No. 12 BYU Falls Flat In Crushing Loss Against No. 25 Oregon

Sep 17, 2022, 9:00 AM | Updated: 5:03 pm
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EUGENE, Ore.Β – No. 12 BYU never got it going against No. 25 Oregon, falling to the Ducks 41-20 in a blowout loss. After the emotional high of last week’s win over Baylor, the Cougars fell flat in a disappointing loss to Oregon. From the kickoff, BYU was unable to match the energy and push of the Ducks.

Oregon got off to a 10-0 lead before BYU was able to find the end zone. After that Isaac Rex touchdown catch, the Ducks would score 28 unanswered points. BYU’s kicking woes continued as Jake Oldroyd missed a 38-yard field goal, allowing Oregon to score and take a 24-7 lead at halftime.

The second half was much of the same, as the Ducks quickly scored a touchdown on the opening drive of the half. After gaining a commanding 38-7 lead, Oregon sat starting quarterback Bo Nix. The Cougars tried to make it interesting in the fourth quarter, scoring two touchdowns and forcing Oregon to put back in their starting quarterback. Oregon held on for a 41-20 win over BYU.

BYU Falls Flat Against Oregon

The BYU defense couldn’t get stops, as Oregon scored on their first six offensive drives. The Ducks moved the ball with ease, amassing 439 total yards and punishing BYU on the ground. Baylor ran the ball 52 times last week and Oregon matched them with 44 rushing attempts in the game. They found much more success in the run game, totaling 212 yards and 4.8 yards per attempt.

The Cougars couldn’t find points on offense, despite moving the ball decently well. They were good on third down, converting 8-15, but came up 0-4 on fourth down. The BYU run game never got going against the talented Oregon defense. Their 24 rushes were good for just 61 yards, an average of 2.5 yards per attempt.

Quarterback Jaren Hall was effective, completing 29-41 passes for 305 yards and two touchdowns. Without their top two receivers yet again, BYU’s other pass catchers stepped up. Hall distributed the ball to nine different receivers. Kody Epps was a favorite target on the day, hauling in a team-leading five receptions for 45 yards and his first career touchdown reception. Chase Roberts followed up his big performance last week with four catches for 60 yards.

BYU (2-1) will look to bounce back in Provo next week as the Wyoming Cowboys (3-1) come to town for a Saturday night matchup. Oregon (2-1) will begin Pac-12 Conference play next week on the road against Washington State.

BYU vs Oregon: First Quarter

BYU vs Oregon: Second Quarter

BYU vs Oregon: Third Quarter

BYU vs Oregon: Fourth Quarter







Dallen Graff is a KSL Sports Contributor. He is the Producer of Cougar Sports Saturday (SUBSCRIBE) on KSL NewsRadio. Follow him onΒ Twitter.

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