Players of the Week, Predictions Revealed
Tuesday, September 16, 10:30 p.m. PT

It's that time of the blog week to check in on Oregon's team Players of the Week and (cough, mumble, cough) reveal last week's predictions.

First things first. The UO coaching staff selected their honor roll for last Saturday's nail-biter in West Lafayette.

Team Players of the Week

Game Balls

Offense: LeGarrette Blount (11 rush, 131 yds, 2 TD)

Defense: Will Tukuafu (2 sacks, 3 TFL)

Special Teams: Jairus Byrd (87-yard punt return)

Scout Team Honors

Offense: Darron Thomas

Defense: Brian Butterfield

Special Teams: Will Wallace, Kenjon Barner

Big Hit

Eddie Pleasant (Punt Cover)

Best Effort

Jeff Maehl (KO)

Big Plays

Josh Syria - Handled bad snap
Tim Taylor - Handled bad snap to put the game in OT
Matt Evensen - 4 FG
Safe Punt Return Team - Byrd, Chung, Paysinger, Bacon, Boyd, Tal. Jackson, Glasper, Tukuafu, Reed, Linehan and Celotto.

 

LeGarrette Blount shows off his track skills against Purdue.

Week 3 Predictions

After a solid two-week stretch of pre-game predictions, my prognostications for Week 3 resembled the Ducks' early play at Purdue. So it's logical that the results reflect that, right? Right? Bueller? Don't feel obligated to read any further.
  • Terence Scott scores a TD for the third straight game.
Incorrect. Remember that word (incorrect) as it may become a theme. Needless to say, T-Scott did not find paydirt on the Bermuda grass field at Ross-Ade Stadium. His lone touch of the game was a 17-yard reception.
  • Oregon wins the turnover battle.
Incorrect. Am I nuts? The Ducks were due, right? Not on this college football Saturday. And by win, I didn't mean having a higher number than the opponent. Not only was Oregon handing the ball to the Boilermakers, they were doing so in the red zone. Officially, UO had 4 TOs, but a fifth miscue on a kickoff was also problematic. Thankfully, from Oregon's standpoint, Purdue committed 3 TOs.
  • The Ducks score 40 or more points for a third straight game.
Incorrect. 0-for-3! They did record more than 500 yards of total offense for a third straight game, which should have been good for 40 on the scoreboard. I blame the turnovers and my severe overconfidence.
  • A linebacker will make Oregon's first interception of the season.
Incorrect. Yeah, not so much. The Ducks did record a pick - two, in fact - but they were courtesy of the secondary. My thinking on this theory was that teams would avoid throwing down field (due to the strength of the secondary).
  • Jeremiah Masoli throws a touchdown pass.
Incorrect. Pretty tough to toss a TD from the sideline.
  • There are two plays of 50 or more yards for UO.
Correct. There won't be a shutout this week! There were exactly two plays of 50-plus. Thanks to Jairus Byrd (87-yard punt return) and LeGarrette Blount (72-yard run) for bailing me out.
  • Oregon forces at least one red-zone turnover by the Boilmakers.
Incorrect. Close, but no cigar. The Ducks recovered a fumble on the Purdue 28-yard line, 8 yards shy of the RZ.
  • Justin Roper throws a TD pass for a fifth straight game.
Incorrect. I'm blaming the wind, which was ridiculous. I will begin scouring weather reports prior to all future predictions.
  • A UO running back has 30 or more receiving yards.
Incorrect. Does an H-Back or tight end count? Didn't think so.
  • Jamere Holland records his first receiving yards of his UO career.
Incorrect. In my own defense, these predictions were done a couple of days before we left for Indiana. I had no reason to think Holland wasn't going to be on the travel squad. This prediction pretty much sums up my performance for the week.
Overall, 1-9 for the week and 13-17 through the season's 1st quarter. I promise to work harder in weeks to come.
 

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