Rich Kolbell

Oregon Improves to 3-5 for the season

EUGENE, ORE. – The Oregon Ducks (3-5, 1-4) made the season a little more bearable for the fans and followers by downing the Arizona State Sun Devils (5-3, 2-3) in an offensive showdown, 54-35. Freshman quarterback Justin Herbert led the Ducks by throwing for a school record of 489 passing on 31-of-42 passing, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Tony Brooks-James rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown of 58 yards.

Overall the Ducks racked up 734 yards with 245 yards on the ground to go along with the 489 yards through the air.

Herbert hit a total of nine receivers with tight end Pharaoh Brown picking 129 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions. Darren Carrington had six catches for 74 yards while Charles Nelson pulled in six balls for 65 yards including a 31-yard touchdown reception.  Jalen Brown had 97 yards of receiving off five catches including a long of 49 yards in the third quarter. Tight end Johnny Mundt had a TD on a 53-yard scoring play; and Brooks-James had two catches for 30 yards.

Junior running back found the end zone for the first time in several games on a 10-yard run that marked the end of Oregon’s scoring.

Place kicker Aidan Schneider had successful field goals of 36. 37. 30 and 23 yards though he did miss a 40-yarder in the third quarter. Schneider also was perfect in point after attempts hitting all six point after attempts.

Defensively, while at times the Duck defense full of holes, at other times the Oregon defense was ball hawking by intercepting three ASU passes, none bigger than Tyree Robinson’s pick late in the fourth quarter when the Sun Devils were driving and threatening to score when the game was still close at 47-35. Robinson snagged ASU quarterback Dillon Sterling-Cole and ran the ball back 84 yards to set up Freeman’s touchdown.

Jimmie Swain was the leading tackler for Oregon with 13 (nine solos) including a 1.5 tackles for loss, and an assisted sack; Troy Dye recorded 10 tackles (six solos) and was given credit an assisted TFL. Brenden Schooler and Kaulana Apelu also had interceptions. Apelu also had credit for an assisted sack.

T.J. Daniel and Justin Hollins each recorded a sack.

For ASU, Sterling-Cole threw for 302 yards and a touchdown to N’Keal Harry. Kalen Ballage had five receptions for 105 yards. Kody Kohl had the other receiving touchdown on a halfback pass from Ballage.

Ballage was the top Sun Devil rusher with 18 carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns.

For the game Oregon amassed 734 yards of total offense to ASU’s 468. Oregon recorded three sacks though ASU had four. ASU had one fumble recovery of 45 yards. Oregon was flagged for nine penalties for a minus 73 yards while ASU drew the yellow laundry six times for minus 49 yards.

The win is a tremendous boost in Herbert’s confidence. He has now thrown 10 touchdowns in the last two games. The 489 yards of passing tied a record held by Bill Musgrave for the most passing yardage in a game.

Brown’s 129 yards receiving and seven receptions are the most of his career.

The Ducks travel to Los Angeles next week to take on the Trojans of the University of Southern California.


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