Oregon rolls on
The Oregon Ducks played their first road game of the season this weekend, and while it may have been played on neutral turf at CenturyLink Field, the Washington State faithful made their presence felt early.
The Ducks scored their first touchdown of the contest just 1:52 into the game, but they struggled to slow down Washington State’s ensuing drive as a result of defensive penalties.
Luckily for Oregon, following a tough first half of back-and-forth momentum, the team got it together and proceeded to show why they’re the No. 2 team in the country.
Offensive Game Ball
Kenjon Barner deserves game-ball recognition for his week five performance if for no other reason than he proved yet again he can be a complete workhorse in Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense.
The senior running back carried the ball 20 times for 198 yards and 3 touchdowns, and he showed that he can be counted on to keep a drive alive.
His performance was dominant from start to finish, and he showed that he truly is the No. 1 option week in and week out.
Kenjon Barner has become somewhat of an ole’ reliable for the Ducks’ offense.
He may not always take your breath away like De’Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota have done this season, but he is more than capable of dropping jaws, as evident by his 80-yard touchdown in the second half.
This guy is an underrated back in the national picture, but the teams who have faced him have gotten a taste of what he can do in the 2012 college football season.
Defensive Game Ball
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu had his second big game in a row for the Ducks defense, but half way through the third quarter, Oregon took all momentum away fro the Cougars with a pick-six from cornerback Avery Patterson.
The 5’10”, 185-pound junior made the perfect read. In single coverage, he jumped the pass and took the ball back to the house.
He was all over receivers in the third quarter, but the interception was arguably the biggest defensive play of the entire contest.
Avery Patterson followed up the play with another strong defensive possession, and with the Ducks increasing their lead, the game was theirs from that point on.
- Marcus Mariota—21/32 169 YDS 5.3 AVG 1 TD 2 INT, 9 CAR 56 YDS 6.2 YPC 1 TD
- Kenjon Barner—20 CAR 195 YDS 9.8 AVG 3 TD
- De’Anthony Thomas—6 CAR 26 YDS 4.3 AVG 1 TD