Boulder, Colo. — The Ponnicks and Oregon offense have tried some new and creative wrinkles. Not that they really need to be a heavy favorite, but it’s definitely exciting.
A center back passes the ball to the Knicks to score. A linebacker burst in from the short. An offensive tackle converted his number to qualify and completed a short TD pass on his birthday.
The omnipotent Knicks grabbed the lead with two passing touchdowns, two rushing points and his TD snatch as the eighth-ranked Ducks resorted to some tricks to beat Colorado State 49-10 on Saturday.
“We’re just full of energy,” the Knicks said casually.
With the wind howling—39 mph gusts—the Ducks (8-1, 6-0 Pac-12, No. 8 CFP) eased off their season opener in a 49-3 loss to No. 1 Georgia State 8th straight victory.
Ducks ditch gizmo after gizmo, offensive tackle Josh Connery Jr. Catch a 4-yard TD pass to open the scoring (“I didn’t realize until it was also his birthday,” said the Knicks, who gave him the perfect gift). Linebacker Noah Sewell Also got the call to score on a 1-yard dive.Even the Knicks have caught 18-yard touchdown pass From linebacker Bucky Irving.
According to research provided by Oregon, the Ducks are the first FBS team since at least 1996 to have an O-lineman catch TD, QB catch score and defensive player rush TD in the same game.
“When you’re a complete and unpredictable team, it’s harder to really prepare for you,” said Oregon coach Dan Laning, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. His team is 33 1/2 points popular team. “For us, they’re not really tricks when you execute them consistently in practice.”
The Ducks have scored 40 or more in eight straight games for the first time since 2014.
“We don’t care about statistics. Statistics are for losers,” Lanning said. “I’m sure our players will be proud of it. I don’t want it to go the wrong way. The goal is always to win.”
The Knicks were great again, throwing 20 of 24 passes for 274 yards and two points. He also had two rushing touchdowns, giving him 13 points on the ground.
With his TD receptions, the Knicks joined the company of Marcus Mariota (2012 & ’14) and Joey Harrington (’00) as Oregon quarterbacks, who have been in the company since ’96 The receiving end of the score.
Irving finished with 120 rushing yards and, thanks to his passing, had a staggering 581.2 passing rating.
Oregon defensive back Christian Gonzalez Tormented his former team with two interceptions. Gonzalez won the Pac-12 All-League Honor Award for the Buffaloes last season before the move.
“I had a great time,” Gonzalez said.
The only thing that didn’t go well for Oregon was the Knicks passing back on their fourth pass near the end zone, looking like a hook shot. Still, even that worked, as Gonzalez intercepted JT Shrout’s pass two games later. It built a short Nix run, making it 35-10.
The Buffaloes had a terrible moment in the fourth quarter (1-8, 1-5) when talented freshman receiver Jordyn Tyson went down with a calf injury. Tyson had five catches for 137 yards, including 81 for scoring.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Jordan,” Buffalo interim coach Mike Sanford said.
Sanford’s team is 1-3 since he took over after Carl Dorrell was fired.
“The thing I’m most proud of on this team is that I’ve never seen — because I had the opportunity to look them in the eye from the sidelines — … a guy out of the field,” Sanford said. .
It was a gusty day at Folsom Field, with wrapping paper and leaves constantly blowing all over the floor. At one point, cheerleaders’ pom-poms were blown onto the field and the players tracked them down.
“I’m from Chicago,” Irving snarled. “It’s my type of game.”
Impact of opinion polls
Another impressive performance. Oregon State is 8-1 for the third time in four seasons.
Oregon: The Ducks have scored 40 or more in eight straight games for the first time since 2014.
Colorado: Since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, the Buffaloes have dropped to 4-34 overall against the AP’s top 25 teams. Interim coach Mike Sanford has dropped to 1-3 since replacing Karl Dorrell.
Oregon State hosts Washington on Saturday.