As we get deeper and deeper into the 2012 season, we begin to learn more and more things about the Oregon Ducks. With that being said, there were some things that Oregon fans can take away from the 70-14 victory over the Colorado Buffaloes. Let’s take a look at three things we learned in week 9.
1) The Ducks are taking it “one game at a time.” Before the game against Colorado, everyone wanted to talk about the Week 10 match-up against USC. However, Oregon stressed all week coming into the Colorado game that they weren’t looking past Colorado. This was shown as the Ducks put up 70 points on the Colorado Buffaloes.
According to ESPN, Marcus Mariota said, “It’s a big game but we treat every game the same,” when asked about the game against USC next week.
2) The rushing game still fuels the Oregon offense. In the game against Colorado, the Ducks ran for 425 yards. Kenjon Barner, De’Anthony Thomas, and Bryan Bennett led the attack for Oregon. Barner led the team with 104 yards on nine carries and two touchdowns. Thomas was second in rushing yards with 73 on five carries and a touchdown while Bennett was third with 73 rushing yards on ten carries, but had three touchdowns. Oregon is currently fourth in the FBS with 2,645 rushing yards this season. If teams are going to let the Ducks run like this, there is no reason why they will not be undefeated this season.
3) The Oregon Ducks are one game away from tying the FBS record for consecutive games with at least 30 points scored. Dating back to 2011, Oregon have scored at least 30 points in 21 consecutive games. They are now one game shy of tying the FBS record that is set at 22 consecutive games. The two teams with 22 consecutive games with at least 30 points are Hawaii from 2006-2007 and Oklahoma State from 2011-2012 (streak was ended earlier this season). The Ducks will need to score at least 30 points against the USC Trojans to tie the record. The Trojans have only let up 30 points once this season (this week against Arizona).
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