The Ducks are still days away from their season opener against Arkansas State, but according to the Associated Press, they’re already playing catch-up.
The AP — presumably accidentally — published a test story about a fictional UCLA/Oregon matchup that didn’t go the Ducks’ way.
“PASADENA, Calif. – Bob Jones threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winner with 10 seconds left, as UCLA stunned Oregon 21-20 on Saturday night,” the story reads. Many news outlets that automatically collate and send out AP news online published the story, including the New York Times and the Washington Post. UCLA and Oregon won’t play each other in the regular season but could conceivably meet in the Pac-12 Championship Game, like they did last December when Oregon won 49-31 en route to a Rose Bowl berth.
A Google search for “Bruins stun Oregon,’ the faux-story’s headline, yielded more than 1,300 hits by 3:30 p.m.