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UCLA dominated by Oregon in second half of 42-14 loss

October 26, 2013|By Mike Hiserman and Chris Foster
  • Oregon running back Byron Marshall breaks past UCLA defenders for a touchdown during the first half at Autzen Stadium.
Oregon running back Byron Marshall breaks past UCLA defenders for a touchdown… (Jonathan Ferrey / Getty…)

Maybe there will be a rematch.

If so, UCLA has some work to do.

UCLA became the first team this season to play No. 2-ranked Oregon to as much as a tie in the first half.

But it was all downhill after that.

The No. 12-ranked Bruins were shutout in the second half of a 42-14 loss to the Ducks at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.

And as UCLA stalled, Oregon got its offense very much in gear.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota completed all 10 of his second-half passes, and sophomore running back Byron Marshall turned in his fifth consecutive triple-digit rushing game, finishing with 133 yards and three touchdowns in 19 carries.

Mariota finished having completed 21 of 28 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown as Oregon improved to 8-0 overall, 5-0 in Pac-12 Conference play.

Marshall was a backup until De'Anthony Thomas injured his ankle. Thomas returned to action on Saturday, running for 31 yards in 10 carries, all in the first half. Thomas did not play in the second half.

Back of Marshall, Oregon showed it has yet another up and comer. Freshman Thomas Tyner ran for 77 yards in 14 carries. He had all 66 yards in an eight-play scoring drive in the fourth quarter.

Oregon finished with 325 yards rushing. UCLA had 219 yards rushing, including 93 in 22 carries by Paul Perkins and 72 and a touchdown in 15 carries by quarterback Brett Hundley.

However, Hundley suffered through a horrific passing game, throwing for just 64 yards in 13 completions in 19 passes. He had two passes intercepted.

The score might have been more lopsided if not for two Oregon mistakes.

The first, a fumble, set up UCLA's first touchdown. Later, UCLA freshman Myles Jack blocked a punt, setting up the Bruins' final touchdown.

UCLA fell to 5-2 overall, 2-2 in Pac-12 play.

The Bruins and Ducks could meet in a rematch in the Pac-12 championship game.

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Oregon 42, UCLA 14 (2:25 left in fourth quarter)

If sophomore Bryon Marshall is the future (and present) of Oregon's running attack, then freshman Thomas Tyler is whatever is after that.

It all looks bright for the Ducks.

Tyler accounted for all 66 yards in Oregon's latest scoring drive, running the ball on all eight plays.

His touchdown run was of two yards.

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Oregon 35, UCLA 14 (8:47 left in the fourth quarter)

Byron Marshall, only a sophomore, has rushed for more than 100 yards in all five games since given a chance when De'Anthony Thomas was injured.

He has 133 in 19 carries against UCLA, including his latest, a three-yard touchdown run -- his third scoring run of the game.

Thomas returned from an ankle injury to play in this game, and he had 31 yards in 10 carries in the first half. He has not run the ball in the second half.

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Another three and out for UCLA. Not what the Bruins needed.

Oregon ball at its own 35 with 11:26 remaining in the fourth quarter.

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Oregon 28, UCLA 14 (12:41 left in fourth quarter)

Give Oregon extra chances and the Ducks will make you pay.

Marcus Mariota connected with Bralon Addison on an 8-yard scoring pass to cash in on Avery Patterson's interception.

Mariota has completed 19 of 26 passes for 210 yards. The Ducks also have 226 yards rushing, including 99 in 16 carries by Byron Marshall.

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Oregon has the ball at the UCLA 38 after Avery Patterson intercepted a Brett Hundley pass at the Oregon 28 and returned the ball 34 yards.

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The fourth quarter begins with UCLA at the 50 on third-and-20. Oregon leads, 21-14.

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Oregon 21, UCLA 14 (2:57 left in third quarter)

Oregon's defense isn't bad, either.

The Ducks stuck UCLA deep in Oregon territory after the turnover, and after a short punt Oregon drove 49 yards in five plays to take the lead on an 11-yard run by Byron Marshall.

Marshall had 42 of the 49 yards on the drive -- 35 rushing and 23 on a pass reception. He is the game's leading rusher with 88 yards and two touchdowns in 13 carries.

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Another big break for UCLA.

Oregon was at the UCLA 5-yard line when a bad snap from center bounced through Marcus Mariota's legs and was covered by UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr at the 12.

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Oregon has had the ball eight times, and scored twice.

There's so much attention paid to UCLA's offense and quarterback Brett Hundley, but the improvement of the defense under coordinator Lou Spanos and head coach Jim Mora is the biggest difference between this Bruins team and losing teams from the past.

Still tied, 14-14, with a eight minutes remaining in the third quarter.

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