ASHLAND, Ore. – In Southern Oregon’s thrashing of Eastern Oregon on Saturday, Ryan Retzlaff finished with eight receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown. It was one of the best performances of his career, but somehow he wasn’t even the most productive Retzlaff on the field.
Ryan’s brother Matt finished with an astounding 10 receptions, 141 yardsa and five total touchdowns. So despite a fantastic game himself, Ryan’s one touchdown to Matt’s five produced a little bit of that Retzlaff sibling rivalry.
“It’s hidden,” Ryan says, “but there’s always going to be brother on brother. Someone has to one-up the other person. It started off when we were younger, and it’s just carried over into college. I was looking to my parents in the stands like, ‘Who is this guy? Does he really have five right now? I was so proud of him the whole time. Five touchdowns is just amazing to anyone. I’m glad it was to my little brother.”
“It’s definitely a special thing having him out there,” Matt says. “He puts up great numbers. He makes great plays. I posted a little picture on Instagram, and I had five fingers up. He had one with kind of a sad face by it. That’s just the way it is, and he’ll probably pass me one of these days and post that same picture saying, ‘I got you back.'”