Freeman is not the first player to do this, and he certainly won't be the last. The Ducks have won three of their last four games to and they received an invitation. The program's all-time leading rusher will cheer on the Ducks from the sideline while preserving his body for National Football League draft workouts. In receiving, Tony Brooks-James and Darrian Felix have combined for 667 yards and three touchdowns. The absence of Freeman and the injury suffered by Boise State back Alexander Mattison in the MW title game could put this matchup on the shoulders of Herbert and Rypien and the defenses that oppose them. Boise State obviously didn't want the half to end like that, so they aired it out and got all the way down to the OR 7-yard line two plays later, thanks to a 65-yard connection between Brett Rypien and Cedrick Wilson.
OR (7-5, 4-5), recovering from the departure of Willie Taggart to Florida State, finished the regular season fourth in the Pac-12 North. The Mountain West Champions are making their 16th straight bowl appearance and the struggling Ducks are the ideal Pac-12 team to face in Las Vegas as the Broncos lead in all stats including, most impressively, 291 passing yards compared to the Ducks' 179.
Anderson immediately responded with a 55-yard run on the final play of the first quarter, and Silvers completed the drive four plays later with a 7-yard strike to Willis at the 14:24 mark of the second quarter.
I'm still old school, I guess, but that still means something to me, and I wish current players felt the same way.
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Offensively, Oregon averages 36.7 points and 454.3 total yards (186.3 in passing and 268.0 in rushing) per game.
But with Thursday's news of running back Royce Freeman's decision to skip the game to protect his health for the 2018 NFL Draft, questions now arise if Oregon's arsenal will be fully loaded in what will be its third appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl. "It really comes down to, can we play our best football as well?"
"I was excited to hear that because it's a challenge on the table", defensive lineman Elijah George said of the Ducks' memorable losses in the brief history of the series. The Broncos come into the game ranked No. 25 in the country. In the previous roles as underdogs, Boise State was a lightning bolt out of the gate and were able to grab turnovers and had solid effort from their special teams to put points on the board; something that OR has been paying attention to.