Taking care of business.
The Oregon Ducks looked great early, sluggish late and relieved when the clock finally hit 0:00.
Despite trailing 35-6 at the half, the Fresno State Bulldogs entered the second half with confidence and gave the Ducks a run for their money.
The 42-25 score may not indicate any troubles on the Ducks’ part, but sloppy possessions and numerous turnovers came as a result of the anemic offense that took the field from the third quarter and beyond.
The type of performance we saw from the Ducks in week two won’t get it done against the tougher teams in the Pac-12, but against Fresno State early in the year, it was good enough to escape with their second victory of the 2012 season.
Offensive Game Ball
Kenjon Barner was the true workhorse of the Ducks’ week two matchup.
Having recorded a career-high 34 carries, the senior back rushed for nearly 200 yards and scored three touchdowns on the ground against the Bulldogs.
Maybe even more importantly, Kenjon Barner was the player who helped kill the clock and reestablish movement on offense when Oregon went cold late in the fourth quarter.
De’Anthony Thomas deserves credit for his big-time runs and ridiculous yards-per-carry average, and Marcus Mariota displayed confidence and good decision-making skills for the second straight week, but Barner showed why he is the starting back for the Ducks this season.
Defensive Game Ball
Fresno State’s offense came out of the gate strong, drove down the field for the opening score of the game and even tested the Ducks throughout the second half.
However, if anything can be said for Oregon’s defensive performance, it’s that they consistently held the Bulldogs to field goals instead of touchdowns.
Dion Jordan may not have made many highlight-worthy plays, but his fingerprints were all over the game, especially when the defense was rolling early.
Five tackles and a sack from Dion Jordan early in the game set the tone for the Ducks, and while the Bulldogs made a push to come back in the second half, Oregon’s defense proved to be too much for the team from the Mountain West Conference.
Special Teams Game Ball
Without any major plays this week, the Special Teams Game Ball goes to Oregon’s punter, Jackson Rice.
Jackson Rice doesn’t typically receive the credit he deserves, seeing as he’s rarely called upon in Eugene, but against Fresno State, Oregon’s second-half struggles became Rice’s gain.
The senior punted the ball five times with an average of 36.6 yards per kick.
Those numbers aren’t extraordinary for someone of his accomplishments, but having shown that he can be counted upon when his number is called, he made sure that fans didn’t forget his name early in the 2012 college football season.
- Marcus Mariota—19/27 167 YDS 1 TD, 14 CAR 68 YDS 4.9 AVG
- Kenjon Barner—34 CAR 199 YDS 5.9 AVG 3 TD
- De’Anthony Thomas—7 CAR 102 YDS 14.6 AVG 2 TD
- Colt Lyerla—1 REC 22 YRDS 22.0 AVG 1 TD
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