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Week 4 Recap: Crazy Quackers Ducks Football Analysis

LaMichael James breaks record

LaMichael James put on a show displaying  his speed, strength and cutting ability in his amazing performance in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday.  L.J. broke the Ducks single game rushing record with 288 rushing yards and single game all purpose yards with 363.  L.J. showed the nation why he was a pre-season Hiesman candidate.

He has all the tools as a complete running back breaking tackles, making lightening quick cuts, and running away from defenders with untouchable speed.

Kenyon Barner also returned back to form running for 73 yards on 13 carries. Barner has been hurt since the loss in Texas to LSU.  To this point in the year Barner’s contributions have been very little.

The ducks have shown why they have the best one two punch from the back field in the entire nation. Welcome back K.B., you have been missed.

In my opinion the big story line wasnt the rushing performance of LJ or KB, but the poor performance of Arizona.  Multiple times in this game Arizona’s receivers dropped wide open passes that either stalled drives or could have been instant points.  Oregon’s secondary, which is suppose to be the strength of this defense, did not play very well at all.

LaMichael James put on a show vs. Arizona

Multiple times wide receivers were running open across the middle or making cuts on the outside, but simply dropping the ball.

Arizona lacks in execution

Arizona doesn’t have the firepower to match touchdowns with Oregon, but this game could have been a whole lot closer if Arizona could execute simple fundamentals, like catching. If the ducks secondary plays like this against Andrew Luck , they will not win the game.

Oregon’s weakness’s coming into this season isn’t a secret. Undersized defensive line and inexperienced offensive line.

Oregon’s defensive front needs to help the secondary out by putting more pressure on the QB.  Nick Foles had all day many times to stand back in the pocket finding the open receiver.  All that being said….

Any win is a good win!  Especially on the road in Arizona.  LJ put on an outstanding show and the ducks came out with a Pac-12 road win.  Most importantly, Oregon played turnover free football.  Keep this up and Oregon is and will be extremely hard to beat. Once again Oregon improved this week from last.

California will be coming to Autzen stadium, “House of Loud”,  Thurday Oct. 6th at 6 p.m.

California always plays the Ducks tough and should be a good game.


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