In the past, trips to the desert for Oregon Football resulted in heartbreak. On Saturday, the Ducks turned that page and rewrote the history books. It started with Quarterback Bo Nix, who once again showed his consistency on the field, even playing on the road.
Nix was responsible for six touchdowns, all passes and completed better than 80 percent of his throws on the day against an Arizona State defense that was not up for the task against the Ducks’ speed and agility on offense.
Oregon’s offense scored a touchdown on every first-half possession, building a 42-0 lead after the first half. Nix saw one series in the second half before he was replaced with backup Quarterback Ty Thompson for the remainder of the game.
Nix was not the only storyline of the day. Wide Receiver Troy Franklin and Running Back Bucky Irving also had a hand in the record books on the afternoon. Irving it one-thousand yards on the season midway through the third quarter. He had 63 yards on the ground off of 11 carries.
Troy Franklin caught 8 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and in the process set U of O single-season receiving records for receiving yards(1,221), touchdowns(13), and 100-yard games(7). Of course, with several games to go this season, this mark will continue to grow.
Kicker Camden Lewis who at times has had a love/hate relationship with fans also set a record on Saturday. Lewis had 7 extra points giving him 386 points in his career as a Duck and surpassing the mark set by Royce Freeman. Lewis is now the career leader for points scored for Oregon.
The 49-13 win by Oregon sets up quite the matchup at Autzen Stadium to close out the regular season. It will be the final game between Oregon and Oregon State, at least for now, in their long history. Both teams have a lot to play for. An Oregon win will guarantee a rematch in the Pac-12 Championship game with Washington.
The Huskies are coming off a 22-20 win over Oregon State in Corvallis Saturday night. The Ducks and Beavers meet on Friday this week. Kickoff is set for 5:30 pm Pacific Time.
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