Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Top performances 2011: Darron Thomas
By Kevin Gemmell
We're looking at the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2011.
Up next: Rebounding Duck.
Who & against whom: Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas leads a 0-1, 13th-ranked Oregon team to a 69-20 blowout win over Nevada.
The numbers: Thomas threw for 295 yards and six touchdowns on 13 of 19 passing.
A closer look: After an error-plagued season opener against LSU, Thomas and the Ducks went wolf hunting and found themselves with a 41-7 lead before the bands even came out for the halftime show. Thomas threw five of his six touchdowns in the first half -- to five different receivers. He added his second of the game to De'Anthony Thomas (also his longest, 69 yards) midway through the third quarter before being spelled by Bryan Bennett. Consider Thomas' numbers from the week before: 31-of-54 for 240 yards and one touchdown. In this instance, Thomas definitely proved that less is more. The win launched a nine-game win streak and was the 17th straight victory at Autzen. The five first-half touchdowns were a school record and the six matched a school record for total touchdowns, which had been done three times (the last by Joey Harrington in 2001).