Eugene, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Byron Marshall rushed for 133 yards and three
touchdowns and No. 2 Oregon scored 28 unanswered points in the second half on
Saturday to pull away for a 42-14 win over No. 12 UCLA.
UCLA scored two first-half touchdowns off an Oregon fumble and a blocked punt
and recovered a fumbled snap deep in its own territory in the third quarter.
But the Bruins punted and the Ducks -- who had beaten their first seven
opponents this season by an average of 40 points -- took a 21-14 lead on
Marshall's 11-yard touchdown run.
The score opened the floodgates a little later than usual for Oregon (8-0, 5-0
Pac-12), which was held to its lowest point total of the season.
"We knew UCLA was good and they lived up to it," said Oregon coach Mark
Helfrich. "They're a fantastic team, very well coached in every phase and it
was just back and forth, a heavyweight fight.
"The second half was just a total team effort. Every single guy contributed to
Heisman Trophy candidate Marcus Mariota -- averaging 363 yards of total
offense per game coming in -- threw for 230 yards with a touchdown pass to
Bralon Addison and rushed for 18, falling well short of that number.
De'Anthony Thomas returned to rush for 31 yards and a touchdown after missing
the last three games with an ankle injury and linebacker Rodney Hardrick ran
66 yards on a fake punt to set up Oregon's first touchdown.
Brett Hundley threw for just 64 yards with a touchdown pass to Thomas Duarte
and also ran for 72 yards and a score for the Bruins (5-2, 2-2), who have lost
two in a row after falling at Stanford last week. Paul Perkins rushed for 93
yards in the loss.
"It was a very disappointing loss. We didn't come up here to play them close,"
said UCLA coach Jim Mora. "We didn't come up here to give it the old college
try. We came up here to win the game and we didn't get it done.
"We played hard but playing hard is not enough. We've got to get to the point
where we play efficiently and where we don't make mistakes at critical times.
... We have to get to the point where we do things on a consistent basis that
champions do and we're not there yet."
Oregon has won five in a row over UCLA by an average of 22.8 points.
But this one was a nail-biter for the Ducks, who were No. 3 behind Alabama
and Florida State in the first BCS standings this week.
Their first-half miscues included a fumble on the game's second play and the
"The message at halftime was one play at a time," said Mariota. "That is kind
of what we live by around here. The guys around me stepped up."
The game was tied 14-14 and the Ducks were at the UCLA 5-yard line when
Mariota couldn't get to a low snap. The Bruins went three-and-out after the
fumble and Marshall's 11-yard run to the left side gave Oregon a 21-14 lead.
"We started picking it up on offense and everything just started clicking,"
Avery Patterson jumped in front of Shaquelle Evans to intercept Hundley,
taking it back 33 yards to the UCLA 38 and setting up Mariota's 8-yard
touchdown pass to Addison.
Marshall's third rushing touchdown, a 3-yarder, and Thomas Tyner's 2-yard run
capped the scoring.
Earlier, wide receiver Keanon Lowe fumbled on Oregon's second play and UCLA
took a 7-0 lead on Hundley's 4-yard run just 3:02 into the game.
The Ducks almost lost another fumble in their own territory when Anthony Barr
stripped Mariota on a sack but Oregon recovered, setting up Hardrick's run on
the fake punt.
Hardrick took a direct snap and went through the middle of the line. He wasn't
touched until Evans spun him out of bounds at the Bruins' 8-yard line. Thomas
was down inside the 1-yard line after a 7-yard reception but scored on the
next play to tie the game.
Marshall scored on a 40-yard touchdown run to the right side after UCLA turned
the ball over on downs to give Oregon a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter.
After Boseko Lokombo intercepted Hundley, Myles Jack busted through the line
to block an Oregon punt and Duarte's 11-yard touchdown catch tied the game for
Oregon's Alejandro Maldonado missed a 37-yard field goal wide right before
After a bye week, Oregon plays at Stanford on Nov. 7 ... UCLA is home next
week against Colorado ... The Bruins lead the all-time series 39-27-0 but
their last win was 16-0 on Nov. 24, 2007 ... The Ducks' 45-24 win at
Washington on Oct. 12 was the only other time they were held under 55 points
this season ... UCLA was also 12th in the BCS standings this week.
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