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Trip To UCLA Up Next For No. 10 Ducks

Oct 18, 2021

#10 Oregon at UCLA
Saturday, October 23, 2021
ABC | 12:36 p.m. PT
Rose Bowl | Pasadena, Calif.

#10 Oregon Ducks (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12)
AP/Coaches Rank: 10/10
Head Coach: Mario Cristobal (Miami, 1993)
Record at Oregon: 30-11 (4th Season)
Career Record: 57-58 (10th Season)

UCLA Bruins (5-2, 3-1 Pac-12)
AP/Coaches Rank: RV/NR
Head Coach: Chip Kelly (New Hampshire, 1990)
Record at UCLA: 15-23 (4th Season)
Career Record: 61-30 (8th Season)

Play-by-Play: Chris Fowler
Analyst: Kirk Herbstreit
Sideline: Holly Rowe

RADIO - Oregon Sports Network
Local: KUJZ-FM 95.3 (Eugene) | KFXX-AM 1080 (Portland)
Sirius: 133 | XM: 197
Play-by-Play: Jerry Allen
Analyst: Mike Jorgensen
Sideline: Joey McMurry
Pre-Game Show: Terry Jonz

Numbers to Know
4 -
Safety Verone McKinley III is in a six-way tie for the national lead with four interceptions this season.
+9 - Oregon is tied for fifth in the FBS with a plus-9 turnover margin, and tied for 10th with nine interceptions.
42 - Noah Sewell ranks third in the Pac-12 with 54 tackles this season, including 42 over the last four games.
180 - Oregon is one of just two teams in the nation (Coastal Carolina) to rush for at least 180 yards in every game this season.
218 - WIth 218 all-purpose yards vs. Cal, Travis Dye is the first P12 player since 2016 to have 140 yards rushing and 70 receiving in a game.

At A Glance
The No. 10 Ducks will head to the Rose Bowl this Saturday for a huge matchup against UCLA on ABC. ESPN College GameDay will be on hand in Pasadena as Oregon seeks to secure its first win at UCLA since 2014. The Ducks are tied atop the Pac-12 North standings with a 2-1 start to conference play, and Oregon is the league's lone team in the national polls with its sixth consecutive top-10 ranking.

Ducks Dig Deep To Beat Cal
Thirteen days after suffering a heartbreaking overtime loss at Stanford, the Ducks rallied in the fourth quarter against California on Friday to pull out a 24-17 victory in Autzen Stadium. The Golden Bears took a 17-10 lead in the fourth quarter, but quarterback Anthony Brown tied the game with a touchdown pass to Jaylon Redd with 11:23 remaining. Oregon's defense made a stop and Brown came through once again, this time with an 11-yard rushing TD to put Oregon ahead. Penalties helped Cal drive down the field for a potential game-tying score, a similar sequence as in UO's loss at Stanford. But Oregon's pass rush - sparked by the second-half impact of Kayvon Thibodeaux - forced Cal into five incompletions on its final six pass attempts, including on fourth-and-goal from the UO 3-yard line with five seconds left. 

Dye Carries The Load
Oregon will be without standout running back CJ Verdell for the rest of the season due to injury, but Travis Dye has shown he is more than capable of being the Ducks' feature back. The junior ran for a season-high 145 yards and a TD on 19 carries against Cal, while also leading UO with a career-high seven catches for 73 yards. Dye is the first FBS running back this season to have at least 140 rushing yards and 70 receiving yards in a game, and the first Pac-12 player to achieve that feat since Christian McCaffrey in 2016. Dye also moved into the top 10 of UO's all-time rushing list, raising his career total to 2,367 yards. On the season, Dye ranks third in the Pac-12 with 87.8 rushing yards per game and fifth with 113.3 all-purpose yards per game. 

Ducks On College Gameday
For the 27th time in program history, Oregon will be a part of the matchup at the location of ESPN's College GameDay pregame show. The Ducks are 15-11 all-time when GameDay is in town and 5-3 on the road in those matchups. This will be the fourth time Oregon takes on UCLA as a part of the featured matchup for College GameDay with the Ducks owning a 2-1 advantage in those meetings, beating the Bruins twice at home in 2000 and 2013 and losing in Pasadena in 1998.

Finishing Strong
Oregon has finished games strong throughout the first half of the season, outscoring opponents 72-31 in the fourth quarter. The Ducks are sixth in the FBS averaging 12.0 points per game in the final quarter while outscoring opponents by an average of 6.8 points per game in the fourth, a number that ranks sixth nationally. Oregon has scored at least 10 points in the fourth quarter of all four home games, winning the final frame in each of those games.
» Scored points on 10 of 16 fourth-quarter drives.
» Forced five turnovers in the fourth quarter while coming up with three stops via turnover on downs.

Winning The Turnover Battle
Through six games, Oregon has been among the best in the country when it comes to winning the turnover battle, sitting in a tie for fifth nationally with a plus-9 turnover margin. The Ducks are also fifth in turnover margin per game at +1.50 while the Ducks' 13 takeaways are tied for 13th-most in the FBS and their four turnovers lost are tied for fourth fewest nationally.

Ground And Pound
Oregon's offense has been paced by its ground attack over the first half of the season. The Ducks are third in the Pac-12 with 210.3 yards per game on the ground and are one of just two teams in the country (Coastal Carolina) to have rushed for more than 180 yards in every game. The Ducks' rushing attack has been led by an experienced backfield, as Travis Dye is third in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game while Anthony Brown is third among QBs in the league in yards per game on the ground. CJ Verdell is still fourth in the conference, averaging 81.2 rushing yards per game before suffering a season ending injury.
» Offensive line has a combined 78 knockdowns in the last five games, highlighted by 27 at Ohio State.
» Ran for 269 yards in a week two win at Ohio State - the most by a team against the Buckeyes in Ohio Stadium since 2014.