Hello, I'm LaMichael James, and I'm really, really good at football.
Oregon went to Tucson, came out with a victory, and there were no significant injuries. That alone is reason enough to celebrate. But on top of that, LaMichael James broke the Oregon single game records for rushing and all-purpose yards. He racked up 288 yards on 23 carries, breaking Onterrio Smith's 2001 record of 285 yards on 26 carries set against WSU in 2001. James also added another 15 yards receiving and 60 yards in punt returns.
From the beginning James, Darron Thomas, and Kenjon Barner ran wild. As a team, the Ducks piled up 415 yards rushing on 47 carries. Thomas had a few nice passes and missed a few, but only had to attempt 20 on the night. The Wildcats simply had no answer for Oregon's offense. The Ducks took a 35-3 lead in the first half, before putting it away late.
Unfortunately, the defense did not play like the offense. Nick Foles threw for 398 yards, and it would have been a lot more if his receivers had been able to catch during the first half. The Ducks did a decent job against Arizona's pathetic rushing attack, but Wildcat receivers were open again and again. The Ducks never got consistent pressure on Foles, and he picked apart the Duck secondary. There will definitely be a lot to work on over the next week and a half.
But hey, a win is a win, and an injury free and largely drama free game at Arizona is always good news. The Ducks now have set the school record for most consecutive conference victories, and will look to extend that against Cal next Thursday night. GO DUCKS!