MISSOURI STATE-UO GAME TRACK
- Jason Vondersmith
- Portland Tribune - Sports
EUGENE - Oregon hoped to continue its momentum Saturday at Autzen Stadium, taking on Missouri State of the Division I-AA/Football Championship Subdivision ranks.
The Bears (0-2) have lost to Arkansas, 51-7, and Eastern Kentucky, 28-24.
After losing to LSU in their opener, the Ducks rebounded by pounding Nevada 69-20 last weekend.
Kiko Alonso slipped into a starting linebacker role, with Michael Clay out. Avery Patterson started at free safety, although John Boyett went through pre-game warmups.
Here's a quarter-by-quarter game track:
The Bears surprised everybody with a convincing first drive, going 84 yards on nine plays to go up 7-0. QB Trevor Wooden threw 30 yards to tight end Matt Thayer on third-and-5, and then ran 18 yards. Later, Wooden and Thayer hooked up for eight yards and Julian Burton ran for 12 to the UO 3.
Chris Douglas scored on a 3-yard TD run.
Oregon drove downfield to tie it, the big play being an 18-yard Darron Thomas-to-Rahsaan Vaughn pass. Thomas hit De'Anthony Thomas on third-and-6, putting the Ducks at the MSU 1. LaMichael James scored from a yard out.
The Bears got another first down on their next drive, but UO D-linemen stopped Wooden on a third-down option play.
De'Anthony Thomas returned the punt 48 yards, and the Ducks scored again on Lavasier Tuinei's 8-yard TD reception, and UO led 14-7. De'Anthony Thomas had a 13-yard run on the drive, giving him 102 all-purpose yards on four different plays - kickoff return, pass reception, punt return, rush.
The Bears were driving again as the first quarter wound down. A third-down face mask penalty on Dion Jordan put the Bears at the UO 48. After a lost-yardage run, MSU got a big play on a fluke.
Wooden's pass bounced off receiver Jermaine Saffold, and then offensive lineman Travis Simmons, and into the hands of Cadarrius Dotson, who ran to the UO 16 as the quarter ended.
The Ducks stiffened, stopping Douglas on a fourth-and-1 play at the UO 7, not a very creative play by the visitors. The Ducks then scored on three passing play, Darron Thomas throwing 46 yards to Vaughn, 40 to Tuinei and seven to De'Anthony Thomas for the touchdown and a 21-7 UO lead.
After a UO defensive stop, James ran around left and sprinted 90 yards for a touchdown and a 28-7 UO lead. It was the longest run of his UO career; it was second-longest rush in UO history (Bob Smith, 92 yards, 1938).
Another defensive stop, another quick Duck score. Thomas threw a 34-yard to TD pass to Tuinei, making it 35-7. That made it four scores in the past 11 plays from scrimmage for the Ducks.
Later, UO's streak of scoring on drives ended at five. Thomas and James hooked up on a 26-yard screen pass, but Thomas then threw incomplete on three pass attempts in a row. Jackson Rice had a nice punt, though, to the MSU 5.
The half ended with Oregon firmly in control, 35-7, although the Bears found some offensive success against UO's defense (217 yards). The Ducks had 355 first-half yards; Thomas went 10 of 14 for 201 TDs and three scores, and James rushed nine times for 134 yards. Time of possession: MSU 23:25, UO 6:35.
James scored on a 50-yard TD run on UO's first series, making it 42-7. To that point, James had 12 carries for 204 yards and three scores.
Linebacker Rodney Hardrick was the latest true freshman to play.
Backup Bryan Bennett replaced Darron Thomas (11 of 15, 206 yards, three scores) at quarterback. He threw his first career TD pass, 26 yards to Lyerla, and it was 49-7. Lyerla, to that point, had three receptions this season - all for touchdowns.
Backups got plenty of work, and Bennett hit Eric Dungy for a 22-yard catch-and-run TD, Dungy's first career score. Score: UO 56, MSU 7.
The Ducks opted not to kick a field goal, and went for it on fourth-and-8 at the MSU 15. Ayele Forde's run came up short of the first down.
Neither team threatened the rest of the way.
Oregon goes to 2-1, heading to Arizona for the start of Pac-12 play next Saturday.
Oregon 56, Missouri State 7.