Oregon received loads of hype ahead of the 2021 season. Some even called the Ducks a College Football Playoff team. Well, Mario Cristobal’s team looked nothing like an actual contender against Fresno State on Saturday.
Oregon got off to a strong start against the Bulldogs on Saturday, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Superstar edge-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux came up with a strip sack early in the first quarterback and the Ducks capitalized with a short touchdown drive.
Moments later, linebacker Noah Sewell – the younger brother of Lions offensive tackle Penei Sewell – forced a fumble and the Ducks once again took advantage to take a 14-0 lead. It went downhill from there.
Fresno State quarterback Jake Haener started finding a rythym against the Ducks’ shorthanded secondary. The Bulldogs tacked on two fields goals in the second quarter before adding a touchdown on a 17-yard touchdown pass from Haener to Jalen Copper with seven seconds to go before halftime.
— Fresno State Football (@FresnoStateFB) September 4, 2021
The Bulldogs weren’t done there. They then evened the score at 21 apiece in the third quarter.
FRESNO STATE TIES IT UP ‼️‼️@jakehaener10 in for 6️⃣ and the No. 11 Ducks are in a battle 😤
— 247Sports (@247Sports) September 4, 2021
Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown had plenty of trouble finding success in the passing game. And the Ducks offensive line couldn’t keep the pocket clean all too often.
The Ducks looked nothing like a College Football Playoff team on Saturday. They couldn’t distance themselves from a Fresno State team that, while talented, is a mismatch for a team like Oregon.
No. 11 Oregon takes on Ohio State next Saturday. That one could get ugly.