Tez Johnson makes USC defender miss for 77-yard touchdown to put Oregon on top
Tez Johnson made his mark on the USC game on Oregon’s second offensive play of the day.
Bucky Irving picked up 6 yards on a possession-and-10 carry. Then quarterback Bo Nix fired deep to Johnson on second down. Johnson’s primary defender slipped as he put the brakes on to bring in a back-shoulder throw. All-American USC safety Calen Bullock then tried to tackle Johnson high and the Oregon receiver spun out of it fairly easily.
From there, Johnson was off to the races and no one was catching him.
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The 77-yard pass was the longest pass play of the season for Oregon. And it put the Ducks up 7-0 early.
USC got the football first and Oregon kicked it off the field after five plays. Pressure on quarterback Caleb Williams fueled what was already an electric crowd. Getting a chunk play on the second offensive play of the game blew the top off the home crowd.
Johnson has been remarkable in recent weeks. He had 180 yards and two touchdowns against Cal last weekend. Since a quiet day against Stanford on Sept. 30, Johnson had produced 31 catches for 396 yards and three touchdowns in four games.
With Troy Franklin flanking him on the outside, Oregon has a truly dynamic one-two punch at receiver.