Tennessee Volunteers 13
The explosiveness Oregon showed in a 72-0 victory last week wasn't just a by-product of playing lowly New Mexico. The Ducks weren't expected to match last week's scoring outburst against Tennessee, but they showed their quick-strike capability to turn a close game into a romp.
After forging a 13-13 halftime tie with 10 second-quarter points, Oregon scored touchdowns on plays that covered 72, 76 and 80 yards to leave the Volunteers way behind. LaMichael James scored on a 72-yard run, Cliff Harris returned an interception 76 yards and Kenjon Barner returned a punt 80 yards. The Ducks originally trailed 13-3, but they scored 45 consecutive points in a 48-13 win.
James ran for 134 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown, in his first game back after a one-game suspension. The Pac-10’s leading returning rusher had only 27 yards at halftime after being targeted by the Volunteers’ defense for the entire first half. He rushed for 25 yards on five carries in the Oregon’s first second-half drive and then broke several tackles on the 72-yard touchdown run on the first play of the subsequent drive for the Ducks (2-0).
Oregon scored the most points by an opponent in Knoxville since Washington State hung 52 on the Vols in 52-24 drubbing in 1988 and the worst loss in Knoxville since a 45-0 loss to Vanderbilt 105 years ago.
In two games, Oregon's explosive offense has piled up 1,167 yards, and the Ducks (2-0) have scored 120 points on scores by the offense, defense and special teams. The two-game averages of 583.5 yards and 60 points ranks Oregon second in the nation in both categories.
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