Oregon beat UCLA on Thursday night, proving the voters right in the latest college football rankings. Oregon won 60-13, scoring at least two touchdowns every quarter as they completely dominated. They didn’t even give up a touchdown until there was less than two minutes remaining in the game. Oregon showcased not just their spectacular offensive attack, but how well their defense can shut down teams. This was something that Texas couldn’t do in their loss to UCLA, but Oregon proved to be in a class all by themselves on Thursday night in front of a national audience.
Oregon ended up with multiple stars on offense, beginning with sophomore quarterback Darron Thomas. Thomas went 22 for 31 in passing, for 308 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite target was senior wide out Jeff Maehl, who caught eight passes for 107 yards and a touchdown.
Two other receivers also caught passes for touchdowns. Running back LaMichael James ended up carrying the ball 20 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns, and Remene Alston Jr. rushed eight times for 75 yards and three touchdowns when James wasn’t getting the carries. In their attack, Oregon showed not only their skills, but the depth this team has on offense.
UCLA’s star running back Johnathan Franklin was held to just 69 yards on 21 attempts and didn’t score a touchdown on Thursday night. UCLA seemed outmatched from very early on in the game, and saw their overall record in 2010 slip to 3-4. They will have to try to regroup quickly for another tough Pac-10 Conference game against No. 18-ranked Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 30.
This was the third loss of the season in Pac-10 play for UCLA already, with their only win coming against the Washington State Cougars. They seem to really be a hit-or-miss team in 2010, with impressive wins against Texas and Houston, but equally tough losses to take against Kansas State and now Oregon. At least, to their credit, they have a really difficult strength of schedule, showing that they aren’t shying away from the tough opponents.
With the win on Thursday, Oregon moves to 4-0 in Pac-10 play and 7-0 overall. They easily defended their No. 1 rankings in the AP Top 25, Coaches’ Poll, and Harris Poll, and will be looking to garner some more votes in order to move up the BCS standings. Right now they are the No. 2-ranked team in the most important college football poll, so they still have some work in front of them if they want to climb a bit further.
Oregon’s next game is against USC, as they travel to California to play a game that will be broadcast nationally on ABC. It should be a tough game, and could really help Oregon’s computer rankings if they can pull out the win.