2. The first taste of the Ty Thompson era was exciting
Mario Cristobal gave fans a treat in the second half, trotting Ty Thompson out on the field to replace Anthony Brown who played well in the first half, throwing for 160 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-19 completions. He wasn’t benched, but clearly Cristobal wanted to see his talented young freshman in action — and so did just about everyone else.
Thompson didn’t disappoint.
Although he got off to a relatively slow start, completing 5-of-8 passes, he wowed the crowd with a 54-yard touchdown pass to Dont’e Thornton in the fourth quarter to give Oregon a 41-7 lead. It was his second touchdown pass of the game and it’s safe to say Oregon fans fell in love.
Brown is still the starting quarterback for Oregon, but it’s safe to say that the Ducks have an intriguing backup option that just about every team in the country would die to have.
The Thompson era got off to an exciting start and it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get him involved a ton next week against Arizona if the Ducks have another comfortable lead.
Thompson entered the game with the Ducks leading 17-7 and only extended the lead. Think about that.