Dye, Brown lead No. 10 Oregon past UCLA
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Travis Dye became the first player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to score touchdowns on four consecutive carries and No. 10 Oregon overcame an early 14-point deficit to beat UCLA 34-31 on Saturday.
Anthony Brown had 381 yards of total offense for the Ducks (6-1, 3-1 Pac-12) against the Bruins (5-3, 3-2).
Dye — who finished with 35 yards on 14 carries — also became the seventh Oregon running back since 2000 with at least four rushing touchdowns in a game.
Before Dye’s record day, six players shared the mark with TDs on three consecutive carries, including Illinois’ Howard Griffith and Virginia’s Tiki Barber. Cal’s Joe Ayoob was the last to accomplish it on Sept. 23, 2005, against New Mexico State.
Oregon fell behind 14-0 during the first quarter before scoring on five of its next six drives.
Dye had 5 yards on four carries in the first quarter before scoring on runs of 1 and 4 yards to tie it at 14. The Ducks trailed 17-14 at halftime, but Dye would score from 1 and 5 yards in the third quarter to give Oregon a 27-17 advantage.
Brown was 29 of 39 passing for 296 yards, completing passes to 11 players. He also had six carries for 85 yards. His 43-yard TD run on a quarterback draw extended the Ducks' lead to 34-17 before the Bruins rallied.
Dorian Thompson-Robinson's 2-yard keeper early in the fourth quarter got UCLA within 10. After Caleb Johnson's interception on Oregon's ensuing possession, Brittain Brown scored up the middle from a yard out.
UCLA had a chance to at least tie and send it into overtime after Jay Shaw picked off Anthony Brown's pass in the end zone with 3 minutes remaining. The Bruins drove to the Oregon 39, but Ethan Garbers, who came in when Thompson-Robinson was injured earlier in the drive, had a pass intercepted by DJ James to preserve the win.
Thompson-Robinson was 22 of 41 for 216 yards and a TD, along with 35 rushing yards and a score. Brown added 45 yards and 13 carries and two touchdowns.
UCLA took the opening kickoff and scored on Brittain Brown's 1-yard run. After Martell Irby blocked Tom Snee's punt and recovered it at the Oregon 30, the Bruins extended their lead to two touchdowns four plays later when Thompson-Robinson connected with Kazmeir Allen on a 5-yard pass.
UCLA had interceptions by Quentin Lake and Devin Kirkwood nullified due to offsides penalties. Oregon would take advantage by scoring on both drives.
Oregon: The Ducks will remain in the Top 10 despite two bad interceptions by Brown. This was their fourth win by seven points or less this season.
UCLA: The Rose Bowl has been far from hospitable lately for the Bruins. This is their third straight loss at home, while they are unbeaten in three road games.
Oregon: Hosts Colorado next Saturday.
UCLA: At Utah next Saturday.
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