TEMPE, Az. – Thursday night’s game against Arizona State was supposed to be the first real test for the Oregon Ducks. In less than two quarters, the Ducks established their dominance, jumping out to a 43-7 lead and cruising to a 43-21 victory.
Oregon ran for 406 yards on the ground, led by Kenjon Barner. The senior rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns, including a 71 yard burst on the Ducks’ second drive. Marcus Mariota also topped the century mark, scoring on a 86 yard run early in the second quarter.
The ball-hawking Ducks secondary came up with four interceptions, including two first half picks which set up short Barner touchdowns.
As dominant as the Ducks were, they found themselves in an early hole. Mariota fumbled on the second play of the game. The Sun Devils took over at the Oregon 28 and scored on their first play after the turnover. However, the Ducks responded with Barner’s 71 yard scamper on their second play of the ensuing drive. That started a run of six straight touchdowns, which gave the Ducks a 43-7 lead with 11 minutes left to go in the second quarter.