Oregon 31, UCLA 24: Final thoughts
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
First, here's an update from Brian Dohn's blog on UCLA receiver Terrence Austin, who was down for an extended period of time with an apparent head-neck injury.
"A scary situation in which UCLA receiver Terrence Austin was just carted off the field. Reports from UCLA is he was conscious and moving his extremities, but he was taken to a local hospital for a possible concussion and neck injury."
As for the game, after the Oklahoma-Texas classic, just about anything was going to be a letdown, but, golly, I feel like I watched some sloppy Pac-10 football Saturday.
I may have nightmares about all the sloppy play I saw, and the UCLA-Oregon tilt featured poor clock management, lots of bad passes, dropped passes, dropped interceptions, missed tackles and poor execution.
Before LeGarrette Blount went 69 yards for a touchdown, Oregon's offense was mostly keepers from Jeremiah Masoli, who finished with 170 yards on 24 carries.
There's nothing necessarily wrong with that in a spread-option offense, but it's hard to imagine that the Ducks will beat anyone else remaining on their schedule -- at Arizona State, at California, Stanford, Arizona at Oregon State -- with these passing numbers: 5 of 19 for 42 yards.
But a lackluster 31-24 win counts as much in the standings as a thing of beauty. Now Oregon (5-2, 3-1) gets a bye to get healthy and try to figure out some things on both sides of the ball.
For UCLA (2-4, 1-2), it was a game effort, but it appears that the Bruins aren't satisfied with just keeping things respectable.
According to the FoxSports Northwest sideline reporter, the UCLA players were barking at each other after the game. Not necessarily in a bad way but because they weren't happy with their play.
That's probably a good thing.
Stanford comes calling to the Rose Bowl next weekend, and that's a winnable game in the nutty Pac-10.