The lowest moment in a memorable weekend for Oregon athletics came just ten minutes after the football team opened their season. Bowling Green held the Ducks without a first down in three drives. The Falcons, meanwhile, cut right through Oregon’s defense with back-to-back ten-play scoring drives culminating in a Jarret Doege touchdown pass. As such, Bowling Green was up 10-0 and Autzen Stadium was eerily quiet about the potential for another season outside the top 25. Justin Herbert then manufactured Oregon’s first big play of the season with a 37-yard run. The offense stagnated again and found itself at 4th and 15.

In range for a 47-yard field goal attempt, Oregon decided to go for it.

Herbert launched one of his best throws of the last year in the hands of Jaylon Redd for a momentum-shifting TD. It was one of those special QB dimes that sees the ball land in precisely in the little window where it had a chance of being caught. Although Oregon’s win probability was still at 88% per ESPN while down 10-0, the Justin Herbert show finally sparked an offense that averages over 40 points per game with him under center.

If you’ve got the game recorded, I recommend just watching the 2nd quarter start to finish. Oregon had four drives in the 2nd quarter, with all of them resulting in touchdowns. They ran the ball 42 times (7 of those being QB runs) with success from a handful of running backs. Half of Herbert’s ten completions were touchdowns and two interceptions are acceptable when the average yards per completion was 26.5 (Editor’s note: Holy mother of God). The offense remains explosive and I expect nothing short of 50 points next week versus Portland State.

The defense remains bipolar. It feels like Jim Leavitt’s defense is a mixed bag of big plays and incompetence. Bowling Green did march to 21 first downs and 24 points. Both numbers are fine, but Bowling Green is one of the easier offenses Oregon plays this season. During the Falcons’ first two drives, the defense struggled with pass coverage and tackling, which are, I dare say, the key ingredients to defensive incompetence. To their credit, Oregon recovered a fumble, intercepted two passes, returned one of the INTs for a touchdown, and added a safety. They must continue to be stellar at forcing turnovers and limiting penalties. Moving on from the 58-24 win over Bowling Green, Portland State visits September 8th. PSU just lost to Nevada 72-19 and Oregon is expected to put up a similar scoreline.

Along with football, Oregon women’s soccer had a great weekend with two to zero victories over Dartmouth and Gonzaga to bring their record up to 4-1-1 (W/L/T). Soccer gets a week off before playing their final two preseason matches the following week against Portland and Idaho. Playing next door to Autzen stadium, soccer lives in the shadow of both football and volleyball’s top 25 programs. They hope to join a culture of winning among women’s sports at UO with a positive season.

Speaking of volleyball, Oregon volleyball is on a twelve set winning streak. In the past week, the Ducks have defeated Portland State, Utah Valley, Long Beach State, and Arkansas Pine-Bluff each by three sets to zero. The average set score was 25-14, so it’s safe to say Oregon was not playing any NCAA Tournament teams. That will change when they fly down to Stanford to participate in the Pac-12/Big 10 challenge this weekend, where they face two tournament-caliber teams in Minnesota (Sep.7) and Penn State (Sep.8).

Overall, no surprises in a 6-0 weekend for Oregon athletics but all eyes should be on Oregon volleyball as they expect a close battle against both opponents.

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I am a second year University of Oregon student passionate about all of Oregon’s teams. I spend most of my free time watching movies and playing video games. Having played Football, Basketball, Soccer, and Baseball as a child I’ve cultivated a passion for the beautiful world of sports. I’ve recently fallen in love with the esports industry. My passion for video games and sports combine in the realm of professional video gaming. My life revolves around working towards a dream job in esports, making the most of my college experience, and taking time to bring joy to the world around me. Writing this bio was actually rather challenging but I’m sure writing about the Oregon Ducks will come smoother and I’m excited to share my work with this lovely audience.
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I am a second year University of Oregon student passionate about all of Oregon’s teams. I spend most of my free time watching movies and playing video games. Having played Football, Basketball, Soccer, and Baseball as a child I’ve cultivated a passion for the beautiful world of sports. I’ve recently fallen in love with the esports industry. My passion for video games and sports combine in the realm of professional video gaming. My life revolves around working towards a dream job in esports, making the most of my college experience, and taking time to bring joy to the world around me. Writing this bio was actually rather challenging but I’m sure writing about the Oregon Ducks will come smoother and I’m excited to share my work with this lovely audience.
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