Oregon Football Notes

by Frank Baldwin October 05, 2015

Post-Game Notes


  • Royce Freemanrecorded the ninth 100-yard rushing performance of his career, finishing with 163 yards on 27 carries.
    •Freeman is now eighth in career rushing touchdowns at UO with 25. Freeman passed Saladin McCullough (24, 1996-97) with a pair of TD runs. Freeman has now scored at least one touchdown in 16 of 20 career games.
    Joe Walker’s first-quarter interception was the first of his career. He also had a fumble recovery in the opening frame that set up the Ducks’ first touchdown.
    Jeff Lockiemade his second career start at quarterback. Ducks improved to 2-0 when the junior begins the game behind center.
    Taylor Alie, who split time at QB with Lockie, threw the first TD pass of his career on a 43-yard hookup with Jalen Brown. It was the first TD catch for Brown.
    Bralon Addison tossed the first TD pass of his career, a 39-yard strike to Charles Nelson.
  • Taj Griffinand Devon Allenrecorded their first starts of the season, first career in Griffin’s case as UO opened with a two-back set.
  • Taj Griffinsurpassed 100 yards rushing for the first time, running 11 times for 110 yards and a TD. He had a career-best 62-yard run, eclipsing his 61-yard scamper vs. Eastern Washington in the season opener.
    •Oregon had two 100-yard rushers for the first time since Marcus Mariotaand De'Anthony Thomas accomplished the tandem feat at Virginia on Sept. 7, 2013.
    Rodney Hardrick recorded his first sack of the year, finishing with 2.0 TFL and a team-high eight tackles. He also forced a fumble.
    •The Ducks had a season-high five sacks, with five different players getting in on the action.
    •With two touchdown passes thrown in the game, UO extended its NCAA-record streak to 71 consecutive games with a TD through the air.
    •The kickoff time of 9:08 p.m. MT was the latest in Folsom Field history. The game was delayed due to severe weather in the area.
    •The game marked the fifth meeting in Pac-12 play between the Ducks and Buffaloes with Oregon improving to 5-0.
    •The Ducks came into the game having been outscored 73-38 in the third quarter this season, including 28-0 last week. Oregon shutout the Buffs in the frame while scoring 14 points to take a 31-17 lead.



 Senior defensive end DeForest Buckner said the Ducks were undaunted at halftime despite being played to a draw by Colorado through two quarters. “Guys were fired up,” Buckner said. “They accepted the challenge. We were just like, we know what we need to do, and we just need to go out there and execute. And that’s what we did.”

After Freeman’s touchdown, the Buffs moved the ball into UO territory by converting first a fourth-and-one, then a third-and-two. But on a play from the UO 35-yard line, Rodney Hardrick sacked quarterback Sefo Liufau and forced a fumble, which was recovered by Henry Mondeaux.

Both Buckner and Hardrick said the Ducks made adjustments at halftime that were subtle, but effective. “We dialed in some things, and they worked,” Hardrick said. “And it showed in the second half.”

Oregon got the ball back and again pounded out a touchdown drive on the ground, a possession that included just one passing attempt. Overall, the Ducks ran it 21 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the third quarter, taking a lead over Colorado that they never surrendered.

“We knew we just had to get our pads down and come off the ball,” Johnstone said. “Once we got a little pissed off going into the half, we knew after that point we weren’t going to get stopped anymore and we were going to shove it down their throats for the rest of the game.”


Colorado Coach MacIntyre


Coach Mike MacIntyre knew Oregon’s game plan, and lamented their inability to stop it effectively. “We didn’t stop the run very well. I thought they would come in and hand the ball to Royce Freeman.” Speaking of a 3rd-and-10 where Oregon ran the ball successfully with their power back, Coach continued, “We hit the guy (Royce Freeman) three different times and that was rough. That was a tough sequence.” Referring to Oregon’s lightning quick true freshman Griffin, “I don’t know his name, No. 5 (Taj Griffin), but he made a couple nice runs, too. He is extremely fast.”

Coach continued, “I think we got wore down a little bit,” speaking of Colorado’s defense in the second half, “We missed some tackles. The one big run they hit on us I think we lined up wrong and misfit it. That happens with their offense going fast. You don’t want it to happen, but it happens.” As for Oregon’s defensive line, Coach spoke plainly about their difficulties running the ball on first down,

“I guess they were whipping us up front.”

Offensively for the Buffalos, wide receiver Nelson Spruce saw opportunities against Oregon’s secondary. “Going into the game we knew their secondary was something we could take advantage of, so that was built into our game plan going into the game. As the game went on we were able to make some plays when the protection held up. That cushion they were giving us, we were able to get some quick game going.” He saw Oregon’s scheme change in the second half, which led to better results for the Ducks. “I noticed they started running a bit more Cover 2, keeping the cornerback not giving all that cushion. Maybe they were anticipating us throwing it more.”


Saturday Point Spread

 The early line from Las Vegas lists Oregon as a 17.5 point favorite over Washington State.

Frank Baldwin
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