High-Powered Offense Lives Up to Billing in Green Team's 45-6 Domination
April 28, 2001
HILLSBORO, Ore. - Those who ventured to Hillsboro Stadium to gain a preview of Oregon's high-octane offense of next fall certainly weren't disappointed as the Ducks' Green team prevailed over the White team, 45-6, in their final scrimmage of the spring.
A series of big plays highlighted the final three quarters on the blustery afternoon as Oregon's No. 1 offense and defense controlled the day as expected, with the headliners reeling off four touchdowns of 50 yards or longer. In addition, the defense limited the reserves to only five first downs and only 122 yards of total offense.
After quarterback Joey Harrington put in his token appearance for two series, guiding the starters on a nine-play, 70-yard TD drive to end his day's work, Jason Fife assumed the reins and finished the scrimmage completing 16 of 27 passes for 273 yards and three scoring tosses. Two of his connections which finished in the end zone found their way to freshman Keith Allen for 72 yards and to classmate Paris Warren for 70 yards.
Harrington finished his day completing three of five passes for 51 yards.
Jason Willis led receivers with five catches for 46 yards, while Allen finished with two grabs for 111 yards and Warren three for 81 yards.
'I thought Jason Fife did a great job,' head coach Mike Bellotti said. 'Considering the wind and the way it swirled and the rain and everything else, I think he proved he can handle any elements that could be thrown at him. He demonstrated a lot of poise and he completed some passes that are very difficult to do in this type of weather.
'I've been pleased with his performance actually the entire spring. I'm very critical of him because obviously he's playing a very important position but I think he's taken some great steps.'
Four tailbacks combined to rush for 120 yards on 30 carries, with all but 11 yards of the total coming from the Green team. Kenny Washington and Allan Amundson provided the bulk of the numbers, as well as most of the excitement, from the running game. Washington's 52-yard total for the starters included a 50-yard scoring gallop, while Amundson finished with 48 yards after scoring on a 55-yard run.
'The Green team did a good job. I always like us to run the ball better, but we threw the ball better than I thought we would, both offenses in fact did a nice job. The surface was very slick and that probably put the defense a little less aggressive. But I thought we ran to the ball well. Overall, I was very pleased with the outcome on both sides of the ball.'
Defensively, linebackers David Moretti and Kevin Mitchell set the pace with nine and six tackles, respectively, while the front-line defenders created six quarterback sacks. Three of them were credited to tackle Zack Freiter, who overcame his injuries from the past to enjoy a solid spring.
Cornerback Steve Smith was foiled on his attempt to return an interception for a touchdown yet he still managed a return 76 yards, while cornerback A.K. Keyes returned an errant throw 26 yards for the winners.
'There's a lot of things you look at in the spring, but the things I'm really pleased with were the effort, the intensity and the attention to detail from this group of kids.'
The White team finally got on the scoreboard with 4:20 remaining in the game on a 40-yard pass from quarterback Scott Vossmeyer to Joey McCollum.