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Sunday, August 31, 2008
Oregon QB Roper (concussion) should be OK for Utah State

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon QB Justin Roper suffered a concussion in the first half of the Ducks' 44-10 victory over Washington that knocked him out of the game, but early reports are he could be ready for Utah State's visit on Saturday.

"He is expected to be back next week," said Ducks coach Mike Bellotti, who termed the concussion "mild."

With Roper out, junior-college transfer Jeremiah Masoli took over, and he was spelled in situations by true freshmen Chris Harper. Both were seeing their first FBS action. Masoli completed 9 of 17 passes for 126 yards with two touchdowns, while Harper worked exclusively as a runner, rushing 12 times for 60 yards and a score.

"We weren't planning on playing Masoli as much as we did, but we did have a plan to play Chris Harper," Bellotti said. "I'm proud of them. They weren't perfect but they made things happen."

Before Roper left -- his final play was the Ducks' only interception -- he completed 7 of 11 for 114 yards with a touchdown.

The Ducks have been struggling the past two seasons to keep their QBs healthy.

Roper only became the Ducks starter after Nate Costa was lost for the season after re-injuring his surgically repaired knee that ended his 2007 season. Last year, the Ducks went into a funk after losing Dennis Dixon to a knee injury and fell out of the national title race.