Oregon football ran for over 300 yards and seven touchdowns vs Arizona in a 49-22 win. Three of the scores on the ground were from Bo Nix.
If there is one thing that I have found impressive with the Oregon football offense over the last month it is the performance of quarterback Bo Nix. After a shaky start against Georgia, he has proven he is the player to lead this Oregon team.
Not only that, but other aspects of the Ducks’ performance on the field have also stood out. Last weekend the Ducks amassed 135 yards in penalties which put a hamper on several drives. Against Arizona, it was a much cleaner game. While there were 65 penalty yards against Oregon, over half of them were later in the contest when the game was in hand.
Bo Nix has found comfortability in this Oregon offense over the last month. He knows who he has around him and has found a dual-threat option by using both his legs and his arm. Last week he had an 80-yard run for a touchdown that head coach Dan Lanning said following the play saw Nix “sucking wind.” Nix had a 30-yard run off the right side into the endzone against Arizona on Saturday.
Nix on his own is doing enough on the field that the loss to Georgia at the start of the season now feels like a distant bad memory. The Oregon transfer QB is completing better than 70 percent of his passes over the last five games. (Marcus Mariota and Justin Herbert both averaged 68 percent of passes completed during their careers with Oregon.)
The former Auburn starter is also accountable for nine touchdowns with his legs. More impressive, he has made those scoring runs both close to the goal line and away from it. He is responsible for 12 scores in total this season.
Offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham and Nix know each other well and the Ducks know how to get the best out of their offense when he is under center. They have had explosive plays and have shown a run game over the last several weeks that cannot be stopped.
The Ducks scored touchdowns on every drive against Arizona. Seven drives for seven touchdowns. Oregon had 580 yards in total and 306 on the ground, including Nix who finished the game with 80 yards. Through the air, Nix was 20 for 25 for 265 yards.
Back to the ground attack. All seven scores were made on the ground which included three by Nix. Jordan James, Noah Whittington, Bucky Irving, and Tight End Moliki Matavao added scores. The three-yard score by Matavao was his first as a Duck.
Oregon football now has a week off to rework the wrinkles on offense as they prepare for what could be a top 10 matchup in Autzen Stadium, with an undefeated UCLA Bruins team coming to Eugene in what could be the game of the year to this point.
Oregon and UCLA meet on October 22nd. Gametime is yet to be announced.
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