Picking up speed: Ducks off to a fast start
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - At Oregon, speed is not just a gimmick. It's a way of life.
Coach Mark Helfrich says the second-ranked Ducks are taught to go at a breakneck pace from their very first day in the program. It's evident this season.
Fifteen of Oregon's 17 touchdown drives have taken two minutes or less. They lead the Pac-12 in touchdowns, and yet the Ducks' overall time of possession has averaged only about 20:36. That's 118th among FBS programs.
The Ducks (2-0) have had 18 "explosion plays" of more than 25 yards from the line of scrimmage, seven of which have resulted in touchdowns.
That quick-strike offense concerns Tennessee coach Butch Jones. The Vols (2-0) visit Autzen Stadium on Saturday.