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Oregon Tallies Five Interceptions in Win Over Arizona, Ducks 41 - Wildcats 19

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However, it was a closer game than the final score would indicate.

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EUGENE, OREGON - The No. 3 Oregon Ducks (4-0) survived another surprisingly competitive contest at Autzen, this time against the win-less Arizona Wildcats (0-4) by a score of 41 to 19.

After missing the second half of last week’s contest against Stony Brook, starting quarterback Anthony Brown Jr. returned to the field this Saturday and put in another gutsy performance, as it was clear that he was playing through some pain.

The Ducks got off to a great start by scoring on a 63-yard touchdown pass to Jaylon Redd on their first drive and then picking off quarterback Jordan McCloud on Arizona’s first play of the game. Safety Bennett Williams was the Duck to collect the first pick - his first of two interceptions on the night - and the Oregon offense rewarded his effort by setting up a 21-yard field goal for Camden Lewis to give the home team the early two-score lead.

But the Wildcats put together an impressive 10-play, 91-yard drive that ended with a McCloud touchdown pass to Bryce Wolma. Oregon responded by flying down the field, 75 yards in under two minute, and adding an 11-yard CJ Verdell touchdown to the Duck lead.

Arizona put together another long drive following the Oregon score, but Mykael Wright picked off McCloud in the end zone to deflate their momentum. The Ducks then took just eight plays to travel 80 yards and get Terrance Ferguson in the end zone with a 9-yard TD catch, but to the Wildcats’ credit they were able to make it a two-score game at the half with a field goal.

NCAA Football: Arizona at Oregon Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona continued their upset bid by marching to the Oregon red zone once again coming out of halftime, but Mykael Wright killed the drive with another Duck interception. Unfortunately, the pick left the Oregon offense in a bad spot, and a collapsed pocket resulted in a safety.

The Wildcats made a lot of Duck fans nervous when they cut the lead to five at the end of the third with a Drake Anderson touchdown run, but Oregon ended the night with two unanswered scores to seal the win: an 18-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Webb and a 68-yard pick six from Bennett.

Star player Kayvon Thibodeaux saw very limited snaps in the first half, then appeared to leave the game in pain. Mase Funa, Keith Brown, and Adrian Jackson returned to the field this week and were a welcome sight. Oregon takes on Stanford this Saturday at 12:30 PM on ABC.

Anthony Brown: 10/21 - 206 YDS - 3 TD - 12 Car - 41 YDS

Ty Thompson: 0/3 - 0 YDS - 1 Car - 2 YDS

Jordan McCloud: 21/36 - 233 YDS - 1 TD - 5 INT - 9 Car - 64 YDS

TD SCORERS: (UO) Anthony Brown Jr. {3}, Jaylon Redd, CJ Verdell, Terrance Ferguson, Spencer Webb, Bennett Williams (UA) Jordan McCloud, Bryce Wolma, Drake Anderson

DUCK YARDS: 393 yards - 206 passing - 187 rushing

WILDCAT YARDS: 435 yards - 233 passing - 202 rushing

TURNOVERS FORCED: Ducks: 5 (5 INT) - Wildcats: 0

Arizona v Oregon Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images

1ST QUARTER NOTES

  • After a touchback set them at their own 25, the Ducks gained 6 yards on a pass to Johnny Johnson III from quarterback Anthony Brown Jr. on their first play from scrimmage.
  • On the next play, running back Travis Dye earned a first down with a 6 yard run.
  • Then, three plays into their first drive, the Ducks scored on a 63-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jaylon Redd.

Ducks 7 - Wildcats 0

(3 plays, 75 yards, 1:02)

  • On Arizona’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Jordan McCloud threw across his body and was picked off by safety Bennett Williams.
  • The Ducks kept their next drive alive - after a false start penalty on second down led to a third-and-9 - with a scramble from Anthony Brown that gained 19 yards and a first down.
  • Brown’s run got the Ducks to the Wildcat 5-yard line, however, two runs and an incomplete pass failed to get Oregon in the end zone, resulting in a 21-yard field goal from Camden Lewis.

Ducks 10 - Wildcats 0

(7 plays, 22 yards, 2:56)

  • Drake Anderson carried the ball on four consecutive plays and picked up a total of 20 yards to jump-start the Wildcat’s next drive.
  • McCloud then found Stevie Rocker Jr. for an 18 yard reception.
  • Stanley Berryhill III earned another first down for the Wildcats with a 7-yard run on second-and-5.
  • McCloud kept the ball and picked up 16 yards with his legs to reach the Oregon red zone.
  • A false start had the Wildcats at second-and-goal at the Oregon 11, but McCloud took advantage of the opportunity by connecting with Bryce Wolma for an 11-yard touchdown.

Ducks 10 - Wildcats 7

(10 plays, 91 yards, 4:36)

  • A 7-yard pass to freshman receiver Troy Franklin kept the chains moving on Oregon’s following drive.
  • And on the next play, Dye ran up the middle for a 53-yard gain before being chased down at the Arizona 11.
  • CJ Verdell came in on the next play and scored an 11-yard touchdown run.

Ducks 17 - Wildcats 7

(5 plays, 75 yards, 1:59)

  • McCloud earned a first down on the next drive with an 8-yard keeper on second-and-8 at the Arizona 32.
  • Then, on the next play, hit Berryhill III for a 13-yard reception.
  • McCloud gained some more good yards with his legs when he took it 19 yards to the Oregon 22.
  • The final play of the first quarter was a 5-yard run from running back Michael Wiley to set up a second-and-4.
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2ND QUARTER NOTES

  • The second quarter began the same way the first quarter ended: a 5-yard carry from Wiley. This one good for a first down.
  • After a 1-yard loss on a sweep from Berryhill, McCloud threw to the end zone and was picked off by Mykael Wright, who made a very athletic catch and foot plant to stay inbounds.
  • Dye ripped off another big run two plays into Oregon’s next drive, a 30-yard run to reach the Arizona 43.
  • A pass interference called on an Arizona defender defending Johnson III gave Oregon 15 yards on an incomplete pass.
  • Brown Jr. connected with Johnson III on third-and-8 for a 14-yard gain.
  • Then, on 3rd-and-7 at the Arizona 9-yard line, Brown Jr. threw a TD pass to tight end Terrance Ferguson.

Ducks 24 - Wildcats 7

(8 plays, 80 yards, 3:41)

  • Boobie Curry saved Arizona’s proceeding drive with a 14-yard reception on third-and-13.
  • Berryhill added to Curry’s success with a 14-yard catch of his own.
  • A 10-yard run from McCloud set up a fourth-and-2 at the Oregon 47, then McCloud hit Berryhill in stride for a 35-yard gain.
  • The Wildcats reached the Oregon 12, but failed to pick up a first down or reach the end zone. Lucas Havrisik made the 28-yard field goal to make it a two-score game.

Ducks 24 - Wildcats 10

(12 plays, 70 yards, 5:35)

  • Brown Jr. was sacked by Kenny Herbert for a 3-yard loss on second down, then nearly threw a pick on third down on an attempted pass to Ferguson.
  • The Ducks went three-and-out and were forced to kick the first punt of the contest.
  • Passes of 11 and 7 yards to BJ Casteel and Jalen John gave the Wildcats some early momentum on their next drive.
  • But the Wildcats were unable to continue the drive and were forced to punt after a run for a loss, an incomplete pass, and a delay of game killed any potential momentum.
  • Despite clearly being a little banged up, Brown Jr. returned to the field and threw an incompletion on first down.
  • A false start set up a third-and-12 for the Ducks, which Brown converted on with a 29-yard pass to Kris Hutson. Unfortunately, Hutson was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, which put them back to the Wildcat 37.
  • Brown Jr. threw two deep incompletions to end the half.

***HALFTIME SCORE***

Ducks 24 - Wildcats 10

Arizona v Oregon Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images

3RD QUARTER NOTES

  • A 13-yard pass to Curry earned the Wildcats their first first down of the second half.
  • Anderson ran for 10 yards two plays later to earn their second.
  • On the next play, McCloud found tight end Alex Lines for a 19-yard pass reception.
  • The Wildcats converted on fourth-and-5 at the Oregon 38 with a 7-yard pass to Berryhill.
  • McCloud converted again with a 2-yard run on 3rd-and-2.
  • But on the Oregon 17-yard line, McCloud threw this third interception of the contest. This time to Verone McKinley III who returned it 1-yard to the Oregon 2-yard line.
  • Oregon was deep in their own territory and gained 3 yards on a run from Verdell, but on second down the running back was taken down for a loss of a yard.
  • On third down, Brown Jr. was sacked by Mo Diallo, resulting in a safety.

Ducks 24 - Wildcats 12

(3 plays, -2 yards, 1:18)

  • It appeared that the Duck D would force a three-and-out, but a roughing the passer called on Noah Sewell on an incomplete pass gave the Wildcats a first down.
  • Three consecutive runs from the Wildcats netted 11 yards and another first down.
  • A pass interference called on Wright put Arizona at the Oregon 22-yard line.
  • Anderson picked up 10 yards on second down to reach the Duck 12.
  • Three straight carried from Anderson got the Wildcats to a fourth-and-1 at the Oregon 3, then McCloud burst up the middle to pick up two and the first down.
  • On the next play, Anderson walked into the end zone.

Ducks 24 - Wildcats 19

(12 plays, 71 yards, 5:35)

  • After watching from the sideline for a considerable amount of time, the Ducks started their next drive with a false start.
  • Dye saved the drive on second-and-12 by taking a short pass 22 yards to the Oregon 45.
  • The Wildcat defense got Oregon to a third-and-10 situation when true freshman Seven McGee caught a ball that went for 27 yards to the Arizona 28 to end the third quarter.
Arizona v Oregon Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images

4TH QUARTER NOTES

  • Runs from Brown Jr. and Verdell netted only three yards on the next set of downs, then an incompletion forced Cristobal’s hand to go for the field goal, which Lewis connected on from 43 yards out.

Ducks 27 - Wildcats 19

(9 plays, 50 yards, 2:59)

  • Wiley ran for 10 yards to start Arizona’s next drive, but the Wildcat offense failed to move the chains any farther and were forced to punt.
  • Verdell took three consecutive carries starting at the Oregon 41 for a total of 25 yards.
  • A false start from Oregon was then negated by an offside from Arizona.
  • On second-and-7, Johnson III caught a ball for 11 yards and a first down to the Arizona 20.
  • On second-and-8, Brown Jr. passed to tight end Spencer Webb for an 18-yard touchdown.

Ducks 34 - Wildcats 19

(7 plays, 59 yards, 4:00)

  • McCloud passed to Curry for a 12-yard gain on first down.
  • Two back-to-back Wiley carries earned a total of 11 yards and another first down.
  • Williams collected his second interception on the following play and returned it 68 yards for the pick six.

Ducks 41 - Wildcats 19

(1 play, 68 yards)

  • Drake earned, yet another, first down with a 17-yard carry.
  • An illegal shift put the Wildcats back five yards, but a pass interference called on Trikweze Bridges kept Arizona’s offense on the field.
  • Wiley ripped off another 10-yard run on second-and-6.
  • Treven Ma’ae sacked McCloud for a 3-yard loss on the next play.
  • McCloud passed to Anderson to just barely convert on fourth-and-three at the Oregon 24.
  • The Wildcat drive ended with a 40-yard missed field goal.
  • Ty Thompson entered the game late to help kill the clock.
  • The Ducks punted with just over a minute remaining in the game.
  • Linebacker Nate Heaukulani picked off McCLoud late in the fourth.
  • Ducks turn it over on downs with under 30 seconds remaining.
  • Wildcats run it up the gut to end the game.

DUCKS WIN, 41-19!

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