Oregon looked more vulnerable in this game than any other this year since their loss to LSU to start this year’s campaign. Sure, they came away with a two touchdown win, but it didn’t come easily.
Once again the Ducks D looked shaky a times as Arizona State held a 14-7 lead after the first quarter on a couple of touchdown passes from sophomore Brock Osweiler.
However, the first turning point in this one occurred late in the first half when Arizona State was driving with a 17-14 lead, with under a minute left. Following a 15 yard penalty, Osweiler threw an interception that was returned all the way to the 50-yard line. The Ducks had 51 seconds to score, and did, giving them 21-17 lead heading into halftime.
The Sun Devils were able to force a quick three and out on the ensuing drive, then scored in just four plays to take their lead back by 3 points.
So while Arizona State may have briefly recaptured some of the momentum, it was quickly taken back away from them when Oregon scored twice in two and a half minutes to get the lead out to double digits.
An outburst that the Sun Devils never recovered from.
Arizona State will think back to that drive late in the first half and wonder “what-if” all week long, while the Ducks just kept cruising along in Pac-12 play as they are now 5-1. If they can keep this up, a top ten match-up with the Stanford Cardinal is under a month away.
This week, the Ducks would be wise to hold out LaMichael James for another week even if he is ready to return. They in all likelihood will be able to walk over their next opponent.
The Ducks travel out to Boulder, Colorado to face the Buffaloes, and nothing against Colorado, but they just aren’t in the same league as Oregon currently. With or without James, they would probably be able to skate by even if quarterback Darren Thomas is forced to miss a game with his knee injury.
Colorado ranks 113th in points allowed this season. That alone is a recipe for disaster against the No. 3 scoring offense in the country.
Frankly, this one has all the makings of a blowout, and in essence a bye week if all things go accordingly.
Colorado hasn’t thrown many wrenches into the process this season.
These two teams haven’t met since 2002, a game that Oregon won 38-16. You have to go all the way back to 1996 to find the last time Colorado beat Oregon. They took that match-up 38-6.
Kenjon Barner was able to pick up right where LaMichael James left off a week ago. While James was out with an elbow injury, Barner was able to tally up 171 yards on the ground, including a touchdown that helped ice the game against ASU.
True freshman De’Anthony Thomas was able to keep up his outstanding play as well. He was able to rack up two more touchdowns, both on the ground, giving him eight on the year. Second to only to James.
OL – Ramsen Golpashin Knee
RB – LaMichael James Elbow
TE – Curtis White Leg
DB – Eddie Pleasant Knee
DE – Dion Jordan Arm
Darron Thomas Knee
The Ducks picked up two commits over the weekend.
The first is one of the top 25 outside linebackers in the nation in Jeremy Castro. He is a four star on the scout recruiting services. He is from Vista Murrieta High School in California.
The other is three star defensive end Bryce Cottrell. He hails from Plano West Senior High School in Texas.
Both solid pickups for another strong recruiting class.
|Oct 22-3:30 PM ET||Record|
|ORE||5-1 (1-1 V)|
|COL||1-6 (1-2 H)|