"In pregame warm-up, I actually thought we looked okay," said Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich of his team. "There were a couple of lapses yesterday that we addressed and talked about. From an offensive standpoint, he had a really good set of meetings this morning. Obviously how we started, very sluggish in every phase, that is one hundred percent my fault."
Helfrich went on to say that the Ducks will have to quickly learn and regroup because next Friday Oregon faces Oregon State in the final game of the regular season.
"We have to turn the page really quickly and get ready for Oregon State," said Helfich.
A team that once looked invincible was reduced to being a footnote in the annals of Ka'Deem Carey's career as the team he set school records in rushing and touchdowns against on a day when the stands were barely half full of Wildcat fans.
"He's going to get a lot of individual accolades, and he absolutely deserves them, but he's about the team first the way he prepares," observed Arizona headman Rich Rodriguez of his star back Carey. "He's a physical hungry runner."
To add insult to an already embarrassing loss, the Ducks also face an unknown future as quarterback Marcus Mariota was noticeably wobbly as he was assisted from the field after he made tackling Shaquille Richardson, who had just picked off the second Mariota pass of the game. Until today, Mariota had not given up a pick. A sullen Mariota said in post-game he was not sure if he'd suffered a concussion but was obviously very depressed over the loss.
"I'm alright, it hurts," Mariota said first of his physical being then his emotional state. "I have been blown out like this before in my life. We are just going to have to come back and bounce back. We have to come back and just fight and control what we can control."
For the game, Casey rushed for 206 net yards on 48 carries and four touchdowns. Denker added double-trouble by rushing for 102 yards on 14 carries to give Arizona a total of 304 yards rushing while the Ducks, a team that had done as they pleased for the first eight seven games of the season manage to rush for 198 yards and no touchdowns. Denker also threw for 178 yards on 19-for-22 passing and two touchdowns while Mariota had 308 yards passing on 27-for-41, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Defensively, the Oregon defense seemed slow, out of step and according to Defensive Coordinator, "lost the battle for the line of scrimmage."
Putting it simply, the Duck defensive line was manhandled by a team that was struggling to make it to a bowl game.
Derrick Malone was Oregon's leading tackler with 12 (two solos). Safety Brian Jackson had 10 tackles (five solos) and Oregon could only muster three tackles for loss, one each by cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, linebacker Boseko Lokombo and safety Avery Patterson.
If there was an Oregon pass rush during the game, it would be hard to tell although neither team recorded a sack during the game.
The Ducks field goal kicker Matt Wogan kicked a 33-yarder in the first half. After the game the players and coaches that met with media were obviously subdued and without answers. About the only response give was that the Ducks would put this loss behind them and prepare for Oregon State.
Overall Oregon actually had more total offense with a total of 506 yards to Arizona's 482. Arizona's was just more productive. Oregon significantly lost the turnover-to-takeaway-ration by losing two interceptions and a fumble while Arizona did not have a turnover.
With Oregon unable to stop Arizona's running game Helfrich was asked he thought that the loss still had some remnants of Oregon's defeat to Stanford two weeks ago?
"No, " said Helfrich. "Two different teams, different games."