Oregon defeats Cal Davis 53-28

After a first quarter marked by stumbles and a sluggish offense, Oregon pulled together a bit on both sides of the ball to stitch a 53-28 win over the visiting UC Davis Aggies. Individual and team strengths and weaknesses were illustrated, a valuable lesson as they prepare for Virginia and beyond.

Some major questions were addressed on Saturday: How will the offense fare under Dakota Prukop’s leadership; what will the revised defense reveal; and which players would distinguish themselves on this opening day game.


The numbers don’t lie, indicating a strong start for Prukop, who completed 21-of-30 passes for 271 yards and three touchdowns, while running for 36 yards on 11 tries.


True freshman Troy Dye played a game-and-a-half, posting 11 tackles, 4.5 TFL including a sack and a blocked field goal.


While Prukop and Dye emerged new onto the turf at Autzen, the return of Royce Freeman, Charles Nelson, Darren Carrington and Pharaoh Brown was a welcome sight for the offense.

Henry Mondeaux led the defensive unit, setting the tone on the Aggies’ first possession with a whopping sack of UC Davis quarterback Ben Scott on the first play of the game.


Fumbles, penalties, missed tackles, and holes on the offensive line caused problems at times; next Saturday’s game with Virginia will reveal how much the Ducks have improved -- or not. 

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