FINAL: Oregon 59, Virginia 10. Next UVa game: VMI visits Charlottesville on Sept. 21 (Note: I initially wrote that this game was next week, but as Hoos noted, UVa has a bye before playing the Keydets).
Getting outta quack now. Ducks lead 45-10 after three thanks to a 17-0 spurt in the third. Crowd starting to thin out.
UVa’s strategy of holding the ball and inching its way down the field only delayed the inevitable. The Wahoos averaged six yards on their first 21 completions in this game. When they did try to take a deep shot on play action, Watford was sacked and stripped, leading to another quick Duck score.
Garbage time from here on out, it appears.
UVa got outscored 7-3 in the period and goes to the half trailing 28-10, but the quarter had to feel like a victory for the Cavs. Brent Urban prevented further harm with a huge stuff on fourth-and-goal from the 1 just before intermission.
The only touchdown of the quarter was a 30-yard strike from Mariota to Bralon Addison, capping a drive in which Oregon went 80 yards in 41 seconds. So their four touchdown drives, totaling 223 yards, have taken a combined 3:53.
Oregon is averaging 11 yards per rush on their 18 attempts.
For UVa, Shepherd has run for 45 yards on three carries, while Kevin Parks has 28 yards on 10.
UVa tight end Jake McGee has made a career-high five catches but the longest only went seven yards. Similarly, David Watford has completed 16 of 22 passes — a very nice percentage — but has only 92 yards to show for it. Clearly the Wahoos have been trying to chip their way down the field with the short passing game to keep Oregon’s offense out of sight. UVa held the ball 19:45 compared to Oregon’s 10:15 in the half, but the Ducks outgained the Cavs 325 to 182.
The start wasn’t good for Virginia today, but it’s starting to feel a lot like last week’s Tech-Bama game, where the losing team will be able to take a decent amount of positives away. But there’s a whole second half to play, so we’ll see. The Cavs will get the ball to start the third quarter.
Oregon leads 21-7 but UVa closes the period with some signs of life, getting a 45-yard touchdown run by Khalek Shepherd followed by a three-and-out to get their best starting field position of the day (UVa 41).
Oregon’s shown its quick-strike ability. Its three touchdown drives of the quarter — of 89, 14 and 40 yards — took a combined 3:12. Quarterback Marcus Mariota broke free for a 71-yard touchdown run. A UVa punt got blocked to set up an easy Ducks score, and De’Anthony Thomas scored on a 40-yard run one play after a tipped interception.
UO–Mariota 71 run (Olomu run), 13:09. Drive: Five plays, 89 yards, 1:51. Key play: Lyerla 13 pass from Mariota to UVa 24. Oregon 8, Virginia 0.
UO–Thomas 1 run (kick blocked), 7:15. Drive: Three plays, 14 yards, 1:13. Key play: Huff blocked punt at UVa 14. Oregon 14, Virginia 0.
UO–Thomas 40 run (Maldano kick), 4:28. Drive: One play, 40 yards, :08. Key play: Mitchell16 interception return to UVa 40. Oregon 21, Virginia 0.
UVa–Shepherd 45 run (Frye kick), :45. Drive: Seven plays, 75 yards, 3:43. Key play: Parks 10 pass from Watford to 50. Oregon 21, Virginia 7.
UO–Addison 30 pass from Mariota (Wogan kick), 10:01. Drive: Four plays, 80 yards, :41. Key play: Thomas 28 pass from Mariota to UVa 30. Oregon 28, Virginia 7.
UVa–FG Frye 37, 2:04. Drive: Seven plays, 25 yards, 2:47. Key play: Ore 15 roughing-the-passer penalty to UO 19. Oregon 28, Virginia 10.
UO–FG Maldonado 29, 12:48. Drive: Eight plays, 43 yards, 1:07. Key play: Mariota 20 run to UVa 12. Oregon 31, Virginia 10.
UO–Thomas 8 run (Maldonado kick), 3:46. Ten plays, 75 yards, 3:08. Key play: Lowe 15 pass from Mariota to UVa 39. Oregon 38, Virginia 10.
UO–Lowe 11 pass from Mariota (Wogan kick), 2:42. Drive: Five plays, 24 yards, :49. Key play: Addison 11 pass from Mariota to UVa 11. Oregon 45, Virginia 10.
UO–Tyner 3 run (Maldonado kick), 9:40. Drive: One play, three yards, :05. Key play: Mathis 97-yard interception return to UVa 3. Oregon 52, Virginia 10.
UO–Tyner 31 run (Wogan kick), 7:28. Drive: Four plays, 52 yards, 1:21. Key play: Hill 15 kick-catch interference penalty to UO 48. Oregon 59, Virginia 10.
Oregon, Malone 3-9-0, Lokombo 3-4-0, Patterson 1-5-6, Ekpre-Olomu 3-2-0, Hiill 3-2-0, Hart 3-2-0, Keliikipi 2-2-1/2, Washington 2-2-1 1/2, Mitchell 2-2-0, Dargan 1-3-0, Hardrick 1-3-0, French 1-3-0, Forde 2-1-0, Balducci 2-1-0, Armstead 1-2-0, Mathis 1-2-0, Walker 1-2-0, Mariota 1-1-0, Lowe 1-1-0, Robinson 1-1-0, Dunmore 1-1-0, Dixon 1-1-0, Ava 0-2-0, Jackson 0-2-0, Cassell 0-2-0, Bassett 1-0-0, Prevot 1-0-0, Thompson 0-1-0, Hagen 0-1-0, Ebert 0-1-0, Coleman 0-1-0, Totals 41-64-2.
Virginia, Romero 5-3-0, Harris 3-4-0, Phelps 4-1-0, Hoskey 3-2-0, Snyder 0-5-0, Dean 4-0-0, Coley 3-1-0, Walker 2-2-0, Rainey 1-2-0, Hill 1-2-0, Urban 1-1-0, Nicholson 1-1-0, Hall 0-2-0, K. Moore 0-2-0, Brin 0-2-0, M. Moore 0-2-0, Corney 0-2-0, Whitmire 1-0-0, Thomas 1-0-0, Harold 0-1-0, Skrobacz 0-1-0, Bowanko 0-1-0, Canady 0-1-0, Frye 0-1-0, Walker 0-1-0, Totals 30-40-0.
The Cavs are 2-6-1 all-time in home against top-five opponents. The last time they beat a No. 2-ranked team was Nov. 2, 1995, when they knocked off Florida State.
Oregon has never played in an ACC venue before.
Oregon hosts Tennessee next week, while UVa welcomes VMI.
UVa won its fourth straight season opener when it beat BYU 19-16 last week. Mike London is the first UVa coach to win each of his first four season openers.
Oregon has won 15 straight true road games. The Ducks opened the season with a 66-3 victory over Nicholls State, setting a school record with 772 yards of total offense despite possessing the ball for just 19:46 in the game. They rushed for 500 yards but somehow didn’t lead the nation. That distinction belonged to Arkansas State, which rushed for 509 against Arkansas Pine Bluff.
There are a good number of Oregon fans here.
Greetings from Charlottesville, where we’re less than an hour away from Oregon vs. UVa. The Ducks are a 24.5-point favorite.
I’ll have thoughts on each of the first three quarters, followed by a wrap-up post after interviews. Thoughts on this game or any other going on today? By all means, let’s hear ‘em.