By James Crepea

The Oregonian

Montana at No. 15 Oregon

When: 7:45 p.m. Saturday

TV: Pac-12

Radio: KBND 1110-AM, 100.1-FM

EUGENE — In his first opportunities to throw in a college game, Oregon backup quarterback Tyler Shough was nearly perfect.

Shough completed 8 of 9 passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns and added a 13-yard run during the second half of Oregon’s 77-6 rout of Nevada on Saturday night.

“When I first got hit that first couple of series it’s a good feeling to wake your nerves up a little bit,” Shough said. “It was exciting to get out there. … It’s nice to see it come to fruition. A lot of hours put in work in the indoor (practice field) and on the field. It’s nice to get some reps, we get up big. It’s exciting to get out there. Obviously I have to be ready at any moment.”

Shough said what he will remember about his first touchdown pass, a 7-yard screen to Jaylon Redd to the left side, was celebrating with his teammates.

The redshirt freshman from Chandler, Arizona, did take a sack but also had two scores, two 20-yard passes and four that went for 10-plus yards.

“His decisions were on point,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said. “He was accurate and made a play with his feet as well, got outside the pocket, got tripped up or he would have gone for a little bit more. We felt that since spring his progress has been great. We trust him to go in there and make plays. It’s good to see him play. I know he wanted to get in there and he deserved to, so I’m glad to see him do well.”

It was a chance for the Ducks to refine and expand their offense in the short term with Justin Herbert and a group of receivers and tight ends thrust into bigger roles due to numerous injuries, as well as to develop the team’s long-term plans at quarterback with Shough, who got to play behind the starting offensive line as well as the second and third teams.

It was the most meaningful action for Shough to date, and he could get another opportunity this week, provided No. 15 Oregon gets up big on Montana as well.

“I think he’s grown from what we’ve all seen from last year and then into spring ball and then into the game,” offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo said. “He did some good things. He took some risks that maybe we’ve talked about a little bit. I think they’re all things that are fixable. He looked like he had command, which is what you want in a backup that’s going in, and not timid. He did what he wanted to do and that was good to see.”

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