EUGENE - Tonight's Oregon at Boise State season opener doesn't need any more hype or adrenaline added to the mix.
Last year's game in Eugene - which the Broncos won 37-32 - provided all the setup this one needs, especially for the Ducks.
Two plays in particular from that game have fueled the fire for Oregon's players.
Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was knocked out of the game with a first-half concussion on a late hit by Ellis Powers. Oregon tight end Ed Dickson was hit by Jeron Johnson after a pass zipped over Dickson's head.
Johnson and Powers were both penalized, and Johnson was ejected for his shot on Dickson. BSU coach Chris Petersen, a former Oregon assistant, called both plays "just really bad decisions."
Powers was a senior last year, but the others involved in those two plays are back.
"There's no words I can say about that," Dickson said when asked about the upcoming game. "When the time comes, we've got to be ready. We owe them. We're going to be ready."
Dickson and the Oregon offense will arrive at Bronco Stadium with just five returning starters, including just one on the line, right tackle C.E. Kaiser. But that count doesn't include center Jordan Holmes, who started four games.
With Kaiser and guard Bo Thran recovering from injuries during spring practices, it gave a host of reserves the chance to gain experience.
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The receiving corps is also thin on game time, but not talent.
Jeff Maehl returns having started all 13 games in 2008. Jamere Holland, another projected starter, has started once. Third receiver Garrett Embry is a first-year starter.
"It's just how those guys will do when the lights go on," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "I'm confident those guys will be able to get the job done."
Masoli said he liked what he saw offensively last week in the final scrimmage of fall camp. The Ducks ran the ball well; reserves LaMichael James and Kenyon Barner combined for 110 yards on 15 carries.
The Ducks - second in the nation last year in rushing - also had success through the air, with touchdown passes to three different receivers.
"We could be better though," Masoli said. "We're not perfect, and that's where every quarterback wants the offense to be, is perfect. But besides that I think we're doing good, heading in the right direction and we'll definitely be ready for Boise."
The Broncos are led by sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore. He threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns against the Ducks last season.
Oregon's defense has prepared for an offense that keeps the opponent guessing with its many formations and shifting before the snap of the ball. Pre-snap confusion is the name of the game.
"We must get aligned and be in the right spot when the ball is snapped," Kelly said.