by: JAIME VALDEZ LaMichael James gets his Oregon Ducks teammates pumped up at Cowboys Stadium before Saturday's season opener against LSU.

ARLINGTON, Texas - Fans for LSU greatly outnumber followers of the Oregon Ducks at 80,000-seat Cowboys Stadium.

Numbers on Oregon's fancy Nike jerseys are, again, hard to read from a distance.

Oregon's Chip Kelly, wearing a white visor, and LSU's Les Miles go head-to-head in the coaching department, sporting 17 combined letters in their names. That must be some kind of record. Backup UO center Karrington Armstrong has 19 letters alone.

The Ducks are playing a little tougher opponent than OSU did on Saturday. And, the Ducks are smaller than their opponent again, a la Ohio State and Auburn games.

Scratched players from UO's game roster: Issac Dixon, Keanon Lowe, Devon Blackmon, B.J. Kelley, Nick Cole, Rahim Cassell, Anthony Wallace, Kiko Alonso (suspended), Tyler Johnstone, Jamal Prater, Christian French, Tacoi Sumler, Koa Ka'ai. And, of course, cornerback Cliff Harris will not play (suspended).

Freshman running back De'Anthony Thomas has taken jersey No. 6. Backup quarterback Bryan Bennett is No. 2.

Oregon captains are Darron Thomas, LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and John Boyett.

Here is the UO-LSU game track, quarter by quarter:


The Ducks had a holding penalty (Dion Jordan) on the kickoff. Receiver Josh Huff, injured in training camp, took the field on the first possession. A clipping penalty by Huff ensued, followed by a leg whip on Darrion Weems. Rough start for the Ducks, as Jackson Rice punted from own end zone.

The Tigers started at the UO 39.

The UO defense didn't allow much, forcing an incompletion on third down, and Drew Alleman's 45-yard field goal opened the scoring.

The Ducks went three-and-out. LSU's defense was showing to be big and fast.

The LSU offense, not showing much firepower, punted. Oregon had good field position at midfield.

De'Anthony Thomas made his first career reception. Later, Justin Hoffman caught a 14-yard pass from Darron Thomas on third down, giving UO first down at the LSU 15. Will Murphy dropped a third-and-six pass. Rob Beard's 29-yard field goal tied it.

LSU dropped a couple passes. On third down, center J.P. Lonergan snapped the ball as QB Jarrett Lee walked up the O-line to make a call. The Ducks recovered at the LSU 20.

But, a pair of incompletions led to Beard's second field goal, a 30-yarder, putting UO up 6-3.


LSU, ineffective offensively, punted. But Barner, pushed back toward the UO goal line by Brad Wing's 53-yard punt, coughed up the ball. Tyrann Mathieu forced the fumble and recovered it and went three yards into the UO end zone. The extra point was missed, leaving it 9-6, LSU.

Tharold Simon picked off Darron Thomas, as the QB tried to go deep to Huff. But John Boyett intercepted Lee, a play that was reviewed; replay showed the ball hit the ground, the interception overturned. The Ducks forced a punt after Michael Clay stuck receiver Jarvis Landry on third down.

The Ducks moved into LSU territory, and two Tiger D-linemen went down with injuries on the same play? Were they taking dives, trying to slow the UO offense?

Darron Thomas hit Huff for 14 yards on third down to the LSU 35, and then De'Anthony Thomas twice for another first down. The QB then hit Lavasier Tuinei twice as the Ducks neared the LSU goal line, but Ramsen Golpashin called whistled for UO's second leg whip penalty.

James rushed for 11 yards. De'Anthony Thomas caught a third-down pass for six and another UO first down. A delay penalty pushed UO back to the LSU 18.

Golpashin got whistled for false start, forcing third-and-17 from the LSU 20. But Thomas found Tuinei and LSU safety Craig Loston got called for a personal foul, giving UO first down at the LSU 4.

James scored on a 3-yard run, and Beard's extra point put UO up 13-9, concluding the very long drive: 19 plays, 79 yards, 7:41 clock time.

LSU combined some runs and passes to move deep into UO territory. Deangelo Peterson caught an 18-yard pass from Lee on third down.

Eddie Pleasant's pass interference on Rueben Randle gave LSU first down at the UO 14. Lee fumbled on second down, but Spencer Ware recovered no loss at the UO 10.

Lee hit Randle on a 10-yard, jump-ball touchdown play, with freshman Terrance Mitchell covering. LSU led 16-13 with 44 seconds left. The drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 4:26.

Oregon ran a couple times and the clock ran out. LSU led 16-13 at halftime.

First half thoughts: Oregon's offense struggled against the athletic LSU defense, having to dink-and-dunk their way to one touchdown. The Ducks had a costly special teams turnover, and eight penalties for 72 yards. LSU's offense didn't impress until the last drive. Total yards: 167 for Oregon, 100 for LSU, and the Ducks led in possession time. James rushed for 36 yards on 14 carries, Thomas went 17 of 28 for 121 yards.

Nine new UO players made the trip. De'Anthony Thomas, running back Tra Carson, receiver Rahsaan Vaughn and offensive lineman Jake Fisher played.


LSU takes the opening kickoff and does nothing offensively. But Oregon was stoned against by LSU's defense on its first possession.

The Duck defense held again, but LSU punter Wing pushed Barner back with a 58-yard boot. The Ducks started at the LSU 6.

Another miscue gave LSU a golden opportunity. LSU's Sam Montgomery forced De'Anthony Thomas to fumble, and teammate Eric Reid recovered at the UO 21.

The Tigers cashed in, with Michael Ford scoring on a 5-yard TD run as LSU went ahead 23-13.

De'Anthony Thomas fumbled again on the ensuing kickoff, LSU recovering at the UO 38. Lee hit Peterson for 29 yards to the UO 8. The Ducks forced third-and-5, but Mitchell again got popped for pass interference on Randle, giving LSU first down at the UO 2.

Spencer Ware scored on a 1-yard TD run, and it was 30-13, LSU.

Oregon punted, and LSU threatened to score again as the third quarter ended.


Oregon's defense held, but Alleman's 32-yard field goal made it a 20-point LSU lead, 33-13, with 14:07 left.

The Ducks scrambled for points. Darron Thomas hit Huff on an 8-yard TD play, making it 33-20 with 9:14 left.

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