Oregon did its damnedest to keep a rather remarkable streak alive, but, in the end, they simply couldn’t.
Colorado, one week after wasting a 21-7 first-quarter lead to Michigan, jumped out to a 23-7 second-quarter lead and a 33-17 third-quarter lead on Oregon in Eugene Saturday. It looked like it would be lather, rinse and repeat for the Buffs as the truck-pulling Ducks stormed back to take a 38-33 lead at the end of the fourth quarter.
However, Steven Montez, making his first career start, tossed a 31-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter that stood up as the game-winner as the Buffs held on for a 41-38 win. While Colorado pushed its record to 3-1 — that’s the Buffs best start to a season since 2010, their final year in the Big 12 — Oregon has now lost back-to-back games one-third of the way through the 2016.
Such a feeling two weekends in a row, it turns out, is decidedly foreign for both the Ducks and their fan base.
Colorado handed Oregon its second straight loss. The Ducks hadn’t lost consecutive games in a season since 2007… https://t.co/nFJfxZIOTR
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What should concern the Ducks the most, perhaps, is that the Brady Hoke-directed defense allowed a first-time starter at quarterback throw for 333 yards and three touchdowns, one week after the same defense allowed three touchdown passes in the loss to Nebraska.