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Colorado vs. Oregon: Buffs embarrassed in Autzen

It was never close, as Colorado fell behind 56-0 by halftime in one of the worst losses in program history.

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Colorado vs. Oregon final: Buffals blown out 70-14

The Oregon Ducks manhandled the Colorado Buffaloes in a 70-14 win on Saturday. The Ducks had their starters on the bench before halftime as they jumped out to a 56-0 lead.

De'Anthony Thomas had a stellar all-purpose day. Thomas gained 97 yards on just five carries while scoring a touchdown on the ground. He also added a scintillating 73-yard punt return for a score when he reversed field and made several cutbacks before burning the Colorado coverage team to the goal line.

Kenjon Barner's stats were a victim of his team's dominance once again. Barner topped the 100-yard mark in the second quarter, but didn't play at all in the second half. He finished with 103 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries, while adding two catches for 47 yards.

Colorado got on the board with two touchdowns in the third quarter, but could not do anything against Oregon's first team. The Buffaloes now fall to 1-7 on the season, while the Ducks move to 8-0 ahead of a big matchup next week.

Box Score Hero: See the stats for DAT and Barner above, but Bryan Bennett gets mention, as he rushed for 73 yards and three scores in mop-up duty, while also completing all three of his passes for 43 yards.

Rankings Ramifications: Oregon has fallen in the BCS standings the last two weeks despite remaining undefeated. Colorado will certainly lower their strength of schedule, but Oregon hanging 70 on the Buffaloes has to impress the human voters.

But Did They Cover? Oregon was able to cover despite a monstrous 47-point spread.

Next Week's Schedule: Colorado hosts Stanford next Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on FX. The Ducks visit the USC Trojans in a matchup with huge Pac-12 and national title implications at 7 p.m. ET on FOX.

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Ducks continue to pile on points on Buffaloes

There really isn't too much to add to what has amounted to a 49-0 obliteration in the first half by the fourth-ranked Oregon Ducks over the Colorado Buffaloes in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday.

The Ducks put up 28 more points in the second quarter following their 28 point explosion in the first to end the half with one of the most dominant performances you're ever going to see.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota has 136 yards and two touchdowns. Running backs Kenjon Barner (nine carries, 103 yards, two touchdowns) and De'Anthony Thomas (five carries, 97 yards, one touchdown) have helped to give the Ducks a whopping 311 to 60 yard differential in the running game. Bryan Bennett and Mariota both added rushing touchdowns as well.

That's five rushing touchdowns, two receiving touchdowns, 447 total yards and 56 points in one half of football.

And yet, the Buffaloes are still leading in time of possession.


Ducks get off to torrid start against Buffaloes

The Oregon Ducks wasted no time showing the Colorado Buffaloes why they are a top-five team in the country and the west coast's premier program as the Ducks already have a 28-0 lead after one quarter in Eugene, Ore.

The Ducks put up 14 points within the first three minutes of the game. A 41-yard rush by Kenjon Barner set up a Barner 1-yard touchdown to cap off a 5-play, 57-yard opening drive. The Buffaloes then fumbled the ensuing kickoff, leading to a De'Anthony Thomas 9-yard touchdown run.

Oregon added another 5-yard touchdown run by Marcus Mariota on its third possession, giving them a 21-0 lead in only seven minutes of play.

A 77-yard touchdown run by Barner was called back on a holding penalty, the first thing good to happen to the Buffaloes all game. But the Ducks still added another touchdown with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Bralon Addison from Marcus Mariota.

One quarter and a 28-0 lead for the No. 4 team in the country.

The Ducks come into the game 7-0 overall, 4-0 in the Pac-12 and the Buffaloes are 1-6 overall, 1-3 in the Pac-12.


Colorado vs. Oregon: TV schedule, game time, odds

Jon Embree's struggling Buffaloes will try to pull off a significant upset on Saturday afternoon in Eugene, Oregon.


Colorado gets back CB Yuri Wright, RT Jack Harris

The Colorado Buffaloes are getting a few players back in the lineup as they travel to take on the Oregon Ducks. Starting right tackle Jack Harris is back in the starting lineup after missing last weeks game against USC after suffering a concussion in practice on Oct. 16. Stephane Nembot who replaced Harris last week, will return to his reserve role against Oregon.

Another important addition is getting true freshman cornerback Yuri Wright back in the lineup. Wright has also been out with a concussion, but he has been sidelined since Oct. 2. Wright is a backup, and has been thrown into the rotation due to his potential. He will be needed on Saturday to go up against this explosive offense that Oregon brings to the table.

The Colorado secondary also will have starting safety Ray Polk back for his second straight game, so that should help out this secondary which is 121st in the nation in passing yards allowed per game. Polk had been out since suffering a sprained ankle in the season-opening game against Colorado State.


Wood dealing with inconsistency in practice

Colorado Buffaloes sophomore quarterback Connor Wood is having consistency problems in practice.


Tackling, vision will be necessary for Buffs

In the meeting with the Oregon Ducks this week, Colorado Buffaloes coach Jon Embree is emphasizing tackling and holding assignments on defense.


Buffs' defense prepares to counter Ducks' attack

Colorado Buffaloes coach Jon Embree is preparing his defense in a unique manner to face Oregon's up-tempo offense.


Colorado's Orms day-to-day with a concussion

Colorado defensive back Parker Orms is uncertain to play this weekend against Oregon, having suffered a concussion against USC.


Jordan Webb still Buffaloes starter for now

Colorado is out to a 1-6 start with junior Jordan Webb completing just 55.7 percent of his passes in 2012.

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