Blount rushes for 132 leading the way

Eugene -- Hello LeGarrette Blount has just introduced himself to the college football world with an impressive performance against Utah State in a 66-24 Oregon Duck win on Saturday. Blount sliced up the Aggie defense with his power and grace and left the crowd of 58,060 feeling very, very good about how this season is shaping up. Oregon improved on its record to 2-0 while Utah State fell to 0-2.

LeGarrette Blount got the call to enter the game on the first possession just after running back Jeremiah Johnson left with a shoulder problem. From that point, Blount carried the ball 18 times and established his career high at Oregon with 132 yards rushing. He also scored two touchdowns along the way.

"I've been waiting for this break," said Blount. "Jeremiah (Johnson) went down and I knew it was time for me to step and do what I had to do."

Blount's performance was very reminiscent of Jonathan Stewart's ability to power his way to extra yardage and on several occasions was pulling the Aggie defenders along the way down field. He scored early on in the second quarter when he broke through the secondary and rambled 36 yards into the endzone. He would later score in the second quarter on a one-yard plunge to make the score 28-7 and by the time the game was a route.

Oregon went onto set a school record for total offense with 688 yards eclipsing the old record of 667 set against BYU in 1989 and a stadium record against Stanford of 664 set in 1998.

While no one seriously expected Utah State to challenge the 18th ranked Ducks, the game seemed to be a step up from last week's 44-10 blow out of Washington. Next week though, the Ducks take their first road trip of the year and this time into Big-Ten country to face the Purdue Boilermakers in Lafayette, Ind. For Blount this will be another step in his journey going from junior college star to a big time name in Division I football, and Blount is ready for that trip. If he had it his way the game would start just as soon as the Utah State game was finished.

"I'm ready to play," admitted Blount. "If I could play right now I would."

Blount is going to have to wait but he and his teammates will get another chance to show everyone in the college football world that LeGarrette Blount and the Oregon Ducks have arrived.




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