Vernon Adams leads Oregon to win over former team
Newly-minted Oregon starting quarterback Vernon Adams turned in a mighty fine FBS debut in leading the Ducks to a 61-42 victory over his old Eastern Washington chums Saturday night.
Setting a Big Sky Conference record with 110 touchdown passes in his three years as the Eagles' quarterback, Adams kept the well-oiled, high-octane Quack Attack moving along at its usual clip. While he didn’t have any of the big, jaw-dropping plays that became customary over the last three years with Marcus Mariota at the helm, Adams put together more-than-solid numbers – 246 yards and two touchdowns through the air on 19-25 passing (76 percent) to complement 94 rushing yards on 14 carries. He did lose a fumble and didn’t hold on to another low snap, but those were about his only hiccups on the evening.
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His second touchdown pass of the game – a 24-yarder to Byron Marshall that put the Ducks north of 50 – was a beauty.
Adams left the game in the fourth quarter after taking a late hit but was able to leave the field under his own power.
Beating his former team is one thing, but leading the Ducks to a win in East Lansing, Mich., over fifth-ranked Michigan State will be another.