The Oregon Ducks enter the half leading Fresno State by a score of 21-13. These are our immediate reactions to the first half of the match:
Aggressive Duck defense on full display: When Tim DeRuyter was hired away from California to be the Oregon defensive coordinator, one of the first things he said was that he wanted the Ducks to force a lot of turnovers. It’s going be a fun season, judging by the performance against Fresno State in the first quarter.
Kayvon Thbodeaux started things off on the Bulldogs second possession. He came from the blindside, hit quarterback Jake Haener and caused a fumble. The Ducks were given the ball at the 3-yard mark and quickly converted it into their first touchdown of the season.
Not to be outdone Noah Sewell managed, on Fresno State’s next possession, to rob tailback Ronnie Rivers from the ball. Oregon scored again quickly to make it 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Brown’s offense was not as good as it could have been. The offense didn’t do a lot of things right. The offense didn’t have much down-the field passing until Brown found Johnny Johnson III to score a 31-yard touchdown. However, Fresno State’s four front-running backs dominated the Duck offense line. This is not a good sign going into the Ohio State game next Thursday.
Mycah Pittman shows he’s a factor. While there weren’t many chances for receivers to make plays on the field, Brown was able to throw the ball when he did. Pittman seems to be Brown’s go-to guy. Pittman caught three of Brown’s five passes for 40 yards at the end of the first half. It’s a nice thing to see Pittman in Joe Moorhead’s offense, considering his past injuries.
Oregon holds a slim 21-13 halftime lead over the Bulldogs.