Oregon got a taste of its own medicine when the Utah Utes destroyed the No. 13 Ducks

The defending Pac-12 Champion, Oregon, has been dethroned. The No. 18 Utah Utes marched into Autzen Stadium took command of the game and left with a 62-20 win, and the game wasn’t not as close as the score indicates.

Utah racked up 530 yards of total offense evenly balancing its attack to 257 yards passing to 273 yards rushing. Travis Wilson, came back after missing the Fresno State game last week because of an injured ankle had four touchdown passes off a 18-of-30 passing night for 227 yards. He also ran for 100 yards and a touchdown.

“This was a nice road win by our team," said Utah head coach Kyle Whittingam. "We played well in all three phases. Everybody showed up tonight and it was a great job by our coaches putting the game plans in place and having a great week of preparation. We talked about being tough and physical which is our brand of football anyways, but when preparation meets toughness and physicality, the result was what happened tonight."

Wilson hooked up with Kenneth Scott, the game’s leading receiver for a touchdown. Scott had a total of six catches for 75 yards. Caleb Repp had two TD receptions (2/25) and Britain Covey had two TD receptions among his 55 yards receiving. His second TD grab came off a ball thrown by running back Devontae Booker.

"It felt amazing," said Wilson. "It’s a great win for this program and a great step for this offense. To put that many points on a team like Oregon is unheard of."

Booker was the second leading rusher for Utah behind Wilson with 98 yards.

Special teams also got into the scoring act. Boobie Hobbs faked everybody out when Oregon punted the ball and the defenders headed towards Covey. How and why the Oregon special teams ran to the wrong man is anyone’s guess, but the result was Hobbs having an easy 69-yard return for a touchdown.

Andy Phillips, Utah’s field goal kicker booted two through the uprights from 28 and 44 yards out.

To try and say Utah roasted the Ducks on Rich Brooks Field because Oregon completely unprepared for the game does not do justice to just how effective the Utes played the game. Utah dominated Oregon in every facet of the game; on offense, on defense, on special teams.

"There is not a ton to be said," admitted Mark Helfrich. "Utah played great, and I give them a ton of credit. They are a very talented team and a very deep team, a veteran team and we did not play well enough to win. That starts and ends with me. We have a bunch of guys hurting in the locker room that will bounce back and get ready for who is next. There were too many mistakes in every phase."

Oregon was so pitiful that in the first half it needed a strong kickoff return by Byron Marshall aided by a personal foul for a face mask violation to even get into Utah territory to score on a pass from Vernon Adams to Royce Freeman.

Adams, playing with a broken finger had to be pulled from the game as he was ineffective and clearly unable to perform. It is a wonder why he was even put in the position to play on Saturday to begin with.

Oregon’s Mark Helfrich changed quarterbacks and had Jeff Lockie come in late in the second quarter. Lockie responded and gave Oregon a breath of fresh air, particularly when he led a drive that cut Utah’s early lead to 20-13.

“I wasn’t surprised, I wasn’t doing anything, why would they keep me in?" said Vernon Adams when asked about being pulled from the game. "Next man up, he came in did what he had to do. He drove it down and did a good job”

Too bad Helfrich didn’t pull the Oregon defense for the scout team. Just as soon as the Ducks kicked off to Utah after Lockie’s led drive and ultimate touchdown pass to Bralon Addison, Wilson took off on a 60 yard run for a score, knocking out any hope Oregon had of getting back into the game.

The Ducks dipped deep into the quarterback reserve and tapped Taylor Alie, who did manage to run for a 14-yard TD after the game had long been decided and cut Utah’s 62-13 lead to 62-20, the final score.

Oregon ended up with 400 yards of total offense but had three turnovers that made that total offensive yardage useless, as the Ducks were inept to do anything in the way of crossing the goal line.

The 62 points were the most ever scored on the Ducks.

Oregon may have suffered a serious loss when Byron Marshall had to be taken to the lockerroom by a cart. There were a number of rotation players on the sidelines in civilian clothes including T.J. Daniel and Chris Seisay.

Oregon has a policy of not discussing injuries so the exact nature of the injury to Marshall is unknown. It is also unknown why Seisay and Daniel did not play.

Next up is Colorado a team that Oregon has beaten badly for the last few years and if the Ducks play like they did against Utah, it might be Colorado’s golden opportunity to take out the frustration that has mounted up since the Buffaloes have entered the Pac-12 Conference.


•Royce Freeman has scored a TD in all four games this season, hauling in a 13-yard catch in the first quarter. It was the second receiving TD of his career and 25th overall.

•Vernon Adams Jr. started at quarterback for the third time this season. With 26 passing yards, he surpassed the 11,000-yard mark in his collegiate career (11,019).

•Utah scored the most points by an opponent at Autzen Stadium. Washington State held the previous mark of 55 on Sept. 27, 2003.

•The Ducks fell at home for only the second time under head coach Mark Helfrich (15-2).

•UO also lost for the first time when rushing for 200+ yards under Helfrich (22-1).

•Both of Oregon’s defeats this year have come against top 25 opponents. The Ducks lost the turnover battle in both defeats.

•Autzen Stadium hosted a sellout for the 106th consecutive game.

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