by Steve Mims
The showdown at Autzen Stadium was a letdown.
Colorado wasn’t ready for PrimeTime as 10th-ranked Oregon blew away the 19th-ranked Buffaloes 42-6 on Saturday. The Ducks improved to 4-0 and moved up to No. 9 in the rankings as they prepare to visit Stanford on Saturday.
Colorado, which had been the nation’s darling under first-year coach Deion “Prime Time” Sanders, fell to 3-1.
Bo Nix completed 28 of 33 passes for 276 yards and three touchdowns as Oregon scored the first 42 points of the game. Troy Franklin had eight catches for 126 yards and two scores while Bucky Irving ran for 89 yards on 10 carries.
“From the start, we were prepared,” Nix said. “We knew the moment was going to be really big, we knew the occasion was going to be really big. But we just wanted to go out there and play.”
Noah Whittington opened the game with a 3-yard touchdown run, but later left the game with an injury that will likely leave him out for a few games. Nix found tight end Casey Kelly for a 1-yard touchdown pass before throwing scoring passes of 16 and 36 yards to Franklin.
The Ducks set a program record by drawing 7,334 fans to Matthew Knight Arena for a 25-20, 25-15, 25-14 win over Oregon State on Friday in their Pac-12 Conference opener.
The sixth-ranked Ducks are 12-1 as they prepare to host Washington and Washington State this weekend.
Oregon placed second in both the men’s and women’s races at its home meet, the Bill Dellinger Invitational, on Friday.
Maddy Elmore led the women by placing seventh in 20:12.7, followed closely Izzy Thornton-Bott and Anika Thompson in ninth and 11th place, respectively. Quincy Norman was runner-up for the Ducks in 23:43.8 while Elliott Cook placed second at 24:00.6.
The Ducks are off until pre-nationals next month in Virginia.
Oregon fell to 0-7-2 with a 3-0 loss at Arizona on Friday.
Steve Mims has spent 25 years as a sportswriter, including 21 years at The Register-Guard. He covered University of Oregon athletics from 2013-2020. He works in Eugene as a registered representative and insurance agent at PBC Insurance. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.