Oregon Ducks

Oregon Ducks

Oregon 41, Colorado 24 (Box Score)

Records: Ducks (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12), Buffaloes (3-2, 0-1).

What happened: Kickoff was delayed an hour due to lightning in the area. That preceded a wild game for the Ducks. Oregon rotated quarterbacks Jeff Lockie and Taylor Alie while searching for some semblance of a passing game. 

The plan didn't exactly work. Neither quarterback had a good day, but they combined for just one turnover. That allowed UO's running game to get rolling and once it did, the Ducks pulled away. 

High-flying Ducks: Freshman running back Taj Griffin came to life in this one. He had a long run of 62 yards in the second quarter that helped set up a 39-yard field goal from Aidan Schneider. 

Griffin finished with 109 yards rushing on ten carries, and caught three passes for 41 yards. 

Freeman was the workhorse. He carried the ball 27 times for 163 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 29 and 3 yards.  

Oregon finished with 537 yards in total offense, 361 of which came on the ground. 

Fowl play: Lockie and Alie did not look like FBS quarterbacks. 

 

Lockie started and completed 8-of-11 passes for 54 yards and threw an interception in the end zone on the team's first drive. Alie took over at quarterback for a bit and the two rotated the rest of the game. The walk-on completed 4-of-9 passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. 

Neither demonstrated that they could consistently push the action downfield and mostly settled on short, safe targets.

However, in the fourth quarter Alie rolled right and threw a great pass deep to redshirt freshman Jalen Brown for the first touchdown of his career. The play covered 43 yards. 

Key sequence: The second half began with the score 17-17. Oregon scored on its first two drives of the second half. The first covered 74 yards in 10 plays and ended with Freeman's three-yard run. The Ducks defense then forced a fumble, and that led to a 54-yard drive for Oregon that ended with a two-yard run by Griffin that made the score 31-17, UO with 2:12 remaining in the third quarter. 

Play of the game: In the second quarter, the Ducks, desperate to generate some offense, went to the reverse pass with Addison launching a beautiful throw to Charles Nelson down the right side of the field for a 39-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14 apiece. 

Next up: Oregon hosts Washington State (2-2, 0-1) next Saturday at Autzen Stadium. The Cougars lost 34-28 at California (5-0, 2-0)