One of the teams ranked ahead of the Utes is the Ducks (currently sitting at No. 13 in both polls). He broke the index finger on his throwing hand in the season opener and said he felt it in the loss to the Spartans. But Whittingham expects Adams to play this week. “I just have to keep rehabbing it, icing it, and make sure the swelling goes down so hopefully I am 100 percent as soon as possible”. Jeff Lockie completed 23-of-31 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns in Adams’s place.
That being said, here’s your Three and Out for Tuesday September 21st. “There were a couple throwaways, he put the ball in a couple good spots”. “We’ll have to take a look at Travis in practice, and we may not have a decision until Wednesday or Thursday”.
Lockie also gave himself a mixed review.
That’s okay, though, because most teams don’t. Oregon State fans were asked to wear orange to the game.
At the same time, the Ducks will absolutely be targeting Utes star running back Devontae Booker, who has been carrying the team for the most part this season. “Whoever’s in there (at quarterback), they play off Devontae Booker differently”. Robinson is one of the most athletic members of the Ducks defense and I look for him to have a huge role in the conference schedule. Royce Freeman had an outstanding performance on the ground in the win, gaining 101 yards and one TD on 10 carries. So far this year, Booker has 84 carries for 345 yards and four touchdowns through three games. He finished with a season-best 110 receiving yards and a touchdown. “It’s a new team every week when you play a team in the Pac-12”. He added a second interception in the second quarter.
“It’s getting clearer, and it will probably be crystal clear tomorrow”, Whittingham said. Just great production. He’s tough.
When Oregon and Utah meet at Autzen Stadium on Saturday evening it will be the first Top 20 matchup at Autzen Stadium this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “We have to be”. – Oregon defensive coordinator Don Pellum, when asked if his unit was ready for Pac-12 play. If the Cougar defense can contain Smith and force QB Jake Rudock to throw the ball, the Cougars should come out with the win. Tony Brooks-James and Taj Griffin are smaller backs with a lot of speed. Freshman Taj Griffin saw his first extended action of the season and ran 14 times for 56 yards while scoring his first career touchdown. Adams is 41-for-64 for 555 yards and three touchdowns in two games.
“Coming into this week we had to weigh health versus the advantage of resting him for a week” Frost said. Either way, the Ducks will need to have a clean pass game on Saturday.
Oregon’s defense has weathered the yardage storm by generating turnovers – five interceptions and two fumbles already – but relying on takeaways is always a risky proposition. That’s not an excuse; you won’t find one game in college football where there isn’t someone that’s partially hurt.
The Ducks are just another opponent for the Utes in the grand scheme of things, but make no mistake, the Utes will certainly be playing with revenge in mind when they travel to Eugene this weekend. Former Cougar Austin Apodaca went 8/18 for 89 yards and was intercepted once. Matt Wogan had eight touchbacks on 11 kickoffs.
-OT Tyler Johnstone (No. 6 offensive tackle, No. 37 overall) – The 6-foot-6, 295-pound senior has started all 29 games he has played at Oregon.
-OL Cameron Hunt missed the Georgia State game with an unknown injury.