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With 10 seconds left on the clock and the ball at the Washington 1-yard line, the Oregon Ducks had an opportunity to easily punch the ball into the endzone and put another touchdown on the scoreboard, making it a 33-16 win over their biggest rival and earning some style points while doing so.
Instead, the clock ran out, and players left the field with a 10 point win that was much more convincing than the scoreboard would suggest. Media members lauded it as sportsmanship and restraint on Mario Cristobal’s behalf, taking the win and not twisting the knife in the side of Washington coach Jimmy Lake.
However, Joe Moorhead says that there were other plans that failed because of execution.
Joe Moorhead says that the offense was actually trying to snap the ball and score on the 1-yard line with 10 seconds left. They were unable to get the snap and punch it in.
Main takeaways: Oregon 'absolutely' wanted more points there.
— Zachary Neel (@zacharycneel) November 8, 2021
Anthony Brown and the offense lined up to run a play, but the clock ran out before they could snap the ball. Moorhead said that Brown was waiting on a call from center Alex Forsyth, and they were ultimately unable to get the snap off in time and add another touchdown to the board.
Whether you agree with the decision to try and score or not, it’s now been made clear that the Ducks were absolutely looking for more points on their final drive, regardless of whether or not the outcome is in doubt.