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Ducks Defense Comes Up Big Again, Oregon Beats UCLA

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UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson scrambles out of the pocket and away from Oregon’s DJ James at Rose Bowl on Saturday. (Harry How / Getty Images)

The Oregon Ducks will advance to 6-1 on the year, as they defeat the UCLA Bruins 34-31. For the Ducks, it’s the third time this year that we have seen the defense come up big.

Oregon is the last chance for the PAC12 to reach the College Football Playoff, and to even have a chance they have to win out in the regular season and still win the Pac-12 championship. But even then there is still no guarantee that they make it.

OREGON

The Ducks Defense stood still once again, but this time it was not on the goal line. It was DJ James who had the interception in the final minute of the ball game. The defense allowed 348 yards in total, with 238 of those coming through the air, and 110 yards on the ground. Having their star DE/OLB Kayvon Thibodeaux for the entire game proved to be dividends for the defense.

On the offensive side of things, Travis Dye had a crazy stat line: 14 carries, 36 yards, and 4 Touchdowns. For Anthony Brown, it was an up and down game, but one of the best passing games that he’s seen all year. Brown finished with 29 completions for 296 yards. Though he did throw two picks in the fourth, he also had a TD on the ground.

Once again, the Ducks were hit by the injury bug before the game. With starting Center Alex Forsyth returning earlier in the week, then was ruled out before the game.

UCLA

For the Bruins, their offense set the tempo early, as Chip Kelly was running the up-tempo offense that Duck fans have seen in the past. With Kelly’s Bruins scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter and going up 14-0. With two minutes left, UCLA trailed 34-31 and was driving. Dorian Thompson-Robinson was getting looked at by trainers after taking a hard sack, bringing Ethan Garbers in off the bench in a critical situation. The backup delivered with a fourth-down completion to Kyle Philips that kept the chains moving, but DJ James picked off a quick pass to the sideline that sealed the loss for UCLA.

On the defensive side of things, the Bruins could not stop Dye in the Red Zone.

CONCLUSION

We knew coming into this game that it would be close but whether the Bruins would have scored on that final drive, we will never know. The Ducks have now officially clinched a spot in a bowl game, but they will not stop there. The Ducks have played 3 close games with the injury bug on both sides of the ball. The backups are stepping up, which is a testament to the talent that Oregon has recruited.

TL//DR: Oregon Beats UCLA

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