Bo Nix throws five touchdowns in No. 10 Oregon’s win over No. 9 UCLA
The Bo Knicks threw 278 yards, five touchdowns, and No. 10 Oregon University of California, No. 9, handed its first loss of the season with a 45-30 victory on Saturday.
The win extended Oregon’s winning streak in Utzen Stadium 23 games, matching school record. It is the third best active home line in the nation. The Ducks (6-1, 4-0 Pac 12) have won six consecutive times since losing their season opener to Georgia, the only team left unbeaten in the Pac-12 Conference.
The loss interrupted a nine-game winning streak for the Bruins, who had not won at Eugene since 2004. University of California (6-1, 3-1) The Ducks have not been defeated since 2017.
The Knicks, a transfer from Auburn, is a traveling threat who threw 17 touchdowns and rushed for eight flushes this season. Complete 21 of 28 passes against the Bruins. His favorite goal on Saturday was Troy Franklin, who scored eight goals for 132 yards and two stars.
UCLA’s Dorian Thompson Robinson, who was completing nearly 75% of his passes in the game, threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns. Zach Charbonnet lunged for 136 yards and scored.
Oregon slowed the ground game for the University of California, allowing the dash for 186 yards. The Bruins finished second in the Pac-12, averaging 211.5 yards. In contrast, the ducks accumulated 273 yards.
After field trade goals, the Ducks climbed 10-3 early in the second quarter on the Knicks’ 17-yard lane touchdown to Terrance Ferguson. UCLA answered with a Thompson-Robinson 36-yard pass to Keegan Jones.
Franklin got a 51-yard pass from the Knicks to pull the ducks forward. Oregon recovered a kick on the other side and continued his lead by carrying Jordan James 2 yards.
Nicholas Bar-Mera added a 44-yard field goal for the Bruins to close the gap. The Ducks were pushed by a pair of shootouts in the final round before the break, but Franklin got a 2-yard pass from the Knicks for a 31-13 lead in the first half.
After a third field goal at UCLA, the Ducks embraced their lead with a Knicks pass from 17 yards to the tight end of Cam McCormick.
Charbonnet rushed to drop 1 yard to open the final period. The ducks answered by hunting Bucky Irving at 37 yards.
The Knicks became Oregon’s third quarterback since at least 1996 with multiple games of five or more touchdowns in a single season. Joined by Justin Herbert (2019) and Marcus Mariota (2014).
UCLA added a late touchdown on Thompson-Robinson’s 22-yard pass to Jake Bobo.
in the top 10
The last time a top-10-ranked UCLA team played a top-10 opponent was on October 13, 2001, when the No. 7 Bruins beat the 10th at Washington 35-13 in Pasadena, California.
It was the first meeting between two Autzen’s top 10 teams since Oregon State No. 7 beat Michigan State No. 7 in 2014. The last game between two top 10 PAC 12 teams was Oregon No. 9’s No. 9 win. Stanford in 2010.
UCLA, which rose in the polls to 13th place last season, hasn’t been in the top 10 since 2015 before last week. Oregon opened the season 11th, but a loss to Georgia dropped her from the vote. The ducks were ranked third last season.
UCLA: Coach Chip Kelly returned to Eugene, where he coached from 2009-2012. During his tenure, the Ducks were notorious for the rapid spread of the attack’s “blurry”, which took them to the National Championship game after the 2010 undefeated season. Kelly is 0-4 against Oregon since he took over at UCLA in late 2017. The Bruins’ six start-of-season wins were the program’s biggest since 2005. UCLA was exiting bye.
Oregon: The ducks were also coming in for a farewell week. ESPN’s College GameDay aired Eugene for the first time since 2018. Former Oregon women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu was in the game. Oregon is 4-0 in multiplayer for the first time since 2019. The game attracted 59,962, the fourth largest crowd ever at Autzen and the largest since 2011.
UCLA: The Bruins host Stanford next weekend.
Oregon: The Ducks visits California on Saturday.