UCLA vs. Oregon: Live Score and Highlights
Oregon 42, UCLA 14 ; FINAL
After being tied at halftime, the Oregon Ducks broke away from the UCLA Bruins. Mark Helfrich's team outscored the opposition 28-0 in the second half en route to victory.
A full box score of the game can be found at NCAA.com.
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We will see these two teams play again in the Pac-12 Championship Game. At this point, I can't see Oregon losing a game. Next week at Stanford will be a tough test. If Oregon can get past the Cardinal, it should be smooth sailings.
As for UCLA, it's clearly the most talented team in the Pac-12 South. The game against ASU will in all likelihood determine who plays in the title game. Fortunately for the Bruins, the game against the Sun Devils will be at the Rose Bowl.
This tweet says it all for Marcus Mariota.
The Ducks' signal-caller stepped up when his team needed it. His command of the offense in the second half was impeccable. Oregon marched down the field in workmanlike fashion and took it to a tired UCLA defense.
The other story was the fact that Helfrich opted to go with Byron Marshall over De'Anthony Thomas. It surely worked, as Marshall rushed for three touchdowns. Kudos to Helfrich for making such a move.
QUICK TAKEAWAYS: UCLA
1. The play-calling crippled the team, in particular the defense. There was no imagination with regards to UCLA's offensive plan. Yes, the extremely vanilla gameplan was in large part to compensate for starting three true freshmen on the offensive line.
However, there was little effort to throw the ball down the field. UCLA became far too predictable and it led to Oregon stacking the box.
2. The future is bright for the Bruins. UCLA played 18 true freshmen tonight in this game. The experience playing on the road against a top opponent is invaluable, and will serve well for the kids in the long run. In a few years, this bunch has the potential to be special.
Oregon 42, UCLA 14
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Oregon scores again.
Oregon 42, UCLA 14
Thomas Tyner finishes off an 8 play, 66 yard drive with a 3-yard rush, the Ducks have broken it open. This extra touchdown probably helps in the eyes of BCS voter.
One could argue (and should) that Oregon's win against a top 12 team looks far better than against weak NC State and Tennessee squads.
Mark Helfrich made a couple of very interesting moves in this game.
One being that he benched De'Anthony Thomas in favor of Marshall and Tyner. That move has immensely paid off.
It also is a benefit from the standpoint that Thomas gets to rest for the home stretch of the season.
Oregon forces another UCLA punt.
The Ducks will take over, looking to run the clock out. UCLA put up a valiant effort, but time is running out. Oregon is the true class of the conference, and it'll be interesting to see what a win here will do for their BCS rankings spot.
If UCLA has any shot in this game, it has to score points on this possession.
Oregon 35, UCLA 14
Byron Marshall scores his third touchdown of the game, and the Ducks have a commanding 35-14 lead.
On the day, Marshall's rushed for 102 yards on 17 carries.
Oregon has truly dominated in this second half.
Without any semblance of ball control on offense, the UCLA defense is getting tired. Tackles that they were making in the first half are now being missed.
Byron Marshall, by the way, is a star in the making. Great combination of size, speed and elusiveness.
Had a feeling Oregon's defense would step up in the 2nd half, UCLA runs about 3-4 offensive plays, not hard to scheme against— Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins) October 27, 2013
Pretty accurate, Mr. Biggins...
UCLA's offense has gone seemingly into a shell.
It's becoming supremely predictable. Without any variation, Oregon can stack the box and plan for the run. UCLA's not shown the ability to throw the ball down the field.
Of course, this most likely has to do with the fact that the Bruins have three true freshmen starting. It also might be that offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone doesn't have a whole lot of faith in Hundley at this point.
This was the interception that led to Oregon's latest touchdown.
Mariota has really picked up his level of play in the second half.
He's gone 8-8 for 79 yards in the second stanza of the ballgame. UCLA's inability to do anything offensively has left its defense tired. The Ducks are taking full advantage.
Oregon 28, UCLA 14
Mariota finds Bralon Addison in the back of the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown reception, and the Ducks now have a two touchdown advantage.
On a 3rd-and-20 attempt by Hundley, he throws his second interception of the game to Avery Patterson.
The Ducks' safety returns the ball all the way to UCLA's 39-yard line.
Mariota was 7-7 for 71 yards in the 3rd Quarter.
A big time player stepping up most in crunch time.
Here's the 11-yard touchdown run by Byron Marshall.
It's the end of the third quarter, and the Ducks are clinging to a 21-14 lead.
Oregon 21, UCLA 14
On the legs of Byron Marshall, the Ducks take the lead. Marshall scampered home from 11-yards. He's rushed for 88 yards on 13 carries today.
Marshall had two very effective runs out of the backfield, and had a nice 23-yard reception on the drive.
Here's the fumble on the last possession for the Ducks.
Oregon is ramping up the pressure on UCLA's offense.
There's no imagination offensively right now for the Bruins. It's virtually running the ball on first and second down, and throwing on third.
It resulted in a three and out, and the Ducks have the ball back again.
A bad snap by Oregon snapper Hroniss Grasu results in a fumble, and Anthony Barr pounced on it for the Bruins. This is the second Oregon turnover today.
A huge mistake for the Ducks, who looked like they had a nice rhythm going offensively.
Oregon is starting to get into a rhythm at this point.
Mariota is trying to exploit the center of the field, and the main recipient has been Bralon Addison on crossing routes.
The Ducks are in the red zone, looking to take the lead.
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