EUGENE, Ore. (ABC4 Sports) – The season is really getting away from the Utah football team now.
The Utes gave up 347 yards rushing at Oregon, as they drop their 4th straight game, 41-20.
Darren Carrington returned to his old school and caught 9 passes for 130 yards, but got stripped on a screen pass, and Ugo Amadi returned it 47 yards for a touchdown.
Tyler Huntley, making his second start after returning from an injury, completed 25 of 43 passes for 293 yards and two touchdowns. But the Utes could not contain the Oregon ground game, giving up 139 yards to Royce Freeman and 105 yards and a 23-yard touchdown to Tony Brooks-James.
Utah’s four-game losing streak is its longest since it lost five in row in 2013, and at 4-4, puts its bowl game eligibility in question.
Oregon backup quarterback Braxton Burmeister threw for just 47 yards, but he also threw a touchdown pass to Cam McCormick on the game’s opening drive.
Carrington was making his first appearance at Autzen Stadium since he was dismissed from the Ducks this summer following his arrest on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence. He was booed by the Autzen Stadium crowd for his first reception for the Utes.
The game really turned when Amadi scooped up Carrington’s fumble in the second quarter and ran it back 47 yards for a touchdown to put the Ducks up 17-3.
Down 17-6 at the half, Utah scored its first touchdown when Huntley’s pass was tipped and fell into the hands of right tackle Darrin Paulo, who was flat on his back in the end zone. The TD withstood review and the Utes narrowed the gap to 17-13.
After an Oregon field goal, Nelson’s scoring pass to Breeland made it 27-13. Nelson took a reverse and barely escaped a tackle before finding Breeland in triple coverage.
Following Brooks-James’ touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Utah closed the gap with Huntley’s 29-yard touchdown pass to Siosi Wilson.
Kani Benoit wrapped up scoring with a 21-yard touchdown run for the Ducks.
Utah will try to end their 4-game losing streak Friday night at home against UCLA.