Mario Cristobal finished his race as Oregon Ducks Head football coach with a 35-14 record, including a 23-9 end in the Pac-12. Under Cristobal, the Ducks were 2-2 in bowl games, including the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl.
This series titled “Cristobal Film Review …” will cover one major win and one loss in each season Coach Cristobal was in charge of the Ducks from 2018 to 2021. We’ll be looking at data, quality of play and situational performance. of each one.
The 2021 season should have been a “rebound” for the Ducks. COVID restrictions had decreased, the Pac-12 was in an off-season, and several Pac-12 North teams lost their head coaches during the season. Oregon finished the 2021 season 28th overall in SP +, and 25th in attack, 50th in defense and 22nd in kicking game.
The Ducks finished 10-4, losing games to unranked Stanford and Utah twice, including the Pac-12 championship game. With two interim head coaches in the Alamo Bowl, Oregon lost to Oklahoma 47-32.
Against the Buckeyes, Oregon was 8 of 16 on 3rd down and 1 of 1 on 4th down. OSU finished 6 of 15 on the third down and 2 of 5 on the fourth down. Oregon committed four penalties to eight for the Buckeyes in the afternoon. The Ducks won the turnover match with OSU returning the ball once and the Ducks finished with no turnover. OSU won the possession game time by just under 30 seconds.
Ducks quarterback Anthony Brown threw two touchdowns and averaged 6.7 yards per passing attempt while adding 65 more rushing yards. Brown didn’t watch his worst against OSU, but man, he’s a bad quarterback all around. Hopefully Cristobal can continue where Manny Diaz left off when it comes to finding quarterbacks.
On the ground, CJ Verdell added 161 yards for 8.1 yards per carry and two touchdowns. Verdell beat OSU linebackers all afternoon and even caught a touchdown from Brown. Travis Dye is a good back, but he just lacks Verdell’s explosiveness. Dye averaged 5.4 yards per carry with his own TD.
The Ducks had ten different receivers with double-digit yards per catch against the OSU defense. You have to like a game plan that spreads the ball and gets explosive type plays from ten different players.
The Ducks defense had two sacks, three tackles for a loss, five broken assists and a rush against CJ Stroud.
OSU QB, Stroud, threw for 484 yards for nine yards per pass and three scores with an interception. The Buckeyes’ running game averages 4.1 yards per carry with a touchdown. OSU probably had the best receiving body in the nation, and they fell behind against the Ducks. Jaxon Smith-Njigba caught seven balls for 145 yards and two scores. Smith-Njigba averaged 20.7 yards per catch, and the Buckeyes had seven double-digit yards per catch.
The Buckeyes didn’t sack Brown in the afternoon, but recorded five precipitations. The OSU defense only had one TFL, but registered nine SEBs.
The Ducks went to the ground on the Buckeyes and nominated Kerry Coombs for a reassignment.
Above– The Ducks used a passing option with Brown against OSU. Swing-draw is a great concept that Mark Richt used in Miami with Malik Rosier.
Above– A simple read, if the OSU linebacker at the back runs with the swing, the QB keeps the draw if the LB blitz or sits, the Q will initiate the swing.
Above– A small pin-pull away from travel catches shorthanded OSU at the point of attack. The RPO threat drags the CB indoors on what looks like a tilt from the solo WR to the race side. The traction guard doesn’t even need to work, but coach Mirabal pulls his OL out into space looking good.
Above– Having a good running game helps the action game but in reality it just has to be average and it works at the college level. Cristobal loves his running game, RPOs and game passes. Imagine Tyler Van Dyke on that, but with a sharper and stronger arm.
Above– I hate to call games that go backwards the 4 and the 1, but yes when it works, it works. The Ducks pull two linemen (again, great in space) and pitch him for a TD.
Above– Oregon uses this split area slip to the H RPO path to pull a flat LB and create a seam for the RB. A 75-yard TD to smash that wide open thing.
Above– Again, when the run game clicks, you can get creative with RPOs and game actions. OSU loses sight of TE due to threat of leak.
Oregon wins the day, but the 400-yard pass and over 100-yard run are tough.
Above– I hope my Twitter detractor agrees with that. But Oregon is getting sliced up by Stroud on this record and it ends with a blown blanket and a wide open TD. Oregon and Miami both struggled with communication in their defensive backfields.
Above– Oregon is losing its content, which is a common theme in the “Cristobal Film Review” series.
Above– Another theme is the 4th and short or the goal line stand. Oregon repeatedly blocks teams in large situations over short distances. I just don’t remember Miami leaned over and made a big play like the Ducks do.
Above– The WR on top of the stack runs a post and Oregon loses it. The defender of number 2 fails to block and is pushed back. It’s not even the back WR, it’s the front guy in the stack.
Above– All levels of football have fallen when it comes to tackling. Oregon needs to improve its technical grappling skills. Hopefully in Miami they’ll be looking for a grappling coach to work with the ‘Canes during the off-season.
Above– The cornerback turns to the corner road. Hopefully Feld is better at creating visual-cognitive response time in Coral Gables.
Utah – Oregon (regular season)
At 9-1, the third-place Oregon Ducks were dominated by the 23rd in the standings Utah utes 38-7. Utah once again dominated Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship game, but rumors about Cristobal in Miami were already a Category 5 storm heading straight from Eugene to Coral Gables.
The Ducks finished the game 6 of 14 on the 3rd down and 0-for-2 on the 4th down. The Utes were an incredible 11 of 14 on the third down. Utah didn’t need a 4th down conversion to beat the Utes. Neither team returned the ball, with Utah winning the TOP 35 battle at 24, while Oregon were six times and Utah five.
Ducks QB Anthony Brown finished with 6.6 yards per attempted pass and a touchdown. Brown ran the ball or was sacked nine times for eight yards. Oregon rushed for just 2.7 yards per carry and without scoring. Byron Cardwell ran for five yards per carry, while Travis Dye ran for 4.8. The Ducks receivers had three double-digit yards per catcher.
The Oregon defense finished with one sack, one TFL, no rush and five SEBs. The Ducks also missed two field goals in an all-out one-game disaster that took Oregon out of the college football playoffs.
On the other hand, Utah QB Cameron Rising didn’t throw a touchdown but averaged 9.9 yards per pass. Utah ran the ball 50 times for 208 yards and four touchdowns for 4.2 yards per carry. Three Utes had double-digit yards per take, with two of 20s per take.
Utah recorded three sacks, six TFLs, four SEBs but not a single rush. The Utes had six kicks, including a field goal.
Above– Another space-blocking masterpiece from the Ducks O-Line. Oregon pulls two big men and the back has room to work. 3rd and 19th and he recovers almost everything on a sweep by draw. The way the Ducks block in space will be great for guys like Jaylan Knighton.
Above– Even with Brown in QB, I like the number of nice, easy, open shots in midfield that Oregon has created for him. Miami has sometimes focused too much on the sidelines, the midfielder is there, a lot. Shallow Cross, Mesh, Stick, posts … use it or lose it.
“Big boy football” is the hallmark of Mario Cristobal and the Ducks were intimidated by the Utes.
Above– Counter-trey from the center and Utah directly intimidates the Ducks’ defensive front. The Oregon players step aside and dive after the backstroke. Security completely fills the wrong alley and CB doesn’t want any coins.
Above– From the same game from above, good god it’s a hole. The LB is frozen and the safety turns downwards with external force, but a CB is already there as well as the LB engaged. This image should be sold as NFT.
Above– The problem of opening in the middle of the field will hopefully be solved with a new domain controller.
Above– I know the tackle culture is in the cock, but it’s embarrassing. You can’t say the Ducks don’t have the knack or the physiology to make the game – they’re tight around the neck and loaded with four stars. Leaves some concern for what is taught in the practice field.
Above– The broken tackle, the easy score, the guy who starts dancing on your grave. Weft.
Above– A failed FG, a blocked FG, and now a punt return for a TD … Patke, is that you?
According to the SP +, Oregon fell back in 2021. The Ducks were 15th overall in 2018, 17th overall in 20, but 28th in 21. The offense slipped from 17th to 25th with Brown in QB, but the defense actually suffered the hardest drop from 8th in 2019 to 50th in 21.
A promising note is that according to SP + the kicking game has improved significantly under coach Cristobal. In 2017, under coach Taggart, the Ducks were 92nd. After two poor kicking seasons under Cristobal, the Ducks improved to 22nd in 2021. However, against Utah, Oregon blocked a field goal.