UCLA vs. Oregon: Final Score and Highlights from the Pac-12 Title Game
While the 30-point spread had most thinking the Pac-12's inaugural championship game would be disastrous, 6-6 UCLA came to play in Rick Neuheisel's final game as coach of the Bruins. Ultimately, the speed of Oregon was too much to overcome, as the Ducks broke the game open in the third quarter and never looked back.
Oregon clinched their third consecutive Pac-12 title, they were rewarded with a return to the Rose Bowl for the second time in three years. UCLA, despite a 6-7 record, was granted a waiver to participate in a bowl game, but will do so with an interim coach should they be selected.
As typical with most Oregon games, there were a lot of big plays, both offensively and defensively, and even some from UCLA. Here is a look at some of the key moments of the Duck's 49-31 win over the Bruins.
James Puts Ducks on the Board
Oregon's LaMichael James begins the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown run to give the Ducks a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
UCLA's Pick Six
UCLA ties the game at 7-7 after Patrick Larimore returns an interception 35 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Thomas Takes to the Air
Darron Thomas scrambles and finds a wide open Colt Lyerla to extend Oregon's lead to 21-7 late in the first quarter.
Bruins Get Tricky
A flea-flicker from Kevin Prince to Nelson Rosario pulls UCLA within a touchdown early in the second quarter.
Hawkins Breaks Free
Daryle Hawkins takes a screen pass from Darron Thomas and sprints untouched up the sideline to put Oregon ahead 35-14 late in the second quarter.
Jordan Crushes Prince
A vicious hit by Oregon's Dion Jordan leaves Kevin Prince slow to get up late in the first half.
Bruins Fight Back
A beautiful zone read keeper from Kevin Prince caps a great drive to begin the second half, pulling UCLA within 11 points, 35-24.
James Makes It Three
LaMichael James scores his third touchdown of the night, this one from five yards outs, to put Oregon up 42-24 midway through the third quarter.
Paulson Seals the Deal
Darron Thomas pulls the defense in with play action, and then finds David Paulson uncovered in the end zone for Oregon's final points of the night.