Rich Kolbell

Oregon's Jeff Lockie makes his first start leading Oregon to a 61-28 win over Georgia State.

Oregon’s offense was led by long time back-up Jeff Lockie while starter Vernon Adams Jr. sat out with an injured hand. Lockie had a mixed bag of results as he went 23 for 31 yards and two touchdowns in the Ducks' 61-28 win over Georgia State.

 Lockie’s first touchdown pass was to wide receiver Dwayne Stanford early in the second quarter. Lockie would then throw his second touchdown pass to an open tight end, Johnny Mundt in the third quarter.

 Royce Freeman looked to continue from his season opener performance against Eastern Washington two weeks ago as he ran for 180 yards and three touchdowns. Against Georgia State, Freeman ran for 101 yards and one touchdown. Freeman’s day ended after scoring his touchdown.

 Lockie had some trouble throwing out of the pocket as Georgia State’s pass rush forced him to be on the move throughout the game. Despite having the difficulties of throwing on the run, Lockie showed poise in the pocket. However, Lockie’s knowledge of the system has brought back the speed and tempo Oregon fans are used to seeing.

 While Adams brings big play potential, the reality is that he has only been on campus and around this team for a handful of weeks and that showed last weekend against Michigan State. Michigan State has a stout defense, but the Duck offense looked slow at times.

 Lockie was able to get the offense moving in his first drive as the starter even though not finishing in the end zone. Lockie went 13 plays for 58 yards in 3:39 minutes as Aidan Schneider kicked a 26-yard field goal giving the Ducks a 10-0 lead. In the ensuing drives Lockie had trouble getting completions, finishing the first quarter with seven completions on 12 attempts for 32 yards.

 Tony Brooks-James took over for Freeman as the main running back in the second half.  Brooks-James showed off his speed and maneuverability between the tackles while breaking off chunks of yards with every rush attempt.

 Brooks-James left the game on two separate occasions due to two different injuries in the third quarter. The first one was an apparent cramp in his hamstring and the second was an ankle injury.

 Oregon has a policy of not discussing injuries so the nature of Brooks-James injury is yet to be determined.

 Freshman running back Taj Griffin replaced Brooks-James and had 14 carries for 61 yards and one high-aerial touchdown. Griffin looked explosive and powerful as he broke through the Georgia State’s defensive line, especially on the touchdown when he leaped into the endzone, changing the ball from his right to left hand while in the air to ensure the ball crossed the line. 

 Byron Marshall had a quiet day following the performance he put on in the Michigan State game. Marshall only had one reception for nine yards. It was mainly the Dwayne Stanford show as he had three receptions for 48 yards and the one touchdown.

 For a couple plays, junior wide receiver Bralon Addison got to relive his high school days as a quarterback again. Offensive Coordinator Scott Frost trusted Addison as they showed off the wildcat packages today.

 “I knew we would call it once or twice,” Addison said. “Coach Frost said he trusted me to do stuff like that because he knows I understand fronts and defenses.”

 In the plays where Addison was at quarterback, he either ran it or handed it off to Griffin on a pitch play.

 “I was talking to Taj (Griffin) all week and hoping he would be with me and when I saw him back there, I knew I was gonna pitch it to him and let him do the rest.” Addison said.

 The Oregon Ducks won 61-28 over GSU. The Ducks will stay home next week as they start the Pac-12 games against Utah on September 26th. 


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