Oregon football: Bo Nix, Ducks ground attack impressive in win over Stanford

Bucky Irving #0 of the Oregon Ducks (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)
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It was an impressive night for an Oregon football team that saw over 500 yards of offense, with quarterback Bo Nix leading in yards through the air and on the ground in a 45-27 win.

After the Oregon defense forced a Stanford three and out that included a sack by Brandon Dorlus, the Ducks set the tone early, with Bucky Irving rushing for 36 yards in the first penalty-filled drive, leading to a field goal.

It was Nix and the rest of the Oregon running attack that was the story of this game from that point on. The Ducks rushed for a total of 351 yards and averaged 9.5 yards per carry, with seven different players adding to that rushing total.

Nix, Bucky Irving, and Noah Whittington were the three leading rushers for the Ducks, with Nix’s 141 yards coming on just six carries, including an 80-yard scamper for a touchdown in the third quarter.

This looked like the Ducks of old, running at will speed and strength, overpowering the Stanford defensive line and forcing the Cardinal secondary to retrieve lost jock straps all night.

Bo Nix has steadily improved each week since the opening-week loss to Georgia and has moved up to fifth in the conference in total passing yards, yards-per-game, and passer rating. His 261 rushing yards and 8.16 yards per carry lead all Pac-12 quarterbacks. His 69.8 completion percentage is second in the Pac-12, behind only UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

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It was the Oregon Ducks’ 16th straight home win, and the team is now 4-1 on the season and 2-0 in Pac-12 play.

Oregon heads south to take on Arizona on Saturday, October 8th. Kickoff time in the desert is set for 6 pm Pacific Time on Pac-12 Network.

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