EUGENE, Ore. – Travis Wilson returned from a shoulder sprain and threw for 227 yards and four touchdowns in No. 18 Utah's 62-20 victory over No. 13 Oregon on Saturday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Wilson completed 18 of 30 passes, hitting nine receivers, and ran for 100 yards and another score for Utah (4-0). The lanky senior sprained his left shoulder two weeks ago against Utah State.
It was Oregon's worst loss at home since falling 54-0 to Washington in 1977. Utah's 62 points were the most scored against a Pac-12 opponent since joining the league in 2011, and also the most the Ducks have ever allowed in Eugene.
Vernon Adams Jr. started at quarterback for Oregon (2-2) despite a broken index finger that kept him out of the Ducks' victory last weekend over Georgia State, but was replaced by Jeff Lockie in the second quarter. But it was Oregon's besieged defense that failed to stop Wilson and the Utes, who amassed 530 yards of offense.
Oregon's defense went into the game ranked 105th among FBS programs for overall defense, allowing an average of 456.3 yards.
Wilson opened the third quarter with a 2-yard scoring run, and the Utes padded the lead with running back Devontae Booker's 25-yeard scoring pass to Britain Covey. Wilson hit Caleb Repp with a 16-yard scoring pass and the Utes went up 48-13, sending fans streaming for the exits.
Oregon suffered a blow early in the third quarter when Byron Marshall appeared to injure his right ankle on a kickoff return. The senior receiver, who ranks 10th on Oregon's career list with 27 touchdown receptions, was carted to the locker room.