Arizona was blown out at home by Oregon on Saturday night. Read on for numerous statistical notes and more.
came out storming from the first kickoff, took a 32-point first half and cruised to a 56-31 victory over Arizona
. The Ducks were too much offensively and their defense benefited from several missed opportunities by the UA offense.
It was more of the same from the Wildcats, who were blown out for the third straight week by a top-10 opponent. They looked like they were making a game of it in the third quarter when they cut it to an 11-point contest, but Oregon woke back up and put the game out of reach not too long after.
LaMichael James finished with a career night and set the Ducks' single game rushing record with 288 yards on the ground. Any time James touched the ball it seemed like he made a big play. UA simply couldn't stop the Heisman Trophy candidate, who helped Oregon compile 415 rushing yards on the evening.
As a team, Oregon averaged 8.8 yards a carry. James was a big factor in the rushing average, putting up 12.5 yards per run.
Nick Foles struggled in the first half and was the victim of several dropped passes; a couple of which would have gone for touchdowns. On top of his struggling teammates, Foles' accuracy was shaky in the early going. Statistically speaking, he looks like he had a good game on paper – 33 of 55 for 391 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions – but he put up a good portion of those numbers when UO's defense had eased up after taking a huge lead.
Foles was under pressure the entire night and was sacked six times. The pressure obviously got to him early and forced him into making several inaccurate pass attempts. The offensive line couldn't handle the Ducks front seven up front and it prevented the offense from getting into any kind of groove.
UA is still struggling to find a consistent running game. Starting running back Keola Antolin gained 55 yards on 13 carries while freshman Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 48 yards on 12 attempts. As a team, the Wildcats concluded the night with 82 yards on the ground against a defense that was giving up 214 yards per game on the ground heading into Saturday's affair.
Foles spread the ball around well. The signal-caller completed passes to eight different targets. David Douglas had his most productive game of the season with seven receptions for 120 yards. Juron Criner caught nine passes for 96 yards while David Roberts caught two touchdown passes.
Arizona held Oregon to only 101 passing yards, but with the way they run the ball, the Ducks didn't need to pass. Only one receiver – tight end David Paulson – had more 20 yards receiving.
The six sacks Foles took are directly attributed to the struggles up front. Foles held the ball too long at times, but the constant pressure from Oregon forced him out of the pocket often. The line struggled with run blocking as well as the team finished the game averaging a mere 2.3 yards per carry.
On the flipside, Oregon's offensive line neutralized the Arizona front-seven. The 8.8 yards per carry is an impressive stat by the Ducks, but was equally impressive was the unit's ability to keep Darron Thomas upright. The UO quarterback was hardly pressured and given plenty of time to make decisions with the ball in his hands.
After not being blown out at home in roughly seven years, UA has lost two consecutive games at Arizona Stadium by 25 points or more.