EUGENE, Ore. (AP) There's no doubting the Thomases at Oregon. Darron Thomas matched a school record…
Ducks Roll Wolfpack
"It's about going back to fundamentals," said Head Coach Chip Kelly about his team. "When we break in new linemen we think ‘when will they start to gel?' Communication played a big part in today's game."
Darron Thomas was magnificent throwing for 295 yards and six touchdowns on 13-of-19 passing. Thomas spread the ball around to six different receivers. JC transfer Rahsaan Vaughn was the leading receiver for the Ducks with three catches for 45 yards and his first Division I touchdown. Lavasier Tuinei also had three grabs and a touchdown while ending up with 25 total yards receiver. DeAnthony Thomas had two receptions for 93 yards including a touchdown catch and run covering 69 yards. LaMichael James scored in the first half on a wheel route coming out of the backfield to catch the ball and rambled 44 yards into the endzone. Daryle Hawkins, the converted quarterback had a big catch for 51 yards. Freshman tight end Colt Lyerla scored his first career touchdown on a 20-yard catch. Starting tight end David Paulson also had a catch for five yards. Eric Dungy had his first career catch as he dove for a ball from Bryan Bennett that covered 12 yards. Will Murphy had a catch for 24 yards.
"This week the offense worked really hard on making sure that we establish the running game and that the receivers ran good routes and focused on catching all passes," Thomas remarked.
Darron Thomas also ran for 35 yards on three carries. Thomas' back up Bennett, seeing his first game was 2-of-7 for 36 yards, plus he ran for another 25 yards on five carries.
DeAnthony Thomas was the leading ground gainer with 81 yards on eight carries. James had 12 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown. Tra Carson saw his first career carry and ended the afternoon with a total of nine totes for 34 net yards. Ayele Forde scored a 26-yard touchdown run late in the game. Forde's total for the day was six carries for 34 yards.
"He is a young freshman and still learning," Kelly said of DeAnthony Thomas. "He is explosive when you put the ball in his hands, and a fierce competitor. With Kenjon out today we needed him to compliment LaMichael."
Nevada quarterback Tyler Lantrip was 21-for-35 for 219 yards a touchdown and an interception.
Defensively, Michael Clay was the leading tackler with nine tackles (six solos) including one sack in his two tackles for loss plus a break up. Redshirt freshman Troy Hill had five tackles, all solos plus an interception and return for 45 yards. Bokombo Lokombo had a 67-yard pick-six for the ninth Oregon touchdown of the day. Brandon Hanna also picked off a pass. Terrance Mitchell had a TFL, a forced fumble and a break up. Josh Kaddu had a break up and quarterback hurry. Dion Jordan had a TFL. In all, 34 players had some sort of defensive statistic. By comparison, Nevada had 14 players record a defensive stat. Linebacker Brandon Marshall was the leading tackler for the Wolfpack with seven tackles (five solos.)
"Our offense moved the ball but we were shut down defensively," said Nevada' Chris Ault. "The offense did respond to keep the defense off of them."
The Ducks special teams scored once when James returned a punt for 58 yards. Alejandro Maldonado kicked nine PATs. Punter Jackson Rice had four punts for a 41.8 yard average with a long of 55 yards.
For the game the Ducks 603 yards total offense (272 yards rushing and 331 passing.) Nevada, despite the lopsided score racked up 516 yards of offense (283 rushing, 233 passing). Last week the Ducks were flagged 12 times but this week only three flags were thrown at Oregon. Nevada, playing its first game of the season was penalized eight times.
Kelly, obviously happy about the outcome and how the key to Oregon's success still is what happens Monday through Friday.
"I don't know how they responded so well on Monday," observed Kelly of team. "What I like about our team is how they practiced Monday."
• JR QB Darron Thomas set a new Oregon record for touchdown passes in a half with five and equaled the school mark for total TD passes with six, which had been done three times previously – last by Joey Harrington vs. Arizona State, Nov. 3, 2011.
• JR RB LaMichael James become the first UO player on record to score touchdowns rushing, receiving and returning in the same game. The 58-yard punt return for a TD was a career-long and his first score on a return of any kind.
• The interception by SO LB Boseko Lokombo was the first of his career and resulted in his second-career touchdown on a 67-yard return.
• FR RB De'Anthony Thomas had a game-high 204 all-purpose yards, including team-highs 81 rushing and 93 receiving. Both of his catches went for touchdowns (24 and 69 yards).
• Oregon's first interception of the season was also the first of FR CB Troy Hill's career.
• After four turnovers in Week 1 vs. No. 4 LSU, the Ducks did not turn the ball over while accumulating three interceptions on defense.
• UO's 69 points and 49-point margin of victory were the most since a 69-0 blanking of Portland State last season.
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