TEMPE, Ariz. Lets get this out of the way. This wasnt a statement game for Oregon. This was a run-of-the-mill business trip.
Lay your plans on the table. Close the deal. Go home.
National pundits had billed this week's getaway as Oregons first true test of the season. The City of Tempe practically declared a holiday, with a blackout crowd, a team decked out in black and a desert fan base heated to a fevered pitch as it camped out the night before the game.
Oregon wasnt losing any sleep.
We approached it like we approach any other game, whether it be in Autzen or CenturyLink Field or here down in Tempe, linebacker Michael Clay said. We dont get really influenced by outside people.
The shareholders were pleased with that plan on Thursday night.
Oregon was efficient. Oregon was exasperatingly athletic. Oregon was SEC fast. And Oregon could have boarded the charter flight back home at halftime because this 43-21 outcome had already been determined beyond a shadow of a doubt.