EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Arizona had its chances early on, but by the end of Saturday’s game against the Ducks, those chances seemed like ancient history. Oregon shook off a slow start offensively and went on to crush Arizona 49-0.
The two teams came into the game averaging a combined 100 points per game, but this game was defined by defense and missed opportunities. Arizona had four trips to the red zone in the first half, and didn’t convert on any of those chances.
The Oregon defense picked off freshman quarterback Matt Scott three times and backup B.J. Denker once. Two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns.
Offensively, the Ducks took a while to get going. Oregon turned the ball over three times in this one and had just 13 points at the half. However, the Ducks scored twice in the third quarter: a touchdown run by Colt Lyerla and a 55-yard pass from Marcus Mariota to Bralon Addison. The Ducks tacked on 21 more points, including the two pick-sixes in the final frame to seal the win.
Oregon improves to 4-0 and will start Pac-12 play with a 1-0 mark. The Ducks will play away from Autzen Stadium for the first time next week as they play Washington State at Century Link Field.