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Picking up speed: Ducks off to a fast start
By: Staff  Writer - AP
Published: 9/12/2013  at  3:23:52 PM
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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.)By ANNE M. PETERSONAP Sports Writer

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - At Oregon, speed is not just a gimmick. It's a way of life.

Coach Mark Helfrich says the second-ranked Ducks are taught to go at a breakneck pace from their very first day in the program. It's evident this season.

Fifteen of Oregon's 17 touchdown drives have taken two minutes or less. They lead the Pac-12 in touchdowns, and yet the Ducks' overall time of possession has averaged only about 20:36. That's 118th among FBS programs.

The Ducks (2-0) have had 18 ``explosion plays'' of more than 25 yards from the line of scrimmage, seven of which have resulted in touchdowns.

That quick-strike offense concerns Tennessee coach Butch Jones. The Vols (2-0) visit Autzen Stadium on Saturday.

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