The Ducks' up-tempo, no-huddle offense moved the ball upfield from their own 14 to within field goal range without needing a timeout. Oregon's offense thrives on pace and rhythm. Stopping the clock only would have given USC's defense a chance to regroup and get set.
In point of fact, Kelly's strategy put the Ducks in position for a makeable field goal to tie and force overtime, and even centered the ball for the attempt.
• Dale Newton has the counterpoint.
The Ducks missed a kick at the end of the game, but it shouldn't have come down to that. Errors in execution throughout the game, including three costly turnovers, a blocked punt, misfired passes and disastrous one-on-one matchups in the secondary, dug an awful hole that a furious rally didn't quite overcome.
Chip Kelly has elevated the Oregon program to a magnificent level, but he and his staff were outcoached last night. The team wasn't prepared properly in attitude, scheme or execution, and they mismanaged the clock at the end of the game.
• Oregon fell to #10 in the BCS and #9 in the AP and coaches poll.
• Anne M. Peterson notes it is time to move on and take care of business in the Civil War.
• One interesting stat, LMJ has more rushing yards than the the beavs as a team.
• Adam Jude reports that on his weekly conference call CK is focused on the Civil War.
"We have to move forward (from the) coulda, woulda, shoulda real quick," he said.
"It's a one-game season," he said. "If we want to be champions of the North, we gotta win this game."