UCLA’s Myles Jack continues to leave strong impressions
EUGENE, Ore. — UCLA freshman linebacker Myles Jack continues to introduce himself around the Pac-12.
Jack showed second-ranked Oregon his skills from the start Saturday during the Bruins’ 42-14 loss to the Ducks. He so befuddled people in Oregon that the public-address announcer at one point said, “Tackle by Jack Myles.”
They’ll likely learn to get it right over the next three seasons.
On the second play of the game, Jack stripped the ball from Oregon receiver Keanon Lowe, and UCLA’s Randall Goforth recovered at the Ducks’ 38-yard line. It set up a touchdown run by quarterback Brett Hundley.
In the second quarter, Jack partially blocked a punt, giving UCLA the ball on the Oregon 28. Hundley again cashed it in, throwing a 11-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Duarte with 1:35 left to earn the Bruins a 14-14 halftime tie.
Earlier this season, Jack intercepted a pass in the final minute to clinch a 31-24 victory over Utah.
Jack came into the game third on the team with 41 tackles and led the Bruins with six pass breakups.
Jack’s blocked kick was UCLA’s 11th in 21 games since Coach Jim Mora was hired. Four of those blocks have resulted in or led to touchdowns, while four others were on field-goal attempts.
Hundley’s four-yard touchdown in the first quarter was the 12th scoring run of his career, moving him past Dennis Dummit into sole possession of eighth place on the all-time list of UCLA quarterbacks. Mark Harmon scored 14 touchdowns and is seventh on the list.
Oregon big-play threat De’Anthony Thomas returned from an ankle injury. He scored Oregon’s first touchdown on a one-yard run, and finished with 31 yards rushing in 10 carries. He also caught three passes for 17 yards.
Thomas was the Ducks’ leading rusher with 338 yards, averaging eight yards per carry, before being injured in the fourth game.
UCLA started six freshmen, three on each side of the ball.
On offense, it was linemen Caleb Benenoch, Scott Quessenberry and Alex Redmond. It was the first start for Quessenberry. On defense, it was Jack and linemen Eddie Vanderdoes and Kenny Clark.
UCLA found something resembling a running game.
The Bruins were limited to 78 yards rushing by California two weeks ago and had only 74 against Stanford last week. They managed 219 against Oregon despite starting the three freshmen on the line.
Paul Perkins (93 yards rushing) and Malcolm Jones (58) did much of the leg work, and Hundley hurt the Ducks with his mobility. Twice he scrambled for first downs on third-down plays. Hundley finished with 72 yards rushing.
Oregon had its 94th consecutive sellout at Autzen Stadium, the third-longest streak in the nation. . . . The Ducks went with green uniforms, but had black and DayGlo yellow cleats and green helmets with silver wings. . . . Oregon running back Byron Marshall rushed for 133 yards, his fifth consecutive 100-yard game, and three touchdowns.
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