Back At Autzen: Ducks Host EWU In Home Opener
Oregon vs. Eastern Washington
Saturday, September 10, 2022
Pac-12 Network | 5:30 PM PT
Autzen Stadium | Eugene, Ore.
Oregon Ducks (0-1, 0-0 Pac-12)
AP/Coaches Rank: NR/24
Head Coach: Dan Lanning (William Jewell College, 2008)
Record at Oregon: 0-1 (1st Season)
Career Record: Same
Eastern Washington Eagles (1-0, 0-0 Big Sky)
FCS Coaches Rank: 11
Head Coach: Aaron Best (Eastern Washington, 1999)
Record at Eastern Washington: 42-17 (6th Season)
Career Record: Same
TV: Pac-12 Network
Play-By-Play: Ted Robinson
Analyst: Yogi Roth
Radio - Oregon Sports Network
Local: KUJZ-FM 95.3 (Eugene) | KFXX-AM 1080 (Portland)
Sirius: 133 | XM: 197
Play-by-Play: Jerry Allen
Analyst: Mike Jorgensen
Sideline: Joey McMurry
Pre-Game Show: Terry Jonz
All-Time Series Record: Oregon leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Oregon won, 61-42 (9/5/2015)
Numbers To Know
3 - Oregon is one of just three teams in the nation to reach its conference title game each of the last three seasons.
17 - The Ducks enter Saturday having won 17 consecutive home openers, averaging 56.0 PPG in those games.
19 - Oregon has won 19 straight home games, the third-longest active streak in the nation.
28 - The Ducks own a 28-game home nonconference winning streak, the second-longest active streak in the FBS.
96 - UO is tied for the fourth-most in the nation with 96 underclassmen, making up 76.2 percent of the roster.
Ducks Host Eagles In Home Opener
Oregon will kick off its 2022 home schedule on Saturday against an FCS opponent in Eastern Washington. The Ducks are looking to bounce back from a tough season-opening loss to No. 3 Georgia and claim their first win under new head coach Dan Lanning.
Oregon has taken care of business at home over the last four seasons, owning a 19-game winning streak at Autzen Stadium dating back to 2018. The Ducks have the third-longest active home win streak in the FBS and are one of just nine teams to have won at least 10 consecutive home games heading into the 2022 season. The streak is good for the fourth-longest home winning streak in school history, and the longest since a 21-game stretch from 2008 through 2011. Oregon has also won its last 15 home Pac-12 games, the fourth-longest active conference home winning streak in the FBS, and it ranks second in the nation with 28 straight nonconference home wins. The Ducks have been dominant in home openers, winning 17 straight entering Saturday. In those contests, Oregon is averaging 56.0 points per game while holding opponents to just 17.4.
Last Time Vs. EWU
The Ducks and Eagles have faced off just once prior to Saturday's showdown, with Oregon winning a 61-42 shootout at Autzen Stadium on Sept. 5, 2015. Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. played well against his former team with 246 passing yards, 94 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and running back Royce Freeman ran wild with 180 rushing yards and three scores. Current NFL superstar Cooper Kupp put on a show for the Eagles, setting Autzen Stadium records for receptions (15) and receiving yards (246) while scoring three touchdowns.
Ducks Playing With Heavy Heart
The Oregon football program suffered heartbreak in the offseason when tight end Spencer Webb passed away tragically on July 13. The Ducks will honor Webb in multiple ways throughout the season, including a decal on their helmets that features Webb's No. 4 inside a spider web. "Our team has a void," head coach Dan Lanning said at Pac-12 Media Day. "We're missing a brother in Spencer. We spent a lot of time together as a family, mourned his loss. It's something you certainly cannot replace. I've talked to our players about that moment and Spencer, on your tombstone, there's a day you were born and a day when you passed, but what made Spencer special was how he lived that dash in between those two numbers." Senior tight end Cam McCormick will wear No. 18 on Saturday against EWU in Webb's honor.
The Ducks enter 2022 as one of the youngest teams in the country, tying for the fourth-most underclassmen of any FBS team with 96 on its roster. That number is comprised of 53 freshmen and 43 sophomores, and makes up 76.2 percent of Oregon's 126-player roster. The only teams with more underclassmen are Navy (117), Army (108) and Nebraska (110), with Wymoing tied with the Ducks at 96. Colorado ranks second in the Pac-12 with 91 total underclassmen. Oregon played four true freshmen in the season opener - OL Josh Conerly Jr., DB Jahlil Florence, ILB Devon Jackson and RB Jordan James. Florence played 21 snaps on defense, and James rushed seven times for 15 yards.
In addition to having 53 freshmen on the roster, Oregon added 21 players via transfers over the offseason to give the program 74 total newcomers. 15 of those 21 transfers came from Power 5 programs, and they combined to make exactly 100 starts prior to coming to Eugene. Oregon also boasts an entirely new coaching staff under head coach Dan Lanning.
Oregon made its third straight trip to the Pac-12 Championship Game in 2021, becoming the only Power 5 team - and one of just three nationally - to make a conference championship game in each of the last three seasons. The Ducks joined Cincinnati and Louisiana as the only three teams in the FBS to reach a league title game in each season since 2019. Oregon is also the only team in the 11-year history of the game to reach the Pac-12 title game in three straight seasons.