Ducks Beat Buffs In Match That Ended Up With Ease

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Lanning and his team went above and beyond to prove to the rest of the college football world that they are superior to Deion Sanders‘ squad in a resounding 42-6 victory over the highly anticipated No. 19 Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday.

No. 10 Colorado lost to Oregon 518-194 in total offense, and the Ducks recorded 30 first downs to the Buffaloes’ 13. The club of Lanning easily scored 35 points in the first half while limiting its conference opponent to only 56 passing yards and minus 35 rushing yards.

“We were prepared for a battle; it didn’t end up being a battle,” Lanning said after the game. “I’m glad we got to put Oregon in the light it deserves to be in.”

The victory was so complete that footage of Lanning’s pregame statement, in which he said that Oregon was “rooted in substance not flash,” was shown on television during the first half of the game.

“They’re fighting for clicks; we’re fighting for wins,” Lanning said in the video. “The Cinderella story’s over.”

Lanning had already spoken out about Sanders and Colorado. Lanning was questioned about Colorado’s transfer to the Big 12 during Pac-12 media days before to the season.

“I’m trying to remember what they won to affect this conference and I don’t remember,” Lanning said. “Do you remember them winning anything? I don’t remember them winning anything.”

Lanning was asked if he regretted making those remarks after Colorado sprinted to a dramatic and exciting 3-0 start in which Sanders and company used the jabs at the Buffs as motivation.

“I don’t regret anything I’ve said for this program,” Lanning said. “At the end of the day, I wasn’t talking about Deion’s team; I was talking about the past and the future for our team. But if that serves as material for them, great. I don’t think it’s going to have any bearing on the game or the success of the game.”

Even though Lanning may not have been specifically referring to “Deion’s team,” it was clear from the opening snap on Saturday at Autzen Stadium that Oregon wanted to make a statement.

While the Oregon offense took the Travis Hunter-less Colorado defense on its heels by gathering plays of 10 yards or more and putting together touchdown drives with little effort, the Ducks’ defense pursued quarterback Shedeur Sanders and finished with six sacks. In the second quarter, when the Ducks were eventually halted on third down close to their end zone, Lanning called a fake punt that executed flawlessly and resulted in another touchdown drive.

It continued after that. Lanning attempted the fourth down conversion four times, three of which were successful. Additionally, Lanning called a timeout with 17 seconds left as Bo Nix and the offense were closing in on the end zone during the conclusion of the second quarter to ensure the Ducks scored once more for a 35-0 lead at the half.

Lanning was not prepared to concede.

“We’re not done yet. We’re not satisfied,” Lanning said in his halftime interview. “[I] hope everyone that’s been watching [Colorado] every week is still watching.”

When questioned over his pregame statement after the game, Lanning retreated a step. He minimized it and admitted that because it was only one game, he had to “humble” himself.

“There is no pregame speech that wins games,” Lanning said. “Players do.”

Sanders was questioned regarding his thoughts on Lanning’s remarks and whether he had heard or seen it.

“I got messages,” said Sanders, who called the game a “good old-fashioned butt kicking.””God bless him,” Sanders added of Lanning. “He’s a great coach. Take shots, they won.”

Sanders gave Oregon and Lanning credit, but Sanders didn’t hold back from making a statement as well.

“Candidly, you better get me right now,” Sanders said. “This is the worst we’re going to be.”