Quick Hits: No. 3 Oregon 49, No. 22 Arizona 0
Duck defense dominates, forces five Arizona turnovers.
|De'Anthony Thomas and the Ducks blanked Arizona. (US Presswire)|
OREGON WON: The No. 3 Ducks (4-0) used a stifling defense and an opportunistic offense to deliver a 49-0 beatdown of No. 22 Arizona (3-1) in Eugene on Saturday night. Oregon scored 31 points on four Wildcats turnovers, including two interceptions returned for touchdowns. Marcus Mariota threw for 260 yards and two scores, while seven Duck runners combined for 228 yards and two more touchdowns. The Wildcats moved the ball well but came up short in the red zone. Matt Scott threw for 210 yards with three interceptions and Arizona managed just 89 yards on the ground.
WHY OREGON WON: The Ducks just wouldn't let the Wildcats score. Arizona's first four possessions ended pointless in Oregon's red zone. Arizona made a valiant effort and kept the game close for a while, but the Ducks eventually got rolling on offense and put the game out of reach by the third quarter.
WHEN OREGON WON: Arizona's third possession saw the Wildcats drive 71 yards in 13 plays to the Oregon 2-yard line, first and goal. There the Ducks made a goal line stand, stopping Matt Scott for a one-yard loss on fourth down. That was the closest the Wildcats came to scoring.
WHAT OREGON WON: A good win in confererence against a ranked team. After a soft early-season schedule, there was some question as to how Oregon would look going against a sturdier foe. After a slow start, the Ducks overwhelmed Arizona, showing they could dominate without firing on all cylinders at once.
WHAT ARIZONA LOST: A chance to show it belonged in the top 25. Losing 49-0 to Oregon will make it hard to justify a ranking in the weeks to come, even if Arizona plays well. A game full of missed opportunities was itself a missed opportunity and now the Wildcats face the meat of their schedule, with games against Oregon State, Stanford, USC and UCLA coming in the next five weeks.
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