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Saturday, December 03, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

• Chip Kelly, DT, LMJ, and John Boyett answer questions following the 44-31 win over UCLA. Video courtesy of  the Pac-12 conference.

• Obviously, there are many game recap stories and here just a few from favorite writers: Ken Goe called it a convincing performance even if it was a little sloppy at times; Rob Moseley called it a rosy knockout; Chris Courtney says the Texarkana rose delivers the Ducks to Pasadena; Steve Maher believes greatness guises these Ducks; Steve Summers was impressed with the individual performance of LaMichael James; John Canzano wonders if the Ducks can seal the deal with a victory in the Rose Bowl; Lucas Clark notes the team had little trouble running over UCLA; Ken Woody examines the X's and O's; recaps from ESPN and round out the coverage.

• Lots of great game day photos from Stephanie Yao Long and Alex McDougal.

• Darron Thomas set a new school record with 63 TD passes for his career surpassing Danny O'Neil.

Thomas now has two seasons with 30 touchdown passes (2010 and 2011). The Oregon record for touchdown passes in a season is 32 set in 1998 by Akili Smith. Thomas could break that record with three touchdown passes in the Rose Bowl.

• You may have wondered why De'Anthony Thomas didn't see much action last night. He was held out for precautionary reasons after taking a vicious hit to the head in the first quarter. 

• Lindsay Schnell wonders if LMJ will return for his senior season and guesses probably not.

In truth, James probably played his last game at Autzen Stadium Friday night as the Ducks rolled over UCLA 49-31 on their way to a third consecutive BCS bowl appearance.

James’ list of accomplishments is long and impressive, and he will leave Oregon as one of the most decorated players in Pac-12 history. He owns numerous Oregon records and on Friday set one of his own, the type someone else will aim to break in the future: James became the first player in conference history with three 1,500 yard rushing seasons, an impressive feat in a league that has featured running backs like O.J. Simpson, Marcus Allen and Reggie Bush. And true to form, he went out with a typical LaMichael James performance, finishing with 219 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries.


1 comment:

DDubbs76 said...

Who would have thought that the punch heard 'round the world would have uncovered the greatest player in the history of Oregon football?