Bo Nix scores 5 TDs at No.  25 of Oregon at No.  12 BYUu

Bo Nix scores 5 TDs at No. 25 of Oregon at No. 12 BYUu

Bo Nix had one of the best games of his college career as No. 25 Oregon made it look easy against No. 12 BYU on Saturday.

The Ducks led 38-7 not even halfway through the third quarter en route to a 41-20 victory. Nix had a hand in Oregon’s first five touchdowns of the day as he ran for three, threw for two and was extremely efficient as a passer.

It was Nix’s second straight five-touchdown game after not totaling five touchdowns in a game in any of his 34 appearances for Auburn. He threw for five scores in an easy win over FCS rival Eastern Washington in Week 2, and his three rushing scores Saturday were a career high. Nix had rushed for multiple TDs in a game just twice in his college football career before Saturday, and he didn’t even have to play the entire game against the Cougars. Ty Thompson replaced him at QB with less than three minutes left in the third quarter.

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix (10) looks to make a throw against BYU during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in Eugene, Ore.  (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix (10) had five touchdowns against BYU. (AP Photo/Andy Nelson)

Oregon’s offense destroyed BYU’s defense both on the ground and through the air. The Ducks scored on their first six possessions of the game as BYU could do little to stop them. Oregon’s dominance was so strong that BYU had to start taking it on fourth downs just to stay in the game in the third quarter. And these efforts didn’t work either.

With Oregon playing an FCS opponent in Week 2, BYU entered the game coming off a big double-overtime win against Baylor in Week 2 and again was without its top two receivers. Gunnar Romney didn’t even travel with the team and while Puka Nacua did make the trip, he didn’t play.

The win is a huge rebound for Oregon after being shut out by No. 1 Georgia in Week 1. The loss had many wondering if they should recalibrate their expectations for Oregon under first-year coach Dan Lanning. And if you were one of those people who thought Oregon was toast after Week 1, maybe you should overreact accordingly after Week 3.

The Ducks pushed BYU on both sides of the ball and looked like a team that just had a bad day against the defending national champions in Week 1. While BYU may have been a little overrated coming into the game, the Cougars are very good football team and could easily win 10 races again in 2022.

Oregon could do the same. Especially if the Knicks play anything like Saturday. The Ducks have just one ranked team on their schedule the rest of the way in No. 14 Utah, and that game isn’t until Nov. 19.

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