After what was arguably the biggest win in program history last weekend, the Oregon Ducks returned to Autzen Stadium Saturday where they hosted the Stony Brook Seawolves. Despite a long list of injuries and a slow first half, the 4th ranked Ducks defeated the Seawolves 48-7.
Oregon was able to jump out to a 10-0 lead after Verone McKinley intercepted Stony Brook quarterback Tyquell Fields on the first possession of the game but would only head to halftime with a 17-7 lead. McKinley, who had the game winning interception against Ohio State last week, added another interception in the second quarter.
Oregon quarterback Anthony Brown was 14/18 159 yards with both a passing and rushing touchdown but suffered an undisclosed injury late in the first half that would force him to miss the remainder of the game. Brown’s injury opened the door for the highly anticipated debut of true freshman Ty Thompson, in which he led the Ducks to victory after they outscored the Seawolves 31-0 in the second half.
Thompsons first career touchdown came midway through the third quarter where he found freshman tight end Terrance Ferguson on a 1-yard pass. Thompson would later find freshman wide receiver Dont’e Thorton on a 54-yard touchdown, finishing the day 6/9 with 82 yards and two touchdowns.
When asked about the status of Anthony Brown moving forward, Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal stated, “We expect him to be OK and he looks good”. Only three weeks into the regular season, the Ducks have already been plagued with injuries which have forced them to use inexperienced personnel in big moments.
“We played 80 guys tonight,” said Crisobal. “A lot of guys saw significant playing time and a lot saw their first playing time. We weren’t trying to rest guys. We were just banged up.”
Oregon will open Pac-12 play next Saturday September 25th where they will host Arizona (7:30 p.m., ESPN).