

It was an exciting rivalry game that was hard to see at times because of the fog, but the Oregon Ducks found a way to blow a double-digit lead and are no longer the favorite to win the Pac-12.

This game was a bit unusual because of the thick fog that made the viewing for the game a bit hard to see and it was honestly a blessing that Oregon decided to pull out the neon green uniforms to help our eyesight.

Oregon started this game off in really good rhythm, with offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead mixing in some quick and short throws to get quarterback Tyler Shough going and then open up the downfield passing attack later. It was pretty clear early on that Oregon is still trying to get a cohesive unit on the offensive line that is replacing every starter from last season. Oregon State was able to get home to sack Shough a few times and that will need to be cleaned up in the weeks ahead.

Oregon State is a much improved program from where they were when head coach Jonathan Smith arrived in 2017 and there was some thought that the Beavers could surprise in 2020. It was unknown how the offense would look with quarterback Jake Luton and Isaiah Hodges leaving for the NFL last year, but this Oregon State offense was efficient and ran the ball very effectively.

Quarterback Tristan Gebbia looked in command all night and was hitting passes at every level. The real star of the night for the Beavers was the running back Jermar Jefferson. He made his mark early on a long touchdown run and never let up after that. Jefferson might be the best running back in the Pac-12 and is one of the most underrated in the country. Oregon State is an improving program that is only going to get better under head coach Jonathan Smith.

Here are the three takeaways from Oregon’s loss Oregon State,

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