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DUCKS NOTES: Buffs moved the ball vs. USC

Oregon coach Chip Kelly says he doesn't anticipate the Duck looking past Colorado and playing poorly in the noon Saturday game at Autzen Stadium, with the showdown at USC looming Nov. 3.

"I worry about our guys no matter who we play," he says. "It's the nature of being a coach."

The Buffaloes are heavy underdogs against the unbeaten Ducks, entering the game 1-6 overall (1-3 Pac-12) and coming off their 50-6 loss against USC.

But nine of Colorado's 12 possessions ended up in USC territory, including six that got to the USC 24-yard line or farther. The result of those six drives: interception, field goal, field goal, end on downs, fumble, interception. The Buffs had 85 plays against the Trojans.

Kelly says QB Jordan Webb and tight end Nick Kasa are two players to be concerned about in Colorado's multiple offense.

"Webb is an accurate thrower," Kelly says. "I'm really impressed with Kasa at tight end."

Webb has thrown eight TDs passes with seven interceptions, and has completed 55.7 percent of his passes for 193 yards per game.

Running back Christian Powell averages 58.3 yards rushing per game.

Colorado ranks last in the Pac-12 in both scoring per game (18.7 points) and points allowed (42.6).

"They have the ability to move the football," Kelly says, "and they proved that last week."

• Who could forget last year's Oregon-Colorado match-up at Boulder, Colo.?

QB Bryan Bennett substituted for injured Darron Thomas and running back Kenjon Barner subbed for injured LaMichael James, and each had good games.

The Ducks would have registered the shutout, if (now former Duck) Cliff Harris had not been tackled in the end zone on an attempted punt return. Technically it was a shutout for the UO defense; the Ducks won 45-2.

• Barner needs 130 yards to reach 1,000 for the season, and 194 all-purpose yards to become the third Duck with 5,000 in his career. He's averaging 6.6 yards per carry for his 830 yards, and he has 13 total TDs this season.

• De'Anthony Thomas has 402 yards rushing, (team-leading) 23 receptions for 209 yards and nine total touchdowns. But he has only 59, 54, 87 and 29 yards from the line of scrimmage in four Pac-12 games. Before Pac-12 play started, he had been on a big-play, touchdown tear and yardages of 59, 54, 87 and 29 would have been more emblematic of single explosions plays.

• QB Marcus Mariota has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, joining Darron Thomas (2010, 2011) as semifinalists the past three seasons. He's completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 192.4 yards per game, with 16 TDs and five interceptions.

• The Ducks have started 7-0 for the second time in three years (also 2010), but for only the fourth time ever (also 1930, 1933).

• Oregon has scored 90 percent of the time in the red zone, including 31 touchdowns in 39 attempts (79 percent). The Ducks have held opponents to 52 percent scoring in the red zone, allowing nine TDs in 29 attempts (31 percent). The red-zone offense and defense percentages lead the Pac-12.

"The difference between good teams and great teams is how you play inside the 20," Kelly says.

The Ducks also lead the Pac-12 in third-down conversion (47.7 percent) and fourth-down conversion (73.3 percent), rank second in opponent third-down conversion (29.3 percent) and first in opponent fourth-down conversion (25.0 percent).

• A lot has been made of Oregon's quick-strike offense. But the Ducks have 13 drives of three minutes or longer and 16 drives of 10 plays or more this season.

• The Ducks continue to line up some competitive home-and-home series with BCS-league schools. The latest: Oregon will play Ohio State on Sept. 12, 2020 in Eugene and Sept. 11, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State hasn't played in Eugene since 1967, meaning it'll be 53 years since their previous appearance when 2020 rolls around.

Mark your calendar. Tickets go on sale sometime in summer 2020.

Michigan State (2014, 2015) and Texas A&M (2018, 2019) also are on future schedules.