Ducks and Beavers Finish Saturday With Wins

Sep 3, 2017

The Willie Taggart-era at the University of Oregon got off to a fast start with Tony Brooks-James' 100-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff against Southern Utah on Saturday.

Tony Brooks-James returns the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the Oregon Ducks season opener against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds.
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Fitting for a team that's known for speed - Royce Freeman ran for 150 yards and four touchdowns and the Ducks routed the Thunderbirds 77-21 for Taggart's debut as Oregon's head coach.

It was also 90 degrees at kickoff, just the 5th game at Autzen to be played in 90-degree heat.

And in Corvallis, Isaiah Hodgins caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Jake Luton with about a minute left as Oregon State came back to defeat FCS-member Portland State 35-32 on Saturday.

Luton threw for 235 yards, one TD and one interception and had six completions in a row on the last drive for the Beavers (1-1), who bounced back from a season-opening loss at Colorado State.

Fellow signal-caller Darell Garretson ran for 29 yards and a TD as Oregon State used two quarterbacks, sometimes changing multiple times on the same drive.