A Tale of Two Halfs
The Oregon Ducks once again flex their muscles in Pac-12 play beating the Cal Golden Bears 43-15. The Ducks looked, dare I say, ordinary in the first half, as the Bears led 15-14 at halftime. In the first half, the explosive Oregon offense was held to only two touchdowns while punting three times, missing a field goal, and turned the ball over twice. The second half was a totally different story as the Ducks scored touchdowns on their first four drives. Oregon did get some bad news when Lamichael James went down in the fourth quarter with a dislocated elbow, his status for this week's game against Arizona State is uncertain.
Arizona State Impressive
Coming into the season, Arizona State and Utah were predicted to battle for the Pac-12 South title. When the two teams met last week, Arizona State did most of the battling, winning 35-14 The Utes looked outgunned and under manned against the number 22 Sun Devils. Brock Osweiler had another efficient game throwing for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Arizona State, which leads the conference in takeaways) forced Utah into five turnovers, including three in the span of seven plays. ASU came out sluggish as they did against Oregon State but proved to be a second half team, outscoring the 25-7 in the second half.
3 and Out
Offensive Player of the Week: Lamichael James, Oregon
Lamichael James had his third consecutive 200 yard rushing game on Thursday night. James rushed for 239 yards on 30 carries and scored one touchdown. James leads the nation in rushing yards with 852. James dislocated his right elbow against Cal and although the injury is not season ending, James may miss some time.
Honorable Mention: Andrew Luck, Stanford, Keenan Allen, Cal
Defensive Player of the Week: Shaquille Richardson, Arizona
Richardson had seven tackles and two interceptions against Oregon State. Richardson, the sophomore cornerback from Carson, CA, has three interceptions, and 14 tackles in his last two games. Richardson also returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown last week against Oregon State.
Upcoming Game of the Week: #18 Arizona State @ #9 Oregon
College Gameday will be present in Eugene as two teams with BCS dreams collide under under the lights in Autzen Stadium. Oregon has cruised since a season opening loss to now number 1 LSU. Arizona State has played well in its last three games since its loss to #16 Illinois. Lamichael James' status is unknown but the Ducks have plenty of firepower as Darron Thomas, Kenjon Barner, and De'Anthony Thomas are all capable of making up for James' absence if it comes to it. Arizona State must tackle well and try to run the ball better than they have in the last couple of games.