NO. 16 OREGON BLASTS NEVADA 77-6 IN HOME OPENER – Justin Herbert Leads the Way with Five Touchdown Passes to Five Different Receivers
Eugene, OR. ( Autzen Stadium )
After the disappointing loss to Auburn a week earlier, most believed No. 16 Oregon would come into Saturday’s game with Nevada highly motivated. That was certainly an understatement. The Ducks offense scored a total of 10 touchdowns ( 7 passing / 3 rushing ) to blast the Nevada Wolf Pack 77-6 in Oregon’s home opener. The offensive onslaught was led by quarterback Justin Herbert who threw 5 touchdowns completing 19 of 26 passes for 310 yards.
In mop-up duty, back-up QB Tyler Shough threw 2 touchdowns and completed 8 of 9 passes for 92 yards.
HOW IT HAPPENED
You knew No. 16 Oregon was poised to have a big bounce back game after their disappointing 27-21 loss to Auburn a week earlier.
And they did.
After beginning the game completing just 3 of 8 passes, Duck quarterback Justin Herbert finished the first half 13 of 19 and tossed four touchdown passes to take a commanding 35-6 halftime lead.
The scoring began midway through the first quarter when the Oregon punt return team muffed a kick when the ball bounced off of return blocker Haki Woods near the Oregon 10 yard line. Nevada recovered the muffed punt inside the Duck 5 yard line, however the Oregon defense responded holding the Wolf Pack out of the end zone forcing a 24 yard field goal by Brandon Talton.
Nevada grabbed the early 3-0 lead at the 6:15 mark.
Just two minutes later, Oregon coach Mario Cristobal rolled the dice on a 4th and 1 from the Oregon 33 yard line where running back C.J Verdell picked up 2 yards to keep the Duck drive alive. That roll of the dice proved to be a smart move by Cristobal.
On the very next play Herbert found tight end Ryan Bay across the middle for a 66 yard score to give Oregon a 7-3 lead at the 3:56 mark. The touchdown pass by Herbert gave him 30 consecutive games where he’s thrown a scoring pass.
In the second quarter the Oregon defense came up big holding Nevada on a 3rd and 8 from the Duck 28 yard line. The Wolf Pack were able to drive the ball down the field however the drive stalled forcing a 45 yard field goal by Talton closing the gap to 7-6 with 10:38 to play in the 2nd.
Just two minutes later Herbert began to warm up and found Breeland across the middle again to get the ball to midfield. Then Herbert found Bryan Addison for a 34 yard hook up to get the ball to the Nevada 2 yard line. The Ducks would push the ball into the end zone when C.J Verdell cross the goal line on a 2 yard score giving Oregon a 14-6 lead at the 8:28 mark.
On the ensuing set of downs by Nevada, freshman quarterback Carson Strong threw an interception at the Wolf Pack 35 yard line when Oregon LB Sampson Niu stepped in front of a Nevada receiver to give the ball right back to the Ducks.
Just two plays later the Ducks found the end zone again when Herbert tossed a 16 yard score to TE Ryan Bay extending the Oregon lead to 21-6 at the 7:14 mark of the second quarter.
Again the Oregon defense stepped up with Mase Funa sacked Strong on a 3rd and 11 from deep inside Nevada territory forcing a Wolf Pack punt from their own 5 yard line. After a bad snap, freshman defensive tackle Keyvon Thibodeaux was able to burst through the line and tackle the Nevada punter at the Wolf Pack 7 yard line.
With 3:26 to play in the 2nd quarter Herbert once again found TE Brady Aiello coming across the end zone for a 2 yard score giving the Ducks a 28-6 lead. The scoring toss by Herbert was his third of the game and Aiello’s first scoring catch of his Oregon career.
After the kickoff, the Oregon defense once again stood strong forcing another Nevada punt.
The Ducks would go on a 7 play – 77 yard drive to find the end zone on Herbert’s fourth touchdown pass of the game when he found Bryan Addison for a 24 yard score giving the Ducks a 35-6 halftime lead.
In the first half alone, the Oregon defense held the Wolf Pack to just 1 of 11 on 3rd downs.
In the second half the scoring onslaught continued for the Ducks.
In the third quarter Oregon scored an additional four touchdowns – 3 from the offense and 1 from the defense.
Late in the 3rd the Duck defense got into the act when they forced a Kelton Moore fumble which safety Brady Breezed scooped up and scored on an 11 yard return giving the Ducks a commanding 63-6 lead with 2:02 remaining in the 3rd.
Also in the 3rd quarter Justin Herbert threw his fifth touchdown pass of the game on a 16 yard connection with Daewood Davis.
Late in the quarter at the 7:16 mark, back-up QB Tyler Shough threw his first touchdown pass of his young Oregon career when he found Jaylon Redd on a 7 yard score.
Duck running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio also got into the action when he found the end zone on an 11 yard run extending the Oregon lead to 49-6.
After the Shough TD pass, the Oregon offense had scored touchdowns on eight consecutive possessions. That streak was broken at the 2:30 mark of the 3rd quarter when the Ducks were forced to punt after failing to convert on a 3rd down.
Oregon would go on to score two additional touchdowns in the 4th quarter – the first at the 6:58 mark when the Tyler Shough led the Ducks on a 15 play – 80 yard drive that ended with a 21 yard scoring toss to TE Hunter Kampmoyer giving the Ducks a 70-6 lead.
Then sophomore running back Darrian Felix broke off a 66 yard run with 2:03 remaining in the game to give Oregon a 77-7 win over Nevada.
- Oregon’s 77 points in a single game tied the Autzen Stadium record from September 2nd 2017 when the Ducks beat Southern Utah 77-21
- The Oregon offense had 8 plays of 20 + yards in the game – 5 of those were for touchdowns.
- 14 different Oregon receivers caught passes in the game – 7 of those receivers caught touchdown passes ( Jacob Breeland, Daewood Davis, Bryan Addison, Jaylon Redd, Hunter Kampmoyer, Ryan Bay & Brady Aiello )
- Oregon scored a total of 11 touchdowns in the game ( 7 Passing / 3 Rushing / 1 fumble recovery and return )
- Oregon racked up a total of 623 yards of offense ( 402 passing / 221 rushing )
- The Oregon defense limited Nevada to just 3 of 17 on 3rd down conversions
- The Ducks converted scores each of the 6 times they entered into the red zone
- Receiver Daewood Davis caught his first touchdown pass of his career. Just two weeks ago Davis was a CB but was moved back to a receiver due to injuries in that group