Georgia St.-Oregon Preview
(AP) - In the wake of a loss at Michigan State, Oregon is plowing ahead. Quarterback Vernon Adams, though, may not join the team on the field this week.
''You learn from it, you take inventory of it, you write it down, you don't turn the page yet, you read the page,'' coach Mark Helfrich said. ''You digest it, you fix it and maybe you burn it. And you move forward.''
Oregon dropped from No. 7 to No. 12 in the Top 25 following the 31-28 loss to the now-fourth-ranked Spartans last Saturday.
The Ducks (1-1) rallied late with Adams' 15-yard touchdown pass to Byron Marshall with 3:25 remaining, but then Michigan State's stout defense held. Oregon drove to the Spartans' 33 on its next drive, but Adams overthrew Marshall, then was sacked for a loss of 10. His pass on fourth-and-16 was incomplete.
Helfrich said the difference was in the details.
''That's obviously the difficult part of playing a game like that on the road and in that environment,'' Helfrich said Sunday. ''Every single excruciating detail - in your mind - is the difference in the game.''
Adams confirmed Wednesday that he has a broken right index finger and says it's a game-time decision whether he'll start Saturday against Georgia State.
Vernon told reporters that he broke his finger in the season opener and it was bothering him last weekend.
Jeff Lockie, Marcus Mariota's backup last season for the Ducks, will start against the Panthers if Adams cannot go.
''I can definitely play with it throughout the season. I played with it this past game, you know,'' Adams said. ''I just gotta keep rehabbing it, keep icing it, make sure the swelling's going down and hopefully it gets to 100 percent as soon as possible.''
Oregon has shown in the recent past that one loss won't make or break its season. The Ducks were ranked No. 2 last season when unranked Arizona swept into Eugene and scored four second-half touchdowns for a 31-24 upset.
Oregon regrouped after that loss - which also dropped the Ducks to No. 12 in the rankings - and marched on to victories in the next nine games, including the 59-20 Rose Bowl victory over Florida State in college football's first playoffs.
''There's a bunch of guys that were in the same locker room and we just talked about how that galvanized us last year, and there's absolutely zero reason why that can't happen again,'' Helfrich said.
Receiver Bralon Addison, named the Pac-12 special teams player of the week Monday, pointed to last season's title game.
''It's early, really early. Two teams that played in the national championship last year both had one loss so you know it's a long season. You know teams are going to fight still,'' Addison said. ''Of course, we're not proud of this loss, but there are a lot of things that we can learn from this game.''
Next up for the Ducks is Georgia State (1-1), which is riding high following its 34-32 victory at New Mexico State. It was the Panthers' first win in the Sun Belt Conference since joining in 2013.
Ducks receiver Charles Nelson was already moving on to that one.
''A lot of things we can work on in practice. That's what practice is for, we're going to get back at it on Monday,'' he said following the game. ''I feel like we came out and did what we had to do, but (we had) a couple errors here and there. We can fix that.''
Nick Arbuckle threw for 372 yards and two touchdowns while Penny Hart had 150 yards receiving and two touchdowns for Georgia State last week. The Panthers rolled up a school-record 582 yards of offense and held on at the end as the Aggies' 2-point conversion try with 7:47 left in the fourth quarter failed.
"I'm just happy for all our fans who get to experience this win with us, and we're going to work our butts off to make sure there's a lot more to celebrate," Arbuckle said.
Georgia State has never faced Oregon. The Panthers are playing a Pac-12 team for the second straight year, as they led 14-0 at halftime at Washington on Sept. 20 before falling 45-14.