On Saturday, No. 23 ranked Oregon is looking to extend its streak of consecutive non-conference home wins to 22 when it hosts Portland State at 11am at Autzen Stadium.
Yes, the Ducks should crush the young Portland State Vikings, but there is still plenty to watch and get excited about. If you want to be the person at the tailgate with all the facts, here are some numbers to know:
High-flying offense: Oregon is 78-0 all-time when scoring 50+ points.
Oh, the good ole days: Oregon hasn’t scored 50 points in back-to-back games since 2014 (Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl). This could change against Portland State on Saturday, if the Ducks amass 50 points.
Defensive duo: Jalen Jelks and Troy Dye combined for 28.5 tackles for loss in 2017. They are the top returning tackles for loss duo in the Pac-12 conference.
On a roll: Oregon has four defensive touchdowns in its last three games (dating back to last season) with at least one in each contest.
Go Herbie go: Quarterback Justin Herbert’s five touchdown passes in UO’s season opener broke the record for most touchdown passes in an opener in Oregon history. Akili Smith (1998) and Danny O'Neill (1994), previously held the record with four touchdowns each.
Career-highs: In UO’s opener, defensive lineman Jordon Scott set career-highs in tackles (7) and tackles for loss (1.5). Defensive lineman Austin Faoliu set a career-high with five tackles. Wide receiver Jaylon Redd set a career-high with 81 yards receiving and scored a 33-yard touchdown, the longest touchdown catch of his career. Defensive lineman Jalen Jelks tatched a career-high with nine tackles (third straight game with six or more).
First game under the lights: A total of 10 true freshmen played in UO’s season opener. (Bryan Addison, Karsten Battles, Travis Dye, Kahlef Hailassee, Jevon Holland, Verone McKinley III, Penei Sewell, Tom Snee and Steve Stephens)
Freshman starter: Right tackle Penei Sewell was the first true freshman offensive lineman to start season opener since 1997 (Last true freshman to start a game on the offensive line was RT Tyrell Crosby in 2014).
Don’t mess with Hollins: Justin Hollins recorded a tackle for loss in UO’s season opener for the fifth straight game dating back to 2017.
Safety Ugo Amadi poised to be a star: Amadi returned his fifth career interception 38 yards for a touchdown on Bowling Green’s first drive of the second half. The senior finished sixth on the team in total tackles with five, but he was tied for the lead with four solo tackles. After his performance in the opener, the Ducks have moved him to the starting punt returner role.
Nose in the books: A first-team Academic All-American as a sophomore, Herbert holds a 4.06 GPA as a biology major.
Run Tony, run: Senior running back Tony Brooks-James surpassed 1,000 all-purpose yards in each of the last two seasons.
UO’s “penalty problem” showed improvement: In 2017, Oregon was the most penalized team in the nation, averaging 9.4 penalties for 88.3 penalty yards per game. Oregon finished with three penalties for 35 yards.