Monday, November 5, 2012
Player of the Week: Pac-12
By Kevin Gemmell
There's not much more to say about Kenjon Barner's performance on Saturday night that hasn't already been said. He was, it was, prolific.
In rushing for an Oregon record 321 yards and five touchdowns -- on a national stage in the biggest game of the year to date for the title-contending Ducks -- Barner also elevated himself from Heisman maybe to New York-bound.
His total was the fourth best in conference history and it surpassed the previous mark of 288 yards, set by LaMichael ... somethingorother. James, that's it, LaMichael James. Oregon's 730 yards of total offense was the most ever allowed by a USC defense. And by the third quarter, Barner, who is from Southern California, had already rushed for more yards than any other USC opponent.
He set career highs in every major rushing category and had 11 rushes of 10 yards or more -- the most by any FBS player in a single game in the past seven seasons, per ESPN Stats & Information. On 50 percent of his rushes he made it at least 5 yards beyond the line of scrimmage before contact (so a tip of the cap to his offensive line for that one). He also had two catches for 26 yards.
For his efforts he was named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week.
With the victory, the Ducks are third in the BCS standings, improved to 9-0 and 6-0 in conference play. They travel to California this week before closing out the regular season against a pair of ranked opponents -- Stanford at home and then at Oregon State for the Civil War.