Everything was right for
Kegel, as he completed every one of his 14 passes, piling up 133 yards and two touchdowns along the way.
kind of shaky but as we went on I got more comfortable and the offense picked up
and looked sharp,” Kegel said.
He threw scoring strikes of 11
yards to tight end Troy Bienemann and seven yards to receiver Sammy
“One play I could be throwing to
Sammy the next play (Scott) Lunde, then Devard (Darling) or
Chris Jordan,” Kegel said of his talented receivers.
The only other QB with a
touchdown pass was true freshman Alex BrinkAlex Brink, the Oregon prep player of
the year last season. He found Brett Johnson from 21 yards out.
Earlier, Brink connected with JC transfer Tramaine Murray on a 50-yard
pass, which Murray took to the 15-yard line. The Cougs were unable to push that
one through, despite getting down to about the 3-yard line, and
settled for a field goal. Brink finished the night 6-of-7 for 95
Josh Swogger had his moments, as well,
connecting on 4-of-10 for 48 yards. He found Jason Hill for a
20-yard pass and hit Marty Martin for about 14 yards. Martin was a
consistent target all night for Cougar quarterbacks, hauling in four passes for
50 yards. Moore caught four passes for 40 yards. And Jordan snagged four passes for 34 yards.
He made an impressive catch on one play as he held off cornerback Alex
Teems --- Jordan caught the ball barely in bounds with Teems hanging on top of
On defense, Reyshawn Bobo had
two sacks. D.D. Acholonu, Matt Mullenix and Odell Howard each
picked up one.
Focal to the offense was the dynamic
running game of both Jermaine Green and Chris Bruhn. Green carried
five times for 36 yards. He busted out for a 25-yard gain, breaking two tackles
before being brought down by two defenders.
“It was an
inside run,” Green said. “I saw the tackle pull out and he just led the way. I
wasn’t going to let anything stop me, I tried to cut back but got tackled at the
another Cougar on the loose. He didn’t pay much attention to cutting back, at
6-3, 215 pounds he simply ran through the defense, picking up 40 yards on six
“I like the way Bruhn runs the
ball,” Doba said in his sarcastic understating tone.
In fact, Green
and Bruhn did such a good job running Doba said it caught the one-time
completely dominating defense off guard.
ran the ball a little better than I thought they would,” Doba said.
However Doba hinted part of that
could be due to the absence of massive, 6-5 325 pound Tai Tupai who sat
out the last few days with a left shoulder sprain.
“Those guys (the defense) are old
timers,” Doba said. “They’ll be back and ready to go once they smell the popcorn
One position that Doba is not
settled on continues to be the middle linebacker. Donnie Jackson,
Aaron Wagner and Brian Hall seem to be neck and neck for that
starting position as all of them rotated with the different defenses.
“They all looked good tonight,” Doba
said. “That middle linebacker position is going to have some heated competition.
They all have a shot at starting.”
All in all Doba seemed pleased with
the team’s performance, adding that they just need to sweep up some of the
definitely thin at defensive tackle,” Doba said. “We just need to clean up a lot
of little stuff. We had some center and quarterback miscommunication and the
offensive line missed some assignments.”
As for those predictions of
finishing in the bottom half of the Pac-10, well, after seeing his team’s first
scrimmage Doba -- with a smile and his signature sarcastic understating humor --
said, “I think we’ll be ok.”
• Devard Darling sat out the
scrimmage with a sore elbow and linebacker Pat Bennett injured his