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Chargers Mourn Oregon’s Loss in National Championships

By Loren Young

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Photo courtesy of Ohio State University (osu.edu)

Photo courtesy of Ohio State University (osu.edu)

Many Dos Pueblos football fans came to school this Tuesday stunned after Ohio State University beat University of Oregon 42-20 in the College Football Championships. The Ducks (UO) were previously ranked number 2 in the nation and the Buckeyes (OSU) fourth.

The game was the College Football Playoff National Championships inaugural for the CFPNC Trophy.

Emotions After Ducks’ Loss

Here in Goleta, most students favored the Oregon Ducks, with the Buckeyes the definite underdogs. A first period English 10 Honors class was in uproar as discussion of the game filled the classroom. Outside of class, most students were silent as they quietly accepted defeat.

“I was surprised that Ohio was able to overcome in the game,” said Matt York, assistant coach for DP’s football team. “They were able to just get the momentum to control the game and didn’t have to take as many risks. Oregon though had to take more risks in the end and couldn’t keep up.”

Many blamed Ohio’s Ezekiel Elliott for dominating the game, as he made four of Ohio’s touchdowns and ran for 246 yards. (For those who aren’t football fanatics, senior and athlete Tim Heiduk called 246 yards “fantastic.”)

“We just could not stop Elliott, and that was our problem,” said sophomore Jack Wang.

Game Recap

The Ducks made a quick touchdown inside the first three minutes of the game, but a few minutes later Ohio’s star running back Elliott ran 97 yards to secure Ohio’s first touchdown, tying the score at 7-7. Oregon fumbled and punted to Ohio, who made a clean touchdown, ending the first quarter at 14-7 in Ohio’s favor.

In the beginning of the second quarter, Oregon got stopped just inches from the touchdown zone. The Buckeyes then threw 45 yards to Devin Smith, who scored Ohio’s third touchdown. The Ducks make a field goal kick and end the first half down 10-21.

Oregon opened up the second half with a 70-yard run, closing the gap to 17-21. The Buckeyes had two turnovers and the Ducks were able to score another field goal, almost tying the game 20-21. Elliott managed to “stop the [Ohio] bleeding,” bringing the Buckeyes back to a safe lead of 28-20 in the end of the third quarter.

Elliott then made another touchdown, opening up the Buckeyes’ lead by 15 points. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota landed hard on his shoulder and was taken out of the game. The last touchdown of the game was scored by Elliott, claiming Ohio’s win with a final score of 42-20.

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