(Saturday, September 6th)
Final Score: (18) Oregon 66, Utah State 24
Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - LeGarrette Blount carried the ball 18 times for a 132 yards and two touchdowns as the 18th-ranked Oregon Ducks had their way in a 66-24 romp over the Utah State Aggies.
Andre Crenshaw and Remene Alston each rushed for a touchdown while adding 72 and 71 yards, respectively, for a ground game that accounted for 408 yards.
Justin Roper, who left last week's game with a concussion, took a majority of the snaps under center for the Ducks (2-0), finishing with 173 yards on 13- of-18 efficiency while adding a passing and rushing touchdown.
The Ducks' combined 688 total yards set a school record.
"It just shows how much potential we have," Roper said. "We made some mistakes today too, some penalties, some dropped balls and I threw an interception. We can improve on those things so if we can have this productive of an offense with the errors, just imagine what we can do."
Diondre Borel threw for a pair of touchdowns and 157 yards on 16-of-24 throws for Utah State (0-2), which was held to 18 first downs compared to the Ducks' 34. Otis Nelson caught a game-high seven balls for 72 yards and a TD.
Oregon's first scoring drive was prolonged by a defensive pass interference call, and Crenshaw took advantage by punching in a three-yard TD five minutes into the game.
After a quick Aggies possession, Oregon made it a 14-0 game as Roper found Terence Scott in the end zone from 20 yards away, capping the 10-play, 83-yard drive.
The Ducks kept feeding their potent backfield in the first half, and Blount broke off a 36-yard scamper to pay dirt less than a minute into the second quarter.
"I just waited in the backfield until I saw the hole and then broke through and ran downfield as fast as I possibly could," Blount recalled.
The Aggies finally got something going on their next possession, as Borel led a quick scoring strike, hooking up with Curtis Marsh on a 15-yard TD.
But Oregon answered immediately with a pair of touchdowns less than three minutes apart. On the first march, Roper rushed for 13 yards, threw back-to- back 26 and 33-yard completions, and had Blount dive over the goal line with a one-yard plunge.
The Ducks didn't need that many plays on their next possession, using only Scott's 51-yard run to take a commanding 35-7 lead.
Utah State caught then a break when Oregon's Jeremiah Masoli, who successfully filled in for the injured Roper last week, was sacked and fumbled into the end zone, and Antonio May recovered the loose ball for the Aggies' second TD.
The Ducks' Matt Evensen made a field goal of 39 yards before halftime, making it 38-14, and the Ducks showed their offensive potential with three straight touchdowns to open the second half.
Roper rushed one in from 11 yards out with nine minutes left in the third, and Chris Harper added a 12-yard TD jaunt 2 1/2 minutes later, which was aided by Crenshaw's 39-yard rush.
Following yet another three-and-out from the Aggies, Harper led Oregon on an 11-play, 74-yard drive, culminating in a three-yard connection with Rory Cavaille for a 59-14 cushion.
"They wore us down, especially when we couldn't make first downs," Utah State head coach Brent Guy said. "When your defense has to stay out there and keep going out there, I think that wore us down. They had 88 plays, and that's a lot of plays with the new clock rule. That tempo and their style of play got us."
USU's Peter Caldwell hit a 33-yarder through the uprights at the 13:18 mark of the fourth quarter, and Borel hit Nelson on a one-yard TD pass midway through the final stanza to make the score closer than the game seemed.
Alston added more insult on a one-yard touchdown with three minutes left in the contest.
The Ducks travel to Purdue next week, while the Aggies host in-state rival Utah...Oregon has won all four meetings with Utah State...Oregon also rushed for 256 yards in last week's win over Washington, with Jeremiah Johnson leading the way for 124 yards and two TDs. Johnson busted out a 37-yard run to open Saturday's game, but left with a shoulder injury...Jeff Maehl led the Ducks' receiving corps with 72 yards on four receptions...Borel also led the Aggies in rushing with 31 yards.
09/06 21:34:54 ET