Oregon junior James turns into record machine

TUCSON, Ariz. — Just when one record would fall, another would collapse.

Throughout a warm night in the desert, Oregon's LaMichael James etched his name over and over in the history books.

James set a school record for single-game rushing yards, reaching 288 on 23 carries late in the fourth quarter. The old record was Onterrio Smith's 285 in 2001.

With two touchdown runs in the first half against Arizona, James set the Oregon career record for rushing touchdowns at 42.

He also set the mark for overall touchdowns at 47.

Derek Loville (1986-89) previously held both records.

The junior rushed for 133 yards on 11 carries by halftime, giving him 3,735 yards rushing in his career, ninth in the Pac-12. Arizona's Trung Canidate is eighth with 3,824 yards.

At the end of the third quarter, James had sprinted, cut and dodged tackles to the tune of 191 yards on 16 carries. He was averaging 11.9 yards per tote.

James scored on a 12-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter and on a 19-yard run late in the second quarter in Oregon's Pac-12 opener.

He also got involved in the passing game, catching two passes for 15 yards early.


ANOTHER RECORD: Oregon has won 13 consecutive conference games, establishing a school record. The Ducks last lost a conference game Nov. 7, 2009, to Stanford.


INSIDE THE OFFENSE: The Ducks continue to score a lot and quickly. The time of Oregon's first seven scoring drives Saturday: 2:42, 2:19, 2:06, 2:02, 1:37, 2:15 and 2:29. Twenty-three of the Ducks' 28 scoring drives this season have lasted less than three minutes. And one lasted 3:01.

Tight end David Paulson scored his first touchdown of the season on a 10-yard catch with 13:24 left before halftime. Paulson had just four catches entering the game.

Quarterback Darron Thomas scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 5-yard run in the third quarter.


PERSONNEL UPDATES: Running back Kenjon Barner played after missing the last two games with a leg injury. He scored three touchdowns, on an 8-yard run, a 6-yard catch and a 1-yard run.

Left guard Carson York left the game before halftime.


GETTING DEFENSIVE: Oregon was successful in pressuring quarterback Nick Foles, registering a season-high four sacks — by halftime. The third and fourth sacks came on back-to-back plays right before intermission.

Arizona has a young offensive line and gave up five sacks to Stanford last week.


ABOUT THAT ATMOSPHERE: The temperature in the desert at kickoff was in the low 90s.

Arizona Stadium's new videoboard regularly plays broadcasts of other games before Arizona's kickoff. This time, the big scoreboard played the ESPN broadcast of LSU-West Virginia. Interestingly, Oregon lost 40-27 to LSU in the season opener.

Red and white pom pons were handed out to fans, who totaled 56,096, though many left by halftime.


A CLOSER LOOK AT ARIZONA: The Wildcats had lost to seven consecutive FBS teams, but their schedule has been unkind. Arizona was playing its third top-10 team in a row.

When Arizona's Keola Antolin scored on a 7-yard run to cut Oregon's lead to 35-16 in the third quarter, it was his fifth career touchdown against the Ducks and first since 2008.

When the Wildcats got a two-point conversion to whittle Oregon's lead to 35-24 in the third, it was Arizona's first two-point conversion since 2007.


KEY MATCHUP: Pass-happy Arizona has struggled with running the ball, averaging 55.7 yards per game entering Saturday. But the Ducks had allowed opponents to rush for 214.3 yards per game. What would give?

At halftime, Arizona had rushed for 21 yards. After three quarters, Oregon had 294 yards on the ground compared to the Wildcats' 55.

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