Oregon opponents shouldn’t worry about trying to win the time of possession battle. The Ducks don’t care how long you hold they ball. Oregon expects score as soon as its gets the football.
The No. 2 Ducks’ 48-14 victory over the Wyoming Cowboys proves a team can hold the football the majority of the time and still not come close to defeating Oregon.
Former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly never cared how long Oregon had the ball on offense. Current head coach Mark Helfrich operates with the same philosophy.
Craig Bohl‘s squad held the ball 15 minutes longer than Oregon. Yet Oregon still accumulated 556 total yards of offense. Only one Oregon drive lasted longer than five minutes, and that came in the fourth quarter while the Ducks led 42-7.
Oregon now has 50 games of 40+ points since 2009. No other FBS team has more than 37 such games over that span.
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Quarterback Marcus Mariota is the maestro of the Ducks’ offense. Mariota continued his march toward an appearance at the Heisman Trophy presentation in New York City with another stellar performance against the Cowboys. The junior signal caller was 19-of-23 passing for 221 yards. He has yet to throw an interception during Oregon’s 3-0 start to the season. Mariota also finished second on the team with 71 rushing yards on five carries.
The downfall of Oregon’s nonchalant attitude toward time of possession is leaving its defense on the field to yield massive amounts of yardage. Wyoming amassed 439 yards of total offense. A far more talented team on offense will give Oregon troubles at some point this season once its ability to control the football results in points.
Until then, Oregon remains one of the best teams in college football. And the Ducks will continue to score in bunches while allowing opponents to take as long as they want on offense.