Sunday, August 31, 2008
Oregon-Washington: First thoughts before post-game interviews
By Ted Miller
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
EUGENE, Ore. -- From the Autzen Stadium press box:
- Oregon has now won five in a row in the series, which has never happened before.
- Obviously, the big story is the status of Oregon QB Justin Roper -- an official announcement on his condition has not be made, though a TV report termed it a hand injury. If Roper is going to miss some games, then the Ducks appear to be prepared to use both Jeremiah Masoli and Chris Harper.
- With the offense in flux, it's good news for Ducks fans that the defense lived up to high preseason expectations, keeping Jake Locker and the Huskies offense mostly in check.
- Further good news for the Ducks: RB Jeremiah Johnson looks primed for a breakout season. He set a career-high with 123 yards rushing on just 15 carries.
- As for the Huskies, the defense did better than its meltdown against the Ducks in 2007, but, then again, the Ducks were using their Nos. 2, 3 and then 4 QBs -- and still made big plays.
- Locker needs some help. None of the UW tailbacks averaged more than 2.2 yards per rush. The touted crop of youngsters slated to inject some speed into the offense didn't get much done against the Ducks.