Eleven different players have scored either a rushing or receiving touchdown for the Ducks, which leads the FBS
A team that scores together, stays together.
One benefit of playing an easy nonconference schedule is being able to empty the bench during garbage time.
During No. 20 Oregon’s 2-0 start, 11 different players have rushed for or caught a touchdown, which is the most in the FBS.
In the Ducks’ 62-14 win over Portland State, four different players caught touchdown passes from Justin Herbert and four different running backs rushed for touchdowns.
“That makes for a great day,” Mario Cristobal said. “Everybody feels like they contributed in some way, shape or form.”
Oregon’s head coach was particularly pleased that quarterback Braxton Burmeister and the second-team offense were able to execute a 16-play, 75-yard drive in the fourth quarter that took 6 minutes, 46 seconds off the clock.
“A nice exclamation point for those guys,” Cristobal said. “Because we played a lot of young guys in that group. One if them that stands out is Steven Jones at left tackle. …
“That’s the way you want to close out a game. You want to play guys and give them an opportunity, not only to be productive, but to improve and prove that they can play winning football for us. Because at some point in time we’re going to have to count on them as starters.”
Despite playing two true freshmen at left tackle — Penei Sewell started the game and Jones closed it — the Ducks were not called for a single penalty on offense.
Oregon ranks 35th with eight accepted penalties totaling 90 yards over the first two games. Last season under Willie Taggart, the Ducks were last (130th) in the FBS, averaging 9.4 penalties totaling 88.3 yards per game.
“Offensively we didn’t have a single penalty, which is kind of a groundbreaking thing for us,” Cristobal said. “So we aligned the right way. Overall, I just thought the attention to detail and the effort were better.”
Herbert, who has already thrown nine touchdown passes, should be able to spread the big plays around again when the Ducks host struggling San Jose State on Saturday at Autzen (2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).
The Spartans (0-2) rank 129th in passing defense (433 ypg) and 126th in total defense (566.5 ypg).
La’Mar Winston practiced wearing a red non-contact jersey Tuesday. The starting outside linebacker missed last week’s game after going through the concussion protocol following a collision against Bowling Green.
Adam Stack was limited during the portion of practice open to the media. The team’s No. 1 placekicker has missed the first two games with leg soreness.
Left tackle George Moore (ankle) was a limited participant and was noticeably limping during the stretch period.
Oregon will be playing with a top-20 ranking for the first time since the 2016 Alamo Bowl. The Ducks are 143-51-2 all-time, including 88-17 at Autzen, when ranked inside the top 20. …
The Herbert-led offense currently No. 1 in the Pac-12 in scoring (60.0 ppg), total offense (533.0 ypg), first downs (26.5 per game) and third-down conversions (54.2 percent). Oregon is also second in rushing (254.0 ypg) behind Oregon State (278.0 ypg). …
San Jose State has lost its last 12 games against Pac-12 teams dating back to a 35-34 victory over Stanford on Sept. 9, 2006.
“I’m not the fastest guy, but game speed I do have,” true freshman running back Travis Dye said when asked if he was worried about getting caught from behind during his 49-yard touchdown run against Portland State. “Just trust your speed, put your head down, keep going.”