The Mario Cristobal era at Oregon didn’t begin so well, with the Ducks falling behind 24-0 on the way to a 38-28 loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. Oregon committed 4 first-half turnovers and didn’t score on offense until the fourth quarter. Follow along for our recap and live updates from Sin City.
Oregon-Boise State live updates, score, analysis
1:12 4 th Q (38-28, Boise): Jaylon Redd catches an 8-yard touchdown pass from Justin Herbert. The score was set up by a 67-yard reception from Dillon Mitchell.
2:22 4 th Q (38-21, Boise): Ryan Wolpin scores his second touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run. Boise went 11 plays and 86 yards and ate up 5:19 of clock to kill any chance for Oregon to mount a comeback.
10:07 4 th Q (31-21, Boise): Brenden Schooler catches a 24-yard touchdown pass from Justin Herbert, 1 play after Herbert scrambled for a conversion on 4th-and-1. The Ducks gained 78 yards on that drive after gaining 115 on their previous 13 possessions.
9:41 3 rd Q (31-14, Boise): Alec Dhaenens catches a 13-yard touchdown pass from Brett Rypien. Dhaenens bounced off a poor tackle attempt by Oregon’s Arrion Springs and cut upfield for the score, completing a 12-play, 75-yard drive.
0:07 2 nd Q (24-14, Boise): Tyree Robinson picks off a Brett Rypien pass and returns it 100 yards for a touchdown. This came right after Boise State got 67 yards on a pass from Rypien to Cedrick Wilson.
0:37 2 nd Q (24-7, Boise): Troy Dye scores on an 81-yard fumble return touchdown after Boise State tries to run the Statue of Liberty play. The behind-the-back handoff was too high for Broncos RB Alex Mattison and the ball bounced right to Dye who stayed on his feet and was gone.
5:11 2 nd Q (24-0, Boise): Kekaula Kaniho intercepts Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert and returns it 53 yards for a touchdown. Herbert was pressured and looked like he was trying to throw it away but instead he turned it over for the third time as the Ducks have four turnovers.
8:59 2 nd Q (17-0, Boise): Haden Hoggarth connects on a 39-yard field goal to complete a 12-play, 62-yard drive. The Broncos were aided by a holding penalty on Oregon on 3rd-and-8 at the Boise 18-yard line.
14:55 2 nd (14-0 Boise): Haden Hoggarth is wide left on a 42-yard field goal attempt. The Broncos had started at Oregon’s 21-yard line after quarterback Justin Herbert was strip-sacked.
1:21 1 st Q (14-0 Boise): Cedrick Wilson catches a 26-yard touchdown pass from Brett Rypien. Boise’s drive started at the Oregon 32-yard line after Jabril Frazier recovered a fumble by Tony Brooks-James.
8:17 1 st Q (7-0, Boise): Ryan Wolpin’s 1-yard touchdown run on a backward pass caps a 13-play, 67-yard drive after Oregon went 3-and-out. The Broncos converted a 4th-and-2 from the Ducks’ 5-yard line to keep the possession going.
Oregon-Boise State game time, details
Game time: 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time
Location: Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas
Odds: Oregon opened as a five-point favorite.
Which TV channel is Oregon-Boise State on?
Oregon and Boise State will play the Las Vegas Bowl on ABC.
How can I watch Oregon-Boise State online?
You can watch Oregon play Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on ABC live.
How can I listen to Oregon-Boise State on the radio?
You can listen to Oregon play Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Oregon IMG Sports Network.
Oregon-Boise State preview, keys to the game
Even if Willie Taggart were still coaching the Ducks, this game would be full of intrigue. It would have been Oregon’s first bowl game under the new coach, against the Mountain West Champs. But since Taggart bolted to Florida State, the interest in the game has risen exponentially.
How will Mario Cristobal do in his debut?
How will Oregon’s recruits, who have decommitted in waves, respond to how the Ducks play?
Will Oregon sustain its torrid pace under now-healthy Justin Herbert?
That, more than anything, will likely decide the fate of the game. Herbert has been the fulcrum of Oregon’s success this season, leading the Ducks to a 6-1 record as a starter, watching in a sling or street clothes as they tumbled 1-4 without him. With Herbert, Oregon is averaging 52 points per game, compiling more than 550 yards in each.
What remains unknown, and will be a huge factor in Oregon’s success on Saturday, is whether or not Royce Freeman decides to play in his final game as a Duck. A senior, Freeman has set a slew of records this season, becoming the Pac-12’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns, among others. The last time Freeman addressed the subject, after a rout of Oregon State in the Civil War, Freeman said “I don’t know. I haven’t really gotten a chance to think about that yet. Reflecting after this game, I’ll watch the film, and rely on people close to me to help me make a decision, but I haven’t thought that far yet.”
Saturday will be mark the first time since 2009 Oregon and Boise State have met. In their previous two meetings, in 2008 and 2009, the Mustangs prevailed, winning 37-32 and 19-8, respectively. Their last meeting remains infamous, when Oregon running back Legarrette Blount punched a Boise State player.
“It’s been awhile,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin, who was the offensive coordinator for those games. “Obviously excited coming off the (Mountain West) championship game, knowing we have another opportunity, another part of our goal to achieve, and to do it against an opponent like Oregon is something our guys are going to be looking forward to.”
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