We've heard a lot about the quackers and how they rolled Tennessee, but to me it's a yawn. I mean, let's be real: Oregon had better players, a better scheme, and the homefield advantage. In that sense, the Ducks stomping the Vols was not a bigger feat than the Beavers stomping Nicholls State last year.
Last Saturday night, however, the Beavers marched into Rice-Eccles Stadium, made clutch plays, overcame adversity, and won a game they were picked to lose. Yes, Banker's efense was still horrendous, giving up 35 points in one half, but they did show up for a bit in the beginning. More impressively, Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks balled their butts off, and the O-Line gave their QB time to throw. Riley even brought the gutsy calls with faith in his offense to execute.
The horrifying injury to Storm Woods could have easily derailed the team. They could have mentally or emotionally packed it up, especially with the momentum against them. Despite a bad series immediately after, they continued to fight and make clutch plays. Converting 4th downs, nabbing a two-point conversion, and even the D (I'll give them their letter back temporarily for this part) held the Utes to an important 3-and-FG in overtime. I know a lot of us watching or listening to the game were writing off the Beavs in that last part when all the momentum was with Utah. I know I did, even though I maintained that tiny sliver of hope. I'm glad I did and kept listening to hear them pull the small upset.
Congratulations to the team. Our defense is in the toilet, but I'm still proud of my Beavs :-)
The Ducks showed superior skill. The Beavers showed superior heart.