EUGENE – In his first match of the season, Hunter Kampmoyer made the best game of his career.
The Oregon senior tight end had five catches at 70 yards and a touchdown that topped his career, receiving yards in total and matching all of his receptions from last season, to help lead the No. 11 ducks in a 38-35 win over UCLA at Autzen Stadium on Saturday.
“Hunter is a conscientious, tough, hard-working guy, an incredible teammate and leader, just really important guy for this football team,”
Four of Kampmoyer’s five receptions went to either a first down or touchdown with each of them going at least 11 yards.
His 12-yard touchdown catch was the second of his career, giving Oregon a 38-28 late in the third that proved to be just enough for the win.
Kampmoyer, who missed the first games of the season due to an unspecified injury, added catches for a career-long 26 yards and 20 yards during the fourth quarter.
“Hunter stepped up tremendously on a couple of the flat routes,” quarterback Tyler Shough said. “I was really proud of the work of the endings tonight. It’s great to have a lot of flexibility when it comes to that, and Hunter and I have a lot of chemistry left over from last year. It’s good to have a veteran in our lineup. ”
With Kampmoyer back, Oregon turned to more of its two staff packages than in the previous two weeks, using it almost exclusively for short yardage runs and run-pass opportunities.
He was not the only change of uniform in Saturday. Cam McCormick, who has almost completely missed the last two seasons, and Spencer Webb were both undressed but did not play.
“(Kampmoyer and DJ Johnson) are really good footballers,” said Cristobal. “They are tough, they are physical, they are athletic. We felt that there were some things in 12 employees that we could take advantage of, sometimes we did, sometimes it didn’t. But having both of these guys and then Cam McCormick gets healthy and he gets, he’s really, really close and took some full speed reps this week. So we feel like our close group is coming back and we feel like it’s one of the best around. ”