Ohio State entered the game as a 14.5-point favorite. Although the Ducks entered this afternoon’s game as the underdog, it was clear very early on the team came to play.
Oregon was stout in the first half, holding Ohio State to just one touchdown in the first 30 minutes of play. A 77-yard touchdown run from running back C.J. Verdell gave the Ducks a 21-7 lead early on in the second half.
Ohio State and Oregon traded touchdowns for much of the second half. The Buckeyes cut the Ducks’ lead to 35-28 in the fourth quarter, but just couldn’t find that last touchdown to tie the game.
In the end, the Ducks walked out with a massive non-conference win.
Here’s how social media reacted to the upset.
It just wasn’t Ryan’s Day. Oregon went into Columbus without its First Pick in the Draft and knocked the THE from the front of ohio state’s name. The Shoe was on the other foot. Today it was the Oregon Duckeyes. The visitors exposed OSU’s D, won it fair and square.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) September 11, 2021
Congrats to Oregon, they played a heck of a game. They won the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Schematically they were a step ahead all day. Ohio State has to look in the mirror, Oregon came into the Shoe and was a more physical football team plain and simple.
— jbook™ (@jbook37) September 11, 2021
Oregon walked into the Shoe without linebacker Justin Flowe or presumptive 2022 No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick Kayvon Thibodeaux and handed Ohio State a 35-28 L.
— RJ Young (@RJ_Young) September 11, 2021
Oregon dominated in the running game, racking up nearly 270 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud did his best to keep the Buckeyes in the game.
He threw for 484 yards and three touchdowns, but a late interception may have cost the Buckeyes the game.
It’s a tough loss for Ohio State’s College Football Playoff hopes. However, if the Buckeyes can run the table in the Big Ten, they might still sneak in.
For Oregon, it’s a massive win that sends a strong message: the Ducks are for real.
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