Saturday, October 9, 2010
Oregon wins with no style points
By Ted Miller
Sometimes a 20-point win on the road doesn't feel so good.
No. 3 Oregon piled up 558 yards and beat Washington State 43-23, but it was a costly day. And not just because the win lacked the style points that are often required to keep moving up in the polls.
First, quarterback Darron Thomas was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury. Also, running back Kenjon Barner was seemingly knocked out, though the nature of his injury hasn't been revealed. He was was in stable condition and undergoing tests at the hospital, Oregon reported.
Oregon is 6-0 for the first time since 2002. With Alabama's loss at South Carolina, it's possible it could take another step forward in the polls.
But a competitive game with Washington State might not help.
Backup quarterback Nate Costa played the final three quarters after Thomas left and led three scoring drives. LaMichael James scored three touchdowns, including an 84-yard scoring reception, and rushed for 136 yards on 25 carries.
And maybe the Cougars deserve some credit. They piled up 337 yards and seem to have taken a step away from patsy-dom.
The Ducks are off next weekend. Washington State plays host to Arizona.