SCOUTING THE OFFENSE: With two games remaining, Oregon has already set the school record for points in a season with 555. That eclipsed the 545 scored in 13 games during the 2008 season. Oregon busted out of a short scoring slump by scoring 34 points in the second half against Arizona. The Ducks scored a season-low 15 points in a win over Cal and then had 14 in the first half against the Wildcats before scoring on their first five possessions of the second half. Oregon also showed it can score quickly or put together a long drive. Josh Huff started the second half with an 85-yard touchdown run, the longest play of the season for Oregon and the third-longest run in school history. On its next possession, Oregon went 99 yards on 20 plays for a touchdown.
SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Oregon gave up 19 points in the first half to trail at halftime for only the second time all year but then limited Arizona to 10 points in the second half. The Wildcats became only the second team to score on Oregon in the fourth quarter, but Oregon has outscored its foes 101-14 in the final period this season. Now Oregon gets Oregon State, which is coming off one of its poorest offensive efforts in years during a 38-0 loss to Stanford on Saturday. It was the first time Oregon State had been shutout since 2002, a span of 106 games, and was the most lopsided loss for the Beavers since 2005.
STORYLINES: Oregon needs to defend the pass better after giving up 448 yards in the air to Arizona's Nick Foles, but Oregon State's Ryan Katz has been running more cold than hot since a brilliant performance at Arizona in Week 5. Oregon is expected to key on Jacquizz Rodgers, generally regarded as the key to Oregon State's offense. Oregon has its highest-scoring offense in school history and has been explosive against the Beavers in recent years, scoring 65 points in 2008 and 37 last year.
OREGON PLAYERS TO WATCH:
RB LaMichael James -- His two touchdowns against Arizona gave him the school's single-season record with 19, which is tied for ninth in Pac-10 history. James also set the school record for points in a season with 120. With 126 rushing yards against the Wildcats, James went over 100 yards for the eighth time this year and the 17th time in his two seasons. His 1,548 rushing yards is second in school history.
WR Josh Huff -- The freshman got an increased workload when starting receiver Lavasier Tuinei missed the Arizona game with an injury. He gave the Ducks the lead with an 85-yard scoring run on an option play and finished with 103 yards on three carries to break the school single-game record with an average of 34.3 yards per rush. He became the fifth Duck to rush for more than 100 yards in a game this season.
QB Darron Thomas -- The sophomore had three passing touchdowns and one rushing against Arizona to give him 31 total touchdowns on the season, which ranks third in school history. He is fifth on the school single-season list with 2,869 yards of total offense. Thomas did have a string of 76 attempts without an interception snapped against the Wildcats.
--RB LaMichael James got a full workload with 28 carries for 126 yards and two scores against Arizona. James was banged up on a helmet-to-helmet hit against the Wildcats but returned to the game and should be good to go against Oregon State.
--P Jackson Rice missed the game with an illness and was replaced by true freshman Alejandro Maldonado, who had been planning to redshirt. Maldonado had one punt for 30 yards, and his other attempt ended when the snap went over his head and out of the end zone for a safety. Reserve quarterback Dustin Haines replaced Rice as the holder on kicks.
--WR Lavasier Tuinei (shoulder) and OT Darrion Weems (leg) did not suit up for the Arizona game due to injury, and their status for Oregon State was unclear.
Oregon at a glance
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