Well...mama said there'd be days like this. We we just haven't seen it in a long time.
The final score will show 62-20 Utah, but in reality, this was so much worse. Oregon was out coached, outplayed, and, perhaps most disheartening, outhustled from the opening kick.
From the start, something was amiss from Oregon. After Utah jumped out to a 6-0 lead behind two field goals, Oregon would tie it on a touchdown pass from Vernon Adams to Royce Freeman -- a missed two-point conversion would lead to a 6-6 tie -- and after that, it was all downhill.
Oh, and after Adams was replaced in the second quarter by Jeff Lockie, we now have a QB controversy on our hands.
Why was Lockie in, you ask? Because aside from Adams' TD pass -- which came on a short field after a Byron Marshall kickoff return inside the Utes 20 -- he and the offense were absolutely dismal for one and a half quarters.
Lockie'a first drive and touchdown cut the lead to seven, giving life to a previous morge-like Autzen stadium, with just four minutes to go in the half.
It didn't last. Utah went 75 yards in five plays, sucking the life out of Oregon and their fans alike, promoting chants for a change of a certain defensive coordinator.
28 unanswered -- and oftentimes far too easy -- points by Utah in the third quarter quickly made this a laugher. And, in the process, put the Oregon program in the crosshairs for the first time in nearly a decade.
The defense is beyond repair. The offense is in a state of flux, identity and rhythm a thing of the past. Perhaps most important, the swagger and bravado that carried Oregon so many times is gone, too.
The season is not lost -- there's still a conference title at stake -- but things are dreary, to say the least, and nothing short of a miraculous about-face will make things better. Needless to say, it's going to be an interesting week.