CIVIL WAR: Fourth down conversions doom Beavs
This story originally published on BeaverFootball.com

Beaverfootball.com Correspondent
Posted Nov 24, 2012


OREGON STATE STOPPED Oregon on third down, they just couldn’t stop them on fourth down.

By the time it was 34-17, with 5:15 to go in third quarter, Oregon had converted four fourth downs in as many tries. The Ducks were two-for-nine on third down tries at that point. But the fourth down conversions were a killer.

It wasn’t close in the end with Oregon scoring 28 unanswered points in taking the Civil War 48-24. But OSU had their chances and early in the third quarter Oregon State had closed the gap to 20-17.

It was still anyone’s game at that point. But not for long.

Past became prologue, as a combination of missed tackles and lack of gap control allowed Oregon to rip off huge chunks of yardage throughout.

Meanwhile, three Oregon State turnovers proved deadly -- a Sean Mannion interception at the Oregon five-yard line, a fumbled kickoff return by Devon Kell and a muffed punt return by Markus Wheaton. All but the latter were turned into Oregon points.

A fourth turnover early in the fourth quarter, a pick by Mannion thrown into double coverage, snuffed out any hope the Beavs had when Oregon scored on a short field, making it 41-17 with 12:51 left in the game. Oregon State would finish with six turnovers and no takeaways.

The Beavs didn’t have to play a perfect game to win. They didn’t even need to be near-perfect. But they did need to play a methodical, sound fundamental football game. And they didn’t do that nearly enough.


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