- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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Consistency counts: Clearly Oregon doesn’t have any trouble scoring points, but the Ducks could actually rack up more if they played more consistently. Virginia’s defense gave up too many big plays, but it was also a respectable performance, as Oregon was 0-for-2 on fourth down, including a goal line stand by the Cavaliers. They were 3-of-10 on third downs, and of their six trips into the red zone, one came up empty and one ended in a field goal.
Ducks need discipline: Oregon racked up 11 penalties for 119 yards, the most since it had 11 against Cal last year. “Obviously that’s something we need to clean up, and that’s 100 percent on me,” said coach Mark Helfrich. “I thought we played with an unbelievable effort level, great determination, great desire. Now we need to play with more discipline.”
Helfrich is Chip-esque: We learned a little bit about the Ducks’ first-year coach as a playcaller, especially in the first quarter when he decided to go for a two-point conversion after the first touchdown. It certainly caught Virginia fans by surprise, but that decision, coupled with the choice of going for it on fourth down a few times, showed that the Helfrich hasn’t gone too astray from his predecessor.