After a soul-crushing loss to Auburn, the Oregon Ducks were able to thoroughly defeat the Nevada Wolf Pack by a score of 35 to 6.
Justin Herbert: 19/26 - 310 YDS - 5 TD
Tyler Shough: 9/9 - 92 YDS - 2 TD
Touchdown Scorers: Jacob Breeland, CJ Verdell, Ryan Bay, Brady Aiello, Bryan Addison, Daewood Davis, Cyrus Habibi-Likio, Jaylon Redd, Brady Breeze, Hunter Kampmoyer, Darrian Felix
Total Duck Yards: 623 YDS (221 rushing, 402 passing)
Total Wolf Pack Yards: 192 YDS (83 rushing, 109 passing)
Turnover Battle: Ducks 1 - Wolf Pack 4
1ST QUARTER: Cam McCormick and Juwan Johnson weren’t cleared to play, so Oregon’s maligned receiving corps looked just like it did last week. Johnny Johnson III and Jaylon Redd were once again targeted early and often, but a couple errant passes from Justin Herbert ended their opening drive near midfield.
A beautiful Blake Maimone punt pinned the Wolf Pack very close to their own end zone and the opportunistic defense stifled their drive, specifically Deommodore Lenoir who stamped out two plays targeted towards the talented Toa Taua.
Herbert once again misfired on what could have been a long touchdown pass to a separating Johnson III, but CJ Verdell helped the Ducks out of a 2nd-and-19 situation brought on by a false start. Another false penalty put the Ducks in a bad situation and ultimately two straight incompletions led to a turnover on downs.
The Wolf Pack was only able to move the ball five yards as once again the Duck D was tenacious. Unfortunately, redshirt-senior Haki Woods touched the punted ball and Nevada was able to jump on it. Again, credit should go to Oregon’s defense who held them to a field goal.
After three short gains Oregon was left short of the sticks on their own 32, and once again Cristobal elected to go for it on fourth down. Needing only one yard, Verdell was able to pick up two. The next play, Herbert connected with a wide open Jacob Breeland who sprinted for the game’s first touchdown, a 66-yard play. It was the senior QB’s 30th game with at least one TD pass, the longest active streak in the FBS.
Freshman Carson Strong led his team down the field in a drive that depleted the 1st quarter clock. At times the Wolf Pack successfully utilized a wildcat formation, Kelton Moore converted a critical 4th-and-1 in the first quarter while in the wildcat.
2ND QUARTER: The Wolf Pack drive continued, converting twice on fourth down, moving 47 yards in 17 plays and finishing with true-freshman Brandon Talton’s fourth field goal of his career. Oregon’s passing game came alive in the second quarter, connecting on two passes longer than 30 yards to set up a goal line score by Verdell.
Strong made a freshman mistake by throwing it to Sampson Niu, who eagerly snatched his first career interception. Two plays later, Oregon was again in the end zone, this time it was Ryan Bay who grabbed the score on a 16-yard pass following a 19-yard Verdell run.
Oregon continued to terrorize the Wolf Pack o-line and forced three straight negative plays, aided by an offensive hold. Mase Funa made a particularly nasty sack on third down that should have Duck fans salivating. Nevada had set up to punt when disaster struck; a bad longsnap led to Kayvon Thibodeaux destroying the poor Wolf Pack punter which put the Oregon offense at the Nevada 7-yard line.
Brady Aiello, who dabbles at tight end when he’s not playing on the o-line scored a coveted big man touchdown, showing off his hands by wrangling in the 1-yard pass. Strong was able to find some success for the Wolf Pack through the air on the following drive, but ultimately they were forced to punt again.
Oregon averaged 11 yards per play on the following drive and moved the ball 77 yards for the final score of the half. Bryan Addison made up for his drop last week by catching a 24-yard touchdown pass, putting the Ducks up 35 to 6.
3RD QUARTER: Nevada didn’t have the strongest drive to start off the second half. After a delay of game put the offense in a hole, the Wolf Pack quickly went three and out. On their proceeding punt, an illegal formation put them in even worse position.
Herbert completed six of his following seven passes and Oregon was able to once again score through the air, this time to Daewood Davis who converted to DB and then converted back to receiver. One play later, Reagan Roberson fumbled the ball and Drayton Carlberg quickly jumped on it. Short-yardage specialist Cyrus Habibi-Likio was handed the ball four consecutive times until eventually he walked into the end zone for his first score of the season.
Once again, the Wolf Pack turned it over on the first play of the drive. Steve Stephens grabbed his first career interception and nearly returned it to the house. Instead, backup quarterback Tyler Shough was called upon in the redzone. After skying his first career pass, Shough was easily able to roll out and connect with Redd for his first career touchdown pass.
Another false start alongside an Andrew Faoliu sack doomed the Wolf Pack’s drive. Shough was asked to play as if the game wasn’t already a blowout and looked comfortable, though his second drive of the game resulted in a punt. For the third time, Nevada gave away the ball on the first play of a drive. DJ Johnson was able to strip the ball from Moore and Brady Breeze scooped and scored from around the 10-yard line.
Strong finally made some offensive progress and was even able to convert on 4th-and-two to make it to the 50-yard line before the fourth quarter.
4TH QUARTER: Nevada was unable to take advantage of their best field position in some time, and was forced to punt on the Oregon 47. Cristobal was dead-set on running out the clock, exemplified by their first drive of the fourth quarter in which they went 80 yards in 15 plays, burned six minutes and 15 seconds and converted three fourth down plays. The most memorable of these conversions was the 21-yard pass to Hunter Kampmoyer for the converted defensive end’s first career touchdown.
The Wolf Pack was gassed and the Ducks were in live-practice mode in the final five minutes of the game. Strong still seemed to have some fight in him, which bodes well for the young quarterback. Nevada punted with roughly three minutes left in the game.
It took three plays for Oregon to score its next touchdown. Darrian Felix deserves just about all the credit as he took the ball 62 yards for the final score of the game. Oregon tied the Autzen all-time scoring record and finished 77 to 6!