Tag:LaMichael James
Posted on: September 18, 2010 9:04 pm

Oregon's reserves still crushing Portland State

Posted by Adam Jacobi

After three quarters, the Oregon game is 69-0 Oregon. This game is over. It was over at halftime (45-0). It was over at the five-minute mark of the first quarter (21-0). Ohhhh-ver.

And yet there's still 15 minutes to play, and Oregon's still got an offense that's just shredding Portland State, no matter who's in the game. Case in point: even with LaMichael James and Darron Thomas not playing a snap in the second half, Oregon put up 24 points in the third quarter, and they're amassing truly remarkable numbers.

Oregon has 594 yards of total offense through three quarters. That's over a third of a mile. They've rushed for 435 yards--or just a hair short of a quarter-mile. They have 25 first downs... and Portland State has 3.

Now, the only thing left to see is how badly Oregon runs up the score--without even trying to.

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 7:53 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 11:38 pm

Oregon keeps pouring it on Portland State at half

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Portland State Vikings are so overmatched. (How overmatched are they?) They're so overmatched that they deserve credit for holding Oregon to a field goal late in the second quarter. OK, that's not a very funny punchline, but considering how woeful the Vikings' efforts have been in keeping Oregon out of the end zone up to this point, they actually do deserve credit. So kudos, Portland State!

Other than that one moment of stout defense, this game has been all about LaMichael James and the Oregon Ducks. James has rushed for 226 yards and two touchdowns on only 14 carries. Quarterback Darron Thomas' stats are equally gaudy: 9-18, 149 yards, and four touchdowns. Oh, and Thomas has 7 rushes for 53 yards of his own.

All in all, the Ducks are taking a 45-0 lead to the locker room, and it would practically be an act of criminal malice to let Oregon's stars take any snaps in the second half.  

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 7:20 pm

Oregon running wild on Portland State early

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Having seen the havoc wrought by the Oregon offense on opposing defenses--outscoring opponents 120-13 in two games so far--one would expect the Ducks to have no trouble putting up points on lowly-even-by-FCS-standards Portland State. And one would be correct.

After one quarter, Oregon has taken a 21-0 lead on the hapless Vikings, and all three of Oregon's touchdowns came in the first five minutes of the game. The man of the match thus far has been LaMichael James, who has rushed for 91 yards (including a 66-yard score) in the first frame. James has also lost a fumble, but that lone miscue probably won't factor meaningfully into the game. Darron Thomas has also added two touchdown strikes from the air. This one's got "laugher" written all over it.

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Posted on: September 11, 2010 10:43 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 11:40 pm

Matt Simms, Tennessee in full implosion

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's hard to believe, but Tennessee led No. 7 Oregon 13-3 in the second quarter. And they looked good.

All that's long gone, though, because Oregon now leads 27-13 late in the third quarter, and Tennessee looks bad. Oregon had taken the lead on a sensational 73-yard run by LaMichael James , and Tennessee was driving to answer. Alas, Matt Simms uncorked a floater off of his back foot. and the throw was easily intercepted and taken to the house by Cliff Harris . Touchdown Oregon, and Neyland Stadium became Neyland Mausoleum.

Simms wasn't done, however, as he led the Tennessee offense backwards 13 yards on the very next drive, culminating in a 5-yard loss on a screen pass against a 3-man front. Tennessee may be only down by 14, but it's hard to imagine that this offense has 14 more points in them tonight.

UPDATE: We were right.  Tennessee didn't have 14 more points in them, in fact, they didn't even have one. Oregon had 21 more, though.  Final score: Oregon 48 Tennessee 13.

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