Wide receiver Gabe Rahn’s first career touchdown was also his first reception. With just over five minutes to play in Saturday’s game against Wyoming, backup quarterback Ryker Fyfe completed a 35-yard pass to Rahn for a touchdown.
Q: This coaching staff has a lot of history with Oregon. Have they shared much of that with you to this point?
A: Not at this point. I’m sure they will. Danny Langsdorf told us yesterday they have a new defensive coordinator, so that might change things around. Obviously, the guys they played and head coach is completely different from what they played a lot. I don’t think the information is too much to this point, but we’ll get as much as we can.
Q: With Oregon playing a late game Saturday night, did any of the guys watch that?
A: I think so. I know I was watching. I’m sure a lot of guys did; we’re up at that time anyways. I’m sure we got a bit of scouting on them.
Q: What were the initial impressions?
A: Lots of speed is what we all have been talking about. Obviously we all know that with Oregon, but I think they have quite a bit to correct just like we do. I think we’ll be an even match, honestly.
Q: What are some flaws in Oregon’s defense that you think the offense can expose?
A: I haven’t looked at their defense too much, honestly. We’ll start after today and then tomorrow to get their defense down. I’m sure the coaches know.
Q: Big touchdown catch in the last game, how do you plan to carry that momentum moving forward?
A: Motivation for me for sure to catch a touchdown. I just need to go back to work. I’ve been here four years working hard, so I just got to keep doing that. I’m not going to change anything. It doesn’t really change my approach but definitely gives me motivation.
Q: Was that designed to go to you?
A: It was not. It was actually designed to be an outside pass to De’Mornay (Pierson-El). They wanted to get him the ball a little bit, just to test him out. Since he was pressed, that kind of negated that route. Lining up, I knew the ball should come to me. I had a feeling it would. I guess there was like a 90 percent chance it would. It was kind of a scary feeling I guess, being one of my first plays out there, but it was cool.
Q: You’ve gone from being a person not many people know to now being a known commodity on the team. Have you noticed a difference walking around town and on campus?
A: Maybe through campus a little bit, you know, some more people telling me congrats and stuff like that on my touchdown catch. I guess take it with a grain of salt, I guess. It’s cool to be known, but you’ve still got work to do. I’m not where I want to be in the game when it matters and stuff like that. It’s cool, but I’m going to keep working.