Ducks Hold 29-17 Halftime Lead

Pullman -- Oregon holds a 29-17 first half lead against Washington State in a physical contest that saw running back Kenjon Barner taken off in an ambulance for tests and quarterback Darron Thomas head to the lockerroom midway through the second quarter.

Oregon took the lead on the first drive by going 0 yards in 13 plays and culminated when LaMichael scored his first of two touchdowns on a 1-yard rush. Dion Jordan took the snap on the PAT and scored to make it 8-0 Ducks.

Later in the first quarter, WSU went on 70-yard drive and scored cutting the Duck lead to 8-7 after the PAT when WSU running back James Montgomery went in from 26 yards out. On the ensuing kickoff, Kenjon Barner went down in a heap after a vicious hit by WSU's Anthony Carpenter. Barner appeared to be knocked out and the force of the hit caused to him to fumble. After several minutes, Barner was able to stand with assistance and was taken to a hospital for tests.

WSU had the ball as a result of the fumble on Oregon's 6-yard line. Logwone Mitz scored from 1-yard out and after the PAT, WSU led 14-8.

Oregon quickly responded when Darron Thomas hit LaMichael James for an 85-yard scoring pass. The Ducks converted the point after and recaptured the lead 15-14.

Oregon special teams got into the act when Cliff Harris returned a punt for 67 yards and the Ducks' lead increased to 22-14 following the PAT.

WSU cut into that lead with a 50-yard field goal making the score 22-17. Thomas, left the playing field during WSU's drive preceding Nico Grasu's successful field goal kick and Oregon back up quarterback Nathan Costa took charge of Oregon's next drive. Costa ran for 43-yards and set up Oregon's next touchdown. The score came when James scored his third touchdown of the day from 1-yard out.

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