Smell The Roses
Oregon beat UCLA 49-31 in the inaugural Pac 12 Championship Game and with the win the Ducks captured the conference title and they will be heading to the Rose Bowl.
Here are 5 reasons why Oregon beat UCLA.
1. Oregon’s rushing offense was stellar
To say the Bruins had no answer for the Ducks and their dynamic rushing attack is like saying the BCS system is a bit hard to understand.
Yeah, big understatement.
The Ducks racked up 352 rushing yards in the game with stud RB LaMichael James rushing for 219 yards averaging a more than legit 8.8 yards per carry, plus he had 3 rushing TD’s.
Kenyon Barner chimed in with 79 rushing yards.
James kicked off the scoring in the game scampering for a 30-yard TD run in the beginning of the 1st quarter.
2. The Ducks got a big lead early
Oregon got up early and by the end of the 1st quarter the score was 21-7. While the Bruins got to within 7 points in the 2nd quarter the Ducks scored on the ensuing drive and UCLA never got the score to within single digits for the rest of the game.
3. Ducks’ QB Darron Thomas had a solid game
Thomas did not start off the game well tossing a Iinterception midway through the first quarter that was taken back for the TD, but he played great the rest of the game with 219 passing yards and threw for 3 TD’s.
Oregon forced 4 turnovers in the game and came up with 3 fumbles in the 1st half. UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin fumbled on the 2nd play from scrimmage and he did not help his team’s cause coughing up the ball 2 times in the first half alone.
5. Solid Oregon pass defense
For the game the Ducks only gave up 177 passing yards and while UCLA QB Kevin Prince did pass for 2 TD’s he only averaged a paltry 6.3 yards per completion and only connected on 50% of his passes (13/26).
Next Up: The Ducks have a long layoff, as they do not play until January 2nd. It’s a small game that’s come to be knows as the 2012 Rose Bowl.
They face Big 10 champion Wisconsin in the Grandaddy of them all (For west coast sports teams that is).
Oregon will be playing in a BCS bowl game for the 3rd straight season.