Ducks ready for long road trip to Virginia

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Oregon's quarterback Marcus Mariotta (8) runs against Nicholls State Ryan Bruno (43) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

 

No. 2 Oregon (1-0) at Virginia (1-0), 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Oregon by 22.

Series record: First meeting.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Oregon has won 15 consecutive games on its opponents' field, the longest streak in the nation, and will arrive at Scott Stadium with its highest ranking this early in the season. Virginia has won twice in 20 previous games against teams ranked in the top five, and both of those victories came at home.

KEY MATCHUP

Oregon's running game against Virginia's defense. The Ducks gained 500 of their school-record 772 yards on the ground last week against Nicholls State with three players going over 100 yards, and Virginia allowed 187 yards on the ground against BYU. The Cavaliers play an aggressive defense designed to get penetration, which could leave them susceptible to misdirection against the Ducks' exceptional speed.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Oregon: QB Marcus Mariota. He was 12 for 21 for 234 yards last week, and added 113 yards rushing on five carries. The Cavaliers know their pressure will be more effective if the Ducks face second- and third-and-long situations, allowing them to get after the sophomore and perhaps cause turnovers.

Virginia: DE Eli Harold. The sophomore caught Ducks coach Mark Helfrich's eye with two sacks against BYU, and is probably the fastest player on Virginia's front seven.

FACTS & FIGURES

The Ducks haven't lost on their opponent's field since a 51-42 setback at Stanford on Nov. 7, 2009. ... Eight of Oregon's nine TD drives against Nicholls State took less than 2 minutes to complete. ... The Ducks have three players on their roster (De'Anthony Thomas, Marcus Mariota and Josh Huff) who have a touchdown run in their career that covered at least 85 yards. ... The last team ranked in the top 5 to play at Virginia was No. 3 Southern Cal, which beat the Cavaliers 52-7 in the 2008 season-opener. ... The Cavaliers touchdown drives last week covered 19 and 13 yards. One was set up by a blocked punt, the other by an interception. .... Oregon had 12 plays of 25 or more yards last weekend; Virginia had none.