And to think I’d been even the slightest bit concerned when it came to Oregon vs Utah. Not only did they win, but it was an absolute demolition of Utah in all four quarters, not letting them have the leg up even once the entire game.
Not only that, but they’re the team that broke Utah’s 18-game home winning streak. Now they go back to Eugene, able to pat themselves on the back for a job well done and enough hype to get themselves ready for the next game.
#8 Oregon vs #13 Utah Football Game Highlights 10 28 2023
Now boasting a score of 7-1, with a 4-1 at conference, it’s safe to say that the Ducks now have full bragging rights as the best team in the Pac-12. For now (I don’t want to jinx myself, after all).
A good chunk of the Ducks’ success can be owed to a strong start. They started off with a 6-play, 75-yard drive that bumped Oregon up 7-0. This gave them the momentum they needed to keep Utah from scoring the points they needed to catch up.
The Ducks’ defense really put on a show for all of us this round, completely negating the Utes’ offense and not letting them have minimal points on the board. So good was the defense that Utah found itself stuck at single-digit points the entire game. The real star of the defense was Tysheem Johnson, who got 2 interceptions and really helped the team come to a rising tide. On the flip side, Bucky Irving fumbled the ball early on in the game, the first in his career. While it happens to the best of players, it was still a surprise to see. Thankfully, the defense was able to rise to the occasion to save the play, but if the Utes had been able to turn it into a touchdown, the game could have gone completely differently.
Bo Nix once again did a stellar job, getting 24-of-31, 248 yards, and 2 touchdowns within the span of the game.
So, what’s next for our beloved Ducks? Well, next Saturday they’ll be seeing former player and current California head coach Justin Wilcox once again as they host the Bears for an exciting 2:30 PT kickoff. They just finished a game with a nail-biting loss of 50-49 to USC, so the Ducks can expect quite the interesting experience once their opponents step onto the field.