- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon rolled UCLA 60-13 on Thursday in the Ducks' most complete performance of the year.
How the game was won: Oregon won with too much of everything -- too much talent, speed, power, offense, defense, rushing, passing. And yellow.
Turning point: UCLA drove to Oregon's 30-yard line on its opening drive, but Richard Brehaut tossed an interception to Ducks safety John Boyett. Then the Ducks quickly drove 90 yards for a TD. Things sorta went the Ducks way thereafter (yes, we typed that same thing at halftime. It's not like there was a new "turning point" after the break).
Stat of the game: Oregon outgained the Bruins 582 to 290.
Player of the game: Oregon QB Darron Thomas completed 22 of 31 passes for 308 yards with three TDs and no interceptions. He also rushed for 48 yards. The first-year starter's TD-INT ratio is now 17:5. Not too shabby.
Unsung heroes of the game: The Ducks' defense turned in a four-quarters performance and receiver Jeff Maehl caught eight passes for 107 yards and a TD.
What it means: It means Oregon, ranked No. 1 in both polls and No. 2 in the BCS standings, continues to be a national title contender. Some folks will dismiss pounding UCLA, but there's no erasing the fact that the Bruins won big at Texas. This was more about how good Oregon is than UCLA's deficiencies (though there certainly are some of those). As for the Bruins, they've now been blown out in consecutive Pac-10 games. That's not a good thing. They face another test of their resiliency.
Record performance: Oregon broke the school scoring record for eight games. But here's the kicker: The Ducks have only played seven games! They've scored 386 points this year. The previous record for eight games was 350 in 2007. Oh, by the way, 60 points is the most Oregon has ever scored against UCLA. And this also was the Ducks' biggest margin of victory in the series.
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