The uniforms aren't the only bold thing in Eugene. Trailing No. 12 UCLA 7-0 early on Saturday night, the No. 3 Oregon Ducks dialed up a fake punt on a 4th down at their own 26-yard line. Perhaps because the Bruins couldn't have imagined anyone would make such a call so early in a game while so deep in their own territory, the Ducks executed the fake perfectly. Linebacker Rodney Hardrick took the snap directly and then took off right up the vacated middle of the field as punter Alejandro Maldonado pantomimed a botched, high snap. Hardrick veered toward the UCLA sideline and was eventually forced out after a 66-yard gain.
Two players later, Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas would power his way into the end zone to level the score 7-7. Although UCLA would hang with Mark Helfrich's high-octane squad for the remainder of the first half, Oregon would never trail again after that scoring drive extended by this fake punt. The Ducks would outscore the Bruins 28-0 in the second half en route to a 42-14 win.
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