By Rob Moseley
In one split-second, each team lost a player for the rest of the game in Oregon’s 66-3 win over Nicholls at Autzen Stadium on Saturday.
The Ducks were affected by new NCAA rules designed to prevent targeting an opponent’s head, as cornerback Terrance Mitchell was ejected following a hit to Nicholls quarterback Beaux Hebert.
“We’ve been harping on that all fall camp,” UO coach Mark Helfrich said. “It looked like a foul from my angle, and we need to coach it better. That’s on us.”
Because the foul occurred in the first half, Mitchell had to miss the rest of the game. Had it occurred in the second half, Mitchell would have missed the first half next week at Virginia.
Troy Hill replaced Mitchell. He finished with four tackles but also was flagged for pass interference and was in coverage for Nicholls’ longest completion, of 56 yards on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Pac-12 officials have the option to review Mitchell’s hit and consider additional sanctions.