The No. 11 Oregon Ducks are currently in action against the visiting UCLA Bruins (1-1) at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.
Coming into this game, the Ducks had a -4 turnover margin on the season (through two games). That changed in the first quarter against UCLA.
Freshman QB Chase Griffen, making his first collegiate start, scrambled up the middle around mid-field when Ducks freshman linebacker Noah Sewell poked the ball out from behind. Instead of falling on the loose ball, sophomore safety Verone McKinley III tipped the ball in his momentum instead of falling on it vs. a UCLA diving lineman.
McKinley picked the ball up in stride and ran it down the sideline giving Oregon’s offense better field position.
On the next play, QB Tyler Shough found transfer WR Devon Williams in the end zone for the touchdown.
Two-year starting safety Jevon Holland, who has opted out of this season and preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft, loved the play by the 5'11", 196-pound sophomore safety:
After the game, McKinley III had this to say on the play:
"Defense, we pride ourselves on being the best return team in the country and I kind of knew I had some space there. Most of the time, a lineman isn't going to try and pick the ball up - and I know he's coming at me - I know it's rolling so I tip it to keep it rolling and kind of jump and skip out the way, I can pick it up and try to go score."
Oregon moved to 3-0 on the season with a 38-35 victory over the Bruins.