The Ducks won their first home game against Eastern Washington with the final score being 70-14.
The first home game of the season brought Ducks fans from all over, leaving not only the student section packed but the whole stadium. The win was exciting for the team, especially after last week’s loss against Georgia. With smoke from the wildfires covering Autzen, stadium fans were worried the game might be canceled. However, it was announced early in the day that the smoke would not stop the team from playing the first home game of the season. The team kicked off at 5:30 surrounded by the excited energy of students and fans.
The Ducks started the game strong, and they continued to play hard throughout the whole game. By the end of the game the Ducks had scored 10 touchdowns which is just one short of the Autzen scoring record, but that game is now the third-highest score in a single game at the stadium. The Ducks had some excellent plays throughout the game and some players really stood out. One of those is Tight End, Terrance Ferguson. This is his second year playing with the Ducks and last night he really impressed the fans Ferguson ended the game with 35 yards and 2 touchdowns. Meanwhile, after years of injuries, Tight End Cam McCormick found the end zone for the first time since 2017. He was wearing number 18 in honor of his late teammate and friend Spencer Webb. The Ducks had great plays and quickly put points on the board leaving a considerable gap between them and Eastern Washington. Going into halftime with a 28-0 lead. Halfway through the third quarter, the Ducks subbed out Bo Nix for Ty Thompson. Giving Thompson a chance to show fans what he can bring to the team. When he came in, Thompson received a roar from the crowd. In the fourth, the Ducks allowed Jay Butterfield to get some playing time.
The Ducks did not let their loss against Georgia shake their confidence. They came out of the gate with great energy and skill and kept that the whole game and with the fan’s support they picked up their first win of the season. Fans were excited to see success from the Ducks and are even more excited to see what the rest of the season holds for the team. Next Saturday the Ducks will face off against BYU in Eugene, and fans are anxious to see how it will play out, especially after BYU’s win against Baylor on Saturday.