*I am stil devastated with the lost*
(by Rob Moseley for The Register Guard)
A disputed face-mask penalty. A killer fumble. A near sack that ended disastrously. And a missed field goal that was the final blow to Oregon’s hopes in a 26-17 loss to the Buckeyes before 93,963 fans on Friday.
“The whole night, we were just a little off,” UO quarterback Jeremiah Masoli said.
The Buckeyes defied convention, putting the game in the hands — or rather, on the throwing shoulder — of their gifted but still maturing quarterback, Terrelle Pryor. The former UO recruit took a big step in his development, completing 23-of-37 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns.
Oregon’s stars, meanwhile, got nowhere against the fifth-ranked Ohio State defense. James ran for 70 yards on 15 carries, and Masoli had just nine yards and six carries, as the Buckeyes keyed on him in Oregon’s option attack. All-Pac-10 tight end Ed Dickson did not have a catch, and UO wideouts accounted for just four receptions.
Oregon losts to Ohio State 17-26.
That’s a valuable lesson for a team that loses few key players to graduation. Just minutes after losing one Rose Bowl on Friday, the Ducks were already talking about a return trip.
I better shrug off this devastating feeling. Well, at least I got my brothers to wake up at 6 a.m. on Saturday and root for the Ducks. Hopefully we'll get to see Oregon Ducks again in Rose Bowl in 2011 or even in Glendale, Arizona for the national championship game.
Monday, January 04, 2010
Posted at 1:55 AM