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Oregon Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas came out of Saturday night's game against the ASU Sun Devils after suffering an apparent knee injury in the third quarter. Rob Mosely of the Oregon Register-Guard is reporting that Thomas did not finish the second half for "precautionary reasons" and is hopeful that he will be ready to play in next week's game.
Thomas was the star of the first half for the sprinting Ducks en route to their 41-27 victory over their Pac-12 rivals ASU. Thomas left the field early in the third quarter and was later seen limping to the locker room. Prior to that, he had a great game, going 13-for-17 with 187 passing yards and 16 rushing yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception.
Ducks fans were already nervous going into Saturday's game, as star running back LaMichael James sat out the game with an injury. If Thomas is able to play next week, as he hopes, it would be very good news. As Oregon proved tonight, however, it wouldn't be the end of the world without their starting quarterback. After Thomas left the game, the Ducks blew it wide open, including a string of 17 unanswered points.
Who knew that all the Oregon Ducks had to do in order to blow the game wide open against the ASU Sun Devils was have their quarterback leave the game with a leg injury?
The game progressed pretty much as expected for the first half, with the Sun Devils and Ducks matching one another score for score in a fast-paced shootout. During the third quarter, however, quarterback Darron Thomas left the game with a leg injury. Of course, that's when the Ducks reeled off 17 unanswered points en route to blowing the game wide open.
Backup quarterback Bryan Bennett took the field, but had only two completions in five pass attempts. He preferred to let the running game do the talking. Of Oregon's 535 total yards, 326 of those yards came on the ground. Kenjon Barner had 30 carries for 164 yards all by himself, somewhat soothing the jangled nerves created by superstar LaMichael James sitting this game out with an injury. De'Anthony Thomas added two rushing touchdowns to a big win that should keep Oregon thoroughly entrenched in the top ten.
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The shootout between the ASU Sun Devils and the Oregon Ducks continues, although Oregon is threatening to run away with the game as the fourth quarter gets underway.
In the midst of a back-and-forth game, Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas left the game with a leg injury in the third quarter, but backup Bryan Bennett stepped in to take his place and Oregon scored 17 unanswered points heading into the fourth quarter..
De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner both had short touchdown runs in the middle of the third quarter, and Alejandro Maldonado managed a 37-yard field goal. The Sun Devils are still pressing, and managed to score a field goal in the fourth quarter to break up the Ducks' scoring run. The game is far from over, and the Ducks haven't quite wrapped this one up yet, but they have looked sharper than the Sun Devils in the second half, and there's a good possibility that they can make their 17 unanswered points be the difference in this one.
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Oregon Ducks quarterback, who has been the star of the first half against the ASU Sun Devils, has left the Pac-12 showdown with a lower leg injury, which commentators are calling an apparent knee injury.
Darron Thomas sprinted off the field and was looked at on the trainer's table in the third quarter after being rolled up on awkwardly. A short time later he jogged to the locker room, noticeably limping.
Thomas had thrown for over 180 passing yards with two touchdowns. Thomas was the key offensive weapon for the ducks through the first half of the game. Backup quarterback Bryan Bennett is currently in for the Ducks, and has just led the Ducks to a touchdown in the third quarter. All indications are that Thomas will not return this evening. No other details on Thomas' injury are available at the moment but we will keep you updated.
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The shootout between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Oregon Ducks is living up to every expectation so far.
Heading into halftime, the Ducks are clinging to a 21-17 lead, thanks in large part to heroics by quarterback Darron Thomas.He completed a 28-yard touchdown pass to Lavasier Tuinei to knot the game at 14-14 early in the second quarter.
After holding ASU to a field goal, Thomas led the Ducks on a long drive with less than a minute left in the second quarter before tossing a pass to the corner of the end zone, where it was hauled in masterfully by David Paulson, whose fancy footwork with 0:27 left in the second quarter put Oregon on top.
This is looking to be a close and potentially high-scoring game the rest of the way. Both teams have racked up nearly 200 passing yards, and all the players look like they're fired up and show no signs of slowing any time soon.
The most anticipated Pac-12 divisional game of the week is certainly living up to its billing early on. The number 18 Arizona State Sun Devils come to town looking to prove their legitimacy against the number 9 Oregon Ducks, who are attempting to cement their status as a top-ten team.
Early in the first quarter, ASU's gigantic quarterback Brock Osweiler connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass to Gerell Robinson to put the Sun Devils on the board first. The Ducks responded with a 16-yard touchdown run by De'Anthony Thomas to knot the score.
Just a few minutes later, however, Osweiler launched yet another long touchdown pass, this one a 25-yarder to Mike Willie. The Ducks appeared to match them touchdown-for-touchdown shortly afterward, but a penalty brought the ball back, and Oregon failed to convert on fourth down with just over two minutes left in the first quarter.
Still a lot of football left in this one, but it looks like it's going to be the shoot-out that everyone was hoping for.
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LaMichael James is probably going to miss Saturday night's showdown between the Oregon Ducks and Arizona State Sun Devils. There is a chance the elusive running back manages to play, but James would be nowhere near his normal self and a big hit could do even more damage to his dislocated right elbow.
While the Ducks would certainly miss their Heisman candidate, they are not without capable backups to help carry the load. As David Leon Moore of USA Today explains, Oregon has plenty of options:
Without (James), how will the Ducks get anywhere near their fifth-in-the-nation average of 312.6 rushing yards?
Kelly and his squad certainly have multiple players to throw at the ASU defense. Whether they will be effective or not will likely determine who wins the Pac-12 showdown.
"It's pretty crazy how many running backs we have who can play," says Barner, a junior from Riverside, Calif. "Sometimes we just kind of look at all the guys and laugh."
Funny, Pac-12 defenses don't laugh much when they look at all of the Oregon guys.
"They have so much depth," Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson says. "You take Barner, you take De'Anthony Thomas - who we tried to recruit - and they're special."
All eyes will be on Autzen Stadium this evening. Will Oregon's bevy of rushing attack options prove to be too much for the Sun Devils? Or will the potential loss of a Heisman candidate cost Oregon a chance to move up in the polls? We'll find out in just a couple of hours.
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You ready for this? College GameDay is setting up shop on Oregon's campus and ESPN will be televising the game, which you won't want to miss. Here's what you need to know:
Teams: #18 Arizona State Sun Devils at #9 Oregon State Ducks
Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. (PDT)
Stadium: Autzen Stadium, Eugene Oregon (capacity 54,000)
TV Coverage: ESPN in a nationally televised game. Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit will call the action with Erin Andrews on the sidelines. The game will also air on ESPN 3D.
Radio: Oregon Sports Network with Jerry Allen (play by play), Mike Jorgensen (analyst) & Jay Allen (reporter). Satellite Radio: XM 190, Sirius 94.The game is also being broadcast nationally on Sports USA Radio.
Previous Matchups: The Ducks have won the last six matchups between the two teams, including the last two at Autzen Stadium. UO's last loss vs. ASU was 28-13 in 2004 at Autzen.
Misc: Oregon has won 12 Pac-10/Pac-12 games in a row and 19 in a row at home. OU is currently 2nd in FBS in scoring at 50.2 points per game, and averaging 539.6 yards of offense a game (not too shabby). This will be the second time the two sides have played with ESPN College GameDay on location. In 2007, No. 4 Oregon defeated No. 6 Arizona State, 35-23.
All-Time Series: Arizona State leads the series 16-15, going back to 1966.
The Oregon Ducks continue to be heavy favorites to win in Autzen despite the injury suffered to start tailback LaMichael James. The Arizona St. Sun Devils might be their competition in the Pac-12 Championship game, but Vegas doesn't think quite highly of them yet compared to the defending conference champions.
Oregon is currently positioned as two touchdown-plus favorites, favored by 14.5 points against ASU. You figure the line would've been a bit higher if LaMichael was in action. This might not be a terrible time to place bet on the Sun Devils if you believe ASU has the horses on defense to hold their offense down and you're truly a believer that James is the engine that makes the Ducks go.
Otherwise, this line seems about right. Just remember that you should be very, very wary of Oregon not covering a line at home, something that they've done a really good job of doing as of late, regardless of quality of opponent.
Shaq Thompson is taking his visits. The heralded Grant athlete is starting to look up and down the West Coast at the schools that he listed in his top five, and it's clear that he doesn't quite yet know where he's going.
The Washington Huskies were the first of the several schools that he took a visit to that he was considering for next season. Thompson then took an unofficial visit to watch the California Golden Bears at the Cal-USC game. Jake Brown of the Notre Dame Rivals site reports that the Oregon Ducks are next up, who could seriously use an athlete of Thompson's caliber on the defensive side of the ball.
Oregon has to be attractive to a safety like Thompson since the Ducks defense has put several big members of their secondary in the NFL and they play a very aggressive blitzing scheme.
After the Ducks, next on Thompson's list will be the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, as Thompson will visit South Bend next Saturday for the USC game.
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The Oregon Ducks take on the Arizona St. Sun Devils, knowing full well they've had problems controlling functional pass offenses with efficient quarterbacks this season. The Arizona Wildcats did burn up Oregon during their visit to Tucson, particularly in the second half. Nick Foles completed 60 percent of his passes and three touchdowns, and racked it up 398 passing yards on 7.0 yards per attempt. Arizona nearly made a game of it that way against Oregon.
Arizona State's offense is very similar to Arizona's, and Oregon knows they'll have to keep the pass offense in check. The key for Oregon will be to clog up the running attack, which will allow the Ducks to commit more members of the defense outside to stop ASU quarterback Brock Osweiler. Osweiler has proven that he can be just as effective as Foles, completing two-thirds of his passes and racking up nearly 8 yards per attempt, so it'll be very important for Oregon to make the Sun Devils as one-dimensional as possible.
Autzen Stadium is going to be rocking on Saturday night as the Ducks welcome in the talented Sun Devils.