- In front of a nationally-televised audience at Autzen Stadium, Oregon toppled Virginia, 44-26, behind Heisman hopeful Royce Freeman, who amassed 207 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 21 carries. Quarterback Dakota Prukop also looked solid, throwing for 331 yards and three TDs in his second start with the Ducks.
- Nebraska (2-0) used Saturday’s 52-17 trouncing of Wyoming as a final tuneup before the highly-anticipated contest with the Ducks next week at Memorial Stadium Lincoln. The Cornhuskers forced six turnovers in the second half on their way to victory, as quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. completed 20 of 34 passes for 377 yards and three TDs.
- The Pac-12, which went 7-5 as a whole during Week 1, saw eight teams walk away with victories Saturday. USC (1-1) looked to erase all memory of Week 1 by handling Utah State, 45-7… Quarterback Jake Browning tied a school record with five touchdown passes, as No. 8 Washington (2-0) whooped Idaho, 59-14… Colorado (2-0) cruised by Idaho State, 56-7… The Holy War ended with BYU failing to convert a two-point conversion, as Utah (2-0) escaped with a win, 20-19… Quarterback Josh Rosen found redemption, as UCLA (1-1) topped UNLV, 42-21… Did basketball season start early or is that just the final score of Arizona State’s (2-0) 68-55 win over Texas Tech? (What even is defense?)… Washington State’s (0-2) comeback bid fell short, as Boise State held on for a 31-28 win… A last-second interception secured a 45-40 win for San Diego State over Cal (1-1)… What’s all that grumbling you hear? Oh just Arizona (1-1) storming back late to hand Grambling State a loss, 31-21.
- Those of you who watched Oregon from home hopefully witnessed the insanity that was Arkansas-TCU, a tit-for-tat contest that ended with Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen sludging his way into the end zone for a 41-38 double-overtime win… More excitement from across the country, Central Michigan stunned No. 22 Oklahoma State on a wild Hail Mary, 30-27… The Battle at Bristol ended with No. 17 Tennessee pulling away from Virginia Tech in front of a record-setting crowd, 45-24.
A new college football attendance record has been set at Bristol Motor Speedway! (via @SportsCenter) pic.twitter.com/niVDpq1U1b— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) September 11, 2016
All Things Ducks
- Oregon women’s soccer split this week’s games, topping North Texas 3-0 on Sept. 4 before falling to UC Irvine 3-2 on Sept. 9. Prior to the setback, the Ducks (5-1-1) had gotten off to their best start over six games since 1981. Freshman midfielder Jayne Lydiatt scored the first goal in both games to have a team-leading three goals on the season, tied with sophomore forward Kyra Fawcett.
- The hot streak continues for the Oregon women’s volleyball team, which saw its winnings streak stretch to six, thanks to this week’s 3-1 victory at Seattle, 3-0 shutout versus Illinois and 3-0 triumph versus Belmont. After starting the season with two straight losses to nationally-ranked teams, the Ducks have since turned a corner with sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Vander Weide leading the way with 91 points.
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HIGHLIGHTS | Ducks defeat Virginia, 44-26, and improve to 2-0! #GoDucks #UVAvsUO pic.twitter.com/yQED1gwBjR— Oregon Football (@WinTheDay) September 11, 2016