The beautiful fake punt run by the Oregon Ducks in the first quarter against the UCLA Bruins on Saturday didn’t just fool the cameraman and the UCLA defenders. Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost was also surprised by the play, revealing after the game that he didn’t know his team was about to run a fake:
To be honest I didn’t even know the fake punt was going. All the sudden he split the line and I got pretty happy pretty fast.
There’s a lot of things written about our offense around here and about our defense around here but coach (Tom) Osborne does an unbelievable job with our special teams (Oregon Live).
Trailing 7-0 against the Bruins, the Ducks elected to run the fake — which should look familiar to anyone who watched the 2010 Civil War – from their own 26-yard line. Linebacker Rodney Hardrick ended up with the ball, and he rumbled for 66 yards to put the Ducks within UCLA’s 10-yard line. Oregon would score a few plays later on a run by De’Anthony Thomas to tie the game.
[Source: Oregon Live]