Royce Freeman was the workhorse for Oregon, carrying the ball 21 times, gaining 180 yards and scoring three touchdowns. Oregon did as it pleased rushing the ball. Overall, the Ducks ran for 485 yards and scored six times. Vernon Adams rushed for 94 yards while Kani Benoit had 83 yards and had a score. Tony Brooks-James crossed the goal line twice and picked up 63 yards and freshman Taj Griffin came in mop-up time and broke off a 61 yard run.
“It was great," said Freeman of his fellow running backs' effort. "I see it every day in practice so it doesn’t surprise me, I see the hard work these guys put in. It was nothing new.”
Adams, starting his first game for Oregon against his former teammates at Eastern Washington was effective throwing for 246 yards on 19-of-25 and two touchdowns. Adams, though had to leave the game in the fourth quarter after rushing for a seven-yard gain, he slid and was on the ground when EWU linebacker John Kreifels flew in and made helmet-to-helmet contact on Adams, who was flat on the ground. Following the hit, Adams was still and after a few moments attempt to get to his feet. As if he’d been hit by Mike Tyson, Adams was clearly wobbly and had to have help to make it to the sidelines.
“I’m feeling good, I will be out there next week," said Adams of the play that ended his night. "I don’t know if it was a cheap shot or not.”
While officials reviewed the play, Adams was taken to the lockerroom. Though he came back to the sidelines a little later, he did not play anymore. Meanwhile, after reviewing the play, Kreifels was ejected.
Byron Marshall was the leading Oregon receiver with four catches for 69 yards and an acrobatic touchdown catch. Dwayne Stanford had the grabs for 90 yards while Bralon Addison seeing his first action in over a year had 24 yards receiving and a touchdown.
The Ducks also scored two field goals when Aidan Schneider booted the pair from 38 and 30 yards out.
The offense overall was very good.
Now, for the not-so-good and at times downright bad:
Oregon’s defense seemed to be lost sometimes. At other times they missed tackles, were out of position and appeared to give up on plays; and it wasn’t just the back-ups. After forcing the Eagles to punt on their first possession, the EWU scored six times and doing so in drives lasting more than 5 minutes.
“We didn’t do a ton defensively and what we did obviously we want to do cleanly and well," said Mark Helfrich of his team's defensive effort. "They need to tackle better. First game, you're always concerned about tackling."
Oregon only had four tackles for loss including one sack by Arrion Springs. Chris Seisay was the leading tackler with nine tackles (seven solos) including one TFL plus had one of the interceptions the Ducks made. The other interception happened when Juwaan Williams picked off a throw in the third quarter and returned it 17 yards. Paris Bostick and Ugo Amadi combined for one TFL and T.J. Daniel had a solo TFL. Daniel also was credited with a quarterback hurry while Tyson Coleman had two hurries.
Eastern Washington’s Jordan West was 23-for-34 for 293 yards and three TDs and one interception. Reilly Hennessey was 14-of-21 for 145 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Cooper Kupp set an Autzen Stadium record for receptions with 15 and had 246 yards or receiving and three scores for the day. Kendrick Bourne had five catches for 60 yards and a score with Shaq Hill scoring once on a reception.
EWU leading rusher was Jabari Wilson with 10 carries for 43 yards and a TD.
Oregon had 731 yards of total offense, 485 yards rushing and 246 yards passing. EWU had 549 total yards (111 rushing, 438 passing).
•Vernon Adams Jr. made his starting debut at the FBS level against his former team after quarterbacking Eastern Washington the past three seasons. The graduate transfer completed 19 of 25 pass attempts for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while rushing 14 times for 94 yards.
•Adams Jr. extended his personal streak of multiple touchdown passes to 27 straight games.
•Royce Freeman rushed for a career-high 180 yards on 21 carries, including three touchdowns. It was the eighth career 100-yard rushing effort and eighth multiple TD game in 16 career appearances for the true sophomore.
•Oregon’s 731 yards of total offense ranks second in school history. The Ducks had 772 yards vs. Nicholls in 2013.
•The Ducks cracked the 60-point mark for the first time since last season’s opener, when UO scored 62 vs. South Dakota.
•Chris Seisay and Juwaan Williams each had the first interceptions of their respective careers.
•Six true freshmen saw the field: CB Ugo Amadi, LB Kaulana Apelu, RB Taj Griffin, S Fotu Leiato, DT Rex Manu and WRKirk Merritt.
•The sellout crowd of 58,128 marked the 104th consecutive sellStout at Autzen Stadium.
•WR Bralon Addison and LT Tyler Johnstone both returned to starting roles after missing the entire 2014 season due to injury. Addison had three receptions for 24 yards and caught Adams Jr.’s first TD pass as a Duck.
•Next week’s game at No. 5 Michigan State will also be the originating site of ESPN’s popular College Gameday show.
•The Ducks scored on their first eight trips to the Red Zone before taking a knee on their final trip inside the 20.
•EWU receiver Cooper Kupp set Autzen Stadium marks for receptions (15) and receiving yards (246).