UO’s Best of the Best
The Oregon Ducks may not be the most prestigious school in the country, but that doesn’t mean that there haven’t been some great performances put on display in the past 20 years.
Kenjon Barner VS New Mexico (2010)
Kenjon Barner had 147 yards on the ground, 60 yards through the air and five total touchdowns in the 2012 season opener against the New Mexico Lobos.
Oh yeah; he did it in one half.
Say what you want about the level of competition; a performance like that in one half of football is noteworthy when it comes to the best performances of all time.
Five total touchdowns by Barner helped Oregon take a 59-0 lead into the third quarter en route to the team’s 72-0 victory.
Sammie Parker VS Minnesota (2003)
In a Sun Bowl matchup against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Sammie Parker recorded 16 catches to set the single-game record for receptions at Oregon.
Parker totaled 200 yards receiving that game, which is good enough for seventh on the all-time list at Oregon for one game.
The team lost 31-30, but the performance put on display by Parker is one that will be tough to beat for receivers moving forward.
Danny O’Neil VS Penn State (1995)
In 1995, the Oregon Ducks made it to the Rose Bowl to play the Penn State Nittany Lions. The team lost 38-20, but not without a spectacular effort from then-quarterback Danny O’Neil.
O’Neil threw for 456 yards and set the Rose Bowl record for most completed passes, most attempts and most total offense.
Despite the blowout loss, O’Neil was named co-MVP of the game, and was eventually inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 2003.
LaMichael James VS Arizona (2011)
In the third game of the 2011 season, LaMichael James rushed for 204 yards on 12 carries against the Missouri State Bears.
An impressive showing, yes; but how would James fare against the Arizona Wildcats in the team’s first Pac-12 matchup of the year?
James ran in that game for a single-season rushing record of 288 yards on just 23 carries.
A 12.5 yard-per-carry average and two scores on the ground propelled James into the record books in the team’s 56-31 victory.
Joey Harrington VS Colorado (2002)
The Ducks had been cheated in the minds of many as the team was chosen to play in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl instead of the BCS National Championship despite their No. 2 ranking in both the AP Poll and Coaches Poll.
Amid the controversy, this game would become a statement game for Joey Harrington and the Oregon Ducks.
Harrington, in what would be his final game before heading to the NFL draft, threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns.
A 79-yard toss to Samie Parker highlighted the game, and the Ducks would go on to win 38-16.