The #6 Oregon Ducks (9-1, 7-0) handled the Arizona Wildcats (4-6, 2-5) in a 34 to 6 victory that clinched the PAC-12 North title.
Justin Herbert: 20/28 - 333 YDS - 1 INT - 4 TD
Khalil Tate: 7/16 - 50 YDS
Grant Gunnell: 10/14 - 82 YDS
TD SCORERS: (UO) Johnny Johnson III, Cyrus Habibi-Likio, Juwan Johnson, Spencer Webb, Travis Dye
DUCK YARDS: 471 YDS - 333 passing - 138 rushing
WILDCAT YARDS: 240 YDS - 132 pass - 108 rushing
TURNOVERS FORCED: Ducks 1 - Wildcats 0
1ST QUARTER: Oregon started with the ball at their own 25 after a touchback, two plays later they were in the end zone. CJ Verdell ran up the middle for a two yard gain, then Johnny Johnson III broke open on a busted coverage and scored a 73-yard touchdown.
Ducks 7 - Wildcats 0
JJ Taylor returned the ball 13 yards to the Arizona 18, but a false start on their first play from scrimmage put them five yards back. On 3rd-and-6, freshman quarterback Grant Gunnell threw the ball 10 yards to Jamarye Joiner for the first down. Some solid running from Taylor got the Wildcats another first down and across midfield, but Deommodore Lenoir and LaMar Winston Jr trapped Taylor in the backfield for a two-yard loss on 3rd-and-2, resulting in a punt.
CJ Verdell ran for no gain on Oregon’s next drive, a tunnel screen to Juwan Johnson was quickly sniffed out and blown up for a three-yard loss, then Mycah Pittman leapt but was unable to bring in a high pass from Herbert. Blaike Maimone punted out of bounds to the Arizona 45.
After a three-yard completion to Brian Casteel and a one-yard JJ Taylor run, Bryson Young and Austin Faoliu worked together for a nine-yard sack on 3rd-and-6, forcing another Wildcat punt.
Oregon’s first play of the third drive resulted in a JB Brown six yard sack, Verdell was able to earn back five with a carry on second, then on 3rd-and-11 Herbert connected with Johnson for a 27-yard gain. Verdell ran for no gain on the next set of downs, and on second down Josh Delgado caught a pass for 16 yards. A pair of Verdell 7-yard carries got the Ducks to the Wildcat 20, then completions to Spencer Webb, Johnson III and Mycah Pttman got Oregon to the Arizona 2-yard line. (Mycah Pittman was in serious pain after being taken down by a defender. He was clutching his wrist area and had to be escorted off the field.)
The Wildcats had a penalty for a substitution infraction (12 men on the field), and on the next play Oregon wasn’t able to pound it in with Cyrus Habibi-Likio despite the Wildcats only having ten men on the field. However, two plays later, CHL pounded it in for a score.
Ducks 14 - Wildcats 0
A personal foul on Steven Bailey forced the Wildcats to start their drive on 1st-and-17 and a Troy Dye sack on 3rd-and-long ended the drive and the first quarter.
2ND QUARTER: The Oregon Ducks started at Arizona’s 45; Travis Dye received three consecutive carries for a total of 31 yards, then Verdell picked up 11 to reach the Wildcat 3-yard line, but after a near pick thrown by Herbert and a couple unsuccessful Verdell runs, Camden Lewis was sen out for the 20-yard field goal... and missed it.
Khalil Tate entered the game and the combination of him and Gary Brightwell picked up a first down using their legs. A Bryson Young sack put the Wildcats at 3rd-and-15, but Tate was able to escape pressure and pick up 21 yards on the ground. Constant pressure from the Duck D had Tate scrambling and making quick decisions and the Wildcats punted from their own 43.
Herbert was sacked by Tony Fields II for an 8-yard loss on first down. Brian Addison picked up 11 on a quick comeback route and then Johnson was able to earn a first down with a 13-yard reception. Johnson wasn’t able to bring in his next pass, which was well defended by the Wildcat defensive back, but Johnson III was able to earn the first down on 3rd-and-6. And on the next play, Cristobal called a reverse flea-flicker and Herbert connected with Johnson for a 53-yard touchdown.
A 47-yard return by Taylor was aided by a personal foul on Charles Sudduth. Starting at the Oregon 38, Tate completed a pass to Taylor for 13 yards, then Taylor picked up 17 more on his next two carries. But the Wildcats were unable to gain the eight yards necessary for the score and after a couple of players traded blows with a comical lack of reprecussions they were forced to settle for a field goal.
Ducks 21 - Wildcats 3
Verdell had a 12-yard carry and then jogged to the sideline with an apparent injury. Herbert was then sacked by Jace Whittaker for a five-yard loss and was only able to pick up two of the necessary 15 yards to pick up a new set of downs.
The Wildcats traveled 39 yards in five plays to set up a 42-yard field goal which Lucas Havrisik hit.
Ducks -21 - Wildcats 6
-Halftime Score: Ducks 21 - Wildcats 6-
3RD QUARTER: Arizona received the ball at their 25 after the touchback and proceeded to start the second half with a false start. Khalil Tate was unable to connect with Tayvian Cunningham on a deep sideline route on 1st-and-15 or on 3rd-and-12 to extend the drive. The Wildcat’s kicker punted the ball out of bounds for 22 yards.
Oregon was only able to gain five yards on their next drive due to a speedy pass-rush by the Wildcats that forced Herbert to throw away the ball on 3rd-and-5. Blake Maimone’s punt pinned the Wildcats to their five-yard line.
Tate was able to escape pressure and pick up six yards on the ground, then back-to-back carries by Taylor picked up the first to give the Wildcat’s some breathing room. But a tackle for a loss by Kayvon Thibodeaux on first down halted Arizona’s momentum, and on 3rd-and-13 the backup Wildcat center snapped the ball early resulting in a four-yard loss and another punt.
The Ducks started at the Wildcat 41 and took four plays to score their fourth touchdown of the game. Travis Dye received three straight carries for 17 yards, and then from the 24-yard line Herbert pump-faked towards the screen but instead hit Spencer Webb for the touchdown.
Ducks 28 - Wildcats 6
Gary Brightwell earned a first down with a good run, but Tate and the Wildcat’s once again failed to sustain the drive. Jevon Holland fumbled the proceeding punt but Brady Breeze was able to recover it. Darrian Felix picked up 20 yards in two plays before a holding call on Jake Hanson stalled the momentum. Herbert was able to scramble for three yards but a pass to Johnson III fell shy of the first down, forcing a punt.
However, Nazar Bombata ran into Maimone which extended Oregon’s drive. Dye picked up 11 yards on a couple of carries but the Ducks weren’t able to pick up a yard in three plays, and on 4th-and-10 Herbert threw a pass intended for Johnson that was deflected by Tristan Cooper and intercepted by Scottie Young. The pick was returned for 42 yards and was the third pick of the season for Herbert.
Taylor ran for no gain and then picked up five yards on second down to end the third quarter.
4TH QUARTER: The first play of the fourth quarter was a five-yard sack by Kayvon Thibodeaux. Down 22 points in the fourth, Kevin Sumlin elected to punt on 4th-and-10 at the Arizona 48.
A quick pass to Felix picked up four yards, then a pair of Dye runs picked up the first down. Jaylon Redd tallied six yards on a quick pass to the sideline and then gained 33 on a well-blocked screen. And on 3rd-and-7, Justin Herbert connected with Dye who took the pass 33 yards for another score. Camden Lewis missed the point after attempt.
Ducks 34 - Wildcats 6
Grant Gunnell re-entered the game and hit Taylor for a 16-yard gain. And after a Tayvian Cunningham six-yard run Taylor added another big rush, this time for 11 yards. Troy Dye took down Michael Wiley for no gain, but on 4th-and-1 Oregon was called for defensive pass interference, extending the Wildcat drive.
Taylor gained 11 yards and reached the Oregon 12, but Gunnell was swallowed up by a trio of Duck defenders and on 4th-and-5 Taylor was unable to earn the needed yards for the first down.
Starting at the Oregon 11, Cyrus Habibi-Likio received four straight carries for a total of 12 yards. Herbert then passed to Dye who gained five yards on 3rd-and-11 and the Ducks punted with 2:19 left in the game after draining 3:15 of clock with their five-play drive.
Gunnell gained 12 yards on first down, then 11 yard on 2nd-and-10 to reach midfield. But a sack by Brandon Dorlus on first and third down doomed the drive. The Ducks took over on downs after a pass to Thomas Reid III failed to reach the first down marker.