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Oregon Football

Recap: Ducks Pound Nevada

September 7, 2019
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Both teams would come out of the gates slow as points were hard to come by in the first quarter. Nevada took the first lead of the game, after Haki Woods touched the ball on a punt return and the Wolf Pack took over the ball on the Oregon 12. The defense would stand tall, only allowing a field goal on the drive.

 

On the next drive Oregon had a very quick 5 play 77 yard drive to quickly take their first lead of the game. Justin Herbert connected to tight end Jacob Breeland up the seam for a 66 yard touchdown.

 

The next drive Nevada answered back with some points of their own, going on a whopping 17 play 47 yard play drive to bring the game within 1 after a made 45 yard field goal. Troy Dye read a run play by Nevada and had a big six yard tackle for loss

 

Herbert came out strong on the following drive, connecting with Breeland for a 31 yard pass. Two plays later he hit Bryan Addison for a 34 yard catch where he got tackled on the 2 yard line. CJ Verdell would punch it in on the next play to give Oregon the 14-6 lead.

 

Linebacker Sampson Niu had a massive interception on a third down play for the wolfpack, which resulted in Herbert hitting Ryan Bay for a quick 16 yard score.

 

Then the true freshman balled out on back to back plays. Mase Funa had a 6 yard sack on 3rd and 11 to force a wolfpack punt deep in their territory. On the punt, Kayvon Thibodeaux had an 11 yard tackle for loss to give the offense back the ball on the Nevada 7. A few plays later, and Arroyo had a trick play up his sleeve. On a play action, Herbert rolled out to his right where he found the backup lineman Brady AIello for a 1 yard touchdown pass.

 

Oregon’s defense would suffocate the Nevada offense the ball again, and Oregon had the ball with 1:35 left in the half. They had a beautifully called 7 play 77 yard drive that resulted in a score. Herbert hit true freshman Josh Delgado for 19 yards. Then on back to back plays he completed an 11 yard pass to Daewood Davis followed by a massive 24 yard td strike to Bryan Addison. Oregon would go into half up 35-6

 

Herbert was 13-19 in the first half with 235 yards and 4 td’s. Jacob Breeland was the leading receiver with 3 catches for 103 yards and a score. Deommodore Lenoir also had a massive half, with 2 pass breakups and multiple other great plays that won’t show up in the box score. Overall the defense got after the quarterback early and often, and when Strong could get off a pass, an Oregon defender was usually there to make it difficult for the Wolf Pack pass catcher.

 

To open the 3rd quarter, Oregon marched down the field. He connected with Johnny Johnson III for a 23 yard pass. On the following play he hit Daewood Davis for a 16 yard touchdown,

 

Sampson Niu comes up massive again in this game. He forces a fumble, which Drayton Carlberg scooping up the fumble recovery. Niu had an interception and a forced fumble and certainly looks to be playing up to his hype in fall camp. It would be a quick four play drive for Oregon after the turnover, and Cyrus Habibi-Likio would run in an 11 yard score for his first touchdown of the year.

 

On the next drive Oregon would force another turnover, with redshirt freshman Steve Stephens snagging his first career interception and running it back 38 yards to the Nevada 5. And then the Tyler Shough era officially began. He hit Jaylon Redd on the left side of the field for 7 yards for his first career passing touchdown.

 

A faoliu decided to make another big time defensive play. But not Austin, rather his younger brother Andrew had his first career sack as a duck to force another Wolf Pack punt.

 

After an Oregon punt, the defense made yet another play. DJ Johnson who had a sack earlier in the game, had a massive forced fumble in which Brady Breeze scooped it and scored. DJ had been knocked for a lack of effort, but certainly looked like he was at full speed this game. The defensive touchdown gave Oregon a 63-6 lead.

 

What more can you say about Mase Funa? He had another massive sack, giving him two on the night. He’s big, he’s strong, and is so athletic for his size. It will be hard for Oregon to keep him out of the starting lineup moving forward.

 

Oregon’s second unit kept the scoring going, with a 13 play 80 yard scoring drive. Dollars got multiple carries on the drive, and picked up some critical yards on 3rd downs. Shough hit Hunter Kampmoyer for a 21 yard touchdown to push Oregon to a massive 70-6 lead.

 

On that throw it tied a school record for 7 passing touchdowns. It also set the school record for 7 different players catching a touchdown in one game. It shows just how well Oregon was able to spread the ball around tonight, and is a massive tip of the cap to Arroyo and the rest of the offensive snap for the creativity of getting so many different players involved in the game.

 

Just when I thought the scoring may be done for the evening, Darrian Felix rips off a massive 62 yard touchdown run to push Oregon to 77 points on the evening. 77 points ties the Autzen record for most points scored in a game.

 

Oregon wins this game easily 77 to 6 against the Nevada Wolf Pack. They dominated in every single aspect of the game. They outgained Nevada 623 to 192. After the first quarter, Herbert was almost perfect. He finishes the game with a stat line of 19-26 for 310 yards and 5 touchdowns. Three Oregon running backs scored on the night, and the unit combined for 221 yards on the ground.

 

On the defensive side of the ball, DJ Johnson was the leading tackler with 7 on the night. He also added 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and a forced fumble. He definitely silenced the critics with tonight’s performance. Steve Stephens ended the night with one interception, while Sampson Niu had an interception and a forced fumble. Mase Funa lead the team in sacks with 2 on the night. There’s more players I could list, but you guys would be here all night reading the standouts since so many players helped contribute tonight.

 

All in all, it was great to see Oregon bounce back after dropping the season opener. This is a team that looks focused, and plays hard at every single position. The offense was clicking on all cylinders, with different receivers and running backs stepping up when their name was called upon to make a play. Oregon will look to keep the ball rolling next week as they take on Montana in Autzen Stadium at 7:45 p.m. next weekend.

 
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