Saturday was a rough day for the Oregon Ducks as they lost a hard-fought battle to the Stanford Cardinal in overtime at Autzen Stadium. Adam Jude, Oregon Ducks beat writer for The Oregonian, joined Chad on Flight 750 Monday to breakdown the game and to preview which Bowl game the Ducks are most likely headed to after the loss.Jude talked about the controversial decision by Chip Kelly to go for it on fourth down, early in the first quarter, rather than taking the almost automatic points when it seemed pretty clear that the Ducks and Cardinal were going to be in for a dogfight.
Jude insists that he wasn’t really surprised that they decided to go for it on fourth down.
“Chip Kelly goes for it in situations that most coaches wouldn’t…He would rather rip all his hair out most times than try for a field goal in any situation.”
Jude also spoke to the Ducks decisions to go for the two field goals at the end of regulation and in the overtime period. He explains that although some blame should be placed on Oregon kicker Alejandro Maldonado for missing the kicks, the blame should probably be equally shared between Maldonado and the coaching staff.
“At some point you’ve got to know you’re going to need a kicker and if you don’t build that trust and that confidence in him, you don’t know how he’s going to respond.”
Lastly, Jude talked about where he thinks the Ducks are headed for the post-season.
“If they beat the Beavers, it’s most likely that they are headed to the Fiesta Bowl.”
Take a listen to the interview and be sure to check out his Ducks analysis everyday in the Oregonian.