In No. 20 Oregon’s domination of Portland State, the good definitely outweighed the bad. However, there were a few ugly points that could be major thorns (ahem, dropped passes) in Oregon’s side in it’s quest to win the Pac-12 north.
Quarterback Justin Herbert doesn’t play favorites: Sharing is caring? Herbert’s four touchdown passes went to four different Duck receivers in the victory over Portland State. Herbert connected with 11 receivers, amassing 250 total passing yards. In Oregon’s first two wins of the season, Herbert has thrown nine touchdown passes to six different receivers.
Jaylon Redd is streaking: The sophomore wide receiver has scored a touchdown in four straight games dating back to Oregon State game in 2017.
Justin Hollins is a machine: The outside linebacker recorded two tackles for loss versus Portland State, extending his streak to six games with a tackle for loss.
Hello, graduate transfers: Both Kano Dillon and Tabari Hines scored their first touchdowns as Ducks. Dillon, a tight end transfer from University of South Florida, carried four defenders on his way to the end zone and finished with 41 yards on three receptions. Hines had a 23-yard reception and finished the game with 32 yards on three catches.
“Penalty problem” continues to improve: The Ducks committed five penalties for 55 penalty yards against PSU. Through 2 games Oregon has committed 8 penalties, compared to the 9.4 penalties Oregon averaged per game in 2017.
Healthy: The Ducks suffered only one injury. Backup left tackle George Moore left the game in the fourth quarter.
Bye, swag surfing: Swag surfing is over in Autzen Stadium. The song that former UO coach Willie Taggart introduced has been replaced with “It’s a Party” by Waka Flocka Flame during kickoffs.
100-yard backs: Starting running back Tony Brooks-James carried the ball a career-high 21 times for 107 yards and scored two touchdowns. CJ Verdell surpassed the 100-yard mark for the first time in his career with 106 yards on 11 carries with one touchdown.
That’s a lot of points: Oregon has now scored more than 50 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2014 when the Ducks won the Pac-12 Championship and the Rose Bowl/CFB playoff.
Butterfingers continue: Wide receivers Dillon Mitchell and Johnny Johnson III dropped back-to-back passes that could have gone the distance on Oregon’s first drive.
Where the fans at? The announced crowd of 47,210 was the lowest attendance for a home game since Autzen expanded in 2002.
Backup quarterbacks: Neither backup quarterback proved that the Ducks have a solid option behind Herbert.
Backup quarterback Braxton Burmeister replaced Herbert for the final drive of the third quarter. Burmeister competed all three of his passes for a total of 16 yards and rushed the ball twice for eight yards. Tyler Shough made his college football debut on the final drive. Shough led a four play, 37-yard drive to the end zone but only handed off the ball to CJ Verdell, which doesn’t scream confidence from the UO coaching staff.
Not a real test: The Ducks have steamrolled over both Bowling Green and Portland State. Oregon’s nonconference slate is total cupcake, which makes it hard to know where Oregon stands in the conference. "I feel like we know who we are, we just haven't been tested," said Cristobal.