Oregon football: Ducks redefine style points in blowout win over Colorado

Quarterback Bo Nix #10 of the Oregon Ducks (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Quarterback Bo Nix #10 of the Oregon Ducks (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

If style points are something the College Football Playoff committee considers, then the Oregon football team should have grabbed their attention this week.

Dan Lanning’s Oregon football team knew going into Boulder that they were facing an inferior opponent, and Ducks offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham took the opportunity to mix things up a bit in getting Oregon to a 49-10 win. It was Oregon’s second straight on-the-road win and eighth straight win overall.

But it wasn’t just a big margin of victory, it was the way that many of those 49 points were scored that made this a special win.

Oddly enough, the scoring was started by an offensive lineman. Josh Conerly Jr. got into the endzone on his birthday for the Ducks’ first score of the day, a pass from Bo Nix. The Ducks then had Bucky Irving toss a pass over an incoming defender to Quarterback Bo Nix, giving Nix a receiving touchdown on the year.

Bo Nix touchdown tally at this point — one passing, and one receiving.

Oregon football continued finding unique ways to score against the Buffs

The next unique touchdown of the day was made by defender Noah Sewell, who entered the game as a running back on a goalline play to make it 21-0. The first three scoring plays were somewhat unorthodox but that goes to show the imaginative and somewhat playful mind of offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham.m\

Bo Nix’s third touchdown of the game came in the third quarter when he punched through the Buffaloes’ defense for a one-yard run. He tacked on a second rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The final tally for Nix, five touchdowns — two passing, two rushing, and one receiving. That’s a stat line loaded with style.

The Ducks had their way all day on offense. Bo Nix was again the story of the game with his efficiency. He finished the game 20 for 24 throwing for 274 yards and two touchdowns. He completed better than 80 percent of his passes. On the ground he was also a force rushing 9 times for 16 yards and two touchdowns.

It was the type of win that Oregon needed to keep pace in the College Football Playoff race. Three teams ranked higher than the Ducks lost on Saturday including Clemson, Tennessee, and Alabama.

Oregon football’s impressive run at Pac-12 perfection remains intact, but the Ducks have the Washington Huskies coming to Autzen Stadium this week. The Huskies beat Oregon State last week and bring some momentum along with a very likely NFL draftable quarterback in Michael Penix Jr.

The Ducks and Huskies will kick off on Saturday at 4 pm Pacific Time. The game will be broadcast on FOX.

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