Oregon 42, UCLA 14

Steve Mims, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon can turn a close game into a blowout rather quickly.
Byron Marshall ran for three touchdowns and the third-ranked Ducks turned a 14-14 halftime tie into a 42-14 win over UCLA on Saturday night in a Pac-12 game at Autzen Stadium.
The Ducks improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference with a win over the 12th-ranked Bruins. Oregon will find out Sunday if its performance was impressive enough to vault them ahead of No. 2 Florida State in the BCS standings.
The score was tied 14-14 at halftime and Oregon looked ready to move back into the lead by driving to UCLA's 5-yard line, but a bad snap resulted in a fumble that was recovered by UCLA's Anthony Barr.
UCLA was forced to punt on its ensuing drive and the Ducks took over at the Bruins' 49-yard line. Marcus Mariota completed a 23-yard pass to Marshall and then Marshall ran 11 yards on the next play for a touchdown that put Oregon ahead 21-14 with 2:57 left in the third quarter.
Oregon's Avery Patterson intercepted Brett Hundley on UCLA's next drive and the Ducks responded with a touchdown. Mariota threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Bralon Addison with 12:41 left in the game.
Marshall added another touchdown on a 3-yard run with 8:47 left in the game. Thomas Tyner scored on a 2-yard run in the final three minutes.
Oregon turned the ball over on its second play when Keanon Lowe caught a short pass and fumbled as UCLA recovered at Oregon's 38-yard line.
The Bruins used seven plays to drive for a touchdown and finished the possession when Hundley ran 4 yards for a score.
Oregon faced fourth-and-14 at its 26-yard line on its next drive and lined up to punt, but instead, snapped the ball to linebacker Rodney Hardrick, who ran 66 yards to give Oregon a first-and-goal at the 8-yard line. De'Anthony Thomas ran in for a 1-yard touchdown to tie the score with 7:58 left in the first quarter.
UCLA drove to the Oregon 32-yard line late in the first quarter, but Paul Perkins was stopped for no gain to give the ball back to the Ducks.
On third-and-5, Marshall ran 40 yards for his team-leading 10th touchdown of the season to give Oregon its first lead at 14-7 with 13:10 left in the first half.
UCLA's Myles Jack blocked a punt by Alejandro Maldonado and the Bruins recovered at Oregon's 28-yard line. On third-and-6 from the 24-yard line, Hundley scrambled for 7 yards and later threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Duarte to tie the score 14-14 with 1:35 left in the second quarter.
The Ducks drove to UCLA's 20-yard line, but Maldonado missed a 37-yard field goal attempt to end the first half.
NOTES: Thomas returned after missing the past two games with an ankle injury while tackle Jake Fisher returned after missing last week with an unknown injury. ... Oregon did not have a receiver with 500 receiving yards last season but already have had two exceed that milestone this year. Josh Huff had 627 receiving yards through seven games and Bralon Addison had 543. ... UCLA has faced three ranked foes this season, all on the road. The Bruins defeated Nebraska, which was No. 23 at the time, and lost to No. 13 Stanford last week.

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