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Canzano: The Civil War's football ends with an Oregon Ducks victory, a key injury and a hug

CORVALLIS – Damaged quarterback Justin Herbert changed in streetwear just about the time that Oregon Ducks started second half of…

CORVALLIS – Damaged quarterback Justin Herbert changed in streetwear just about the time that Oregon Ducks started second half of the football match in civil war.

Duck’s opening drive went like this: Rush, rush

I expected someone to throw Mario Cristobal a cigarette.

Oregon struck Oregon State 55-15 in the most Cristobal game ever on Friday at the Reser Stadium. Oregon finished a pass in the second half and won the game away. All questions will now be about Herbert’s status. He was injured late in the first half of a bag and hit hard on his right shoulder. The ducks do not say much more, but a source of programs says Herbert will have an MR on the axis of Eugene and they are from there. Medical practitioners made the decision to keep Herbert out for the second half.

“He took a shot,” said Cristobal.

More about it on a piece. But for that, an unusual scene deserves some attention after the game during the rainy rain. Because when the ducks left the field and headed up to the ramp and across to the visiting changing room across the street, UO athletic director Rob Mullens sat at the foot of the ramp and started hugging people.

He hugged his rental, Cristobal, who blew his leg but pushed an 8-4 record in his first season as Duck’s coach. He hugged seniors Ugo Amadi and Haki Woods. Then, senior Devin Melendez. And Mullens also searched for Tony Brooks James, which he later found, his right leg in his chest, and hobbled down at the Gill Coliseum Hall with a pair of crutches.

“The seniors have gone through three main coaches in three seasons,” said Mullens. “They have given so much to the angels. I am grateful for their great gratitude.”

It was a refreshing scene to see the guy accused of generating $ 1

15 million in the sports department and stopped to thank the workers on the way out of the plant. Mullens is chairman of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. He is chairman of the most successful period in the UO Athletic Department History. But in the end he is a guy who needs a right to rent Cristobal.

Cristobal made Mullens smart out on Friday.

Keep in mind that Cristobal’s offensive line was struck. Also, think that Herbert played less than two quarters. Everybody in the arena knew that back-up Braxton Burmeister (1 for 2 passes) was not a threat to throw the ball. In addition, the recipient played Dillon Mitchell (discipline) but was basically a no show that sat on the ground with a towel over his head at a time in the second half.

With that, the Oregon state would undoubtedly upload the box on defense and try to make the Burmeists beat them. Before the second half, Cristobal kicked the offensive together on the sidelines and barked at them.

The men should drive the ball.

Do not try. They would do. That kind of speech.

Oregon rushed for 392 meters in the game. Travis Dye had 199. CJ Verdell added 187. Oregon State Defense Front was cut to shreds.

There have been a few moments during this season that made you wonder the program course. First half performance against Washington State and Arizona, for sure. The victory that in some way became a loss to Stanford, perhaps. But on Friday, Cristobal gave evidence that he could manage in a convincing victory in the rainfall, with a patch against a rival who would destroy his season.

Oregon had a lot of energy on the sidelines. That was the game plan was smart. And the players were driven.

“You must love this rain,” said Cristobal when he walked away from the field, a winner.

When Willie Taggart left Florida State, Mullens Cristobal, defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, Boise State Bryan Harsin and now Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin interviewed. He also spoke on the phone with Cal coach Justin Wilcox as well. Given that Taggart and his agent Brian Sexton played Mullens on their way to Florida State, and Mullen’s misfired by giving Mark Helfrich an extension of $ 17.5 million, he kicked him 22 months later, Mullens needs a good result.

He is investing in Cristobal. Then doubled by throwing $ 1.7 million a year on Leavitt to keep him happy because he did not get his head. It was a strong game by an AD who knew he had to make one.

Mullens said on Friday after the match: “I love his leadership. He recruits the right children, on and off the field. Long-term vision.”

Cristobal hit Washington and snapped a two-game program that lost ski. He survived the return of Chip Kelly, pounding UCLA of three touchdowns. And now he has a civil war victory now. It’s not a conference title, yet. It will not get Oregon in a big bowl game, but that’s exactly what Cristobal and Mullens needed in year one of their remodeling.

Yes, their reconstruction. Cristobal and Mullens are now together here. It is obvious with Mullen’s visible presence after the match. During one season, Cristobal (eight wins) passed Taggart (seven) on Ducks Coaching books.

So what’s left for Cristobal?

Win a bowl game. Write a nine-win season for the first time in his main coaching career. Also keep this recruitment class and maybe convince Herbert, now a cheers game question mark, that there is value to come back to another season in Eugene.

Damage to Herbert is an interesting development. Because it underlines the vulnerability of his situation. He is a walking lottery ticket, and a first round NFL Draft pick. And while I think there is a great development opportunity next season, I’m not convinced that the offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo will benefit Herbert if he does not open crimes. And we were all just reminded that Herbert is human.

It’s a shoulder injury, be sure. Ducks coach did not think it looked bad from the sidelines. But Herbert was wincing and lawyer examined him and felt best to avoid further contact.

Herbert, however, did not wonder a mild hug from Mullens.

The eagles AD hugged them all on Friday.

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