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Oregon Relies on Depth, Turnovers to Overpower Stony Brook, Ducks 48 - Seawolves 7

Anthony Brown Jr. sits out second half.

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The No. 4 Oregon Ducks (3-0) remain undefeated after beating the Stony Brook Seawolves (1-2) 48 to 7.

The Ducks were forced to overcome adversity yet again when starting quarterback Anthony Brown Jr. didn’t return to the field for the second half after taking back-to-back sacks at the end of the second quarter. However, Ty Thompson and Jay Butterfield helped guide the Ducks to a lopsided victory.

Anthony Brown: 14/18 - 159 YDS - 1 TD - 4 Car - 1 YD - 1 RTD

Ty Thompson: 6/9 - 82 YDS - 2 TD

Jay Butterfield: 2/3 - 22 YDS

Tyquell Fields: 10/23 - 131 YDS - 3 INT

TD SCORERS: (UO) Anthony Brown Jr. {2}, CJ Verdell, Ty Thompson {2} Terrance Ferguson, Travis Dye, Dont’e Thornton, Trey Benson (SBU) Ty Son Lawton

DUCK YARDS: 436 yards - 263 passing - 173 rushing

SEAWOLVES YARDS: 271 yards - 131 passing - 140 rushing

TURNOVERS FORCED: Ducks: 4 (3 INT - 1 FUM) - Seawolves: 0

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Coach Mario Cristobal’s recruiting prowess paid dividends as the Ducks’ depth was thoroughly tested. Partially due to preexisting injuries (Kayvon Thibodeaux, Justin Flowe, Dru Mathis, Keith Brown, Bradyn Swinson, Mase Funa, Adrian Jackson), partially due to in-game injuries (namely Anthony Brown Jr. who never returned to the field for the second half), and partially due to the game becoming a blowout, more Ducks than usual were called into action.

The starters handled the Seawolves in the first half, sandwiching Stony Brook’s first half drives with interceptions from Verone McKinley and tallying 17 points with touchdown plays from CJ Verdell, Anthony Brown Jr. and a Camden Lewis field goal. But the first half ended on a sour note when the Oregon o-line allowed back-to-back sacks on Brown Jr, who appeared to be in pain heading to the locker room.

The Oregon offense utilized three quarterbacks, five running backs, and had 10 pass-catchers in the contest, while the Duck defense had 27 players record a stat. Several young Ducks scored their first touchdowns of their careers, including true freshman quarterback Ty Thompson, who connected with fellow freshman Terrance Ferguson in the end zone to open up the second half scoring.

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Thompson’s second touchdown pass of the game was to true freshman Dont’e Thornton, who fought off a tackle to record the 54-yard score. And to close out the scoring, freshman running back Trey Benson pounded in the TD from three-yards out.

Noah Sewell recorded a team-high 10 tackles, and the Duck defense once again won the turnover battle, this time by tallying four takeaways: two interceptions from McKinley, one interception from Bennett Williams, and a takeaway from freshman outside linebacker Brandon Buckner.

Dont’e Thornton led Duck receivers with 60 yards and a touchdown on two receptions, while Johnny Johnson III, CJ Verdell and Terrance Ferguson had four receptions apiece, the latter two also brought in touchdown passes. Travis Dye was the team’s most effective rushing threat, finsihing the game with 87 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

The Ducks have plenty to work on for next week against the Arizona Wildcats: they were 3-of-10 on third down, committed six penalties and potential starting QB Thompson overthrew a couple of balls. However, the competition against the Seawolves provided some valuable playing time for the young Ducks, and both sides of the ball showed up for another decisive victory.


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  • After a Camden Lewis touchback to start the game, the Seawolves ran the ball for a 4-yard gain on their first play of the game.
  • Quarterback Tyquell Fields threw an incompletion on the next play, then on 3rd-and-6 at the Seawolf 29, safety Verone McKinley III picked of Fields for his seventh career interception.
  • Oregon’s first offensive play of the game was a short pass to receiver Kris Hutson for a gain of six yards to the Stony Brook 40. Running back Travis Dye then picked up the first first down of the contest with a 12-yard run.
  • Dye was able to pick up six more yards in the next set of downs, but after being stopped on 3rd-and-5, Cristobal settled for a 40-yard field goal attempt, which Lewis delivered.

Ducks 3 - Seawolves 0

(6 plays, 24 yards, 1:57)

  • Running back Ty Son Lawton carried the ball three consecutive times for a net gain of 18 yards to reach the Stony Brook 45, but the drive died shortly after on 3rd-and-5, resulting in a punt.
  • The next Duck drive started with a two-yard run from Verdell, and on the next play receiver Johnny Johnson III earned a first down with a 12-yard reception.
  • Verdell then took control of the drive by picking up 42 yards on five carries, spelled only by a six-yard pass to tight end Moliki Matavao on 1st-and-10 and a 15-yard pass to true freshman receiver Troy Franklin.
  • Verdell ended the drive by taking a toss from Anthony Brown to the house for a 9-yard touchdown.

Ducks 10 - Seawolves 0

(10 plays, 86 yards, 3:44)

  • Starting at his own 25, Fields picked up seven yard with a pass to Shawn Harris, then running back Seba Nekhet earned a first down with a 3-yard gain on second down.
  • Fields then connected with wide receiver Khalil Newton for a 22-yard gain to the Duck 43.
  • The Seawolf drive halted at a 4th-and-4, but after a timeout they elected to go for it on the Oregon 37, and Lawton took a short screen 14 yards for the first down.
  • Stony Brook used runs from Nekhet, Fields and Lawton to pick up 23 yards, resulting in a 5-yard touchdown from Lawton.

Ducks 10 - Seawolves 7

(11 plays, 75 yards, 5:18)

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  • After a 16-yard return from Johnson III to the Duck 27, a four-yard run from Dye and an 8-yard pass to freshman tight end Terrence Ferguson earned the first down.
  • Johnson III tallied his second 12-yard reception of the day on the next play.
  • A Stony Brook offside on 2nd-and-3 gave Oregon another set of downs, then Brown Jr. connected with Mycah Pittman for a 30-yard gain before the receiver stepped out of bounds at the Seawolf 7.
  • Two plays later Brown Jr. took a keeper for a seven-yard touchdown.

Ducks 17 - Seawolves 7

(7 plays, 73 yards, 2:57)

  • A face mask called on Mykael Wright gave the Seawolves an early first down, but a delay of game on 3rd-and-7 doomed the drive and eventually resulted in a punt to the Duck 7.
  • An 8-yard pass to Franklin and a 15-yard run from Verdell kept the chains moving for the Ducks on the next drive, but a rare run-for-a-loss from Verdell and an offensive holding from TJ Bass on 3rd-and-11 effectively ended the drive.
  • Stony Brook started at their own 15 with 6:53 remaining before the half.
  • It appeared the Seawolves were in serious trouble with their back close to their own end zone, but a 49-yard pass to Harris over cornerback DJ James helped Stony Brook flip the field.
  • On 3rd-and-4 at the Oregon 34, Lawton picked up nine yards with his legs.
  • The Seawolves fought for a 3rd-and-1 in the Duck red zone, but a false start put them back five yards.
  • On 3rd-and-6, Fields escaped pressure and chucked the ball towards the middle of the field, where it was eagerly picked off by McKinley once again.
  • Oregon flew down the field with passes of 12, 13, and 9 to Matavao, Johnson III, and Ferguson, respectively.
  • However, the drive ended when Brown Jr. was sacked on back-to-back plays.


Ducks 17 - Seawolves 7

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  • Mykael Wright returned the second half kickoff 24 yards to the Oregon 40.
  • True freshman quarterback Ty Thompson entered the second half as starting quarterback and handed the ball off to Verdell for a loss of one yard.
  • On the next play, Center Alex Forsyth was called for holding, and the Ducks were only able to reclaim eight of those yards before having to punt.
  • A tackle-for-a-loss by Linebacker Noah Sewell on first down killed Stony Brook’s momentum before it could get started and the Seawolves were forced to punt from their own 13-yard line.
  • Starting at midfield, Thompson once again took the field for a likely injured Anthony Brown Jr.
  • Dye carried the ball six straight times to gain a total of 44 yards to reach the enemy two-yard line.
  • A personal foul called on offensive tackle George Moore put them back to the Seawolf 17.
  • After an incomplete pass to Ferguson, the tight end once again was targeted and this time came down with the catch and 13 yards for the first down.
  • Dye nearly reached the end zone on the next play but was stuffed at the one-yard line.
  • On the next play, Thompson threw his first career touchdown - a soft pass to fellow freshman Ferguson off the play-action.

Ducks 24 - Seawolves 7

(10 plays, 48 yards, 4:05)

  • The Seawolf offense got off on the wrong foot with a false start on second down. Stony Brook was able to pick up 11 yards with a reception from Shawn Harris on 3rd-and-13, but after failing to make the Oregon offense jump offside on fourth-and-short the Seawolves were forced to punt.
  • Verdell carried the ball three consecutive times and gained only eight yards, resulting in an Oregon three-and-out.
  • After a short gain on the ground, the Stony Brook drive ended early when safety Bennett Williams picked off Fields and returned it 24 yards to the Stony Brook 11.
  • Three plays later, Dye was in the end zone on a three-yard carry up the gut.

Ducks 31 - Seawolves 7

(3 plays, 11 yards, 1:15)

  • A nine-yard sack by Sua’ava Poti on 2nd-and-21 ended the third quarter.
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  • Fields threw an incompletion on 3rd-and-30 at his own 5, and the Seawolves were forced to punt.
  • A defensive pass interference helped the Ducks get down the field, but after a five-yard run from Trey Benson, Thompson was sacked for a loss of five.
  • Lewis once again was called upon for the field goal, this time from 35 yards out, and once again he connected.

Ducks 34 - Seawolves 7

(4 plays, 15 yards, 1:39)

  • The Seawolves were able to pick up a couple first downs on their next drive, but failed to gain any yards after deciding to go for it on 4th-and-5 at the Oregon 46.
  • On the next play, Thompson faked a screenpass and then connected with freshman receiver Dont’e Thornton for a 54-yard touchdown - the first score of Thornton’s career.

Ducks 41 - Seawolves 7

(1 plays, 54 yards, 0:11)

  • The Seawolves were given a first down when, on 2nd-and-3, Safety Jamal Hill was called for a roughing the passer penalty.
  • Two plays later, linebacker Brandon Buckner stripped running back Jayden Cook of the ball and collected it for the turnover.
  • Jay Butterfield and Seven McGee entered the game, however, they were only able to pick up nine of the necessary 10 yards, and it appeared the Ducks would punt.
  • Then running back Byron Cardwell Jr. and Butterfield took to the field and picked up a first down with a six-yard gain.
  • The Ducks relied heavily on the run game on this drive, and after the Seawolves were called for a face mask, Oregon reached the enemy 11.
  • Running back Trey Benson capped off the drive with his first career touchdown on a three-yard gain.

Ducks 48 - Seawolves 7

(10 plays, 65 yards, 4:13)

  • The Seawolves were able to pick up 25 yards on their last possession of the game but weren’t able to add to their point total before time expired.

DUCKS WIN, 48-7!

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