BOISE, Idaho – The Oregon Ducks started the season with a sloppy 19-8 loss to the Boise State Broncos.
Following the game, Oregon Ducks running back LeGarrette Blount was involved in an altercation with Boise State defensive end Byron Hout.
Blount punched Hout and had to be escorted off the field by Duck players and coaches.
KVAL Sports footage of the punch:
Blount talks to press about punch:
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The Duck offense was never able to find a rhythm, and Boise State capitalized with long drives that kept the Oregon offense off the field for the majority of the game.
The Broncos scored on a Kellen Moore 10-yard touchdown pass to Austin Pettis following a pass interference penalty that kept the Boise State drive alive. Broncos coach Chris Peterson caught the Ducks off guard by going for a two point conversion to put Boise State up 8-0.
Prior to the touchdown, Boise State had two long drives that ended in missed field goal attempts by Broncos’ kicker Kyle Brotzman.
The Oregon offense routinely began possessions deep within their own territory. With just under four minutes to go in the second quarter, Blount was tackled in his own end zone for a safety putting Boise State up 10-0.
Brotzman extended the Broncos’ lead with a 45-yard field goal with 56 seconds left in the half to make the deficit for Oregon 13 points.
Boise State started the second half with a 1-yard touchdown run by running back D.J Harper to make it 19-0.
After starting the game with six consecutive three and outs, the Ducks’ offense finally recorded a first down at 7:07 in the third quarter on a 15-yard pass to tight end Ed Dickson. Masoli finished the drive with Oregon’s only touchdown, a 5-yard run followed by a Blount two point conversion. Masoli was 14 for 27 for 120 yards with one interception and never looked comfortable running the offense.
The Ducks failed to take advantage of three Boise State fumbles in the second half and the highly regarded Oregon offense finished with 152 total yards.
Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly starts his head coaching career with a disheartening loss on the blue turf of Bronco Stadium. Kelly will be looking to rebound and prepare the Ducks for a showdown with the Purdue Boilermakers on Sep. 12.
First half highlights from KVAL Sports
Second half highlights from KVAL Sports