A lot of things ended today for No. 5 Oregon when it played Arizona.
Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota’s streak of 353 passes without an interception ended on his first pass of the game. Mariota’s Heisman hopes also ended and so did Oregon’s chance at a Pac-12 title as Arizona ambushed the Ducks in Tucson, 42-16.
As it turns out, it was all downhill for the Ducks after that first play.
Arizona (7-4) used a punishing ground game to jump out to a 21-3 lead over Oregon (9-2) and never looked back. Running back Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns on a career-high 48 carries as the Wildcats piled up 307 yards on the ground, holding the ball for almost 36 minutes in the process.
Meanwhile, quarterback B.J. Denker was almost flawless, completing 19 of 22 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns while also gaining 102 yards on the ground.
And though Arizona’s 42 points was a surprise, the fact that the Ducks only managed 16 was even bigger one. While Mariota threw for 308 yards and two scores (with 2 picks), Oregon really couldn’t get anything rolling on offense, gaining yards while leaving tons of points on the field.
Have the Ducks lost their mojo? There definitely seems to be something wrong with Oregon right now. Maybe the loss of Chip Kelly is starting to show.
As for the Wildcats, this is their biggest win of the Rich Rodriguez era. One thing we know is that his offenses are always going to be proficient, but it was the Arizona defense that made the difference against Oregon on Saturday. The Wildcats can secure their first 8-win regular season since 2009 with a win over rival Arizona State next Saturday.