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 1:20am]

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