Ducks Bury Buffs 45-2

Boulder -- Let's be honest. Oregon (6-1, 4-0) did exactly what it wanted against the Colorado Buffaloes (1-7, 0-4) on Saturday afternoon. The game for all purposes was over by the middle of the first quarter with the Ducks up 22-0 after Kenjon Barner burst off a 84-yard run. Cliff Harris made an error in judgement otherwise the Buffs would have suffered the first home shut out in decades.

(PHOTO) Oregon Ducks running back Tra Carson (28) runs past the defense of Colorado Buffaloes linebacker K.T. Tu'umalo (42) in the third quarter at Folsom Field. The Ducks defeated the Buffaloes 45-2. Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

"It was a nice effort out there today. Everybody contributed," said Oregon's Chip Kelly. "We made some really smart plays and some not so smart plays. We were able to get the win."

Oregon had control of the game from the start. Even though the stadium reached 52,123 in attendance, that was only in the first half. When the crowd left to get a hot dog, they never came back. Oregon took control of the game and racked up 29 point in the first quarter and the rest of the game was about giving back up players playing time.

"We knew they were going to come out with a great crowd and student section," said Oregon Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich, who held the same position at Colorado before joining the Duck staff. "We wanted to eliminate that and go about our business."

Anyone watching this game had to agree that is exactly what the Ducks did. Oregon amassed 527 yards of total offense compared to Colorado's 231. The Ducks had five players that rushed for at least 50 yards. Kenjon Barner was the leading rusher for the day with 115 net yards and two touchdowns, his second straight 100 yard plus rushing game. Tra Carson looked a lot like another former Duck wearing No. 28 (Jonathan Stewart) by having his best day with 80 yards on 11 carries and scoring a touchdown. Bryan Bennett, making his first career start in place of the sidelined Darron Thomas responded with 69 yards rushing plus 156 yards passing and two touchdowns. Seldom used Ayele Forde had 12 second half runs for 54 yards and DeAnthony Thomas had 50 yards rushing to go along with his two catches for 18 yards and a touchdown.

Barner's 84-yard romp was the eighth longest rush in Oregon history and the third longest Colorado has given up at home.

Bennett looked smooth and poised and never once found himself in any trouble. If he the defenders made a move toward him, he used his ample speed to gain ground. Colorado was credited with sacking Bennett, but what happened was the swift-foot quarterback ran out of bounds behind the line of scrimmage while avoiding a tackler. Bennett knew he was going to be starting this week and according to him working with the starter all week helped.

"It helped me to play all week with the ones," said Bennett of his game performance. "It helped me get a little more comfortable."

David Paulson was the leading receiver for Oregon with two catches for 41 yards including a 31-yard touchdown reception. Lavasier Tuinei initially was awarded a touchdown on his 31-yard catch, but a review over reversed the call, giving Oregon the ball on Colorado's 1 (which led to Carson's first career touchdown.)

Going into halftime Oregon was up 35-0 when the offense scored four times and the defense once on Michael Clay's Pick-6,

As soon as the Ducks got the ball in the third quarter, they scored on a drive that last just under a minute and a half culminated by Carson's first career touchdown.

Alehandro Maldanado also kicked a field goal of 36 yards in the third quarter but probably the big news as far as Oregon was concerned was the play of the defense and the number of players used.

Oregon's defense kept the Buffs out of the endzone, though safety Cliff Harris in his role as put returner got caught in the Duck endzone for a safety. Kelly indicated that the players are taught not to field a punt inside the 10-yard line (which Harris did).

Nearly everyone on the travel roster played today including linebacker Anthony Wallace, who was erroneously listed as playing in last week's win over Arizona State.

"A lot of young men got to play; we played a pretty good game of football today," said Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti. "Coming away with a win, that's the bottom line."

Oregon's defense was led linebacker Josh Kaddu with 10 solo tackles including three tackles for loss of which two were sacks. Dewitt Stuckey had eight tackles (five solos) including a sack and a quarterback hurry. Kiko Alonso also had a sack as did Ryan Hagen. Ricky Heimuli, Keloni Kamalani, Isaac Remington and Dior Mathis each recorded a TFL.

Avery Patterson, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Troy Hill, Remington and Blake Thompson all notched a pass break up.

"I think we improve every week," observed defensive end Terrell Turner. "We just get stronger and stronger."

Special teams play was solid today with punter Jackson Rice scoring a 2-point conversion on a run plus having four punts averaging 54 yards with three of those landing inside the 20. Maldanado missed his first point after on the Ducks' fifth touchdown of the day. Maldanado's string ended with 38 successful PATs.

For Colorado, Tony Jones was the leading rusher with 71 net yards on 19 carries. Keenan Canty was the leading receiver with three catches for 28 yards. Tyler Hansen started the game as quarterback but left due to an unspecified injury. Hansen was 7-for-15, 62 yards and gave the interception to Clay. Nick Hirschman came in for Hansen and threw for 71 yards. Defensively the Buffaloes were led in tackling by Patrick Mahnke's seven solo tackles.

Colorado also did not aid its own cause by committing 10 penalties to Oregon's four calls.

"Obviously not the performance that we wanted," said Colorado's Jon Embree. "We sustained some more injuries and it really hamstrung us, it had nothing to do with the final score but my hat off to Chip (Kelly). They are a very good program, a very good team."

Darron Thomas missed his first start at quarterback in 19 games but perhaps it was De'Anthony Thomas' observation that best summed up the day. De'Anthony Thomas has scored on a pass play today making that score his ninth touchdown of the season, and only one shy of Derek Loville's record of 10 for a true freshman.

"We just came in to get the win and play great football," remarked De'Athony Thomas of the game. "That's what we come to do."

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