Eugene, Ore. -- The dreams of a College Football Playoff died in the desert, but there are still many hopes left to accomplish for Oregon Ducks football. There is a Pac-12 Championship still up for grabs, along with a possible Rose Bowl berth and a bowl win in the second year of the Mario Cristobal era. So the message was exceedingly simple after the team stepped off the plane from Tempe: on to the next one.
"The seniors done a great job for us," explains offensive tackle Penei Sewell. "I guess I'm still the little one, I'm still 19 years old, still learning under their wing. Just them doing a great job of just, 1-0 next day, it's over with, you can't control the past. It's always move forward."
"At the end of the day, if you don;t play well you're gonna lose," senior linebacker Troy Dye continued. "Shout out to [Arizona State] they did a good job. We just gotta get better find out what we did wrong continue to look through the film, find out what we did wrong, get better and keep grinding."
The Ducks will now turn their focus to Oregon State, coming off an arguably more heartbreaking 54-53 loss to Washington State in Pullman, in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium. The Beavers fell to the Cougars last Saturday on the final play of the game, after Washington State drove over 50 yards in under a minute to complete a comeback win for bowl eligibility. Despite that, OSU's offense and defense have made great strides in becoming a dangerous late season team in the Pac-12 and one that Oregon won't look past, not that they were planning on doing that in the first place.
"They got two running backs that are really good and their offensive line does their job upfront," says defensive coordinator Andy Avalos. "They've got an offense that scores a ton of points and so we have to have our best week of prep."
Kickoff for the game will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 30th at Autzen Stadium.
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