EUGENE, OR - 6-0 and second ranked Oregon has started fast in games this season, out-scoring opponents 112-19 in the first quarter. The Ducks credit their preparation for the fast starts.
"Just being prepared, minding our Ps and Qs," said senior linebacker Michael Clay. "It's important especially in our league to have a fast start. You don't want to play from behind. The offenses and defense are too good in our league. So, fast starts are definitely one thing we pride ourselves on."
Head coach Chip Kelly likes how his players respond to the coaches' game plan.
"I think they really do believe in our plans each week," said Kelly. "That's kind of a by-product of it, being able to get out to a fast start I think puts the other team on its heels a little bit."
Jumping out to an early lead can put pressure on the opposition.
"You make someone stressed out, they're going to make more mistakes," said junior strong safety Brian Jackson. "You make people worry about things, they start forgetting how to carry the ball correctly and interceptions happen that way. That's exactly what we want to happen. We come up on them fast and we make them feel like they don't know what to do."
Thursday night's game at Arizona State will be the second for the Ducks away from Autzen Stadium this year. As a program Oregon has won11 straight away from Eugene.
"If you're going to be a great football team, you've got to be able to win on the road," said Kelly.
Oregon has won the last four games in Tempe.