Utah Sneaks by Oregon, 35-34Dunn leads the way, but loses Williams for 8 Weeks It was a back and forth affair between the #1 Oregon Ducks against the hosting #17 Utah Utes. The game saw 7 lead changes and two ties, in a game that could have gone either way. But Utah came out on top, ultimately by forcing Oregon to settle for field goals three times, with only two made. Both squads had to overcome injuries to key players and frankly baffling play by some of their players at times. Oregon's initial drive had to settle for a long field goal miss. Utah came out and drove right down the field for a 13 yard TD pass from Luke Dunn to Kenneth Scott. Oregon would respond with a long drive of their own, capped off by a 15 yard pass from Marcus Mariota to TE Christian French. The second quarter would start off with another Dunn TD pass, this time to NCAA leading receiver, Luke Williams from. But 13 seconds later, Mariota would hit Ryan Scott for a 77 yard TD, as there was a miscommunication in the Utah secondary after Oregon called an audible ("Oh you mean my zone is to the deep right? Nah, I'll just slide over here, twenty yards away to the left"). After punts for both squads, Utah would have a long drive that would see Dunn and starting HB Harvey Langi go down with injury. Langi, who had a 31 yard run that set up Utah's first touchdown, would be out for the rest of the game with back spasms. But, critically, Dunn would only be out a series. Backup HB Lucky Radley picked up the slack, scoring from 6 yards out. Oregon would march down the field but ultimately have to settle for a 45 yard field goal that "Looked like one of my tee shots," Coach Danthraxxx said. 21-17 Utah at the half. Utah would receive to start the second half but probably wish they hadn't as Dunn's pass to Radley could more accurately be called a pass to MLB Anthony Thomas. A pass that Thomas obligingly took to the endzone, 56 yards later to give Oregon their first lead of the game, 24-21. But Dunn would display the sort of mental toughness that one would not expect from a redshirt freshman as he came right back and marched the Utes down the field. A 51 yard rush for Dunn off a scramble that saw Dunn evade several defenders put Dunn in position to find his favorite target, Luke Williams, from 10 yards out for the score. Despite the 28-24 lead, the Utes could not be too happy, as Williams had to be helped off the field with a strained back. The number one team in the country was starting to get nervous in the increasingly boisterous Rice-Eccles stadium with the knowledge that the Utes were not going away. But they too would buckle down and score, this time on a 3 yard pass from Mariota to WR Ryan Scott, 31-28 Oregon. Another INT for Dunn in the 4th would seem to spell doom for the Utes, but the Ute defense came to the rescue, forcing Oregon to settle for an 18 yard field goal after an impressive goalline stand, 34-28 Oregon. Lucky Radley would live up to his name on the ensuing drive as he would take the hand off on a Power-O play, be hit almost immediately but somehow break the tackle, juke several Duck defenders out of their shoes, and run 56 yards for the score, 35-34 Utah. Utah's defense would stage a triumphant three and out, several plays screaming out in joy when Utah came up for the big third down stop with 2 minutes left to go. But Utah's offense would not be able to run the clock out on Oregon. A screen play that was called as Oregon was bringing the house was overthrown by Dunn. "He's got to get better at that. He can't let the ball hit the turf on that play. Even a completion for a loss of yards on that play would have been better." Utah would manage to get a first down, but still not be able to run the clock out, having to punt it away with 35 seconds left. Oregon would get the ball at their own 38, needing only 24 yards to be in field goal range. But two in bounds pass plays for Oregon would cause them to use up their last time out and scramble to get one final play off. With time expiring, Mariota would pump fake and slide to his right, directly into LE Nate Fakahafua, who would bring him down for the Utah win. Both coaches were furious at several points with their line backing Corps not playing to their assignments and defensive players not taking advantage of passes thrown right at them. "Losing Williams for that long hurts. He had three more touchdowns than the rest of our team combined so other guys will have to step up." But hopefully Dunn will be able to keep up his ridiculous pace on offense as he had another 300+ combined yardage game: passing for 154 yards, 3 TD's and 2 INTs off 14-22, with 160 yards rushing off 14 carries including a 51 yard run. ( GG Danthraxxx I know this shit is frustrating as hell but I hope ya keep on keeping on man).