Reno 911!

No. 16 Oregon made a partially unscripted comedy out of its home opener with a 77-6 romp over Nevada on Saturday night at Autzen Stadium.

Justin Herbert, working with an unexpected cast of pass-catching characters due to the rash of wide receiver injuries leading into last week’s disappointing 27-21 loss to No. 10 Auburn, was the star of the show.

The 6-foot-6 leading man threw five touchdown passes to his band of misfit toys — two to tight ends, one to a reserve offensive lineman wearing a tight end number, another to a redshirt freshman who dropped a touchdown in the opener and another to a player who was on defense two weeks ago.

Herbert finished 19-for-26 passing for 310 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions in less than three quarters.

“It’s been tough to find some guys to step up, but we did,” Herbert said. “We found a whole bunch of guys that want to make plays and are able to, so we put them in today. I’m really happy for them. They stepped up big time, and it was fun to watch."

Oregon tied the single-game record for points at Autzen with 11 touchdowns scored by 11 different players.

Tyler Shough threw the first two touchdowns of his career in relief as the Ducks tied the program record for touchdown passes in a game with seven.

Oregon’s defense forced four turnovers that were converted into 28 points.

Safety Brady Breeze’s 11-yard fumble return for a touchdown made the score 63-6 with 2:11 remaining in the third quarter.

“I just happened to be around the ball carrier, and when it popped out I made sure to scoop and score. I did all the techniques they do in practice, and it just worked out great,” Breeze said. “When I went to pick up the ball, (safety) Steve (Stephens) said, ‘Follow me.’ He goes and makes a lead block.

“It was just something pretty cool, pretty special.”

The Ducks (1-1), who crushed Nevada 69-20 en route to the Rose Bowl after opening the 2011 season with a loss to LSU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, outgained the Wolf Pack (1-1) 623-192 in total yards.

Oregon averaged 8.4 yards per play while holding Nevada to 2.8 yards per play.

“It's more of the Oregon football that we've been trying to establish,” coach Mario Cristobal said.

Three potential starting wide receivers — Juwan Johnson, Brenden Schooler and Mycah Pittman — remained out with injuries.

Herbert was out of sync with his healthy targets early in the game, completing only 3 of his first 8 passes for 26 yards.

After CJ Verdell converted on fourth-and-1 from the Oregon 32-yard line, Herbert connected with tight end Jacob Breeland for a 66-yard touchdown.

Freshman placekicker Brandon Talton, who earned a scholarship after booting a 56-yard game-winning field goal against Purdue in the opener, made attempts of 24 and 45 yards to get the Wolf Pack within 7-6 with 10:38 remaining in the first half.

Herbert completed a 34-yard pass to Breeland and a 31-yard pass to freshman wide receiver Bryan Addison to set up a 2-yard touchdown run by Verdell.

An interception by linebacker Sampson Niu was cashed in by Herbert with a 16-yard touchdown strike to tight end Ryan Bay.

“It was really cool tonight to see a lot of guys not only get involved but make plays,” Bay said. “I think that just really helps our team.”

A special teams gaffe by Nevada — punter Quinton Conaway was tackled for an 11-yard loss by Kayvon Thibodeaux after struggling with a low snap — set up a first-and-goal at the 7 for the Ducks.

Herbert completed the tight end hat trick with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Brady Aiello, who has protected him in years past as a starting tackle.

The 6-foot-7, 311-pound senior was Herbert’s third option on the play.

“It’s kind of like a thank you for him,” Herbert said of Aiello, who wore No. 82 instead of his regular No. 66 for the second consecutive game. “He’s worked so hard the past couple years. I wish all of the offensive linemen could catch touchdowns.

“Thankfully, it was him. No better guy to catch a touchdown."

Oregon completed the second-quarter onslaught with a seven-play, 77-yard drive capped with a 24-yard touchdown reception for Addison — who dropped a pass in the back of the end zone against Auburn — with 12 seconds left in the half.

The Ducks scored four touchdowns in the span of 8 minutes, 16 seconds in the second quarter to take a 35-6 lead at the intermission.

Herbert completed 10 of his final 12 passes in the half for 209 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

“We looked at last week, we learned from it, and we’re not going to let it define us,” Herbert said. “This week we were excited, and we played good football today.”

In the third quarter, Herbert threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Daewood Davis, who moved back to offense last week after switching to cornerback in the spring.

Cyrus Habibi-Likio rumbled in for an 11-yard touchdown, and Shough threw touchdown passes to Jaylon Redd and Hunter Kampmoyer.

Darrian Felix became the 11th and final Oregon player to score a touchdown in the game with a 62-yard touchdown run with 2:02 remaining.

“Wow. I mean, that just shows the type of team we are. We have guys that can make plays on any part of the depth chart,” Breeze said. “We’ve just got to stay on point. We’ve got to focus on the next team and not worry about the championship or Rose Bowl.

“We’ve got to focus on our next opponent, but we do have something special, and I’m really excited to see what we can do.”