Instant analysis: Oregon 48, Arizona 29

November, 26, 2010
11/26/10
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EUGENE, Ore. -- Top-ranked Oregon used another second-half surge to bury No. 21 Arizona 48-29 on Friday.

How the game was won: Oregon has dominated the second half all season and that was again the case here. Arizona led 19-14 after a tightly contested first half. Yet, by early in the fourth quarter, Oregon -- poof! --led by 26 points and the game was over.

Turning point: Every play matters. Oregon took a 20-19 lead on its first possession of the second half, and then again drove into Arizona territory. But after an incompletion on third-and-5, the Ducks lined up for a 42-yard field goal. It was missed. A stop for Arizona? Nope. Arizona defensive end Ricky Elmore jumped offside. Two players later, it was 27-19. And the deluge began.

Stat of the game: Oregon had 175 total yards at halftime. It finished with 537 yards.

Stat of the game II: Oregon outrushed Arizona 389-58.

Player of the game: Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas accounted for four TDs -- three passing, one running. He completed 14 of 24 passes for 148 yards and rushed for 62 yards on six carries.

Unsung hero of the game: With starting receiver Lavasier Tuinei out with a shoulder injury, true freshman Josh Huff filled in nicely. He caught two passes for 18 yards and rushed three times for 103 yards, including an 85-yard TD.

What it means: It means that Oregon, now 11-0 for the first time in school history, only needs to beat Oregon State in the Civil War in order to play for the school's first national championship.

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