Nov 5, 2022; Boulder, Colorado, USA; Oregon Ducks quarterback Bo Nix (10) celebrates his touchdown reception in in the first quarter against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Bo Nix accounts for 5 TDs as No. 8 Oregon routs Colorado

Bo Nix ran for two touchdowns, threw two touchdown passes and caught a touchdown pass to lead No. 8 Oregon to a 49-10 Pac-12 win over Colorado on Saturday in Boulder, Colo.

The Ducks (8-1, 6-0 Pac-12) remained the Pac-12’s only undefeated team in conference play, scoring more than 40 points for the eighth consecutive time, all in wins.

Nix completed 20 of 24 passes for 274 yards before exiting in the fourth quarter. Bucky Irving rushed for 120 yards on 11 carries, including a 65-yard run, and threw an 18-yard touchdown on a trick play to Nix in the first quarter.

Christian Gonzalez, who transferred from Colorado before this season, had two interceptions against his former team.

The first three touchdowns of the game involved a backup offensive lineman, Nix catching a pass and a star linebacker scoring a rushing touchdown. Oregon scored first on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Nix to Josh Conerly Jr., who’d lined up as an extra offensive lineman and eligible receiver.

After the Ducks stopped the Buffaloes on fourth down, Nix caught a soft toss from Irving and jogged into the end zone for a 14-0 Oregon lead with 2:25 left in the opening quarter.

Five plays into the second quarter, Noah Sewell, one of Oregon’s top defensive players, got a carry from the 1-yard line and powered into the end zone for a 21-0 lead.

Colorado (1-8, 1-5) answered with J.T. Shrout’s deep throw to wide receiver Jordyn Tyson, who caught the ball on the run, gained his balance and ran for an 81-yard touchdown. But the Buffaloes wouldn’t get any closer.

Shrout had 247 passing yards and Tyson 137 receiving yards for Colorado. Nix (two) and Noah Whittington (one) ran for the three Oregon touchdowns in the second half.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; Berkeley, California, USA;  Oregon quarterback Bo Nix (10) runs the ball for a touchdown against The California Golden Bears during the second quarter at FTX Field at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Bo Nix accounts for six scores as No. 8 Oregon rolls past Cal

Quarterback Bo Nix accounted for six touchdowns, three on the ground and three with a 412-yard passing assault, and eighth-ranked Oregon routed California 42-24 on Saturday afternoon in Pacific-12 play in Berkeley, Calif.

Nix threw 12 yards to Bucky Irving, 29 yards to Noah Whittington and 40 yards to Patrick Herbert, while also running in from the 4 and twice from the 1, lifting the Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) to a seventh straight victory after an opening loss to Georgia.

Oregon has topped 40 points in all seven of its wins.

The Auburn transfer finished 27-for-35 passing, and fell 16 yards shy of the career-best 428 yards he put up in September against Washington State. He was intercepted twice.

The three-TD rushing game was his third of the year and increased his season total to 11. He totaled 59 yards on 12 carries.

Whittington was the game’s leading rusher with 66 yards on 10 carries, and also hauled in a team-high five passes for 67 yards, helping the Ducks outgain the Golden Bears 586-402.

Seeking to end a three-game losing streak, Cal (3-5, 1-4) led twice in the early going, first after a Dario Longhetto 28-yard field goal that opened the scoring, and a second time at 10-7 on a 6-yard TD pass from Jack Plummer to J.Michael Sturdivant in the second minute of the second quarter.

Oregon then scored the next four touchdowns, two on Nix runs and two on Nix passes, to make it a runaway at 35-10 early in the fourth period.

Plummer went 20-of-33 passing for 214 yards with two interceptions before giving way to freshman Kai Millner, who threw his first two collegiate touchdown passes in the final 7:38. Monroe Young hauled in the first from 11 yards out, before Justin Richard Baker capped the day’s scoring with a 55-yard reception.

Millner wound up 8-for-11 for 114 yards, giving the Golden Bears 328 passing yards in the contest.

Jeremiah Hunter was Cal’s leading receiver with five catches for 96 yards, while Jaydn Ott paced Golden Bears running backs with 57 yards on 14 carries.

–Field Level Media

iSep 15, 2018; South Bend, IN, USA; A general view of the Golden Dome on the campus of the University of Notre Dame before the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Vanderbilt Commodores at Notre Dame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Former Notre Dame standout Louis Nix III reported missing by family

Former Notre Dame standout and NFL defensive lineman Louis Nix III was reported missing in Florida by his family on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Nix was last seen at his father’s home in Jacksonville on Tuesday, according to a missing persons’ flyer posted by his family.

The family said Nix drives a 2014 gray Hyundai Azera. Nix’s mother told Action News Jacksonville that she believes her son is in danger as this behavior “…is out of the normal for him.”

Nix was shot in an attempted robbery in December when he said he was putting air into his vehicle’s tires at a Jacksonville gas station.

Nix posted the following on Twitter on Dec. 9: “I’m alive everyone. The bullet that hit me ricocheted off my sternum into my lung. Surgery is the next step so keep praying for me. Thank you all for the positive energy and prayers.”

On Dec. 19, Nix posted that he was released from the hospital.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly was among the many people putting out the call for help on Saturday.

“NOTRE DAME Nation: Let’s all do our best to reach out and connect with Louis Nix. Louis, let us know you are doing alright or that you may need your NOTRE DAME family and friends for assistance,” Kelly tweeted.

Nix, a nose guard, recorded 122 tackles in 34 games (30 starts) over three seasons (2011-13) for the Fighting Irish. He had 14 tackles for losses, including 2.5 sacks.

Nix recorded career highs of 50 tackles and 7.5 stops for losses in 2012. He was limited to eight games in 2013 due to a knee injury.

Nix was a third-round selection (83rd overall) by the Houston Texans in the 2014 NFL Draft.

He spent 2014 on injured reserve and the Texans waived him shortly before the start of the 2015 campaign.

The New York Giants picked him up and he played in four games that season. He played 22 defensive snaps and 16 more on special teams.

The Giants waived Nix just before the start of the 2016 season. He later spent time on the practice squads of Washington and Jacksonville in 2016.

–Field Level Media