Friday, October 7, 2011
Final: Oregon 43, California 15
By Ted Miller
Oregon won big over California, but it also may have lost big.
The No. 9 Ducks used a dominant second half to beat California 43-15, but it appears that they lost running back LaMichael James to a serious arm injury.
James injured his right arm early in the fourth quarter. He was carted off the field after trainers stabilized the arm in a sleeve. The Heisman Trophy finalist last season had rushed for 239 yards and a touchdown before he was hurt.
Whether you are an Oregon fan or not, a serious injury to James would be a complete drag. He's one of the best players in college football. His performance against the Bears would have put him again squarely in the Heisman race.
Oregon trailed 15-14 at the half but rolled after the break.
California also lost QB Zach Maynard, who was knocked out in the second half, which brought backup Allan Bridgford into the game.
While potentially losing James is a big hit, it's hard to ignore a a 29-0 second half from the Ducks, which certainly made a statement for the program.
Oregon improves to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference. Cal falls to 3-2 and 0-2 in the conference.