In a Saturday matchup against the No. 19 Colorado Buffaloes (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12), the No. 10 Oregon Ducks (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) handled business and won 42-6 at home in Eugene.

The Colorado program’s hype fizzled out and wasn’t enough to beat the Ducks, so the team needed an explosive offense and a stout defense to succeed.

First Quarter Oregon vs Colorado

On Saturday, Oregon got the game underway with a strong 12-play drive that covered 53 yards in just over six minutes. Bo Nix appeared at ease right away, completing two touchdown passes to Troy Franklin and Tez Johnson on the first drive before Noah Whittington completed the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run.

The Oregon defense came out playing a rugged brand of football as the Colorado defense went three-and-out on their opening possession.

Nix completed his first touchdown pass of the day to tight end Casey Kelly from one yard out, but Ross James failed on a two-point attempt. The Ducks successfully delivered the first blow by leading 13-0 at the end of the first quarter as penalties were hurting Colorado.

Second quarter

As the defense continued to choke the Buffs’ attack, the second quarter began with more of the same for Oregon. After Evan Williams and Brandon Dorlus recorded sacks of their own, Jordan Burch recorded Oregon’s first of the game. On a deep pass intended for Troy Franklin that was underthrown, Nix threw his first interception of the game.

With five minutes remaining in the half, the Ducks gained possession again, and their ground game flourished as they alternated between Irving, Jordan James, and Whittington to counter a defense that has had trouble stopping the run. At the half, Oregon led the other team 35-0 as they went into the locker room.

Third quarter

The Ducks’ third quarter was largely uneventful. James scored a touchdown on a one-yard touchdown, and as the Ducks kept pressing the Buffs, their advantage grew to 42-0. Running back Noah Whittington was carried off the field with an injury while the Ducks easily won this one. He left after having his shoe removed.

Sanders kept escaping the pocket as the offensive line of Colorado and Oregon’s pass rush didn’t give him much time.

Fourth quarter


Bo Nix’s day was ended after throwing for 276 yards and completed 28 of his 33 attempts for three touchdowns and one interception. The Ducks’ new quarterback is Ty Thompson. In addition, he ran for nine yards and a score.

Shedeur Sanders’ six-yard touchdown pass to Michael Harrison allowed Colorado to score and prevent a shutout, but the Ducks successfully blocked the extra point.

As the game neared its conclusion, Oregon’s offensive slowed down due to the absence of the majority of its starters, and the Ducks defeated the Buffs 42-6 to hand them their first defeat under Deion Sanders.

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