Oregon football notched a massive win, not only for the Ducks but for the Pac-12 conference as a whole on Saturday at Ohio State. Here are the takeaways.
Most people gave Oregon football a puncher’s chance to beat Ohio State on Saturday but with all the woes of the Pac-12 in recent years, few probably truly expected the Ducks to do what they did on Saturday.
But in front of a national TV audience, Oregon football made a statement — not only about its own program but about the Pac-12 conference — in just a massive, massive win.
The Oregon defense gave up a ton of yards to the Buckeyes and CJ Stroud, but it got enough stops when it needed to, and Anthony Brown exceeded expectations in that kind of game and that’s where we start with our takeaways from the Ducks’ 35-28 win.
A championship quarterback
There are plenty of things to take away from Oregon’s win on Saturday, but one reason was that the Ducks’ faith in Anthony Brown as their starting quarterback was rewarded.
Even after the former Boston College transfer led Oregon to a Pac-12 championship after taking over late last season, he was still being doubted.
But on Saturday at the Horseshoe, Brown delivered and it started in the first quarter. He finished just 17-of-35 for 236 yards and two touchdowns, as well as rushing 10 times for 65 yards. But he also made big play after big play and didn’t make any mistakes and helped the offense convert 8-of-16 third downs.
Everyone knew the Ducks were loaded with talent, however, the questions about Brown lingered but they won’t anymore.