Ducks shut down top QB

OREGON 49, WY­OMING 13 NFL prospect Allen strug­gles for Cow­boys

The Denver Post - - KICKOFF - By Ralph D. Russo

LARAMIE» Royce Free­man ran for three touch­downs in the first half and Oregon roughed up Wy­oming quar­ter­back Josh Allen in a 49-13 vic­tory over the Cow­boys on Satur­day night.

Allen drew rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 16 NFL teams to War Memorial Sta­dium, but it was the Ducks (3-0) who im­pressed. Free­man ran for 157 yards on 30 car­ries and turned a screen pass into a 50-yard gain. Justin Her­bert passed for 251 yards and a score, and added a touch­down run.

As for Allen, in what could be his last game against Power Five com­pe­ti­tion, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound ju­nior was 9-for-24 for 64 yards — his sec­ond-low­est to­tal as a starter — and a 10yard touch­down run. He fum­bled late in the sec­ond quar­ter run­ning a draw and Oregon’s Tyree Robin­son re­turned the ball to the Cow­boys 4. Kani Benoit scored on the next play to make it 42-10 at half.

Wy­oming coach Craig Bohl said Allen tweaked an an­kle while be­ing sacked on what turned out to be his fi­nal play of the game. Allen did not meet with the media, Bohl said, be­cause he was get­ting treat­ment. Bohl said if the game was com­pet­i­tive, Allen prob­a­bly could have con­tin­ued play­ing.

Con­sid­er­ing how bad the Ducks’ de­fense played last sea­son, they have to feel good about how much they ha­rassed Allen, led by Justin Hollins and Troy Dye.

As for Allen, the scouts’ eyes were locked on him well be­fore kick­off. They moved like a herd from the side­line to watch him warm up in a T-shirt and head­phones a cou­ple of hours be­fore the game to be­hind the end zone after he and his team­mates came out in pads.

But for the sec­ond time this sea­son he failed to de­liver against a mar­quee team. Wy­oming lost 20-3 at Iowa to open the sea­son.

“We had some good con­ver­sa­tions, Josh and I have, as far as about be­ing able to be re­ally fo­cused on the task at hand,” Bohl said. “There’s a lot of spec­u­la­tion about where is he go­ing to get drafted? What’s go­ing to hap­pen? I don’t think that that’s had the ef­fect. I think Oregon had a good game plan and we didn’t play par­tic­u­larly well.”

Kevin C. Cox, Getty Im­ages

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