Bo Nix, Oregon Ducks football douse Liberty Flames in Fiesta Bowl


The mighty Liberty Flames won the coin toss for the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona, at State Farm Stadium on New Year’s Day and decided to receive the opening kickoff, promptly driving 75 yards in six plays for a touchdown through an Oregon defense that looked unorganized. Although the extra point was missed, Duck fans stirred uneasily: No. 23 Liberty was the leading rushing team in the country and looked as advertised, running over Duck defenders scrambling to cover a triple option offense that is unique from the offenses they faced in the Pac-12.

Oregon’s offense answered with a 60-yard drive but had to settle for a field goal. Coach Dan Lanning’s heavily favored Ducks looked like they were in for an unexpected battle. But as the game wore on, superior talent and experience showed, and behind the masterful passing of Bo Nix, No. 8 Oregon soundly dunked the Flames, 45-6.

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix (10) throws under pressure during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl against Liberty, Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, in Glendale, Arizona.

Bo Nix leads Oregon in dominant win

In an impressive demonstration of discipline Oregon doesn’t usually display, the Ducks had their best game of the year in avoiding penalties, incurring only two for 20 yards, and did not have a turnover. The Liberty gang had six flags for 49 yards, mostly in key situations and turned the ball over three times.

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