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PAC-12 FOOTBALL: Late interception seals Saturday's Oregon win over Chip Kelly and UCLA at the Rose Bowl.

Big picture: Turbulence has been the norm for the Oregon Ducks in 2021, and the game in the Rose Bowl was no different. Another game came down to the final minute with Oregon's defense asked to protect a tenuous lead. And, for the sixth time in seven games, the Ducks emerged with the W on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Oregon improves to 6-1, 3-1 in the Pac-12 with a significant road win. The Ducks may not ever win pretty this season, but the resiliency on display is commendable.

Oregon should be favored in four of its remaining five games, with a trip to Utah a possible exception. That doesn't mean any of the games will be easy — though next week's home game against Colorado should be.

Saturday's tussle at the Rose Bowl started with Chip Kelly's offense putting the Oregon D on its heels and the Bruins rolling to a 14-0 lead. But the Ducks' defense then controlled the middle two quarters and Anthony Brown and the Ducks offense moved the ball consistently as Oregon built a 34-17 lead.

But three second half turnovers — and two interceptions thrown by Anthony Brown Jr. in the fourth quarter — gave the Bruins life.

Ultimately, the Ducks held on, with DJ James making his second interception of the day to seal another win in Los Angeles.

Storylines: Oregon overcame injuries on the offensive line to move the ball consistently after a slow couple of early drives. Center Alex Forsythe, who practiced all week, was unable to go. Freshman guard Jackson Powers-Johnson and sophomore tackle Steven Jones both left with injuries, but the reshuffled line more than held its own against a tough defensive front.

Coach Mario Cristobal on the season-long injury challenges: "It wasn't a lot of fun in pregame when we were getting ready and then Alex Forsyth goes down. … It's been the theme of the year. Hopefully we're putting a stop to that after this game, and some guys did come back.

"This team, its leaders, its players, they just they're a special, special bunch. They're just resilient. They just keep coming, and they truly believe that there's no play, no circumstance, no bad call, no injury that we can overcome."

Notable numbers: UCLA ran 91 plays to Oregon's 63, but the Ducks averaged 6.6 per play to only 3.9 for the Bruins.

Anthony Brown Jr. finished 29 of 39 for 296 yards and was on pace for a memorable day at the Rose Bowl until those two ill-advised fourth-quarter throws. He also ran for 85 yards, 43 of them on a fourth-quarter touchdown. … Brown connected with 11 different receivers, with Devon Williams leading the way (five catches on eight targets for 80 yards). … Travis Dye (questionable entering the game because of a pregame migraine) scored rushing touchdowns on four consecutive touches. He netted only 35 yards on the ground as Oregon turned to the short passing game to counter UCLA's active run defense. … Kayvon Thibodeaux, playing his first full game of the season, was a game-changer on defense with 4.5 of his nine tackles going for lost yardage including two sacks. … Oregon was credited with 14 tackles for loss and limited UCLA's run game, which was averaging 242.5 yards a game to 110 yards. Dual-threat UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 220 yards but was limited to 35 yards rushing.

Other reaction:

Kayvon Thibodeaux on the defense: "One thing we focused on, you know, during the week was everybody having to come up to fit up and we have to dominate the line of scrimmage to win the game."

Thibodeaux on DJ James (two interceptions including the clincher and a costly defensive holding penalty): "He's a fighter. You know a lot of guys in different teams would kind of give in and they kind of start playing soft, but one thing I know he's gonna protect that outside. He's gonna, you know, take away what they're gonna try to take he was really smart."

Anthony Brown on a big performance and responding to adversity after hearing boos in last week's home game: "I should have been playing like this for a while, but the fact that it came in a big moment was important. I did reach out to a few people, and just being myself was a big factor in this. Just staying true to who we are playing each play. And we ultimately came out on top. … I had a couple interceptions. One of them, should've run the ball. Second one, we're gonna clean that one up on film."

Up next: Colorado at Oregon, Saturday, Oct. 30, time TBD.


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