(PHOTO) De'Anthony Thomas returned to action of Saturday, Oct. 26 2013 against UCLA. (Photo by Rich Kolbell)
The Oregon defense set the tone of the second of the game that was tied at 14 at halftime by recording a shutout and only allowing the Bruins 95 yards of total offense in the second half of the game. Meanwhile the Ducks exploded offensively behind the running of Byron Marshall, who finished the game with 133 yards of rushing and three touchdowns. It was Marshall’s fifth straight game of rushing for more than 100 yards in a game.
Marshall scored the first TD of the second half on an 11-yard run then settled in to be the workhorse after the Duck defenders forced the Bruins to punt the ball on every UCLA possession. The Ducks scored four times in the second half, Marshall also scored on a three-yard run in the third quarter plus a 40-yard TD run in the second quarter. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw an eight-yard TD pass to Bralon Addison and freshman Thomas Tyner scored on a two-yard dive into the end zone to complete the Oregon scoring as the game neared an end.
Mariota finished the night by throwing for 230 yards on 21-of-28 passing including the TD to Addison and for the eighth game in row Mariota did not give up an interception.
Tyner had 77 yards on 14 carries, the most carries of his career.
DeAnthony Thomas made his first appearance since an ankle injury sidelined him on the opening kickoff of the California game, had 10 carries for 31 yards and the first Oregon touchdown of the game in the first quarter.
Josh Huff was the leading receiver with six catches for 77 yards while Addison also had six grabs for 66 yards and a TD.
Defensively the Ducks were again led in tackling by linebacker Derrick Malone with 10 tackles (seven solos). Fellow linebacker Rodney Hardrick had eight tackles (six solos) plus forcing a fumble. Hardrick also provided a big spark in the first half by taking a fake punt snap and carrying the ball 66 yards turning around a drive that was stalled and lit the way to the Ducks first touchdown of the game.
The Ducks had a total of 10 tackles for loss including three sacks. Avery Patterson had three TFLs among his six solo tackles. Patterson also had an interception that he returned for 34 yards. That pick was instrumental in Oregon’s fourth score of the game. Ricky Heimuli had two TFLs as did Boseko Lokombo (both sacks) as well as an interception. Others recording TFLs were DeForest Buckner and Tony Washington (sack). Washington also forced a fumble that caused UCLA to punt deep in its own territory.
Oregon’s special teams shined on Hardrich’s fake punt run for 66 yards but the Ducks allowed a punt block, the first of the season. Alejandro Maldonado missed the only field goal attempt by either team of 37 yards.
UCLA’s quarterback Brett Hundley finished the game throwing for 64 yards on 13-of-19, one TD to Thomas Duarte covering 11 yards. Paul Perkins was the leading rusher with 94 yards on 22 carries. Hundley had 87 yards of total rushing but had 15 yards loss due to sacks and finished with 72 net yards rushing and touchdown.
Devin Fuller was the leading Bruin receiver with four catches for 18 yards.
Defensively, UCLA was led in tackling by Jordan Zumwalt’s 14 tackle (10 solos) including two TFLs. Anthony Barr had two sacks while Myles Jack and Brando Sermonds had a TFL. Barr and Jack also had a fumble recovery each.
For the game Oregon had 555 yard of total offense, 325 yard rushing and 230 passing. UCLA had 248 yards of total offense (219 rushing, 64 passing). Both teams were penalized five times. Both teams also fumbled three times though Oregon lost two of its fumbles. UCLA was intercepted twice. UCLA allowed three quarterback sacks while Oregon was sacked twice.
The Ducks are off next Saturday as they will have a short week playing Stanford on Thursday night, Nov. 7, at Stanford Stadium.