Saturday’s game against 12 BYU feels like an important barometer for Oregon No. 25 in his first season under Dan Lanning, a test to determine if the Ducks will be more like the team than what. was defeated by Number 1 Georgia. five or overwhelm the FCS opponent in Week Two.
The Ducks (2-1) pass with flying colors.
Oregon’s defense was forced to slow down during the first half of the game, then 64 yards offensive behavior in just four innings, with quarterback Bo Nix finding the final zone in one shot. two yards fast.
That would be a sign of things to come for the Ducks and their defenders. A crime in Oregon that scored on each of its first nine properties last week started right where it left off despite a dramatic increase in competition. Oregon entered the red area again in second possession before settling for an on-court goal. The ducks then scored goals on their next four trips. Oregon took a 31-point lead before a pair met in the fourth quarter for BYU with a final score of 41-20.
Auburn transferee Nix, who drew the ire of some Duck fans for his two-interceptor performance in Atlanta to open the season, marked the performance by playing zero only the best game of his brief Oregon tenure but possibly of his career. Nix completed 12 of 17 212-yard passes and two touchdowns. He also rushed to get three career high points.
Nix’s job was made easier by the Oregon offensive line that handled the BYU defense. Oregon ran for 212 yards on 44 carry and the Cougars didn’t encircle Nix.
Perhaps most importantly for Nix, he never lets the ball go in a dangerous direction. Nix is very shrewd in his decision making, checking the ball to run behind or keeping it on his own if nothing is ready in the lower court.
When there was an opportunity to take a shot down, he took it. Nix hit Troy Franklin with a 50-yard action bomb in the second half, setting up his second rush of the game, a sneak attack from 2m. The 20-plus yards-long first finish for Nix all season drew particularly loud applause from a home audience of 54,463 raving fans.
Nix ended the first half almost flawlessly by shooting from close range to let Terrance Ferguson finish at 15 yards with 24 seconds remaining in the first half. The Ducks then received the ball early in the second half and Nix dashed into the back yard from six yards in third and on target. After Oregon was forced to change the score in the BYU half, Nix extinguished any remaining hope for the Cougars by finding Ferguson to make a second touchdown, this time from the nine-yard line.
While Nix and the offense in Oregon will likely make up most of the headlines, Duck’s defense is more than holding back. Despite playing without top saver Justin Flowe, Oregon was exceptionally resilient against the run. The Cougar’s Fighting Duck is only 61 yards and 2.5 yards per gill.
Full-back Jaren Hall had some success while throwing for 305 yards and scoring two points. But the secondary Ducks did a good job of bringing up the key moments at the right time, like when full-back Trikweze Bridges broke through a pass in the bottom area, leading to BYU’s missed shot.
Add it all up, and Oregon was able to pull its starting quarterback out of the game before the fourth quarter for the second game in a row (although Nix returned after BYU led down to 18). In doing so against a top 15 opponent rather than an FCS show, the Ducks sent a message that they were one of the teams, if not going to beat, on the West Coast this season.
10:21, Oregon: Bo Nix runs 2 yards (Camden Lewis PAT), 7-0 Oregon
4:26, Oregon: Camden Lewis scores 28 yards, 10-0 Oregon
14:53, BYU: Jaren Hall passes 28 yards to Isaac Rex (Jacob Oldroyd PAT), 10-7 Oregon
11:44, Oregon: Bo Nix 2-yard run (Camden Lewis PAT), 17-7 Oregon
0:24, Oregon: Bo Nix passes 15 yards to Terrance Ferguson (Camden Lewis PAT), 24-7 Oregon
11:54, Oregon: Bo Nix 6-yard run (Camden Lewis PAT), July 31, Oregon
8:21, Oregon: Bo Nix passes 9 yards to Terrance Ferguson (Camden Lewis PAT), 38-7 Oregon
14:05, BYU: Jaren Hall passes 18 yards to Kody Epps (Jacob Oldroyd PAT), 38-14 Oregon
10:39, BYU: Chris Brooks runs 2 yards (bad two-point conversion), 38-20 Oregon
2:16, Oregon: Camden Lewis scores 25 yards, 41-20 Oregon
Midway through the second quarter, BYU hit the 21-yard Oregon line and it looked like it could cut the Ducks’ 17-7 scoreline by one point. Instead, the Ducks’ defense forced the Cougars to settle with a goal from 38 yards, which Jacob Oldroyd missed to the right of the goal. Oregon then assembled a 13-player drive that culminated in Nix finding Ferguson in the final area with 24 seconds left at half-time. The beat not only extended Oregon’s lead by three points, but it also didn’t allow BYU a chance to respond before Oregon received a warm-up in the second half and found the finish line again.
The game’s duck attack player
Nix completed more passes in the majority of his college games, but he might not have played better than he did against BYU. Nix took what the BYU defense gave him, never delivering a pass that seemed in danger of being caught. He uses his feet to extend his play or run when there is no one open. And when he threw the ball, he was correct.
Duck player defense of the game
It’s been a quiet start to Brandon Dorlus’ season. The junior broke out in a big way against BYU. Dorlus led the team with seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles lost and 0.5 hits. His biggest game was when he beat a blocker and dropped Cougar running against Chris Brooks to lose in 4th and 1st place, setting up Oregon’s final run of the game.
Duck fans have been waiting for Nix to connect with a deep ball this season. He finally did when he hit Franklin over a 50-yard rainbow. BYU’s defense against Nix’s fake hand, gives him plenty of time in his pocket. He then executes a perfectly positioned ball, which Franklin parried despite a hit.
Why Oregon Wins the Game
Oregon has put out its most complete game in recent memory, but the Ducks’ biggest advantage seems to be its offensive line against BYU’s defensive front. Despite starting just in time for Steven Jones to miss the game through injury, Oregon dominated on attack. Ducks even jump up and down for a few moments, bringing more people in line into the game to run turns. His success on the ground, combined with the fact that he not only didn’t get fired but was never even hit, made it easy for Nix to find loopholes in the air.
Bo Nix: 13-18, 222 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Ty Thompson: 1-2, 5 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Mar’Kiese Irving: 14 reps, 107 yards
Noah Whittington: 13 reps, 69 yards
Bo Nix: 9 carry, 35 yards, 3 TD
Jordan James: 6 reps, 33 yards
Troy Franklin: 3 receptions, 84 yards
Chase Cota: 2 receptions, 38 yards
Terrance Ferguson: 2 receptions, 24 yards, 2 TD
Cam McCormick: 2 receptions, 19 yards