The Cerebral Vortex

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The Beavers got the ball first in the second half, the offense taking the field at their own 25-yard line. Canfield, standing comfortably in the pocket, hit favorite target James Rodgers yet again for 11 yards and a first down right off the bat. But on the ensuing first down, the Beavers took yet another false start penalty to back up five yards. Taking the shotgun snap, Canfield scrambled to the left and just crossed the line of scrimmage to go out of bounds for a half-yard gain. With 2nd and 13, the slot receiver went in motion before Canfield threw incompete to Jacquizz Rodgers under heavy pressure from Oregon linebacker Spencer Paysinger. With a long way to go to move the chains, Canfield lined up in the shotgun on 3rd and 13 with a blitz coming and hit Adeniji for the first down. Now on the Oregon 45, Jacquizz found three yards on first down.

Casey Matthews almost had the interception, but it was to no avail. The pass fell incomplete, and Paysinger was flagged for a late hit on the quarterback. It looked clean, but that matters none. Oregon State had new life and a fresh set of downs inside the Oregon 30. Jacquizz Rodgers took the handoff and drove downfield, missing one, two, three tackles before driving Kenny Rowe back another five yards to pick up the first down. James Rodgers took the fly sweep on first down and got antoher four yards. On the Oregon nine, with 2nd and 6, Oregon State's offense was humming. Canfield took the shotgun snap, throwing too high for Adeniji near the goal line. On 3rd and 6, Canfield had already completed 18-of-25 for 241 yards. Even if he loses, he probably deserves the Pac-10 quarterback of the year. And as I type that, Canfield finds Casey Kjos for the touchdown, extending their lead. Kahut's extra point makes it 30-21 Oregon State with 10:51 remaining in the 3rd quarter.

Oregon got the ball for the first time in the second half across their own 30 as Kenjon Barner cleanly made a good return to his own 32. Masoli lined up in the shotgun, handing to James who was quickly clotheslined by Stephen Paea as soon as he crossed the line of scrimmage. James went in motion on the fly sweep on second down, getting a big gain to pick up the first down... but there was a flag. It was a neutral-zone penalty on the defense, declined by the Ducks, and Oregon was in business on their own 46. James was held for just a yard on the first-down carry. At this point, five minutes into the second half, Oregon had just 110 yards rushing. Masoli faked, then handed it to James, who busted up the middle for another 14 yards and another first down. The Ducks were ready to answer, but senior cornerback Tim Clark went down with a big injury to his knee for Oregon State to stop play.

Tim Clark went out with a bad break... and on the next play, LeGarrette Blount got his first carry since exploding at Boise State to begin the season. Picking up two yards, Blount is now just a yard away from going back over a thousand yards for his Oregon career. On the next carry, he got another two yards and went back over the millennium mark. On 3rd and 6, Blount went out, Masoli in the shotgun. Throwing a wobbly throw, the pass was toward Maehl but broken up by Lance Mitchell. The Ducks went for it on 4th and 6. Masoli found Maehl just over the sticks and got the first down on the calculated move by Chip Kelly. Masoli threw a nice block after handing off to James, a broken play turning into a five-yard gain. Another Beaver defender went down ont he field, looking cramped in the cold Eugene air.

Blount went back in to Masoli's right on second down, getting the carry and picking up five more yards for another Oregon first down. Masoli faked to Blount on the next down, keeping the ball and rolling right on the run for four more yards. Blount broke another tackle, bounding left and getting the final twelve yards for his first touchdown of the 2009 season. In his first appearance since his swing at Byron Hout, LeGarrette leapt over the defender and sought a short measure of redemption through his on-field actions. Flint punched through the extra point to match Oregon State in the third quarter, now back within two at 30-28.

James Rodgers took the kickoff after the touchdown and went through the hole to get down near midfield. With good field position yet again, Canfield lined up under center and found James Rodgers again for nine yards. Canfield almost found Rodgers again after the Beavers picked up the first down, throwing long when his receiver was open. 2nd and 10 on the Duck 45, Jacquizz broke three more tackles on the screen in the flat to the left and gained another six yards. Now 3rd and 4, the Autzen crowd got louder as Canfield came under pressure. Able to get the ball out to Jacquizz, the Beavers were able to get another first down and the Ducks survived what should have been a penalty for a helmet-to-helmet hit. Jacquizz is heating up, getting six more yards on the first down to set up 2nd and 4 on Oregon's 23. Play action, Canfield was hit from the blind side by the tenacious Kenny Rowe as he was throwing and the ball fluttered incomplete. Now 3rd and 4, Canfield lined up in the shotgun. But Oregon State's offensive line jumped yet again, pushing them back five yards, and Canfield came under pressure and the secondary knocked the pass down to put the Beavers at fourth down. Kahut came back out, trying the field goal from 45 to push the lead back to 45. Hooking the ball through, Kahut hit his fourth field goal of the game in four attempts.

Kenjon Barner returned the kickoff to the 32, where Masoli took over. On first down, Barner was on the field to take the pitch from Masoli and went 14 yards. On the new first down, Lavasier Tuinei took the screen in the left flat, waiting patiently as the hole opened up and then getting about five yards. LaMichael James came in on the next down and bounced left for the final 52 yards and the touchdown for his third score of the game. Up 34-33, the Ducks went for the two-point conversion. James was held on the attempt, and Oregon State kept the lead to one.

James Rodgers got the kickoff and again set his Beavers up with excellent field position. Breaking one tackle after another, he put Oregon State in great field position outside their own 30. But on first down, the protection finally broke down, and Kenny Rowe finally got the first Duck sack of the game. Now 2nd and 18, Canfield lined up under center and threw low. T.J. Ward, the Duck who was injured at Boise and has returned late in the season to spark the decimated Oregon defense, broke up the pass. 3rd and 18, Canfield goes play action and scrambled. He dove just a few yards over the line, Rowe breathing down his neck yet again, and the third quarter ended with Oregon State facing another punt.

Oregon took back over, with the lead again, on their own 41. James took the ball again, bouncing off the line, and rolling forward for another four yards. James got the handoff on second down, three more yards setting up 3rd and 3. James stayed in the game, Masoli in the shotgun. James bounced up the middle, cutting from what looked like an outside move, and picking up the first down on a 14-yard run. On the Oregon State 38, Blount got the ball now and bowled forward for three yards, pushing his total to 24 yards on 5 carries. Maehl got the pass on 2nd and 7, skirting the sideline and getting another first down. By this point, Maehl already had 130 yards on 5 catches. Oregon botched the run on first down, losing a yard before Blount picked up four yards to set up 3rd and 7 inside the Beaver 10. Blount goes out, Barner comes in at receiver, and Masoli kept the ball. Rolling left, he evaded a couple tackles... and then he bounced back left to run right into a pile of Beavers and lose seven yards on the scramble. Morgan Flint came in, trying a 29-yard field goal... but delay of game pushed back the attempt five more yards. Flint kicked again through the uprights to push Oregon's lead to four, 37-33.

James Rodgers tiptoed out of bounds on the return just before his own 30, where Canfield took over under center. Jacquizz Rodgers bounced several tackles and looked ready to bust toward the endzone, but an arm tackle stopped him at the Oregon State 45. In the I formation, Jacquizz took again, but was held to just two. Now 2nd and 8, the clock below ten minutes remaining, James Rodgers got another pass into his hands despite the pass interference. Oregon State declines the penalty, getting another big play and a first down. The run again to Rodgers goes for nothing, and the screen pass to Jacquizz gets just two. At 3rd and 8, the Beavers sit on the cusp of the redzone looking for another conversion. Canfield under pressure, Paysinger and Rowe brought him down again for a second sack to drive the Beavers into a gray area of field goal range. The Beavers go for it, 4th and 15, lining up in the shotgun... but Canfield takes a timeout.

Going on 4th and 15, Canfield guns it to James Rodgers yet again. Prowling the sidelines right at the sticks, Rodgers can't get a handle on the ball and the Beavers turn the ball over on downs. The Ducks, now looking to bleed the clock with just six minutes left, handed the ball off to James to get three down. Blount comes back in on 2nd and 7, taking the handoff and bouncing outside again to the right for a huge first down and getting thirty yards to spark the Duck offense. The senior, playing his final game in Autzen, is showing that spark that made him a presence to note in the preseason. The clock ticks down under five minutes, with Masoli taking the high snap and throwing the ball too hot to hit Maehl. Masoli comes back to Maehl on second down, picking up eight yards and setting up a short-yardage third down situation. Blount to Masoli's right, the quarterback hands to his back. Blount was promptly bottled up in the backfield, losing a yard and putting Oregon in a tight situation. A 50-yard field goal attempt looking unattractive and out of Flint's range, Kelly must take a timeout with 3:29 remaining to think about what to do on this down.

Oregon keeps its offense on the field, Blount and Masoli in the backfield. Masoli throws, but rolls out to the right and keeps the ball to pick up a crucial first down. Getting five yards, the junior quarterback for Oregon showed his resolve and his strength to move the chains. Masoli handed off to Blount, who again lost yardage on his second straight handoff to put Oregon in a deficit at 2nd and 16. LaMichael James, just finished vomiting on the sidelines, came back in to the game in relief of Blount. Puke and rally, he took the handoff but could just get back to the line of scrimmage. Oregon State took their second timeout of the half with 2:10 remaining in the game, Oregon at the 33 and facing 3rd and 16.

LaMichael James took the ball on third down, getting 14 of the 16 yards and putting the Ducks in much better field position for the field goal. But will Kelly take the field goal? It appears that Flint is coming onto the field... or is he? Masoli brings the offense back in for fourth down, pitching left to Kenjon Barner for another first down. Barner limped back onto the field, looking like he rolled an ankle on the carry. With time under a minute and a half left, Mike Riley called Oregon State's final timeout with 1:22 remaining.

With first down, Oregon can just run out the clock... but will they? Kelly has played a maverick game so far. The clock, adjusted to 1:28, sees Masoli keep on first down and roll out. He is hit in the backfield, but it doesn't matter. Oregon lets the clock tick down, with LaMichael James without a doubt the player of the game after getting 166 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries as a redshirt freshman. The Ducks take a meaningless delay of game penalty with 40 seconds remaining and take a knee on 2nd and 19 to end this game. The Ducks finish the regular season with ten wins in the first season of the Chip Kelly regime, taking the Pac-10 title outright and earning the berth to the Rose Bowl...


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