The good certainly outweighed the bad in Oregon’s 30-27 upset overtime victory against then No. 7 Washington. The No. 12 Ducks kept their Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl hopes alive, but that’s not all… Check out the best and the worst from Saturday.
Herbert becoming a Duck Legend: Quarterback Justin Herbert passed Dan Fouts (5,871) for ninth all-time in career total offense at Oregon. He has the most career passing yards (5,532) through 23 career games, besting Marcus Mariota (5,496). Herbert also proved he shines in big games. In six career games against ranked teams, he is completing 68.5 percent of his passes for 1,509 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Mitchell is streaking: Wide receiver Dillon Mitchell is the only Pac-12 player with three consecutive 100-yard receiving games this season. Over the last three games, Herbert’s go-to receiver has 29 receptions for 463 yards and two touchdowns.
Here comes Verdell: Redshirt freshman running back CJ Verdell has been named the Pac-12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week and is officially listed as Oregon’s starting running back after scoring the winning touchdown in overtime. Verdell finished with 29 carries for 111 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the first Duck to run over 100 yards in the first three Pac-12 game since Byron Marshall in 2013. Last week, I wrote about why former Duck LaMichael James thinks Verdell will be the next great Oregon running back.
Third down, no problem: Oregon leads the Pac-12 and ranks eighth in the nation in third down conversion percentage (51.7). The Ducks also converted on all three of their fourth down attempts against the Huskies.
Justin “TFL” Hollins: Outside linebacker Justin Hollins has 13.5 tackles for loss in his last 10 games. He has at least a share of a tackle for loss in 10 straight games.
Big men up front: Jalen Jelks leads Pac-12 defensive linemen with 31 tackles. Jordon Scott tallied three tackles and one tackle for loss in the win. Austin Faoliu finished with four tackles and 0.5 against Washington.
Linebackers come up big: Saturday was Troy Dye’s second straight game with double-digit tackles (10). Dye leads the team with 45 tackles. Redshirt freshman Isaac Slade-Matautia made a career-high six tackles. Kaulana Apelu has at least five tackles in all six games this season, and his 7 tackles and 0.5 sacks against Washington moved him to second on team in tackles (37) and tackles for loss (5.0).
Rising in the polls: Oregon moved up five spots to No. 12 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll. The Ducks landed at No. 11 in the Amway Coaches Poll, up six spots from a week ago.
Autzen Advantage: With the victory over Washington, Oregon has won 11 of its last 15 games against Top 10 opponents in Autzen Stadium. The Ducks have won 24 of its last 27 games at home when nationally ranked.
Flash back to 2014: Some comparisons could be made to 2014 when Oregon made it to the first ever College Football Playoff. The Ducks are off to their first 5-1 start and 2-1 Pac-12 start since 2014. Also, the Ducks knocked off ranked teams in back-to-back games for the first time since 2014 when they beat Arizona in the Pac-12 Championship Game and Florida State in the Rose Bowl.
Special teams blunders: Adam Stack missed a 42-yard field goal in the fourth quarter and Tony Brooks-James fumbled a kickoff return that turned into a Washington touchdown.
Injuries: Offensive linemen Dallas Warmack(stinger) and Penei Sewell(ankle) both sustained injuries against Washington. According to Cristobal on Monday, Warmack has been cleared and they're still unsure about Sewell. Cristobal also said backup quarterback Braxton Burmeister (knee) is ready to play this week, but running back Darrian Felix (foot) might be another week or two away.