Bo Nix throws five touchdowns in No. 10 Oregon’s win over No. 9 UCLA
Bo Nix threw for 278 yards and five touchdowns and the Oregon No. 10 handed UCLA No. 9 his first loss of the season with a 45-30 win on Saturday.
The win extended Oregon’s winning streak at Autzen Stadium to 23 games, tying a school record. It is the third-best active home streak in the nation. The Ducks (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12) have won six straight since a season opener loss to Georgia and are the only undefeated team remaining in the Pac-12 conference.
The loss ended a nine-game winning streak for the Bruins, who hadn’t won in Eugene since 2004. UCLA (6-1, 3-1) hasn’t defeated the Ducks since 2017.
Nix, a transfer from Auburn, is a mobile threat who has thrown for 17 touchdowns and rushed for eight this season. He completed 21 of 28 assists against the Bruins. His favorite target Saturday was Troy Franklin, who had eight catches for 132 yards and two scores.
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UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson, who was completing nearly 75 percent of his passes before the game, threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Zach Charbonnet rushed for 136 yards and a score.
Oregon slowed UCLA’s rushing game, giving up 186 rushing yards. The Bruins were ranked second in the Pac-12 with an average of 211.5 yards. In contrast, the Ducks have rushed for 273 yards.
After trading field goals, the Ducks took a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter on Nix’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Ferguson. UCLA responded with Thompson-Robinson’s 36-yard pass to Keegan Jones.
Franklin caught a 51-yard pass from Nix to bring the Ducks up front. Oregon recovered an onside kick and continued to extend its lead with Jordan James’ 2-yard touchdown.
Nicholas Barr-Mira added a 44-yard field goal for the Bruins to close the gap. The Ducks were held back by a pair of penalties on the final drive before halftime, but Franklin caught a 2-yard pass from Nix for a 31-13 lead at the break.
After a third field goal by UCLA, the Ducks extended their lead with Nix’s 17-yard pass to tight end Cam McCormick.
Charbonnet rushed for a 1-yard touchdown to open the final period. The Ducks responded with Bucky Irving’s 37-yard touchdown.
Nix became Oregon’s third quarterback since at least 1996 with multiple games of five or more touchdowns in a season. He joins Justin Herbert (2019) and Marcus Mariota (2014).
UCLA added a late touchdown on Thompson-Robinson’s 22-yard pass to Jake Bobo.
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IN THE TOP 10
The last time a top-10 ranked UCLA team faced a top-10 opponent was Oct. 13, 2001, when the No. 7 Bruins beat No. 10 Washington 35-13 in Pasadena. , in California.
It was the first meeting between two top-10 teams in Autzen since No. 3 Oregon beat No. 7 Michigan State in 2014. The last meeting between two top-10 Pac-12 teams was the No. 4 Oregon win over No. 9 Stanford in 2010.
CONSEQUENCES OF THE SURVEY
UCLA, which rose to 13th place in the polls last season, hadn’t been ranked in the top 10 since 2015 until last week. Oregon opened the season ranked 11th, but the loss to Georgia dropped them from the poll. The Ducks were ranked third last season.
UCLA: Coach Chip Kelly returned to Eugene, where he coached from 2009 to 2012. During his tenure, the Ducks were known for their « fuzzy » fast spread offense, which took them to the championship game national after an undefeated 2010 season. Kelly is 0-4 against Oregon since taking over from UCLA in late 2017. The Bruins’ six wins to start the season were the most on the program since 2005. UCLA had just withdraw.
Oregon: The Ducks were also coming off a bye week. ESPN’s « College GameDay » aired from Eugene for the first time since 2018. Former Oregon women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu was at the game. Oregon is 4-0 in the conference for the first time since 2019. The game drew 59,962, the fourth-largest crowd ever in Autzen and the largest since 2011.
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UCLA: The Bruins host Stanford next weekend.
Oregon: The Ducks visit California on Saturday.