Dan Lanning brushes off Oregon scoring record: 'I’m in for Ws'
Dan Lanning went 10-3 in his debut season at Oregon.
Chip Kelly went 10-3 in his debut season at Oregon.
Kelly, of course, carried that success throughout his entire tenure. He had Oregon in a national championship game and set the table for Mark Helfrich to take the team to another one in the College Football Playoff era.
Lanning has a long way to go. He’s just a year into this thing.
But he did something Saturday in Oregon’s 2023 season opener that not even Kelly did.
He piloted an Oregon team that broke the 80-point threshold in a game.
Against Portland State at home, the Ducks scored 81 points to set a modern-era program record.
Everything clicked on offense. The three quarterbacks who played combined to complete 33 of their 38 passes for 381 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. The running game produced 348 yards and seven touchdowns.
Oregon scored touchdowns on its first nine possessions.
So, Lanning was asked after the game if he would take pride in the historic performance.
“Not really,” he said. “We won the game. I’m glad we won the game. I’m not really in for stats. I’m in for Ws. Wins for us come based on performance. I want to go back and evaluate the film and see how we can perform better. That’s what we really want to evaluate.
“We’re not interested in who had the best scoring offense, best scoring defense, we’re interested in winning games. That’s our objective.”
Oregon goes to Texas Tech next Saturday.