Darron Thomas Goes Down in the 3rd | The Ducks still Rock Arizona State


It was a crazy game last night in Autzen Stadium. There was a lot of speculation about how the offense would perform without starting running back LaMichael James (out with a dislocated elbow) and things looked a little shaky in the first half. Oregon’s offense didn’t look as powerful, and the game started off with a couple Oregon turnovers that resulted in ASU scores. Then there was the Duck secondary…ASU was shredding Oregon’s secondary. Osweiler was on fire, easily moving the ASU offense down the field. Late in the second quarter Cliff Harris took down an Osweiler pass and ran it back for 50 yards. Oregon was able to score off that turnover and went up 21 – 17 going into halftime.

The second half of the game was a completely different story, but not before some drama on the field. ASU scored early in the 3rd, regaining the lead and then a few plays later QB Darron Thomas went down after ASU’s linebacker Colin Parker went down his leg. Thomas didn’t get up for awhile and ultimately went to the locker room. Bryan Bennett took over from there and ran all over the field. Suddenly Oregon’s secondary was batting down Osweiler passes and Oregon’s offense was making the big plays down the field. Soon enough Oregon had put the Sun Devils away 41 – 27.

ESPN has a full recap of last night’s game…

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The Oregonian has a piece about Bennett and his performance after Thomas went down…

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…and a clip of Darron Thomas commenting on the status of his injury…

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We’ll be breaking down last night’s game in further detail and taking a look at the five top plays that made this game.