=== No. 2 Ducks rout Colorado to stay unbeaten ===
Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - Bryan Bennett rushed for 73 yards and three
scores, while Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another,
as the No. 2 Oregon Ducks pounded Colorado, 70-14, at Autzen Stadium to remain
unbeaten on the year.
Mariota finished 10-of-14 for 136 yards for the Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12), who
face No. 10 Southern California on the road next week.
Kenjon Barner broke free for 104 yards and two rushing touchdowns on nine
carries, De'Anthony Thomas added 97 yards and one trip to the end zone on five
totes, and Josh Huff contributed four catches for 49 yards for Oregon. Thomas
also scored on a 73-yard punt return.
"I thought our guys, right from the start, were really focused and understood
the game plan," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "They were playing both sides of
the ball and we got contributions from not only the offense and the defense
but from the special teams today. Still have a lot of work to do, but I think
it was a good game."
Nick Hirschman and Jordan Webb combined to go 14-of-27 for 95 yards for the
Buffaloes (1-7, 1-4), losers in four straight outings. Christian Powell posted
121 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in defeat.
Oregon put a stranglehold on the game in the opening quarter, scoring four
touchdowns. Barner broke the plane on a one-yard plunge, Thomas posted a nine-
yard scamper, Mariota added a five-yard scoring run and then connected with
Bralon Addison on a 16-yard pass for a 28-0 lead.
The Ducks got four more touchdowns in the second, as Barner broke loose for a
24-yard TD run, Thomas raced 73 yards to the end zone on a punt return, Daryle
Hawkins picked up a 7-yard pass and Bennett added a 6-yard run to paydirt.
Down 56-0 at the half, Colorado finally hit the scoreboard in the third
quarter as Powell recorded back-to-back rushing touchdowns -- the first from
one yard away and the other from 20 yards out. However, Oregon struck back
with a pair of touchdowns on the ground by Bennett less than three minutes
apart to cap the scoring.
"We wanted to come and compete and see where we stood, see how we stacked up
against them," Colorado coach Jon Embree said. "That's what I told the guys a
championship game would look like."
Oregon, which posted 425 rushing yards and 617 yards of total offense,
recorded its highest point total since a 72-0 demolition of New Mexico on Sep.
4, 2010 ... Colorado was limited to 245 total yards and 12 first downs ... The
Ducks have not scored fewer than 42 points in any of their eight games this
season ... The Buffaloes have been outscored by a 120-20 margin in their last
two defeats, suffering a 50-6 loss to USC last week.
10/28 01:02:45 ET