Textbook Saturday: Top Ten Thoughts

By andrewlittle
  •  He’s back. After last week’s post noted that Oregon’s star player hadn’t had an explosive outing in some time, LMJ responded in a big way. 12 carries for 204 yards and 3 touchdowns probably qualifies as a dynamic performance, no?
  • When Oregon broke the game open late first-early second quarter the Ducks managed three straight scoring drives in a row that lasted under 1 minute.
  • Oregon won the game 56-7, racked up almost 700 yards of total offense, and it could’ve been a whole lot worse. The 2nd half was played almost entirely by backups on offense.
  • Soph. QB Trevor Wooden was Missouri State’s only player. He managed to move the offense pretty efficiently early in the game, making smart decisions and producing both through the air and on the ground. His final numbers are nothing special but if you watched the game you had to tip your cap to his performance.
  • Lavasier Tuinei (4 catches 90 yards 2 TDs) seems to be Darron Thomas’ most trusted weapon at this point. It’ll be more apparent once conference play kicks off but it appears DT trusts his senior WR more than anyone else at this point.
  • First relatively quiet game from DeAnthony Thomas so far. He still had a very respectable all around game but was kept out of the endzone for the first time this year. Oregon didn’t really need him in this one.
  • Oregon’s defense got a workout yesterday. Missouri State managed to double up Oregon on time of possession. They’re a methodical team and Oregon runs plays at light speed but that still shouldn’t be the end result.
  • After a disciplined game against Nevada, the Ducks had another unacceptable rash of penalties against Missouri State. Nine infractions for 81 yards is a staggering amount against such an inferior opponent. Chalk them up to mental lapses that need to be tightened up immediately.
  • After a no-show against LSU, tight end Colt Lyerla seems to have a pretty good thing going. He’s now hauled in three career receptions, all of them going for touchdowns. He’s an exciting kid to watch, here’s to hoping his role expands as the season rolls on.
  • Stanford (Oregon’s biggest threat in the pac-12) and Arizona (Oregon’s next opponent) played last night in what was a very relevant game for Ducks fans. Arizona came out firing but didn’t look like a team that should worry the Ducks too much. Stanford’s D looked sluggish after Shayne Skov went down with a knee injury but their Andrew Luck led offense was incredibly physical and precise. Nothing we didn’t already know but it certainly gets you pumped for conference play to start.

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