The Ducks put up 400 yards of total offense, 222 rushing and 178 passing and scoring three touchdowns. Not particularly bad numbers except Utah had 530 yards of total offense, 273 of rushing and 257 yards passing and scored seven touchdowns.
Sort of like the Ducks brought a spit wad to a gun fight.
Oregon went through three quarterbacks. Starter Vernon Adams wearing a glove, and in this game it seemed way more of a hindrance than when he started and nearly beat No. 2 Michigan State, two weeks ago. After about a quarter and a half, Adams was replaced by Jeff Lockie, who looked like a man possessed leading Oregon to a touchdown and get the Ducks back into the game at 20-13 but the celebration and Lockie’s enthusiasm quickly waned when Utah got the ball back and march down the field and scored so fast some thought Marcus Mariota had left the Titans and secretly moved to Salt Lake City.
Lockie’s night was less than so-so. He threw for 139 yards and touchdown but he was picked off twice and sacked four times.
The Duck offensive line looked so slow and out of shape. The front wall gave up five total sacks, and couldn’t open holes for the running game.
Royce Freeman made a valiant effort to make something happen with 77 net yards on 14 carries.
Headed into the season, there was reason for optimism. The Ducks had an overabundance of playmakers, yet on Saturday, none were found and even if the quarterbacks could have gotten the ball to them, it seemed as if the Utah defense and finally figured out what the Oregon offense was all about, and stopped the Ducks from getting thing going.