Oregon BCS Hopes Dashed After Loss to Arizona

Ka'Deem Carey and the Arizona Wildcats upset the Oregon Ducks.
Ka’Deem Carey and the Arizona Wildcats upset the Oregon Ducks.

For much of this season it looked as if the high flying Oregon Ducks would find themselves among the top of the BCS standings at seasons end, however those hopes are all but squashed after they lost big to the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday.

The Arizona Wildcats have not been world beaters this season, however they did find a way to blow out a top five opponent in Oregon. The 42-16 win was a blowout from the start.

Arizona jumped on Oregon almost immediately, sprinting out to a 28-9 halftime lead. That kind of offensive output is typically what we would expect Oregon to produce.

Defensively Arizona was just as good, keeping the fast paced, blistering Ducks offense out of the end zone until the fourth quarter when the game was already well out of hand.

When it was all said and done, the Arizona Wildcats fans stormed the field in celebration, tearing down the goal posts in the process. An exciting upset that embodied the spirit that makes college sports so special.

The win over Oregon was special for one Arizona Wildcat in more ways than one. Running back Ka’Deem Carey became the school’s all-time leading rusher after a stellar 206 yard, four touchdown performance. His 48 career touchdowns also are an all-time high for Arizona.

Throughout the game Ka’Deem Carey was the workhorse for the Wildcats. Using a run heavy gameplan similar to the one that Stanford utilized to beat Oregon, Arizona fed their back an almost unheard of 48 times.

When Oregon had the ball, quarterback Marcus Mariota was limited in ways he has not been at any point this year. Committing three turnovers, including two interceptions, Mariota was not able to keep his offense on the field. Before today, Mariota had not tossed an interception all season.

The Oregon Ducks also finished nearly 100 yards shy of their per game rushing average, a testament to the Arizona Wildcats playing physical football all day long.

Charlie Gille

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