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Ducks stunned as No. 13 Oregon falls 62-20 to No. 18 Utah


EUGENE, Oregon — Oregon running back Royce Freeman said he was in shock as the No. 13 Ducks' loss to Utah snowballed into a rout.

The mood in the locker room afterward was understandably quiet.

"A lot of guys questioning a lot of things that went on, on the field, and just wondering where we went wrong and what we need to correct," Freeman said.

Utah quarterback Travis Wilson returned from a shoulder sprain and threw for 227 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for another, in the No. 18 Utes' 62-20 victory on Saturday night.

A lanky senior, Wilson completed 18-of-30 passes, hitting nine receivers, a week after sitting out Utah's victory over Fresno State.

Oregon hadn't lost as badly at home since falling 54-0 to Washington in 1977. Utah's 62 points were the most the team has scored against a Pac-12 opponent since joining the league in 2011, and also the most the Ducks have ever allowed in Eugene.

"Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said.

Vernon Adams Jr. started at quarterback for Oregon (2-2) despite a broken index finger that kept him out of the Ducks' victory last weekend over Georgia State, but he didn't last long and was replaced by backup Jeff Lockie in the second quarter.

But it was Oregon's besieged defense that had no solution for Wilson and the rolling Utes, who amassed 530 yards of total offense. The defense went into the game ranked 105th among FBS programs for overall defense, allowing an average of 456.3 yards. The Ducks' scoring defense was at 104th in the country.

PHOTO: Oregon quarterback Jeff Lockie (17) looks to pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Utah, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)
Oregon quarterback Jeff Lockie (17) looks to pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Utah, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

Adams struggled, too. The senior, who transferred to Oregon from Eastern Washington for his final season of eligibility, broke his finger in the season opener against his former team. He completed just two of seven pass attempts before he was replaced by Lockie, Marcus Mariota's backup last season.

Lockie briefly sparked the offense, completing his first three passes of the game and earning a "Lock-ie! Lock-ie!" chant from the Autzen Stadium crowd. His first drive finished with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Bralon Addison.

But the enthusiasm from the crowd was short-lived and Utah answered with Wilson's 9-yard scoring pass to true freshman Caleb Repp to make it 27-13 going into the half.

Lockie completed 10-of-20 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted twice.

Wilson opened the third quarter with a 2-yard scoring run, and the Utes padded the lead with running back Devontae Booker's 25-yeard scoring pass to Britain.

Oregon suffered a blow early in the third quarter when Marshall appeared to injure his right ankle on a kickoff return. The senior receiver, who ranks 10th on Oregon's career list with 27 touchdown receptions, had to be carted to the locker room.

Oregon receiver Charles Nelson was also seen on the sideline with his arm in a sling.

When Wilson hit Repp with a 16-yard scoring pass and the Utes went up 48-13, it sent fans streaming for the exits. Boobie Hobbs added a touchdown on a 69-yard punt return when Utah faked out the Ducks by drawing them to a different player.

Helfrich took full responsibility for not preparing his team.

"When you play like we played," he said, "it's on me."

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