EUGENE — Swag surf’s up.
Oregon will takes its high-scoring show on the road to the high altitude of Wyoming on Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.
The Ducks (2-0), who had to catch their breath after holding on for a 42-35 victory over Nebraska, began preparing on Sunday for the trip to Laramie, Wyoming, where the elevation is 7,220 feet.
Despite getting shut out in the second half by the Cornhuskers, Oregon is averaging 59.5 points this season, which ranks third nationally. The Ducks are also second in total yards (634.5 per game).
Justin Herbert passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns as Oregon stormed out to a 42-14 lead, but the sophomore quarterback attempted only eight passes after the intermission.
“We were good in the first half. Second half? Not so good,” coach Willie Taggart said of his offense. “But our guys found a way. To me, that’s what’s more important than anything. Our guys found a way to win the ballgame.”
Oregon’s defense intercepted Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee four times to bring its turnover total to six through two games.
Jim Leavitt’s more aggressive and confident unit is tied for 84th in points allowed (28.0 per game) and 65th in yards allowed (363.0).
Now the Ducks will face a Wyoming offense that ranks 121st in scoring (15.0 ppg) and 111th in total yards (313.0), despite the return of projected NFL first-round pick Josh Allen at quarterback.
The Cowboys (1-1) lost 24-3 at Iowa in the opener before blanking FCS punching bag Gardner-Webb, 27-0.
“We’re not going to have rose-colored glasses on and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to just celebrate this win and everything’s great,’ as we get ready for Oregon,” Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do.”
The Ducks are averaging 274.5 yards rushing (17th) compared to the Cowboys’ 62 rushing yards per game (125th).
Bohl moved Trey Woods, a freshman from Bend, from linebacker to running back in an attempt to balance the offense.
“I’ve been thinking about that since I signed actually,” Woods said of getting a chance to play Oregon. “Growing up I always thought I was going to be a Duck. Through the recruiting process, Wyoming was the only one to believe in me enough to give me a scholarship. Coach Bohl said if this is where I want to be, they’d give me every opportunity to show myself and I can’t thank him enough.
“This week’s a good week for me. I’ll work hard and see what happens.”
The Cowboys’ improved defense is tied for ninth in points allowed (12.0 per game) and 12th in yards allowed (229.0).
Oregon rode the wave of the “Gulf Coast” offense to 119 points through six quarters before the tempo and production fell of after halftime against Nebraska.
“I’m looking forward to playing a Pac-12 opponent in Laramie and getting that ‘W,’” Wyoming safety Andrew Wingard said. “It’s going to be a really exciting week and really exciting Saturday.”