Seth Williams remains the last player to find the end zone against Oregon.
Ever since the Auburn sophomore caught a game-winning touchdown with nine seconds remaining in the Tigers’ season-opening 27-21 win over the Ducks, Oregon has not allowed a touchdown in back-to-back blowouts against overmatched opponents at Autzen Stadium.
Nevada had two field goals on 16 possessions in a 77-6 loss to the Ducks before Montana had one field goal on 12 possessions as UO won 35-3 Saturday night. It is the first time since 2009 that the Ducks held consecutive foes to six points or less, although a 25-yard field goal by Brandon Purdy kept the Ducks from their first shutout since 2012.
Between Nevada’s two first-quarter field goals and Montana’s field goal in the third quarter, the Ducks held those two teams scoreless on 20 combined drives. None of those possessions totaled more than 34 yards or took more than four minutes.
During the past two games, Nevada and Montana combined for 28 possessions with 23 of them lasting six plays or less. Twenty-six of the 28 drives took less than four minutes with 20 of them lasting less than three minutes.
The Ducks have forced 16 punts during the past two weeks at home and forced five turnovers while stopping Nevada once on downs. Nevada and Montana turned nine of 34 third downs into a first down.
Brady Breeze’s 11-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against Nevada gave the defense one touchdown scored while not allowing any during the past two weeks.
Montana had a total of eight rushing yards one week after the Ducks allowed 83 yards on the ground against Nevada. The Wolf Pack and Grizzlies gained a total of 434 yards of offense while Oregon’s offense had at least 125 more than that in each of those games.
Oregon’s defense was without a couple of starters as defensive end Austin Faoliu and linebacker Bryson Young sat out due to injuries. The Ducks may have suffered a costly injury when starting cornerback Thomas Graham injured his right foot and stood on the sideline in the second half wearing sweats with a boot on his foot. His replacement, freshman Mykael Wright, had an interception.
Depth wasn’t a concern against the Grizzlies as 25 different Ducks were credited with at least one tackle led by Javon Holland with five.
The Ducks open Pac-12 play next week at Stanford, which has averaged 46.3 points during three straight wins over the Ducks.