The Oregon Ducks rode a big first half to a 42-25 win over the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday night at Autzen Stadium.
Oregon burst out to a 35-6 halftime lead with its patented fast-yet-punishing run game. De'Anthony Thomas put on his usual show, sprinting for touchdowns of 39 and 51 yards in the half to finish with 100 yards before halftime. Meanwhile, Kenjon Barner had 131 yards on 17 carries in the first half, helping Oregon to 392 yards of offense.
Fresno State was able to tighten up the defense in the second half, allowing the Ducks just 140 yards in the frame. That allowed the Bulldogs to pull the game to a score of 35-19 early in the fourth quarter. Derek Carr threw a touchdown pass to Isaiah Burse, and Robbie Rouse punched in a rushing touchdown with 1:30 left in the game.
At the end of the night, Barner had rushed 34 times for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Marcus Mariota was 19-27 for 167 yards and one touchdown in Oregon's passing game.
The fourth-ranked Ducks move to 2-0 on the young season and prepare to host Tennessee Tech next week.