- After teetering back and forth, Nebraska upset No. 22 Oregon, 35-32, on national television last night. The Ducks played on the ground, rushing for 347 yards and five touchdowns, while the Huskers played mainly through the air, as Tommy Armstrong Jr. threw for 200 yards and three TDs. The quarterback also scored the game-winner, rushing for 34 yards to take the lead for good with 2:29 remaining.
Prior to the game, the Ducks placed a bouquet of flowers on the 27-yard line in honor of Nebraska’s Sam Foltz, who was killed in a car crash in July.
Respect. Beyond the game.#SF27 pic.twitter.com/BjfcivynVS— GoDucks (@GoDucks) September 17, 2016
- Conference play kicks off next week, with Oregon hosting Colorado (2-1) at Autzen Stadium. The Buffaloes suffered their first loss on Saturday at the hands of the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines, who got hot late to overcome a slow start, 45-28. Running back De’Veon Smith scored the game-winner in the third quarter, rushing for 42 yards to spark the Michigan offense for 21 unanswered points.
- Looking around the rest of the Pac-12, Arizona State (3-0) dug itself out of a 16-point, third-quarter hole to edge Texas-San Antonio on Friday, 32-28… The conference saw eight teams walk away victorious on Saturday, including No. 7 Stanford (2-0) in the Pac-12 opener against USC (1-2). (Yeahhh, definitely not looking great for the Trojans, who fell 27-10)… Washington State (1-2) notched its first win of the season, clobbering Idaho 56-6 in this year’s ‘Battle of the Palouse’… Oregon State (1-1) finally got over the hump, snapping a 10-game losing streak with a 37-7 dub over Idaho State… No. 8 Washington (3-0) continued to assert dominance, trampling poor Portland State 41-3 behind quarterback Jake Browning, who completed 12 of 19 passes for 163 yards and four TDs… Defense was deemed the difference-maker in UCLA’s (2-1) 17-14 victory over BYU… Cal (2-1) running back Vic Enwere celebrated too early, dropping the ball just before he reached the end zone (Really? Again? How is this a thing in college football??), but the controversial non-call resulted in a 50-43 upset of No. 11 Texas… Utah (3-0) sacked San Jose State 10 times (10 times! But where is the coverage? Where?) on the way to a 34-17 routing… QB Brandon Dawkins is settling into Arizona’s system, leading the Wildcats (2-1) to a 47-28 win over Hawaii.
- ‘Separation Saturday’ has come and gone, but not without winners and losers. Newly-crowned superstar Lamar Jackson (362 total yards, five touchdowns) led No. 10 Louisville to a 63-20 statement win over No. 2 Florida State… No. 3 Ohio State proved youth is a non-factor, blowing out No. 14 Oklahoma, 42-24… No. 1 Alabama survived against No. 19 Ole Miss, holding on for a 48-43 victory… And shouts out to South Florida for topping Syracuse on the road, 45-20.
All Things Ducks
- Oregon women’s volleyball picked up its seventh straight win, sweeping Saint Mary’s 25-18, 25-17, 25-16 on Sunday. The Ducks (7-2) have now won 21 of their last 22 sets.
- Sophomore Bayley Bruner scored the game’s lone goal, as Oregon women’s soccer (6-1-1) edged Cal State Fullerton 1-0 on the road Sunday. Bruner scored the game-winner with less than a minute to go in the first half.
- Women’s golf opened its season with a third-place finish in the Red Raider Invitational earlier this week.
- Cross country finished first with a sweep in the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Friday.
Feel free to add any other pieces in the comments… Before I say goodbye, say hello to HI-LIGHTS! (The Ducks may not have gotten the dub, but it was a good, back-and-forth contest nonetheless.)