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Oregon buries UCLA with strong second half

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No. 2 Oregon shook off a rusty first half and kept its BCS title dreams alive by crushing No. 12 UCLA in Eugene on Saturday, 42-14.

The Bruins and Ducks were tied at 14 at the half and the game started to evoke memories of Oregon’s 17-14 loss to Stanford last season. But Heisman Trophy front runner Marcus Mariota completed all 10 of his second half passes for 99 yards and the Ducks scored on four out of six second half possessions to pull away.

You might have to credit the Oregon defense for this win. The Ducks intercepted UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley twice and held him to just 64 yards passing. The Bruins were more successful on the ground, but ended up with 283 total yards — their second-straight sub-300-yard game. Ducks linebacker Boseko Lokombo really came to play — he had two sacks and snared a key interception when UCLA was threatening to score.

Unlike previous games, Oregon didn’t come up with many big plays on offense. Instead, it was content to nickel and dime UCLA’s defense, with 325 of its 555 yards coming on the ground. Byron Marshall notched his fifth-straight 100-yard game, rushing for a game-high 133 yards and three touchdowns.

Mariota had a solid game — 21 of 28 for 230 yards and one score, plus 18 rushing yards — and he extended his Pac-12 record streak of passes without an interception to 292. While it wasn’t his flashiest performance, he should remain atop the Heisman race for now.

Oregon has passed its first two tests of the season — marquee games with ranked Washington and UCLA teams — with both wins coming by an average score of 44-23. But we’ve become so spoiled by how easy the Ducks make it look in beating teams by huge margins, it’s easy to think they’re struggling when they don’t dominate from the first snap.

For UCLA, it really is right where it should be. The Bruins are playing so many true freshmen, it was probably too much to expect them to pull out the last two games versus elite teams like Stanford and Oregon. But a game like this will definitely play dividends down the road for such a young roster.

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7 Responses to “Oregon buries UCLA with strong second half”
  1. thekatman says: Oct 26, 2013 10:59 PM

    Poor baby Bruins playing a bunch of Freshman. How about USC only playing 47 schollie players and a bunch of walk ons today to beat Utah?

  2. Anoesis says: Oct 26, 2013 11:37 PM

    katman-

    Stop making SC fans look like petulant children. Utah ain’t Oregon, bud. For a bunch of freshmen (men is plural for man) UCLA held their own for more than a half. Not bad.

    Yeah, I’m a big USC fan, too, but the truth is that the NCAA has insured the Trojans will be mediocre at best for awhile. The defense was stout against Utah, but the QB situation at SC is quite troubling.

    Maybe next year when we have a head coach and a healthy roster it might be possible to actually read something on this site about SC besides a half-time report or an injury list. Until then we’ll just have to realize our team isn’t relevant to the BCS narrative, except maybe as a spoiler.

  3. ezwriter69 says: Oct 26, 2013 11:52 PM

    Actually, Katman, Reggie Bush, Pete Carroll and about a half-million dollars worth of cheating, plus being stupid enough to hire the worst coach in the history of football has insured that the Trojans will be mediocre at best for awhile.
    As for the Ducks, that was sloppy as bleep, yet again; and once again, despite it costing them a national championship shot not once by twice, they have NO kicker. 120 scholarship players, and they refuse to spend even one of them on a kicker, and I guarantee, at some point this year it will bite them in the backside again. Stupid. More stupid even than blaming USC’s troubles on the NCAA.

  4. thekatman says: Oct 27, 2013 12:14 AM

    hey EZ… You are more comedian than fool. First off, no NCAA team can have more than 85 schollie players, so if Oregon has 120 schollie players, well, the NCAA COI should be in Eugene on monday.

    Second, the Reggie Bush issue was $60k for Reggie and his parents monetary issues with the two crooks in San diego was about $36k, not the approx $500k you refer to.

    You are uninformed and that’s that.

    The NCAA has already made preecedent that what happens to a players family in no way is to be grounds for penalizing a player. See the Cam Newton case, though USC was penalized for that rule. Hypocrites? Yes to the NCaa. You. Just uninformed, and the correct word is termed igmorant.

  5. thekatman says: Oct 27, 2013 12:15 AM

    Anoesis.
    Don’t be a douche.

  6. duklover says: Oct 27, 2013 12:16 AM

    Amazing! If it not Phil fault, then it’s because we have no kicker. Give us a break, we did score 42 against all those “true” freshmen, plus a linebacker senior who should have been ejected.

  7. longborer69 says: Oct 27, 2013 3:01 AM

    @ez, meet Matt Wogan. Rated one of the top 5 kickers in the nation last year, now a freshman at Oregon. On scholarship.

    http://247sports.com/Player/Matt-Wogan-18461?Institution=17308

    To quote someone (who? Oh, yeah, you), your comment was “Stupid. More stupid even than blaming USC’s troubles on the NCAA.”

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