Oregon enters ranked #3 and is off to a hot 3-0 start and 2 weeks removed from an upset victory over powerhouse Ohio State. The Oregon Ducks look to make a run for the College Football Playoffs come December.
Arizona enters 0-3 and is coming off an upsetting loss to Northern Arizona. The Wildcats are in the midst of a complete program overhaul after 15 straight losses.
Ducks Let it Fly in the First Half
EUGENE, OR- It would only take 3 plays for the Oregon Ducks to get on the scoreboard to open up the game. Senior QB Anthony Brown off play-action throws a strike to Jaylon Redd. Redd bounces off some wimpy tacklers and gallops 63 yards to the endzone.
The ensuing Wildcat drive would be quite the opposite. Arizona’s first play of offense would result in a turnover as McCloud’s pass got intercepted by Bennett Williams of Oregon. Oregon would cash in the turnover with a field goal extending the lead 10-3.
The Wildcats would clean up the mistake and march very methodically downfield 91 yards. McCloud would find Bryce Wolma from 11 yards outputting the Wildcats on the board.
Oregon would answer the Wildcat score with a score of their own as CJ Verdell would find the goal-line from 11 yards out. Arizona’s ensuing drive would need 11 plays before making it to the Oregon 12-yard line. In scoring position, McCloud would drop back to pass and get his pass picked off for the second time.
Oregon taking control would go 80 yards in an efficient 8-play drive. With Arizona struggling Oregon widened the lead after Brown found Terrance Ferguson from 9 yards out.
Down 24-7, Arizona needed to get something going to stay competitive in this one. The Wildcats would answer the call after a 12-play drive stalled out resulting in a Lucas Havrisik field goal for the Wildcats going into the half.
Oregon’s Defense Proves to be Too Much
Arizona received the second-half kickoff. Much like they did all night Arizona put together a long drive getting into scoring range. Finding themselves at the Oregon 17 the Ducks defense would again wreak havoc on the Wildcat offense. McCloud would throw yet another INT, this time Oregon’s Verone McKinley was on the receiving end.
Returning the ball to their own 2 Oregon found themselves with their backs against the wall. Arizona’s defense was able to stand up and make a play forcing the Duck’s to go backward forcing a safety awarding the Wildcats 2 points.
Gaining possession after the safety the game after Oregon was seemingly going to run away with it, got a little closer. Arizona would march 71 yards and finally get the ball into the endzone after Drake Henderson punched it in from 1-yard out.
Bringing the score the closest it’s been since kickoff at 19-24, the Wildcats offense would fail to get another point in the contest.
Following the Wildcat score, the Ducks responded with a field goal as well as a touchdown via an Anthony Brown to Spencer Webb connection. This would bring the score to 34-19 all Oregon.
The Duck defense wasn’t done yet. Following the Oregon score, Arizona took control of the football looking to mount a comeback with 8:26 left to play in the fourth.
McCloud would bring the Wildcats to the 44 of Oregon before McCloud threw his 4th INT of the night. Bennett Williams again there for Oregon to make the play would return this one 68 yards for the Ducks essentially putting the Wildcats away for good.
Oregon’s defense would force another McCloud interception bringing their total to 5 on the game.
Anthony Brown went 10/21 for 206 and 3 scores adding another 41 yards on the ground. Oregon’s 2-headed backfield would see Travis Dye run for 92 yards off just 5 carries and CJ Verdell totals 45 yards and a score on the ground.
Oregon’s defense totaled 5 turnovers, 1 sack, as well as a score.
Arizona’s Jordan McCloud finished the night 21/36 for 233 yards, 1 score, and 5 turnovers, adding another 64 yards on the ground.
Oregon looking primed for a playoff spot at 4-0 head to California as they take on Stanford Oct. 2nd
Arizona looking to get into the win column after starting 0-4 take on #24 UCLA at home Oct. 9th