Oregon 41 Arizona State 27 – Game recap
The Ducks (5-1 3-0 Pac 12) passed their 2nd toughest Pac 12 test, they still have to face Stanford, beating a ranked Sun Devils (5-2 3-1 Pac 12) squad 41-27 on Saturday night. They are in first place in the Pac 12 North tied with Stanford and it looks as if the game against the Cardinal will determine who will play in the conference title game. Here are 5 reasons Oregon beat Arizona State.
1. Offense, offense, offense baby! – The Ducks ranked up 536 total yards of offense in the game facing ASU with 209 passing yards and a legit 327 rushing yards. They scored 14 points in both the 2nd and 3rd quarters and they put up points in every quarter. It was all about the Ducks’ offense, as their D gave up 460 total yards to the Sun Devils.
2. No James no problem– The Sun Devils may have sighed in relief when they saw national rushing leader LeMichael James on the sidelines with sweats on out with an injury, but his replacement RB Kenjon Barner rushed for 171 yards and De’Anthony Thomas rushed for 72 yards and 2 TD. Even when Oregon QB Darron Thomas went out of the game with an injury Bryan Bennett took his place and rushed for 65 yards.
3. Mistakes and lack of solid 3rd down play did not kill the Ducks – You would think a team would lose if they committed 2 turnovers, were penalized 7 times for 75 yards, and were 3/11 on 3rd down conversions. You would the Ducks should lose, but they did not. The main reason was that ASU also committed 2 turnovers, were penalized 8 times for 95 yards, and weer only 5/16 on 3rd down conversions.
4. The Ducks have a deep team – Even with star RB LaMichael James out and Darron Thomas getting knocked out of the game their replacements came in and stepped it up. The 2 guys that replaced them combined to rush for over 230 yards.
5. The Ducks were solid in the clutch – Oregon was only up 4 points at halftime and it looked as if they would struggle to run the ball without James, but in the 2nd half they outscored ASU 20-10 and they rushed for 269 yards.
Next Up: It would be a major shock if Oregon suffered their first conference loss next week playing at Colorado, as the Buffaloes have yet to win a game in the new Pac 12 (0-3) and they were blown out in their last game giving up 52 points in a loss to Washington.