Utah shocks Oregon in 62-20 blowout – The 18th ranked Utah Utes went into Eugene, Oregon and shocked the nation’s #13 ranked Ducks in a 62-20 blowout Saturday night in college football.
For the Oregon Ducks, one of the nation’s most successful teams the past few years, it was their worst home loss since 1977, and the most points they’ve ever given up in Eugene in their history.
After the game, Utah quarterback Travis Wilson said, “It felt amazing. It’s a great win for this program, a great step for this offense. To put that many points on a team like Oregon is unheard of.”
Wilson completed 18 of 30 passes for 227 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for another 100 yards and a score. He was returning from a left shoulder sprain suffered two weeks ago against Utah State after sitting out last week’s game against Fresno State.
Oregon’s defense simply had no solution for the Utah offense, which piled up 530 total yards in the Pacific-12 Conference opener for both teams.
Vernon Adams, Jr. started at quarterback for Oregon. He was ineffective playing with a broken index finger which had kept him out of last week’s game Georgia State, and was replaced by Jeff Lockie in the second quarter.
Following the game, Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said the change wasn’t just due to the injury.
“There were some things there that are plays he would normally make, you have to kind of get into their head as to why and what, if he’s thinking about something else, whatever it is,” he said. “You’ve got to give Utah credit.”
Lockie threw a touchdown pass on his first drive, cutting the Utah lead to 20-13, but from there on it was all Utah.
The Utes proceeded to score six unanswered touchdowns, increasing their lead to 62-13 early in the fourth quarter before a stunned Oregon crowd.
Utah improved to 4-0 with the win, while Oregon fell to 2-2. Utah’s next game is against California, while Oregon takes on Colorado after a bye next weekend.
Last season, the Ducks made it all the way to the national championship game before losing to Ohio State. when they were led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota, who is now playing in the NFL.