EUGENE, OR – After falling to the Georgia Bulldogs in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game last week, the now unranked Oregon Ducks returned to Autzen Stadium Saturday looking to get their 2022 season headed in the right direction. While the Ducks still have a lot to iron out before they head into an extremely competitive conference schedule, the future of Oregon Football with first year head coach Dan Lanning looked promising after they defeated Eastern Washington 70-14.
Oregon quarterback Bo Nix and the entire Ducks offense shook off the dirt from last week’s loss and posted an impressive 604 total yards. Nix finished the day 28/33 with 277 yards and 5 touchdowns, while also managing to avoid any turnovers.
Terrance Furgeson record the Ducks’ first TD of 2022 season early in the first quarter after fighting his way into the endzone on a 13-yard reception.
Oregon quickly jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the second quarter before Eastern Washington got on the board with a 7-yard touchdown pass by Gunner Talkington where he found Dylan Ingram, cutting Oregon’s lead to twenty five points at 35-7.
The Eagles were outmatched the entire game, but the Ducks blew it open in the second half. Oregon scored on their opening drive of the third quarter when Bo Nix found tight end Cam McCormick for a 2-yard touchdown pass, and then on the first play of Eastern Washington’s drive Talkington threw his second interception of the night, which was picked off by Trikweze Bridges. Oregon defensive lineman Casey Rogers ultimately recorded the touchdown after Bridges fumbled the return on the 2-yard line, adding onto the damage making the score 56-7.
Oregon’s new Offensive Coordinator, Kenny Dillingham, had his offense cruising all night. The comfortable lead allowed Dillingham to get multiple guys involved, a luxury he didn’t have last week against Georgia. Nix found 4 different targets for scores, and 4 different running backs scored on the ground.
Dillingham also gave former five-star recruit Ty Thompson and Jay Butterfield time at quarterback. Thompson was met with loud applause by the Oregon fans who were eager to see him in last week’s game and led the Ducks down the field for an efficient drive which was capped by an impressive 6-yard touchdown rush from Kilohana Haasenritter, bringing the game to its final score of 70-14.