Sunday, September 7, 2008

Ducks set new record

Justin Roper was back as the starter for the Ducks and looked very sharp except for an early interception. Roper bounced back quickly and when the dust cleared, the Ducks had a new school record finishing with 688 yards of offense and surpassing the 60 point mark with a 66-24 thrashing of the Aggies from Utah. When your offense puts up 60+ points against anyone, it's impressive and if you think it's easy just check the Ohio State score over the weekend.
This Duck team has serious speed up and down the roster and Terrance Scott provided Duck fans with a glimpse when he took a fly screen 51 yards into the endzone in less than 10 seconds, Scott is a burner in the Sammie Parker mold and he should help when the Ducks line up and spread the field against a very fast USC Trojan defense later this year.

Jeremiah Johnson went to the bench early in the 1st quarter after jamming his shoulder and was replaced by Legarrette Blount who took full advantage of the extra playing time gaining 132 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 18 carries, not bad for his 2nd game in front of a sellout crowd. Blount looked better and better as the game went along and said afterwards "The game seemed to get slower and slower and I really started to understand it and when to hit the holes" - "I'm on cloud nine right now because we won and I played much more and better than I thought I would"
The Ducks played a lot of players against a weak Utah State team and that's the best thing about these type of blowouts. Many players who really need it get more opportunities to get into the groove before the schedule gets tougher.
Ed Dickson caught 6 passes for 70 yards after acting as a blocker against Washington last week and that was great to see because I believe Dickson will 'the over the middle weapon" they will need against USC on the road.

The 3 Duck QB's gave everyone a chance to shine as they continued to spread the ball around in the up tempo offense that ran a total of 88 plays. Young Ducks who might not have played if the game was close got the opportunity to play extended minutes in the 3rd and 4th quarters and that will help as the season progresses and the Ducks are playing tougher Pac10 opponents. The Ducks can still improve on special teams and overall execution but have a few more games to get the kinks out before they go on the road against the Trojans.

The Ducks head to Indiana to play Purdue next saturday and if Jeremiah Johnson, Blount, Crenshaw and Alston are healthy the Ducks will blow out the Boilermakers who will have a hard time stopping the offensive genius of Chip Kelly and the ultra quick spread option attack.

philtheduck's prediction

The Boilermakers are in trouble playing at this tempo!


Purdue 17

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good grief, Cherry... 48-17!?! Ducks win, maybe even cover the 8.5 spread, but it's no 31 point shallacking.

I'll say 31-21, Ducks.


Go Ducks!