Top performances 2011: LaMichael James

February, 6, 2012
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We're looking at the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2011.

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Who & against whom? Oregon running back LaMichael James, despite leaving the game early in the fourth quarter with a dislocated elbow, dominated California on Oct. 6 in a 43-15 Ducks victory.

The numbers: James rushed for 239 yards on 30 carries -- 8.0 yards per carry -- with a 53-yard TD against the Bears.

A closer look: James, who led the nation with 150.4 yards rushing per game, produced four of the six 200-yard rushing performances in the conference in 2011. This blockbuster night against Cal wasn't his biggest performance -- he rolled up 288 yards at Arizona -- but it was his most impressive. And not just because he became the sixth player in Pac-12 history to eclipse 4,000 yards for his career. And not just just because he became just the fifth FBS player since 2000 to rush for 200-plus yards in three straight games. It was because the Bears had a good run defense. If you eliminated this game -- poof! -- Cal would have surrendered just 109 yards rushing per game and 3.34 yards per rush this season, totals that would have ranked them among the nation's top-20.

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