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Second Half Thread: Ducks Race Out to 31-14 Halftime Lead Against Buffs

Sco Ducks! Keep up the pace!

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EUGENE, OREGON - The No. 7 Oregon Ducks (6-1, 3-1) have dominated the first half contest at Autzen against the Colorado Buffaloes (2-5, 1-3) by a score of 31-14 at the half.

Anthony Brown: 19/24 - 201 YDS - 2 TDS - 3 Car - 20 YDS

Brendon Lewis: 14/16 - 129 YDS - 2 TDS

TD SCORERS: (UO) Anthony Brown Jr. {2}, Travis Dye {2}, Byron Cardwell, Troy Franklin (CU) Brendon Lewis {2}, Ty Robinson, Alex Fontenot

DUCK YARDS: 344 yards - 201 passing - 143 rushing

BUFFALO YARDS: 174 yards - 129 passing - 45 rushing

TURNOVERS FORCED: Ducks: 0 - Buffalos: 0

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  • Oregon started with the ball and a return from Mykael Wright started the Ducks at their own 33-yard line.
  • A one-yard run up the gut from Travis Dye started the drive for the Ducks.
  • On third-and-5, Quarterback Anthony Brown Jr. connected with Dye on a short pass that the star running back turned into a 20-yard gain.
  • Twice the Buffs were called fo
  • On the next play, it appeared Brown was in for a huge loss after an unsuccessful scramble turned worse when he tripped on his own feet in the backfield. Fortunately for the Ducks, the Buffalo defense was called for holding.
  • On the next play, Dye ran in a touchdown from 10 yards out.

Ducks 7 - Buffs 0

(7 plays, 67 yards, 4:13)

  • Colorado’s first offensive play was a 6-yard run from quarterback Brendon Lewis. The positive play was followed by a tackle-for-a-loss on second, a false start, and an incomplete pass to end the three-and-out.
  • Oregon started at their own 22 and started off their second drive with an 8-yard pass to Mycah Pittman.
  • Byron Cardwell picket up a first down on the next play with a 29-yard run, then Brown added to the momentum with another pass to Pittman, this time for 7 yards.
  • On third-and-3 at the Colorado 34, Cardwell ran in his first career touchdown.

Ducks 14 - Buffaloes 0

(5 plays, 78 yards, 2:11)

  • The Colorado offense found more success on the next drive, converting on third-and-6 at their own 44-yard line with a pass to tight end Brady Russell for 9 yards.
  • However, the drive stalled when a false start on third-and-10 eventually resulted in a punt from the Oregon 48.
  • Brown and the Ducks started at the Oregon 10, but moved to midfield with passes to freshman receiver Troy Franklin and Devon Williams for gains of 16 and 18 yards, respectively.
  • True freshman running back Seven McGee picked up 9 yards on first down to reach Colorado territory and end the first quarter.
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  • The quarter started the way the previous quarter ended - a run from freshman McGee, this one for a 4-yard gain and a first down.
  • On the next play, Brown connected with McGee through the air for a gain of 11.
  • On third-and-10 at the Colorado 28, Brown connected with Franklin for a 28-yard touchdown despite having a defender wrapped around his legs.

Ducks 21 - Buffaloes 0

(10 plays, 90 yards, 4:52)

  • Colorado’s first truly successful drive of the half began with a 28-yard gain when Lewis passed to Russell who powered forward for a big gain.
  • Running back Alex Fontenot gained 9 yards on first down to reach the Oregon 40, then fellow back Jarek Broussard earned three consecutive carries to tally 16 yards.
  • Deion Smith took a couple of carries for 15 yards to reach the Oregon 9, then Lewis connected with Ty Robinson in the end zone for Colorado’s first score of the contest.

Ducks 21 - Buffaloes 7

(9 plays, 77 yards, 4:22)

  • After a pass to Johnson III for no gain, the Ducks were helped out with another offsides penalty called on Colorado. Dye earned the first down on the next play with a 10-yard run.
  • Williams caught a ball for a 12-yard gain to pass midfield, then Brown took a keeper 14 yards on the next play.
  • Another offsides on Colorado put the Ducks at first-and-5 at the Colorado 27.
  • Brown passed to Jaylon Redd for a 15-yard gain on third-and-10 in the red zone, then Dye punched in his second score of the contest from 5 yards out.

Ducks 28 - Buffaloes 7

(10 plays, 73 yards, 4:33)

  • Colorado started their final drive of the half with an offensive holding penalty.
  • However, after the negative start, Lewis passed to Brenden Rice for a 26-yard gain to the Oregon 47.
  • Then, after an 8-yard gain off a pass to Chase Penry, Rice ripped off another big gain, this time for 36 yards to the Oregon 3-yard line.
  • The Buffs ran the ball on first down for no gain, then passed on their next two downs for a net gain of 1 yard.
  • On fourth-and-goal at the Oregon 2, down two scores, Coach Karl Dorrell elected to go for it. An easy pass from Lewis to Fontenot rewarded the decision with a score.

Ducks 28 - Buffaloes 14

(8 plays, 65 yards, 2:15)

  • Oregon’s final drive of the half started with a 9-yard run from Dye. Two plays later, the running back earned the first down with a short run.
  • Brown then completed a pass to Kris Hutson for a gain of 9, then Dye once again earned the first down.
  • On the next play, Dye took a screen for a 7-yard gain, then a short pass to tight end Spencer Webb set up a fourth-and-2 at the Colorado 40 with :36 seconds remaining.
  • Dye took the carry up the gut, earned the first down, but then fumbled the ball. Fortunately for Duck fans, offensive lineman Steven Jones recovered the ball.
  • Williams caught a pass for a 24-yard gain to break into the Colorado red zone.
  • On second-and-10, Dye caught a pass for a short gain and instead of running out of bounds to preserve the clock (the Ducks were down to their last timeout) he mistakenly ran for more yards, resulting in the Ducks having to rush to the line and spike the ball for the field goal.
  • Camden Lewis remained perfect on the year with a 27-yard field goal that ended the half.

Ducks 31 - Buffaloes 14

(14 plays, 66 yards, 2:06)

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Ducks 31 - Buffaloes 14