Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Ducks trail early but outgun Cardinal

Oregon’s LaMichael James, who ran for 257 yards, celebrates after scoring one of his three touchdowns.

Associated Press

Oregon’s LaMichael James, who ran for 257 yards, celebrates after scoring one of his three touchdowns.

EUGENE, Ore. — Darron Thomas threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 117 yards and a score to lead No. 4 Oregon to a 52-31 win over No. 9 Stanford on Saturday.

The Ducks trailed 21-3 in the first quarter but forced two turnovers in the second half to take control.

LaMichael James ran for 257 yards and three touchdowns.

It was Oregon's 13th straight win at Autzen Stadium.

Saturday's game was the first time Oregon and Stanford faced each other as ranked teams. The Cardinal still has not started a season 5-0 since 1951, when it won the Pacific Coast Conference and earned a Rose Bowl berth.

The game lived up to the hype as a battle of offenses. Oregon, averaging 560 yards of total offense going into the game, had 626 yards. The Cardinal had 518.

Thomas completed 20 of 29 passes. He was intercepted twice.

Stanford's Andrew Luck was 29-of-46 for 241 yards and two scores. He was also intercepted twice.

Oregon tied it at 31 with 8:20 to go in the third quarter on Thomas' 6-yard keeper, and the momentum shifted to the Ducks.

Soon after, Luck found Chris Owusu for a 6-yard completion at midfield. But Owusu fumbled after a hard hit by Javes Lewis. Eddie Pleasant scooped up the ball and returned it to the Stanford 3-yard line. James ran it in from there for Oregon's first lead.

Owusu jogged off the field after the hit but did not return to the game. On Stanford's first drive of the next series, Luck was intercepted by Cliff Harris, and Oregon controlled the rest of the game.

Stanford had twice upset Oregon when the Ducks were in the top 10. Last season Toby Gerhart ran for a school-record 223 yards in a 51-42 victory over the then-No. 7 Ducks. In 2001 Stanford won 49-42 in Eugene for the then-No. 5 Ducks' lone loss of the season.

No. 4 Ore. 52

No. 9 Stan. 31

Ducks trail early but outgun Cardinal 10/02/10 [Last modified: Sunday, October 3, 2010 12:20am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays vs. Rangers, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Rangers

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
  2. Good news for Rays on Steven Souza Jr. as MRI shows 'no damage' to hip

    Blogs

    The Rays got good news today on RF Steven Souza Jr., as an MRI showed "no damage" to his left hip.

    Steven Souza Jr. #20 of the Tampa Bay Rays holds his leg after hurting himself trying to steal second base in the first inning against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on July 19, 2017 in Oakland, California.
  3. Bucs raise prices for single tickets to marquee games

    Blogs

    The Bucs will have single-game tickets for 2017 home games on sale July 28, with a new wrinkle: the best games will cost more for fans.

    Bucs fans cheer Jameis Winston after a victory in their final home game of the 2016 season. Individual tickets for the Bucs' three most coveted home games (against the Patriots, Bears and Giants) will cost more in 2017.
  4. RHP Alex Cobb feeling safer as Rays make playoff push

    The Heater

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb (53) throwing in the fourth inning of the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Tampa Bay Rays at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Fla. on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
  5. HomeTeam 100: Players 61-70

    Footballpreps

    Jefferson wide receiver Dontavius Smith during the game between Jefferson High School and Jesuit High School at Jesuit on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.