Eugene, OR (AP) — The North Central South Dakota Polytechnic Institute Freaking Plovers turned three quarters of a thriller into a musical comedy in the fourth, cruising by the Oregon Ducks 42-17 before 53,999 fans at Autzen Stadium.
The Plovers won the opening coin flip and as usual Head Football Coach and Chancellor (for life), Gomer S. Blake opted to receive the opening kickoff. The subsequent Plover drive stalled at the Oregon 12-yard line with a 4th and 8. In a rare decision, Blake called for the field goal team. The short kick sailed right, and the Ducks took control.
Oregon struck quickly. Quarterback Lamar Wilson hit flanker David Van for an 88-yard touchdown strike. Suddenly the Plovers trailed on the scoreboard for the first time since last season’s loss to USC, casting an impending sense of doom over Plover Nation.
Ducks Score on 88 Yard Pass in the 1st Quarter
The game entered the 4th quarter, the outcome still undecided with the Plovers having a 21-17 advantage when Plover Magic happened.
Capitalizing on two Duck turnovers, the rout was on with the Plovers ringing up 21 unanswered points. The last tally was struck by Plover reserve players in for first team seniors.
During his post-game press conference, Blake provided some, but not a lot of insight into the game.
“Even though the numbers may not show it, I think our defense played OK. Let’s win!”, he bellowed. “They hurt us early with some deep passes but those worked only because we were just a runt hair late on our pass rush getting to their quarterback. It got better later. Let’s win! We had some trouble adjudicating to their up tempo, no huddle horseplay. Let’s win!”
Next week, the Plovers return home to host the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The first dozen or so fans entering John Reid Field at Cold War Memorial Stadium will receive a free Coach Gomer Bobbleheads
|How They Scored:|
|1st Quarter||1:06 TD Ducks: L. Wilson 88 yd pass from D. Van (T. Bain kick)|
|0:42 TD Plovers: J. Burch 59 yd pass from J. Richardson (B.Todd kick)|
|2nd Quarter||4:13 TD Plovers: K. Powell 31 yd pass from J. Richardson (B. Todd kick)|
|2:42 FG Ducks: T. Bain 31 yd|
|1:55 TD Plovers: K. Powell 60 yd pass from J. Richardson (B. Todd kick)|
|0:08 TD Ducks: T. Davis 38 yd pass from J. Newsome (T. Bain kick)|
|4th Quarter||4:55 TD Plovers: G. Williams 17 yd pass from J. Richardson (B.Todd kick)|
|2:07 TD Plovers: L. Cook 3 yd run (Kick failed)|
|0:53 TD Plovers: K. Benson 19 yd pass from D. Tyson (2-pt)|
|4-6||3rd Down Conv||3-7|
|1-1||4th Down Conv||1-1|