Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert doesn’t play favorites.
In No. 23 Oregon’s first two wins of the season, Herbert has thrown nine touchdown passes to six different receivers.
The Ducks (2-0) crushed Portland State (0-2), 62-14, extending their non-conference win streak to 23 games. Herbert completed 20 of 26 passes for 250 yards with four touchdowns to four different receivers and zero interceptions before heading to the bench in the third quarter.
“We made a big step forward today,” Herbert said. “I don’t think we need that one ‘go-to’ guy. We’ve got so many weapons… My job is to get them the ball.”
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/CFBplayoffs.
Oregon started Saturday's game with slippery fingers though. Wide receivers Dillon Mitchell and Johnny Johnson III dropped back-to-back passes that could have gone the distance on Oregon’s first drive.
Then Herbert connected on a 25-yard pass to junior wide receiver Brenden Schooler, who finished with four catches and 30 yards. After that, the receivers were off to the races. Seven Ducks had catches of 10 yards or more in the first half alone.
“Getting a lot of fresh legs in there is only going to help us throughout the season,” Schooler said.
Sophomore Jaylon Redd scored Oregon's opening touchdown. The 18-yard touchdown reception was Redd’s third touchdown in as many receptions on the season. It also marked Herbert 40th career touchdown pass.
Herbert’s 4,450 career passing yards are the most all-time for an Oregon quarterback through 19 games, 49 more than Marcus Mariota (4,401).
Redd also is streaking. The sophomore has scored a touchdown in four straight games dating back to Oregon State game in 2017.
Among the 11 pass catchers were two 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.
Not to be overlooked, Mitchell caught the longest pass of the day, a 31-yard beauty from Herbert.
"It was great to play a lot of players today,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “It was good to start faster than we did the previous week."
Oregon’s 562 total offensive yards wasn’t the only important statistic of the game.
The Ducks committed five penalties for 55 penalty yards against PSU. Coach Cristobal has put emphasis on reduction of penalties after Oregon was the most penalized team in the nation in 2017 (averaging 9.4 penalties for 88.3 penalty yards per game).
That new-found sense of discipline and culture of accountability starts with the coaching staff. One of the penalties was a substitution penalty. Cristobal said the staff will run an extra gasser after practice for that mistake.
The Ducks have one more nonconference game versus San Jose State, next Saturday at 2 p.m.