As strong as Virginia's defense looked last week against BYU, Oregon simply picked it apart and shredded any hope Virginia had to keep up with the Ducks. Oregon's blazing PAC12SPEED just torched the Hoos in every phase of the game, dominating with a final score of 59-10.
Need an example? Here, relive Oregon's 98-yard interception return.
Woo, let at that Duck fly! You're welcome for that.
The loss was Virginia's most lopsided in more than a quarter century, since UVa went down 55-0 to Clemson in 1984. Though the score was reminiscent of that dreaded 52-7 loss to USC in 2008, to me at least, it was nowhere near as painful or miserable. Mentally, I was prepared for this loss. Maybe not quite fully prepared for a 49-point beating, but today's outcome didn't really affect my outlook on the remainder of Virginia's season.
Still, here are some thoughts to tide us over for now:
Ducks fly together. Though I was surprised with BYU's fan base last week, boy did Oregon show up strong, as green and yellow Nike swooshes flooded the upper deck of Scott Stadium (that's right, Duck fans -- we're still making Nike jokes!). For me, the real-life Duck fans that I meant weren't nearly as bad as I expected based on their online presence, but I've heard mixed reviews from others. What did you all think?
Near Capacity. Scott Stadium was bumpin' at 58,502 today, just 3,000 shy of a capacity crowd. You'd expect a sell-out crowd against this caliber opponent, but given what little the Cavalier faithful have had to hang their hats on in recent memory, you have to be happy with this number.
There is no quarterback controversy. Anyone who tells you otherwise, pointing to the fact that both QBs took snaps, is selling you something. I thought David Watford's performance was both better and worse than last week's. Certainly the four turnovers charged to Watford -- three interceptions and a fumble while getting sacked -- were not reassuring. Two of those interceptions though, should probably be equally blamed on Dominique Terrell, who let one through his hands and had a miscommunication on another. On the flip side, I was generally pleased with Watford's ability to scramble, and thought his decision-making was greatly improved over last week's.
Vanilla Offense. While I thought that Coach London had established Virginia as a team with a few tricks up its sleeve over the past couple years, I was shocked to see complete vanilla playcalling this week at offense. Run-Screen-Screen-Punt is what it felt like for four quarters. Just two games into the season, and you can already hear disgruntled fans begin to turn on the new offensive coordinator, Steve Fairchild, wondering what exactly he's bringing to the table.
We'll of course have more coverage of this in the coming days, and then we'll never speak of this again.