UCLA vs. Oregon: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Ducks

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UCLA vs. Oregon: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Ducks

Oregon defeats Pac-12 opponent UCLA 42-14 at Autzen Stadium in Week 9.

FINAL: Oregon 42, UCLA 14

For the full box score, check out NCAA.com.

Oregon Ducks Game Grades
Positional Unit 1st Half Grades Final Grades
Pass Offense B- B+
Run Offense A A+
Pass Defense A- A
Run Defense C- B-
Special Teams B+ B+
Coaching A- A

vs. UCLA Week 9

Game analysis for the Oregon Ducks

Pass Offense: Quarterback Marcus Mariota didn't have one of his best performances of the year, but he did what he needed to do to get the victory. Mariota finished the game 21-for-28 with 230 passing yards and one touchdown. Mariota didn't make any major mistakes. 

Run Offense: With De'Anthony Thomas coming back from injury, running back Byron Marshall stepped up and put up amazing numbers. Marshall ran for 133 yards on 19 rushes and three touchdowns. Five other rushers combined for more than 140 yards and one touchdown.  

Pass Defense: The Ducks pass defense had an amazing game against a very good UCLA quarterback. Brett Hundley had one of his worst passing games of the season, going 11-for-17 with 64 passing yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Run Defense: UCLA was able to have success in the first half with the run, but not as much in the second half. The Bruins finished the game with 219 yards on 52 rushes and one touchdown. The Ducks responded in the second half and didn't allow more than 80 rushing yards. 

Special Teams: There was an excellent fake punt by the Ducks early in the first quarter. Not much to talk about negatively in the second half.

Coaching: Very good fake punt call in the first half and quality offensive play calls in the second half by the coaching staff.  

First-half analysis for the Oregon Ducks

Pass Offense: Quarterback Marcus Mariota has done a good job of mixing up short and long passes for completions in the first half. The sophomore threw 11-for-18 with 131 passing yards and zero touchdowns. Mariota has done a good job of balancing the offense so far.

Run Offense: Oregon's run game has done an excellent job of finding open space and capitalizing on each run. Give credit to the Ducks offensive line for solid blocking. Four rushers have combined for 167 rushing yards on 23 attempts and two touchdowns. 

Pass Defense: The Ducks have been outstanding on pass defense, except for allowing one touchdown in the middle of the second quarter. Heisman hopeful Brett Hundley has completed six of nine passes for 43 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Run Defense: UCLA has run the ball a lot through the first two quarters. Oregon has only allowed one big run to Hundley for 33 yards in the second quarter. But the Ducks must respond in the second half and get more pressure from their front seven.

Special Teams: There was an excellent fake punt by the Ducks early in the first quarter. The trick play put Oregon in great field position, which resulted in its first touchdown of the game. 

Coaching: Although it was very risky, the fake punt was an excellent play call by the Ducks coaching staff. More offensive trickery in the second half would help. 

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