It's Over at Halftime

Eugene -- The Oregon Ducks introduced the Darron Thomas era in impressive fashion during the first half of the Oregon-New Mexico game by racking up 59 points a total of 427 yards of offense, two punt returns for touchdown and only two penalties. Oh, by the way Thomas threw for 220 yards and two touchdowns before heading to the bench so that Nate Costa could take snaps. Oregon leads 59-0.

For Oregon Duck fans, this game has a great preview of things to come in the 2010 season. For the New Mexico Lobos, well, it's a pleasant day weather-wise, with a slight cool breeze that should warm up as the afternoon continues.

So much for the good news for the Lobos. After an initial miscue by Darron Thomas that resulted in an interception on the opening drive, the Ducks haven't looked back. Kenjon Barner has been sensational by rushing for 147 yards on 17 carries, scoring four rushing touchdowns to go along with a 60-yard catch and run. David Paulson accounted for the other receiving score on a 30-yard post pattern strike in the first quarter. Jeffery Maehl is the leading Oregon receiver with five grabs for 91 yards.

Cliff Harris took over punt return duties for Barner in second quarter and returned but the kicks to him for touchdowns.

The Oregon defense has completely dominated the line of scrimmage and has held the Lobos to a total of 47 yards offense. Along the way have picked off one pass, recovered two fumbles and recorded one quarterback pass.

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