Last year, in a 52-31 win over Stanford, Thomas completed 20 of 29 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions while rushing for 117 yards on 15 carries with a six-yard scoring run.
A similar performance tonight would send the Ducks on their way to a Pac-12 title and a trip to the Rose Bowl.
• Rob Moseley calls it a battle of contrasts.
“They’re an aggressive, physical team — so I hear,” said Oregon’s LaMichael James, who on Friday was named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s best running back, which he won a year ago.
“We’re physical too. So you’ve just got to go out and compete. At this time of year, everybody’s going to play hard.”
• Lucas Clark has a couple of last minute quotes from the team.
“I think everybody kind of knows what this game means for the Pac-12 race,” senior tight end David Paulson said. “It comes down to this game, so we’ve got to be ready to go.”
“We’ve got our hands full, and it’s a big challenge,” Kelly said. “And our guys are excited about it.”
• Wade Evanson provides an optimistic look.
If Oregon can get an early lead – lookout; if they can get an early turnover, it could be interesting. And if they can couple the two with a handful of early defensive stops, everyone outside of our state might be forced to dig up a team they prematurely buried months ago.
• Dale Newton shares his keys to the game. Here is how he ends his story.
If Oregon builds on the performance they put together last week in Seattle, especially defensively, they can dominate The Cardinal. They're faster. They're deep and prepared. It's the biggest test of the season for both teams. Like always, it will come down to which team has prepared better, and wants it more at the line of scrimmage. The Ducks need four quarters of solid execution. There's only one Andrew Luck in all of college football. The Ducks have to beat his supporting cast, and they can.