Kraken come alive again in second period, shutout Flames 3-0

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Seattle, WA – In similar fashion to their last game, the Seattle Kraken used a second period surge and solid goaltender play to beat the Calgary Flames. A slow and sloppy first period by the second half of the Kraken roster (the first half playing yesterday) shows that this still is the preseason. The power play continues to search for its identity, but the offense found more ways to get on the board. The bright spots displayed in the first two games of the preseason, early or not, continue to give Seattle hope that the Kraken will have a competitive 2022-2023 campaign.

Yesterday, it was Martin Jones and Joey Daccord in net that shutout the Edmonton Oilers. Today, it was Philipp Grubauer and Magnus Hellberg that continued Seattle’s now back-to-back nights of scoreless hockey. Grubauer, aiming to have a much better year than his career low in 2021-2022, looked sharp and active. Perhaps Seattle bringing in new goaltender coach Steve Briere has helped not only Grubauer, but the rest of the position group. Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol discussed the goaltender play postgame.

“Both nights we got good, solid performances. Couple good saves at the right time along the way. I thought Grubi had a real good, solid night. A little more chaotic night in front of him, but ultimately, he did a good job of finding pucks,” Hakstol reflected.

Forward Daniel Sprong found some success with Seattle late last season, after being acquired in exchange for some draft picks from the Washington Capitals. Nicknamed “the Flying Dutchman,” Sprong has a heavy shot and can score at a quick pace, shown in his 16 games with the Kraken. While his case for a return might have been solid at the end of last season, things got crowded in Seattle’s forward room of the course of this offseason. Sprong now has to work his way into a roster spot, and that began tonight.

Sprong used his heavy shot with a little under eight minutes left in period two. Creeping up from the center circle, Sprong one-timed a clean pass from Vince Dunn behind the net. The shot was aided by a screen in front of Calgary goalie, and Seattle was on the board. The easiest way to catch a coach’s eye is scoring, and Daniel Sprong can certainly do that. How often he needs to do it, may be the decider between making or missing the cut.

A few promising factors have stuck out in this back-to-back to open the Seattle preseason. A strong penalty kill, forward depth, creative offense, and sparks of potential on the power play. The word chemistry has been thrown around a lot, considering the mixture of veterans and young players that have participated in the two games. While normally teams don’t play as many veterans as Seattle, the Kraken are making sure they get their roster to gels when regular season begins. Head coach Dave Hakstol discussed how he has viewed these past two games.

“We’ve got an awfully long ways to go in terms of building the complete package, that’s for sure… I really liked the pace that we played with in the first period, better than what we saw at the same time last night… there’s portions of the game where you can see a lot

of solid play, and there’s other times when things got broken down and looked sloppy. We’ll take advantage of two good practices here coming up, take advantage of that and keep building,” Hakstol said.

Seattle will get a day off before traveling up north to visit the Vancouver Canucks. The Kraken will battle their geographical rivals to the north at Rogers Arena with a puck drop time of 6:30PM PST, as more critical periods go by with many players working to earn spots. Many decisions will need to be made by Seattle, whether it is who makes the cut with the NHL squad, the AHL squad in Coachella Valley, or getting cut.

Kraken find fun offense; strong penalty kill to top Oilers in first preseason game of 2022

Period 3

Seattle, WA – To open up their 2022 preseason, the Seattle Kraken won their first preseason contest at Climate Pledge Arena in franchise history. After a first period that defined “shaking the rust off,” Seattle used some fun and creative offense to get on the board and never look back. Kraken netminders Martin Jones and Joey Daccord kept the Oilers scoreless, displayed quality between the pipes. While it is just day one, the Kraken showed potential of a much better team compared to last year.

2021 second overall pick Matty Beniers made plenty of noise in his first ten games, tallying nine points. Beniers is now a Calder trophy favorite, and it seems like he will live up to that expectation. In period one, the University of Michigan man nearly scored off of a pass from new teammate Oliver Bjorkstrand, but barely missed slipping the puck in the net. In period two, Beniers righted his wrong and smashed a wicked shot past Edmonton keeper Olivier Rodrigue. Beniers disregarded the nearly impossible angle and beat Rodrigue top shelf. Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol reflected on Beniers’ performance, postgame.

““He’s been really confident with the puck, seeing the ice really well… real positive things that’s he’s doing, working, skating, competing. He’s driving the compete level.”

A big issue for Seattle last season was their lack of production on the power play. With some offensive additions, and some veteran defenseman to quarterback the power play, there is hope that the Kraken can improve in that department. While Seattle did fail to find the back of the net tonight, going 0-6 on the power play, there were encouraging signs visible. Being able to draw these penalties was a positive, and Oliver Bjorkstrand was allowed to roam freely as a bumper.

With the new additions of Oliver Bjorkstrand, Andre Burakovsky and some veteran defenseman, it seemed that Seattle got better on paper instantly this offseason. Tonight, some of that improvement was visualized in the penalty kill, some sparks on the power play, and fun lines featuring new additions and tenured players. The main factor of importance in this preseason for Seattle is building cohesion within its new roster, and if they can do that, the Kraken will be much better than their inaugural season. Seattle head coach Dave Hakstol discussed the chemistry postgame.

“We have some nice building blocks in play, some foundational pieces…. It’s really important that we pass what we’re doing here along. Start to get a little sense of the importance of what we’re doing here”

The Kraken will play the second game of a back-to-back when they take on the Calgary Flames tomorrow, Tuesday, September 27th. As to get playing time for many different players, Seattle has split their squad in two. The second half of the Kraken roster, including fourth overall pick Shane Wright, will take on a mostly star-less Flames team. Puck drop is at 7PM PST inside of Climate Pledge Arena.

The Sharks Shows Promise For San Jose

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San Jose, CA – You never want to make bold statements after the first preseason game, especially in hockey, but for the San Jose Sharks their opening preseason game against the LA Kings showed how good this season’s Sharks team can potentially be. They’re like a stock you’re seeing before it goes public.

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The game started with a lot of energy from the Sharks and 7 minutes in, rookie Luke Kunin got the first goal, thanks to a beautiful set up by veteran San Jose guys Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl. The Sharks led the entire 1st period not only on the scoreboard, but in shots on goal.

Attacking goalie Jonathan Quick every possible chance they could. San Jose goalie Kahkonen stopped the 5 shots that came his way and the 1st period ended 1-0 Sharks.

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The second period was a scoreless stalemate with the Sharks playing a physical game, but sometimes not being able to contain their physicality which resulted in penalties and that would be a theme also in the 3rd period.

“This was great practice for their special teams” considering how little it was worked on during training camp,” said coach David Quinn “He was a fan of the physicality his boys played with, but it has to be controlled.”

The penalties would result in the Kings scoring their first goal of the game a minute into the 3rd period. Halfway through the 3rd, Timo would put the boys in teal up 1 and in a late game breakaway, Kings would tie it up with a building silencing shot from Blake Lizotte, ending the game in a tie. We have overtime.

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The overtime would be a rough exchange for both teams. The physicality was intense and both squads amped up their style of play, but with 1:27 left in OT, Sharks captain Logan Couture would get a tape to tape assist from Erik Karlaaon and the puck finds the back of the net. Sharks win!

Again it’s only game 1 of preseason with the first game of the regular season 10 days away in Prague, so maybe we should take this display with a grain of salt, but if you’re assessing what the Sharks can improve and what they already do well, there is more than meets the eye for San Jose.

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Eklund looks as good as advertised and the veterans on this team seem ready for this season. A strong goaltending outing and a system that seems geared towards more physical styles of play make this team seem not only like a different Sharks team than in the past, but a team building real identity. Let’s see if this identity can stay with San Jose in this upcoming season.

5 interceptions are Bonner’s nightmare

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Logan, Ut- With a week to reset the blue faithful hoping the offense had worked out the kinks. The Running Rebels defense made sure the Aggies did not solve the puzzle, beating Utah State for the first since 2007 34-24.

The Running Rebels defense stole the show as they intercepted the Aggies signal caller 5 times not including various turnovers throughout the game.

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The Rebels defense stole the show as they intercepted the Aggies signal caller 5 times not including various turnovers throughout the game.

It did not start off as such Bonner opened the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Justin McGriff (6 rec 103 yards) to take an early 0-7 lead. He would go on to throw for 313 yards on 27 completions later adding two more touchdowns to Terrel Vaughn who had 6 catches for 74 yards.

Maverick Stadium- let us take a second to tip our hats to Utah State as they have dedicated this evening’s game to Mental Health awareness, we can always use more awareness and mental health support.

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Last year’s conference championship must seem like an eternity ago at this point. Aggies sit at a mere 1-3 after 4 games into 2022 season.

Today’s game verses UNLV picked up were the Aggies left off prior to their bye week. With a quick three and out, interceptions, third down conversions to ultimately boo’s raining down from the fans. So bad the Aggies could not buy a third down conversion from Sajak or Vanna
white.

With a week to reset the blue faithful hoping the offense had worked out the kinks. The Running Rebels defense made sure the Aggies did not solve the puzzle, beating Utah State for the first since 2007 34-24.

It did not take for UNLV and Doug Brumfield took matters into his own hands with 4 yard to run capping an 89-yard drive.

Utah State would help aid UNLV’s next score with a low snap causing the Aggies punter’s knee to touch the ground as he knelt to grab the ball causing a turnover on downs from their own 5-yard line setting up a 1-yard touchdown run by Doug Brumfield giving the running rebels the lead
14-7. Brumfield showed a little arm too as he connected with Kyle Williams from 6 yards out on a fade route to the corner of the endzone.

UNLV running back Aidan Robbins added 28 carries for 89 yards and
a touchdown. This victory is the first time since 2008 UNLV has started 3-1 making them perhaps mountain west favorites for their own conference title.

Utah St will travel down the road to face off against BYU on Thursday night September 29. Now UNLV will host New Mexico Friday night September 30th.

Jaydn Ott’s 3 TD Game Secures Cal’s First Pac-12 Win

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Berkley, CA- Jaydn Ott came into this game 189 rushing yards in the first 3 games. Well Mr. Ott you just set a new career high. 274 rushing yards against Arizona in front of the largest crowd Cal-Berekley has had so far. Along with 3 touchdowns, Ott proved in front of the Bears’ fans he was the energy drink that this Cal offense needed today.

This game would come to a close and Cal would win 49-31 and have such a high boost of energy after the W, which was needed after the loss to Notre Dame. This game makes Cal 3-1 and 1-0 in the Pac-12, which considering in a month when they come back home, they’ll need all the conference victories they can get.

Cal’s WR Jeremiah Hunter(3) catches a 37 yard pass to set up Cal’s Photo by Jorge Birelas / fI360 News.

The 1st quarter was a battle between the two teams with no one clearly having the upper hand, even though Arizona was up a touchdown. Cal’s defense that has been a highlight so far this season, couldn’t contain Arizona quarterback Jayden de Laura, who was dishing the ball to 4 different receivers and 2 running backs, but before Arizona even touched the ball, Jaydn Ott scored a 73-yard touchdown in the 2nd play of the game.

 Once the 2nd quarter started Ott had energized the team so much even Plummer was back to balling, finding Sturdivant for a TD which tied the game 14-14. Ott would start every drive with at least 5 yards a carry and I mean every drive of the first half.

The game would go back and forth with de Laura getting in the end zone and Ott or Plummer would follow that up with a highlight play. The 2nd half the gap of this game would be wide open. The Cal defense would make plays every moment that counted. Ryan Puskas would record his first career sack and cornerbacks Earby & Woodson were getting a hand on the ball anytime de Laura put it in their sights.

As the 4th quarter would close, Ott would send the fans home with something special to cheer for, a 72 yard touchdown which would be it for the day.

This last highlight run not only solidified a victory for Cal, but Jaydn Ott now has the 3rd most single game yards in school history and this is a school that had Marshawn Lynch.

San Diego State slips by the Toledo

San Diego, CA- The legs of running back Jordan Byrd just kept churning when needed. With 41 seconds left of the clock Byrd picked the 1-yard winning touchdown to secure 17-14 victory over Toledo Rockets.

Byrd carried the football 16 times for 116 yards with two touchdowns that kept the Rockets on the field. The offense as a whole only managed 288 total yards with 222 yards being on the ground.

Byrd feet in the air in the middle of the pile still churning. Photo by fi360 News

Aztecs quarterback Braxton Burmeister controlled the game till the end where he led the team on the winning drive down the field from their 33-yard line to start with 2:51 on the clock. Burmeister set up touchdown with rush for 15 yards down middle of the field to 1 yard line.

If the Rockets could just find the endzone and keep the turnovers at bay their 377 total yards would be enough for win.

Their quarterback DeQuan Finn threw for 240 yards with a touchdown completing 21/39 pass. The stat that hurt was the three interceptions for the Rockets. DeMeer Blankumusee was main target with 8 catches for 112 yards.

Corner Chris McDonald celebrates an interception. Photo by fi360 News

This teams haven’t met before but were able to get up close and personal during today’s match up.  

The Rockets were looking to bounce back after facing a tough Ohio State team at the Big House.

The Aztecs playing only their third game in Snapdragon Stadium with a 35,000-seat capacity is finally feeling like home. The fans get loud making it a fun atmosphere for the Mountain West Conference.

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Byrd was the team point maker with the Aztecs defense coming up strong only bending but not breaking in the end. Senior WILL (Weak Side) linebacker Michael Shawcroft (#46) led the team with 9 total tackles that included 4 solos.

On the other side was linebacker Caden McDonald (#54) snatched an interception with 4 tackles to help the Aztecs.

Toledo coach Jason Candle loved how his team fought all game including seeing the toughness of his quarterback Finn coming back into game with ankle re-tapped to fight with his teammates.

Next Friday the Aztecs will travel to play Boise State on Friday night September 30th at 7:30pm. The Rockets will be back home to host Central Michigan for Homecoming on October 1st 3:30pm EST.

Final 1-yard touchdown Jordan Byrd (#15) Photo by fi360 News

UCLA offense ran the Buffaloes

UCLA running back Zach Charbonnet (24) finds room to run in the third quarter against Colorado at Folsom Field in Boulder CO on Saturday September 24, 2022. UCLA won by a score of 45 to 17. (Photo by Laura Domingue/fi360 News)

Boulder, CU – The UCLA Bruins faithful have been waiting to see a breakout game behind the the offensive line allowing what could been a Heisman hopeful Zach Charbonnet (#24 RB). Well, he showed up today scoring 3 touchdown and 104-yards on the ground.

The Bruins defeated Colorado 45-17 for the team first away win of the season before a 42,848 crowd which was larger than at home.

Colorado defensive end Terrance Lang (54) and linebacker Quinn Perry (12) tackle UCLA running back Keegan Jones (22) in the second quarter at Folsom Field in Boulder CO on Saturday September 24, 2022. UCLA won by a score of 45 to 17. (Photo by Laura Domingue/fi360 News)

A balance attack on the scoreboard after the first quarter and 14-0 Bruins lead with Charbonnet and Dorian Thompson-Robinson reaching paydirt. The Buffaloes held the ball most of first quarter but just couldn’t puts points on the board.

“You look at our conditioning and I think it’s shown up in four games and I think it’s part of what our DNA is right now,” said UCLA Coach Chip Kelly.

Colorado receiver Daniel Arias (6) makes the completion over UCLA defensive back Devin Kirkwood (3) in the second quarter at Folsom Field in Boulder CO on Saturday September 24, 2022. UCLA won by a score of 45 to 17. (Photo by Laura Domingue/fi360 News)

The Bruins were able to kickoff PAC-12 play on the road with the Buffaloes who were is disparate need for a victory. But The Bruins jumped in the end zone fast, on their first three possessions building and never giving up the lead.

Thompson-Robinson helped the Bruins with 234 yards in the air with 2 touchdowns and additional 56 yards rushing keeping the defense honest. Targeted ten different receives against the Buffaloes defense with Colson Yankoff with two touchdowns.

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) applies stiff arm to Colorado safety Isaiah Lewis (23) in the first quarter at Folsom Field in Boulder CO on Saturday September 24, 2022. UCLA won by a score of 45 to 17. (Photo by Laura Domingue/fi360 News)

Colorado coach Karl Dorrell has the booster turning up the heat looking for more W’s vs L’s this season. Even though it was only 78 degrees at kickoff it felt like 100 degrees for Dorrell.    

Colorado head coach Karl Dorrell get attention of his team to make adjustments in the third quarter against UCLA at Folsom Field in Boulder CO on Saturday September 24, 2022. UCLA won by a score of 45 to 17. (Photo by Laura Domingue/fi360 News)

From the Bruins stout performance Kenny Churchwell III led the defense with 5 tackles but most will rave about Laiatu Latu who stood out today on the field with a team high three sacks. Carl Jones also chipped in with an interception for the only pick thrown by Owen McCown.

McCown had a good first start for a freshman throwing a whopping 42 pass completing 26 passes for 258 yards with a touchdown.

Colorado quarterback Owen McCown (7) collects the snap in the fourth quarter against UCLA at Folsom Field in Boulder CO on Saturday September 24, 2022. UCLA won by a score of 45 to 17. (Photo by Laura Domingue/fi360 News)

The team is scheduled to practice Sunday ahead of a key Pac-12 game against Washington on Friday September 30th at the Rose Bowl. Colorado will travel to Arizona on Saturday October 1st.

Colorado running back Charlie Offerdahl (44) runs in for a fourth quarter touchdown against UCLA at Folsom Field in Boulder CO on Saturday September 24, 2022. UCLA won by a score of 45 to 17. (Photo by Laura Domingue/fi360 News)

Trojans run past Fresno State

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: USC Trojans running back Travis Dye (26) runs the ball for a gain during a college football game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the USC Trojans on September 17, 2022, at United Airlines Field at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news)

LOS ANGELES — Caleb Williams threw for 284 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more; Austin Jones and Travis Dye rushed both ran for more than 100 yards to lead No. 7 Southern California to a 45-17 nonconference victory Saturday over Fresno State before 67,226 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

USC put up 517 yards, with 435 in a balanced attack. USC entered week 3 as the #1 ranked offense. USC is now 4-1 all-time against Fresno State, with one win vacated due to an NCAA penalty.

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) looks to throw the ball during a college football game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the USC Trojans on September 17, 2022, at United Airlines Field at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news)

USC has won each of its first three games by 10 or more points. The last time USC began a season with three wins each by 10 or more points was the 2007 season.

“Be the hunter, not the hunted,” Williams stated about USC’s approach toward the game. “We wanted to play a full game, and that’s been our whole thing this whole week.”

With the win, USC improves to 3-0 on the season.

At halftime, USC led 21-10. The game turned in the second half when USC scored 17 unanswered points. After a third-quarter touchdown, Fresno State’s final three drives: missed FG, turnover on downs, turnover on downs.

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: USC Trojans head coach Lincoln Riley during a college football game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the USC Trojans on September 17, 2022, at United Airlines Field at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news)

USC head coach Lincoln Riley prepared his team for Fresno State’s physicality all week.

“We said all week with our team that we’re going to get tested, and we’re going to be faced with some situations in this game that we haven’t been in yet as a team. It was good to see us really respond. I’m really proud of the way we played in the second half,” Riley said.

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: USC Trojans running back Austin Jones (6) runs the ball for a gain during a college football game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the USC Trojans on September 17, 2022, at United Airlines Field at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news)

Jones carried 12 times for 111 yards and a touchdown. Dye carried 11 times for 102 yards and a touchdown. Jones and Dye became the first pair of USC running backs to have 100 or more yards in the same game since Nov. 3, 2018, vs. Oregon State, when Aca’Cedric Ware had 205 yards and Vavae Malepeai had 101 yards.

Fresno State’s Jordan Mims carried 15 times for 114 yards; Malik Sherrod carried eight times for 47 yards and a touchdown.

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: USC Trojans running back Travis Dye (26) runs the ball for a gain during a college football game between the Fresno State Bulldogs and the USC Trojans on September 17, 2022, at United Airlines Field at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news)

Next week, Fresno State has a bye. USC travels to Oregon State.

Washington exploits Michigan State secondary

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Seattle, WA – Michael Penix Jr. dropped 4 touchdowns on the Spartans secondary racking up 397 yards for the Huskies. The Washington Huskies moved to 3-0 defeating the visiting Michigan State Spartans 39-28.

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The second quarter was were Washington jumped out to 29-8 lead by half.

“Oh who that was fun,” said coach Washington Kalen Deboer, “It showed how we came out the block today.”

Penix Jr. targeted nine different receivers with Ja’Lynn Polk was his main target. Polk caught three touchdowns for 153 yards averaging over 25 yards per catch.

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Washington’s offense just was able to confuse the Spartans from formations to route combos.

The Spartans were able to score 20 points in the second half to try and mount a come back that couldn’t score enough.

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Spartans quarterback Payton Thorne was able to pass for 323 yards with 3 touchdowns and one costly interception.

Keon Coleman caught 9 pass from Thorne for 116 yards and two touchdowns.

The Huskies are finding how to win this season and todays win over a good Big Ten team will be great going into the PAC-12 season.

“We have trust in a guy can win football games with (Penix Jr), said coach Deboer, “We just beat a really good football team today.”

Next week Michigan State will host Big Ten rival Minnesota, while Washington will host Stanford on FS1 at 7:30pm PST.

Bo Nix shines as Oregon (25) dominates BYU (12) at home

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EUGENE, OR – Following week 1’s blowout loss against Georgia with a lopsided 70-14 victory over Eastern Washington in week 2, many looked to Oregon’s matchup against the 12th-ranked BYU Cougars to gauge Oregon’s 2022 team. The Ducks stepped up to the challenge, defeating BYU 41-20 in an extremely one-sided game.

BYU moved the ball well in their opening drive but surprisingly played with desperation early as they failed to convert on 4th down at Oregon’s 37-yard line. After being handed excellent field position due to the failed conversation, the Ducks marched down the field taking a 7-0 lead when quarterback Bo Nix capped a quick 4-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown rush.

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In his first year as a head coach, Dan Lanning is looking to find his identity with Oregon. Lanning said, “We want to be the team that you don’t want to play again, we want to be the team that when you walk out onto the field you are sore and you’re feeling it, felt physical, we are relentless, and we just continue to nag at you”. That physical identity was certainly on display in the run game where the Ducks rushed for 212 yards and BYU totaled just 61 yards.

The physical run game started with Oregon’s offensive line, who clearly outmatched BYU all day. The strong play from the offensive line gave Nix an opportunity to have what is arguably the best game of his college football career to date, where he completed 13/18 attempts for 222 yards and 2 passing touchdowns, and another 3 rushing touchdowns.

On the receiving end of both of Nix’s passing touchdowns was standout sophomore tight end Terrance Ferguson, who now has four touchdowns on the season. No other Oregon receiver has more than one receiving touchdown on the year.

When speaking about his rushing performance, Nix said “you’ve got to contribute that to the O-Line. From the start of the game, they were able to lock ‘em up, get a hat on a hat, and make a lot of running lanes for the backs and myself”.

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Looking to get backup Ty Thompson some much-needed experience, Lanning made a quarterback change surprisingly early with 4:03 left in the third quarter. Thompson was given two series at quarterback, where he went three and out in his first, and then threw an interception after his pass bounced off the hands of wide receiver Dont’e Thorton on his second. The Cougars took advantage of these series, scoring touchdowns after both of them, cutting Oregon’s lead to only 18 with 10:39 left to play.

BYU’s brief comeback hopes were put to rest as Lanning put his starters back in the game the next drive, who would go on to secure the 41-20 victory.

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