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No.16 Oregon Ducks smoke Nevada in home-opener, 77-6

That is more like it.

The No.16 Oregon Ducks trailed the Nevada Wolfpack 3-0 early, but got 5 touchdown passes from quarterback Justin Herbert to cruise to a 77-6 victory in their 2019 home-opener.

Ten different Ducks players scored touchdowns, and Oregon matched the Autzen Stadium record for points scored, matching their output vs Southern Utah in the 2017 season-opener, a 77-21 win.

Herbert joins Marcus Mariota and Joey Harrington as the only Ducks quarterbacks to throw for five touchdowns in multiple games.  He threw four touchdowns in the first half and added another in the third quarter before being lifted midway through the period.  Tyler Shough finished the rest of the game at quarterback.

Herbert had touchdown passes of 66, 16, 1, 24 and 16 yards, respectively, with five different receivers benefiting from the scores.  His first was a seam ball to tight end Jacob Breeland that the senior tight end took the distance and gave Oregon their first lead at 7-3.

Herbert added three more touchdown throws in the second quarter, including a one-yarder to converted OL-to-Tight End Brady Aiello, leading the Ducks to a 35-6 halftime lead.

Oregon blew the game wide open in the third quarter with four total touchdowns, including a scoop-and-score by safety and Portland native Brady Breeze that capped a 28-point period.

Both teams ran the ball the majority of the fourth quarter, with Shough connecting for his first two career touchdown passes in the second half to finish the blowout win for Oregon.

Oregon (1-1) hosts Montana next Saturday at 7:45pm in Week 3 on the Pac-12 Network, before visiting Stanford in their Pac-12 opener on Sept. 21st.

More to come.


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