Weather Alert

Oregon Ducks lose another heart breaker to Auburn, 27-21

Bruised, beaten and battered, the Oregon Ducks ultimately allowed a game-winning touchdown with nine seconds remaining and lost to the Auburn Tigers 27-21.

The Ducks led 21-6 late in the third quarter, but Auburn scored 21 unanswered points, capped off by the game-winning 26-yard touchdown pass from Bo Nix to Seth Williams which gave the Tigers the lead and the victory.

Oregon led 21-20 late into the fourth quarter, but had to punt back to the Tigers, who started the game-winning drive from their own 40 yard line and 2:05 left on the clock.  Nix was able to convert a 4th-&-3 with his legs just at the first down marker, and went on to convert a 3rd-&-10 to Williams before setting up his game-winning touchdown.

Auburn scored fourteen unanswered points in just over 10 minutes of game action to turn a 21-6 deficit into a 21-20 ballgame with 9:48 remaining in the fourth quarter.  The Ducks offense, desperate to put a scoring drive together, pushed the ball into Auburn territory but failed to pick up a 4th-&-1 on a run over the left side by CJ Verdell.

Oregon led 14-6 at halftime after a back-and-forth first half that saw smothering defense, explosive offense, and plenty of missed opportunities for the Ducks.  Oregon took an early 7-0 lead on the opening drive of the game by going 11 plays and getting the ball to the goal line where CJ Verdell punched it in from a yard out.  Auburn got a field goal to make it 7-3, but then a Justin Herbert touchdown pass of twenty yards to Spencer Webb gave the Ducks a 14-3 lead with 2:11 left in the first quarter.

The Ducks earned one of their two first half interceptions of Auburn true freshman quarterback Bo Nix thanks to Thomas Graham Jr., who undercut a route in the red zone to pick off Nix.  But Oregon couldn’t capitalize, and had to punt.  Later in the half with a 14-3 lead, Oregon was driving deep into Auburn territory, but Herbert fumbled trying to keep the ball on a zone-read, and Auburn’s Big Kant Bryant picked it up and returned it 83 yards before receiver Bryan Addison jumped on his back to tackle him at the Oregon 3-yard line.  That proved to be a big moment, as the Ducks defense held strong and kept Auburn to another field goal to cut the lead to 14-6, where it eventually held until halftime.

Justin Herbert finished the game 28/36 for 242 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.  CJ Verdell had 14 rushes for 76 yards and a score.

Ultimately, the Ducks blew a 15-point lead, and the offense could not support the superb defensive effort for the majority of the game, and Auburn gets the better of Oregon another year.




Connect With Us Listen To Us On