Oregon 81, Portland State 7

Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. - Quarterback Bo Nix said the Ducks did what they needed to do in their home opener, even if it wasn't much of a contest.

Nix threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns before heading for the bench early in the third quarter and No. 15 Oregon built a 43-point halftime lead en route to an 81-7 victory over Portland State.

It was the most points for the Ducks in a game in the modern era, and a scoring record at Autzen Stadium.

“I thought we went out and executed what we were supposed to do, scored a lot of points, we were consistent. We didn't make any mistakes, we didn't beat ourselves,” Nix said. “I thought it was a very clean game.”

It was also Oregon's 19th straight win in a home opener. The Ducks have won 31 straight non-conference games at Autzen Stadium, dating to 2008.

Bucky Irving ran for 119 yards and two scores, while Jordan James rushed for 86 and three more. Troy Franklin and Gary Bryant Jr. each caught a pair of TD passes.

Dante Chachere threw for 35 yards and the lone touchdown for Portland State, which plays in the Big Sky conference. Chachere also ran for 53 yards.

“Oregon's opponents will have a hard time finding a weakness in that team,” Portland State coach Bruce Barnum said. “I just wanted four quarters of it and they are pretty damn good. They are not just fast, they are a strong football team. ... We were outmatched everywhere.”

Nix went into the season as the most experienced quarterback in the nation with 47 career starts. An early Heisman hopeful, he finished with 29 touchdown passes, 14 rushing scores and one TD catch in 13 games last season after transferring to Oregon from Auburn.

On Oregon's opening drive, Nix tossed a 13-yard pass to Franklin, who shook off a defender and muscled his way into the endzone. The two-point conversion was good.

The Vikings answered on the next drive with Chachere's 9-yard touchdown pass up the middle to Chance Miller. It would be their only points on the day.

Irving ran 52 yards for a score to put the Ducks up 15-7, and afterward did a weightlifter pose for the fans. Irving is the leading returning rusher in the Pac-12 after gaining 1,058 yards last season.

Franklin pulled down another Nix pass for a 32-yard touchdown before the end of the opening quarter.

James padded the lead with a pair of touchdown runs from nine and four yards out. He and Irving each ran for YDs to finish out the half and put Oregon up 50-7 at halftime.

Oregon, which had an average of more than 500 yards and 38.8 points per game last season, had 427 yards on offense in the first half alone. The Ducks finished with 744 total yards.

Nix added a 10-yard touchdown pass to Bryant to open the second half before he was replaced by backup Ty Thompson.

Thompson threw a 21-yard touchdown to Bryant on his opening series. Camden Lewis added a 41-yard field goal and Dante Dowdell and Jayden Limar each rushed for TDs to wrap up the scoring.

The Ducks, who will be departing the Pac-12 in 2024 and joining the Big Ten, went 10-3 overall and 7-2 in the Pac-12 last season. Oregon climbed to No. 6 in the AP Top 25, but a pair of late losses to Washington and Oregon State kept Oregon out of the playoff picture. The Ducks rallied in the fourth quarter to win the Holiday Bowl 28-27 over North Carolina.

The Vikings, embarking on their ninth season under coach Bruce Barnum, were 4-7 overall last season and 3-5 in the Big Sky.

“Overall we played very clean, we stopped them on defense, we did really good on special teams. I thought we handled field position really well, we controlled the ball on offense, we moved it, we had a lot of explosive plays, we didn't have a lot of penalties” Nix summarized. “Overall we did what we were supposed to do. In a game like that, that's what we wanted.”


The victory kicked off Oregon's final season in the Pac-12. Next year the Ducks will play in the Big Ten. ... Nix is the subject of a billboard campaign in New York City and Dallas that features his image and the word “Bodacious,” with an emphasis on Bo. ... The Vikings were due to receive $575,000 for the playing the Ducks. ... The 81 points were the most ever allowed by Portland State.


After every Oregon touchdown, the Duck mascot does pushups for every point scored. So at the end of the game, the Ducks had amassed 546 pushups.

“That's a lot of pushups,” Nix said. “I wouldn't be doing 500-and-something pushups. So props to him. I guess that's the only a negative on a day like today.”

Oregon athletics press release

September 2, 2023

Scoring Summary
First Quarter PorStOregon
Oregon TD 11:01 Troy Franklin 13 yd pass from Bo Nix (TERRANCE FERGUSON 2pt run) 0 8
PorSt TD 7:01 Chance Miller 9 yd pass from Dante Chachere (Gianni Smith kick) 7 8
Oregon TD 5:53 Bucky Irving 52 yd run (Camden Lewis kick) 7 15
Oregon TD 2:14 Troy Franklin 32 yd pass from Bo Nix (Camden Lewis kick) 7 22
Second Quarter PorStOregon
Oregon TD 11:11 Jordan James 9 yd run (Camden Lewis kick) 7 29
Oregon TD 10:42 Jordan James 4 yd run (Camden Lewis kick) 7 36
Oregon TD 5:56 Bucky Irving 56 yd run (Camden Lewis kick) 7 43
Oregon TD 1:14 Jordan James 9 yd run (Camden Lewis kick) 7 50
Third Quarter PorStOregon
Oregon TD 14:09 Gary Bryant Jr. 10 yd pass from Bo Nix (Grant Meadors kick) 7 57
Oregon TD 9:56 Gary Bryant Jr. 21 yd pass from Ty Thompson (Grant Meadors kick) 7 64
Oregon FG 2:08 Camden Lewis 41 yd FG 7 67
Fourth Quarter PorStOregon
Oregon TD 11:12 Dante Dowdell 3 yd run (Grant Meadors kick) 7 74
Oregon TD 2:04 Jayden Limar 17 yd run (Grant Meadors kick) 7 81
Team Stats
  Portland State Oregon
First downs 9 38
  Rushing 5 14
  Passing 3 21
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 4-15, 27% 3-7, 43%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 37-148 34-348
Passing Yards 52 381
Return Yards 44 34
Completions-Attempts-Int 8-20-0 33-38-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 9 1
Punts-Average 42.3 58
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 4-50 2-20
Time of Possession 28:41 31:19
Portland State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Chachere 5 14 35 1 0
L. Gonzalez 3 6 17 0 0
Oregon Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Nix 23 27 287 3 0
T. Thompson 7 8 81 1 0
A. Novosad 3 3 13 0 0
Portland State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Chachere 6 53 8.8 0
Q. Craig 8 42 5.3 0
J. Malary 6 18 3.0 0
A. Van Buren 5 17 3.4 0
C. Grubb 6 13 2.2 0
T. Easterling 4 7 1.8 0
Oregon Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Irving 4 119 29.8 2
J. James 10 86 8.6 3
D. Dowdell 8 55 6.9 1
J. Limar 8 51 6.4 1
T. Thompson 2 25 12.5 0
T. Holden 1 7 7.0 0
G. Bryant Jr. 1 5 5.0 0
Portland State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Casey 3 17 5.7 0
N. Bennett 2 10 5.0 0
C. Miller 1 9 9.0 1
D. Chase 1 8 8.0 0
J. Braddock 1 8 8.0 0
Oregon Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Franklin 7 106 15.1 2
G. Bryant Jr. 7 100 14.3 2
T. Johnson 3 41 13.7 0
B. Irving 3 30 10.0 0
T. Ferguson 3 26 8.7 0
J. Limar 4 24 6.0 0
P. Herbert 1 23 23.0 0
T. Holden 2 17 8.5 0
K. Sadiq 1 9 9.0 0
J. James 1 5 5.0 0
D. Anderson 1 0 0.0
Portland State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Oregon Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Portland State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. Triplett 9 381 42.3
Oregon Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. James 1 58 58.0
Portland State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Oregon Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Johnson 5 34 6.8
Portland State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Grubb 3 44 14.7
Oregon Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Portland State Missed FG
Player Length
Oregon Missed FG
Player Length

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