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Ducks warm up in time to take down Bruins

Published October 26, 2013 10:17 pm

Oregon scores 28 unanswered points in 2nd half vs. UCLA.
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Eugene, Ore. • Heading into halftime locked at 14-all with UCLA, No. 2 Oregon didn't panic. The Ducks knew they'd eventually wear down the No. 14 Bruins. Because that's what they do.

"We understand that our tempo is one of our greatest allies," sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota said.

Oregon went on to score 28 unanswered points in the second half and beat UCLA 42-14 on Saturday night.

Byron Marshall ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns, Mariota threw for 230 yards and another score, and the Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) racked up 555 yards in total offense compared with 283 for UCLA (5-2, 2-2).

"We just had to keep chipping away," Mariota said. "We knew that if we kept getting 5- or 6-yard chunks, we were going to get into a rhythm."

Brett Hundley completed 13 of 19 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown but also threw two interceptions, including one early in the fourth quarter that led to an Oregon touchdown. He also ran for 64 yards and a score.

"That was a very disappointing loss," Bruins coach Jim Mora said. "We didn't come up here to play them close, we didn't come up here to give it the old college try. We came up here to win the game and we didn't get it done and it's very disappointing."

UCLA, which has now lost two straight after falling to Stanford last week, has not won at Autzen Stadium since 2004, and hasn't defeated the Ducks since a 16-0 blanking in 2007. The two teams last met in 2011, when Oregon downed UCLA 49-31 in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game.

The Ducks are the highest ranked opponent the Bruins have faced since they played the No. 1-ranked Ducks in the 2010 season. Last weekend UCLA fell 24-10 to No, 13 Stanford.

Oregon, ranked No. 3 in the initial BCS rankings released last weekend, was coming off a 62-38 victory at home over Washington State. The Ducks have played one other game against a ranked opponent this season —a 45-24 win over then-No. 16 Washington at Husky Stadium.

"In the first half we had a couple of runs we'd like to have back, and a we had a couple of throws we'd like to have back," Ducks coach Mark Helfrich said. "But we finished right where we wanted to finish."

Oregon got off to a poor start, stymied by its own mistakes and UCLA's stout defense. On the Ducks' second play from scrimmage, Keanon Lowe fumbled a pass from Mariota. The turnover led to Hundley's 4-yard touchdown run to give the Bruins the early lead.

Arizona 44, Colorado 20 • In Boulder, Colo., Ka'Deem Carey rushed for four touchdowns and Arizona extended Colorado's Pac-12 losing streak to a dozen games.

Carey, the nation's leading rusher, ran for 119 yards on 23 carries. But it was his quarterback, B.J. Denker, who surprised the Buffs on the ground with a career-best 192 yards on 15 keepers.

He got 100 of those yards on two scampers up the middle, a career-long 54-yard gem and a 46-yarder that got the Wildcats (5-2, 2-2) out from the shadow of their own goal line.

Carey, who came in averaging 160 yards a game, scored from 1, 7, 1 and 6 yards out — one TD in each quarter. He's now reached the end zone in nine straight quarters against the Buffaloes (3-4, 0-4). Last year, he rolled up a conference record 366 yards and five TDs on the Buffaloes. —

Standings

North

Conference All games

W L PF PA W L PF PA

Oregon 5 0 261 108 8 0 445 135

Ore. St. 4 0 196 106 6 1 309 199

Stanford 4 1 173 110 6 1 241 143

Wash. St. 2 3 133 198 4 4 247 239

Wash. 1 3 107 142 4 3 235 172

Cal. 0 4 65 185 1 6 166 311

South

Conference All games

W L PF PA W L PF PA

Ariz. St. 3 1 197 120 5 2 318 187

UCLA 2 2 95 103 5 2 253 157

USC 2 2 105 106 5 3 197 154

Arizona 2 2 123 113 5 2 210 119

Utah 1 4 129 160 4 4 249 206

Colorado 0 4 66 199 3 4 188 260

Saturday's Games

Southern Cal 19, Utah 3

Oregon 42, UCLA 14

Arizona 44, Colorado 20

Stanford at Oregon St., late

California at Washington, late