EUGENE, Ore. – Coming off its third consecutive win and first victory in its Pac-12 opener since 2014, Oregon moved up three spots to No. 13 in the Associated Press Top 25 on Sunday morning.
The Ducks also landed at No. 13 in the Amway Coaches Poll, moving up four spots from last week’s No. 17 ranking. Oregon will enjoy a bye week before returning to action against No. 15 California on Saturday, October 5, in Autzen Stadium.
Oregon’s three-game win streak has been fueled by the play of senior quarterback Justin Herbert and the defense, both of which are putting up record-setting numbers. Herbert has tossed 13 touchdowns over the last three games, which is the most over any three-game span in program history, and he is one of three FBS QBs with double-digit passing TDs and no interceptions.
Not to be overlooked, the defense hasn’t allowed a TD (38 drives) over the three-game stretch, marking the first time since 1935 that Oregon hasn’t given up a TD in three consecutive games. The Ducks are one of three teams (Clemson and Wisconsin) that haven’t given up a first half TD this season and are tied for eighth nationally in scoring defense (10.5).
» Oregon has held three consecutive opponents to single-digit points for the first time since 1968.
» The defense has allowed a TD in just two of the last 20 quarters dating back to last season.
» Oregon has outscored its opponents 84-15 in the first half.
» 12 different players have at least a half-sack to help Oregon rank tied for seventh nationally with 15 sacks.
» Oregon is tied for fourth nationally in turnover margin (+6).