Ducks Cruise at the Half

Eugene – The 13th ranked Oregon Ducks made up for a mistake-prone game last week in Arlington, Texas by putting on an offensive show in the first half against Nevada by scoring at will and going into the locker room with a 41-7 lead.

Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James (21) scores during the first half against Nevada Wolfpack at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Z. Rider-US PRESSWIRE

The Ducks dominated the statistics with Darron Thomas leading the way by going 8-for-10, 175 yards and four touchdown passes. True freshman sensation DeAnthony Thomas was the leading rusher with 74 yards including a spectacular 62 yard run the led to the second touchdown. DeAnthony Thomas and Darron Thomas also hooked up for a touchdown just before halftime to make the score 41-7 after the PAT.

LaMichael James got the scoring going on a 3-yard run. The 2-point conversion failed but the Ducks held a 6-0 lead. James had 67 yards of rushing in the first half.

Lavasier Tuinei scored the second touchdown on a 3-yard reception for a score. After cornerback Troy Hill picked off a Nevada quarterback Tyler Lantrip pass and returned it 45 yards, Darron Thomas hit James on a wheel route good for 44 yards and a touchdown to make it 27-0 at PAT. The scoring parade continued on a one minute 11 second drive when Thomas found true freshman Colt Lyerla on a 20 yard pass into the endzone. That pumped the score to 34-0 after PAT.

Nevada was able to put the ball into the endzone towards the end of the half on a Lantrip to Mike Ball pass to cut Oregon's lead to 34-7 following the PAT.

With DeAnthony Thomas' touchdown reception of 24 yards and the Alejandro Malanado PAT, the Ducks enjoyed a comfortable halftime lead.

Oregon had 413 yards of total offense to Nevada's 217.

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