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Pac-12 roundup: No. 11 Oregon turns back UCLA’s upset bid in 38-35 victory

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 21, 2020

Oregon's CJ Verdell dives into the end zone for a third-quarter score against UCLA in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Eugene, Ore. (Associated Press)
Oregon's CJ Verdell dives into the end zone for a third-quarter score against UCLA in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Eugene, Ore. (Associated Press)
Associated Press

Associated Press

Tyler Shough threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns and No. 11 Oregon held off shorthanded UCLA 38-35 on Saturday in Eugene to remain undefeated.

At 3-0, Oregon solidified its spot atop the Pac-12 North.

Devon Williams had six catches for 123 yards, including a 19-yarder for a score and a 49-yard reception that helped set up a third-quarter score.

UCLA (1-2) had several players out because of COVID-19 protocols and contact tracing, including starting quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Redshirt freshman Chase Griffin started.

Griffin threw for 195 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions.

Demetric Felton rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns, including an 11-yard scoring run that got the Bruins within three with 3:43 left.

Oregon’s ensuing drive failed and UCLA got the ball back with 1:24 left. A penalty on the Ducks got the Bruins a first down on the Oregon 39. But Oregon went on to stop the Bruins on fourth-and-12 to end it.

Oregon took an early lead on Shough’s 19-yard scoring pass to Devon Williams, midway through the opening quarter. The Ducks recovered a fumble on the kickoff return, and scored on the next play with Shough’s 32-yard pass to Travis Dye.

Shough, who replaced Justin Herbert as Oregon’s starter this season, threw for 312 yards with four touchdowns, and had nine carries for 81 yards, in a victory at Washington State last weekend.

Oregon State 31, California 27: Oregon State quarterback Tristan Gebbia passed for a touchdown, ran for a touchdown and was on the receiving end of a score in the Beavers’ victory over the Golden Bears in Corvallis, Oregon.

Gebbia is the first Pac-12 quarterback since 1996 to account for touchdowns via the air, ground and as a receiver.

Gebbia’s 1-yard touchdown run with 41/2 minutes remaining, set up by Jesiah Irish’s blocked punt, gave Oregon State (1-2) its final lead.

California (0-2) drove to the Beavers’ 10 late in the fourth quarter, but on first-and-goal Chase Garbers’ pass was intercepted.

Jermar Jefferson’s 65-yard run with just under a minute to go sealed the win for Oregon State (1-2), which opened the season with losses to Washington State and Washington.

Jefferson ran for 196 yards, including a 75-yard jaunt on the game’s first offensive play.

Pac-12 after dark: The game between USC and Utah was not completed by press time.

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