The #11 Oregon Ducks (2-0) lead the UCLA Bruins (1-1) by a score of 24 to 21. Four first-half turnovers turn this one into a back-and-forth affair.
After nearly overcoming a four-turnover performance against Colorado and clobbering an unprepared Golden Bear squad, Chip Kelly and his Bruins traveled to Autzen stadium to take on the undefeated Ducks.
Just like in week one of PAC-12 play, Oregon’s opponent was forced to switch to their backup quarterback due to contract tracing procedure for COVID-19. Redshirt freshman Chase Griffin—a former three-star from Round Rock, Texas—made his first collegiate start.
Oregon took a quick 14-point lead when a pair of Bruin fumbles resulted in touchdown passes to Devon Williams and Travis Dye. But UCLA responded by marching down the field in a 6-play, 52-yard touchdown drive that finished with Demetri Felton in the end zone, then tied the contest with a 20-yard scoop-&-score off a fumble from CJ Verdell.
Travis Dye helped fuel the Oregon ground game towards a short Camden Lewis field goal to reclaim the lead, however, Griffin put together an impressive drive that included a conversion on 3rd-and-18 and a 32-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Dulcich.
The UCLA defense was able to hold off Oregon’s final drive of the half and a red-hot Griffin tested his luck by trying a deep-shot downfield with six seconds left in the game. Fortunately for Duck fans, pressure from Brandon Dorlus enabled Jordan Happle to take the bad pass 58-yards to the house for the 24-21 lead.
Tyler Shough: 8/16 - 145 YDS - 2 TD - 5 Car - (-2) YDS
Chase Griffin: 10/13 - 112 YDS - 1 INT - 1 TD - 5 Car - 3 YDS
TD SCORERS: (UO) Tyler Shough , Devon Williams, Travis Dye, Jordan Happle (UCLA) Demetri Felton, Qwuantrezz Knight, Chase Griffin, Greg Dulcich
DUCK YARDS: 179 yards - 145 passing - 34 rushing
BRUIN YARDS: 237 yards - 112 passing - 125 rushing
TURNOVERS FORCED: Ducks: 3 (2 Fum - 1 INT) - Bruins: 1 (1 Fum)
1ST QUARTER NOTES
- Demetri Felton used a nifty spin move to gain 14 yards on the Bruins’ first play of the game.
- But a false start on the next play doomed the drive, forcing the Bruins to punt from their own 43-yard line.
- CJ Verdell picked up five yards up the middle on Oregon’s first play of the game. Verdell then picked up the first down on the next play with a 16-yard reception.
- A sack from Osa Odighizuwa on 2nd-&-11 put the Ducks in a 3rd & long which Devon Williams was unable to convert on the next play, resulting in an Oregon punt.
- Four consecutive plays from Felton helped establish momentum for the Bruins, but Noah Sewell forced a fumble from quarterback Chase Griffin at midfield. Verone McKinley was able to roll and scoop up the ball, returning it 35 yards to the UCLA 19.
- Tyler Shough found Devon Williams in the end zone for the 19-yard score.
Ducks 7 - Bruins 0
(1 play, 19 yards, :07)
- UCLA fumbled the proceeding kick return. Johnny Johnson III recovered at the UCLA 32.
- After an Oregon false start, Shough connected with Travis Dye for a 32-yard touchdown pass on the next play.
Ducks 14 - Bruins 0
(1 play, 27 yards, :16)
- Felton returned the kickoff 32 yards to the Oregon 48.
- A 29-yard run from Kyle Philips on 2nd-&-8 ignited a Bruins touchdown drive that ended with Felton pounding in the one-yard score.
Ducks 14 - Bruins 7
(6 plays, 52 yards, 3:08)
- Oregon went three-and-out on their next possession after only picking up four yards on a Verdell carry.
- Felton continued his big first quarter by picking up 11 yards on first down.
- The last play of the first quarter was a five-yard pass to Phillips to reach 2nd-&-15 after a holding penalty on the Bruins.
2ND QUARTER NOTES
- Sewell sacked Griffin to set up 3rd-&-20, which the Bruins were unable to convert.
- On the first play of Oregon’s next drive, Verdell committed his second fumble of the game, which was returned by Qwuantrezz Knight for a 20-yard touchdown.
Bruins 14 - Ducks 14
- Shough passed to Johnson III for a 31-yard gain.
- Jaylon Redd continued the Duck drive with his first catch of the game, a 12-yard gain.
- Successful carries from Dye helped fuel the offense toward the Bruin red zone, but the drive stalled on 3rd-&-goal at the five-yard line when Shough failed to connect with Johnson III in the end zone.
- Camden Lewis made his first field goal of the season. A 23-yard attempt.
Ducks 17 - Bruins 14
(13 plays, 70 yards, 6:07)
- An 8-yard loss on first down put Griffin in a pickle, but on 3rd-&-18 the first-time starter connected with Philips for a 19-yard gain. Four plays later, he passed to tight end Greg Dulcich for a 32-yard touchdown.
Bruins 21 - Ducks 17
(10 plays, 69 yards, 3:50)
- A targeting call on JonJon Vaughns resulted in the Ducks starting their final drive of the half at their own 34-yard line.
- Some impressive running from Tyler Shough converted a 3rd-&-10 with a 12-yard gain.
- Completions of 12 and 11 yards to Redd and Kris Hutson, respectively, got the Ducks to the UCLA 31.
- Odighizuwa sacked Shough on the next play for a three-yard loss.
- An incomplete pass was first ruled a fumble, but was then rightfully reversed.
- A false start on 3rd-&-13 doomed the drive. Oregon was forced to punt with :56 left before the half.
- With under a minute remaining in the first half, Griffin led his team down the field quickly.
- A Delay of Game called on Adrian Jackson allowed UCLA one final shot with six seconds remaining at the UCLA 44.
- Brandon Dorlus pressured Griffin into a questionable throw, then Jordan Happle reclaimed the Oregon lead with a 58-yard pick six.
Ducks 24 - Bruins 21