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Sucking wind

Tyler Johnstone was out of oxygen in the first quarter.

And not just because the 6-6, 295-pound left tackle was starting his first game since the Alamo Bowl on Dec. 30, 2013.

Oregon ran 26 plays totaling 258 yards and three touchdowns in the first 10 minutes, 37 seconds of the 61-42 victory over Eastern Washington in the opener at Autzen Stadium.

“I think a lot of us are disappointed in ourselves with how tired we were,” said Johnstone, who missed the 2014 season with a torn ACL. “That first quarter everyone was kind of going up to each other, ‘Hey man, you tired?’ Yes, very tired.”

The emotions of running out of the tunnel and finally getting a season kicked off lead to fatigue and mistakes throughout college football.

The Ducks were just happy to have a dress rehearsal with new starting quarterback Vernon Adams and center Matt Hegarty before Saturday’s road game against Michigan State (5 p.m., ABC).

“The guys on the line say that’s as fast as they’ve ever gone,” Hegarty, a graduate transfer from Notre Dame, said of his first game as a Duck. “I think that’s probably a pretty good baseline. I know I was pretty winded at some points. I know if we’re feeling like that, the defense has to be even worse. It was fun for me and fun for everybody.”

Oregon’s offensive line understands it will have to dictate the pace against Michigan State’s defense to fly back from East Lansing with a victory.

“They’re an excellent football team, they’re extremely well coached, I would say cutting edge in terms of what they do offensively,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. “There is the whole component of having to get lined up and play within 15 seconds or so or less.”

Secondary switch?

After the Ducks allowed Eastern Washington to pass for 438 yards and five touchdowns, versatile free safety Tyree Robinson said he would be open to the idea of playing cornerback if Oregon secondary coach John Neal thought it would help.

The Ducks are breaking in two young cornerbacks, sophomore Arrion Springs and true freshman Ugo Amadi, who they believe are going to be great players once they get some more experience.

“Whatever coach Neal needs me to play, I’m willing to play,” said Robinson who only had one tackle in the opener compared with nine for cornerback Chris Seisay and seven for Springs. “I’ve been practicing corner and safety the whole fall camp, I’m real comfortable with it right now.

“We’re still giving the young guys an opportunity to play right now, and if he makes that move I’ll be ready.”

Cooper Kupp set Autzen Stadium records for receptions (15) and receiving yards (246) and scored three touchdowns. Michigan State’s leading receiver in its 37-24 win at Western Michigan was Aaron Burbridge (four receptions, 117 yards).

“I kind of like to be on the best guy because I feel like I’m that guy right now in our secondary who’s up to take the challenge every game,” Robinson said.

Poll positions

Oregon stayed at No. 7 in The Associated Press poll after beating an FCS team at home. Michigan State is still No. 5 after the in-state road victory in Kalamazoo.

Defending national champion Ohio State received all 61 first-place votes after an impressive victory at Virginia Tech on Monday night. Alabama, TCU and Baylor round out the top four.

Other Pac-12 teams in the poll include No. 8 USC, No. 13 UCLA, No. 22 Arizona and No. 24 Utah. Two teams ranked in the preseason poll, Arizona State (No. 15) and Stanford (No. 21), dropped out after opening the season with losses.

Oregon remained No. 5 in the coaches poll behind Ohio State, Alabama, TCU and Baylor. Michigan State is No. 6.

Autzen vs. Spartan

Saturday’s game will be the first matchup between top-10 opponents at Spartan Stadium since No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Michigan State played to a 10-10 tie in 1966.

After experiencing Autzen Stadium during Michigan State’s 46-27 loss last season, Dantonio expects a similar atmosphere at the 75,005-seat Spartan Stadium.

“There is a definite home-field advantage for Spartan Stadium,” Dantonio said. “We need people to come and do their thing because it is loud. I mean, Spartan Stadium, I got to the stadium last year out there and it’s a loud stadium. The game progressed and my reaction was, ‘This is no louder than Spartan Stadium.’”

Michigan State is 97-21 (.822) all-time in home openers, including a 16-game winning streak that began in 1999 with a 27-20 victory over Oregon.