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Oregon Football: Three Things We Learned Against Tennessee Tech

The Oregon Ducks defeated Tennessee Tech by a score of 63-14 on Saturday night at Autzen Stadium.  The team is now 3-0 on the season and now will begin to play their Pac-12 schedule.  The Ducks will welcome in Arizona to Autzen Stadium this Saturday, September 22nd.

The first stat that jumps out to you from this game is how fast the Ducks moved up and down the field.  It’s no secret that their pace is unmatched by other teams but is it possible they are playing faster?  The team was able to score 63 points while only having the ball for 21:42.  Their longest drive by play was an eleven play drive that covered 95 yards.  This drive resulted in a sixteen yard touchdown reception by De’Anthony Thomas that took all of 1:05.  The longest time consuming drive took 2:18 which was in the first quarter when they turned the ball over on downs.

The second fact we learned is De’Anthony Thomas is ready for Pac-12 play.  Thomas only touched the ball six times this game but had two touchdowns.  He ran the ball three times for 62 yards and caught three passes for 73 yards.  He has touched the ball 24 times so far this year and has seven touchdowns.  The touches do not include kickoff returns.  He should be very fresh as well as the most action he’s seen in a game so far was against Fresno State where he had eleven total touches.

The Ducks need to eliminate the penalties that have plagued them this season.  After committing eight against both Arkansas State and Fresno State, they were guilty of twelve penalties on Saturday.  The twelve penalties racked up 105 yards.  With the Pac-12 looking like it’s going to be a pretty wild conference this year, penalties could play a role in which team takes the championship.

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