EUGENE OR - OCTOBER 21: Darron Thomas #1 of the Oregon Ducks runs against the UCLA Bruins on October 21 2010 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene Oregon. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

UCLA No Match For AP No. 1 Oregon, Drubbed, 60-13, In Eugene

Sophomore quarterback Richard Brehaut made his second start of the season tonight for UCLA.

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UCLA At Oregon: Ducks Dominate Bruins, 60-13

Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - Darron Thomas threw for 308 yards and three touchdowns and Heisman Trophy candidate LaMichael James ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns, as top-ranked Oregon looked the part in a 60-13 thumping of UCLA.

The Ducks (7-0, 4-0 Pac-10) amassed 582 total yards -- 15 more than their season average -- five different players scored and individual highlights were the norm. Remene Alston, Jr. ran for 75 yards and three touchdowns and Jeff Maehl caught eight passes for 107 yards and a score in the victory.

The Ducks are celebrating their first No. 1 ranking in school history and improved to 7-0 for the first time since starting 8-0 in 1933.

UCLA (3-4, 1-3) totaled just 290 yards and was overmatched by Oregon's offensive speed and depth. Richard Brehaut threw for 159 yards on 16-of-23 passing with an interception and ran for the Bruins' lone touchdown. His counterpart Thomas completed 22-of-31 passes and found seven different receivers.

The Ducks wasted little time, moving 90 yards in about two minutes for the game's first points. Thomas completed three 20-plus-yard passes and James slashed inside the tackles and found the end zone from eight yards out.

After a Bruins punt, the quick-striking Ducks moved at ease, taking out large chunks of yardage at a time. Just two of the 11 plays were passes, as Oregon used the ground game to find paydirt. Alston plunged home from a yard out and the subsequent two-point conversion opened a 15-point edge.

The Bruins tried to move the football and kill the clock, finding their first points on Kai Forbath's 25-yard chip shot. UCLA kept the football on the ground for the march's final 10 plays.

Undeterred, the Ducks navigated 55 yards in 27 seconds to pile on. James gashed the defense for 27 yards and Thomas finished the series with a 22-yard scoring strike to Josh Huff.

Oregon went on a lengthy march, relative to its quicker first-half scoring strikes, to widen the gap. An 11-play, 85-yard drive was capped by Thomas' six-yard TD pass to David Paulson.

A 29-yard field goal by Rob Beard ended the first-half scoring and gave the homestanding Ducks a 32-3 advantage.

The Ducks started the second half like they ended the first 24 minutes, adding to their advantage. A mix of runs and passes resulted in an 11-play, 67-yard TD drive capped by Thomas' three-yard toss to Maehl.

UCLA added three more points to the scoreboard with Forbath's 48-yard field goal, but the Ducks defense used a sack and fumble to put its offense in prime scoring position several minutes later. James slipped to paydirt from six yards away on the possession's first play for a 46-6 edge.

Alston's 42-yard run set up his own two-yard plunge for a 53-6 lead early in the fourth quarter. Another two-yard run by Alston gave the Ducks a 60-6 lead and Brehaut's six-yard rush off left tackle finally got the Bruins into the end zone in the closing minutes.

UCLA still leads the all-time series, 39-25, but Oregon has won eight of the last 10 meetings...Oregon has a 19-3 mark in conference play since the start of the 2008 season..Oregon came into the game averaging a nation-best 54.3 points per game..the Ducks have won 14 straight home games.

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UCLA At Oregon: Bruins Allow 60 Points For 8th Time Since 1919

The Oregon Ducks were 27-point favorites tonight over the UCLA Bruins, and it appears they will come close to covering that point spread in each half. After outscoring the Bruins 32-3 in the first 30 minutes, the Ducks lead the second half 28-10, and have a 60-13 lead with about two minutes left. This is just the eighth time UCLA has allowed 60 or more points since 1919.

UCLA has given up 60 points or more just seven previous times since 1919:

  • October 3, 1919: Manual Arts HS 74, UCLA 0
  • November 20, 1930: Whitter 103, UCLA 0
  • November 5, 1921: Whitter 62, UCLA 0
  • November 14, 1925: Stanford 82, UCLA 0
  • September 28, 1929: USC 76, UCLA 0
  • November 14, 1970: Washington 61, UCLA 20
  • December 2, 2005: USC 66, UCLA 19

The 47-point deficit would be the worst loss for UCLA since losing to BYU 59-0 in 2008. I know the transitive property (If A beat B, and B beat C, A is better than C) doesn't always work in college football, but how bad does Texas (who lost 34-12 to UCLA) look right now?

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UCLA At No. 1 Oregon: First Half By The Terrible, Terrible Numbers

The UCLA Bruins trail the Oregon Ducks 32-3 at halftime at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, and yes the score indicates the chasm between the two teams. Here is a look at the numbers for the first half, which was dominated by top-ranked Oregon:

  • Since beating Associated Press No. 1 Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl, UCLA is 0-6 against AP No. 1 teams, and has been outscored by an average of 46-14 in those games. Tonight seems to fit that pattern.
  • Oregon was a 27-point favorite in the game, and have covered the spread by halftime
  • Oregon has gained 357 yards of offense in the first half, compared to 136 for UCLA
  • Oregon has 23 first downs, compared to nine for the Bruins
  • Ducks' quarterback Darron Thomas is 16-for-20 for 220 passing yards in the first half, with two toiuchdowns
  • UCLA backup quarterback Richard Brehaut, who started tonight with Kevin Prince out, has completed six of eight passes, but for only 47 yards, and has one interception
  • LaMichael James, the leading rusher in the Pac-10, has 77 yards on 11 carries, a clean seven yards per carry.
  • Oregon leads in average yards per offensive play, 9.2 yards to 3.8 yards for the Bruins.
  • Oregon is 0-for-3 on third-down conversions, but has completed both attempts on fourth down
  • In case UCLA was thinking of a comeback, keep in mind that Oregon has allowed 13 points in the second half all season, including none in the fourth quarter.

Oregon will receive the ball to begin the third quarter.

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UCLA At Oregon: Bruins Trail 22-3 In Early Second Quarter

The UCLA Bruins were unable to stop the Oregon Ducks on any of their first three drives, and trail the Ducks 22-3 early in the second period. The Bruins were able to drive down the field on their third drive, but settled for a 25-yard field goal by Kai Forbath in the second quarter after Oregon opened the game with 15 straight points.

UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince didn't even dress for tonight's game, still battling a right knee injury. Per Jill Painter of the Los Angeles Daily News, via Twitter:

#UCLA quarterback Kevin #Prince will have arthroscopic knee surgery on Saturday since the swelling has not subsided.

UCLA drove the ball 49 yards, into Oregon territory, on their opening possession, but the drive ended when Richard Brehaut threw an interception.

Oregon drove the ball 90 yards in eight plays, culminating in an eight-yard score by running back LaMichael James, the leading rusher in the Pac-10. The Ducks had plays of 21, 24, and 25 yards on their opening drive. James left the field on their next drive, with an apparent injury, but he appears to be okay, as he returned for the next drive.

On the Ducks' second drive, they scored a touchdown after a 10-play, 77-yard drive, then punched in a two-point conversion when backup quarterback Nate Costa ran the ball into the left corner of the end zone. Oregon scored its third touchdown on a 22-yard pass from quarterback Darron Thomas to Josh Huff with 10;37 remaining in the second quarter.

Through their first three drives, the Bruins have 82 yards rushing on 20 carries.

For more UCLA news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Bruins Nation.


UCLA At Oregon: Bruins History Against AP No. 1 Teams

The UCLA Bruins are set to battle the Oregon Ducks, ranked number one in both college football human polls, tonight at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Bruins have not beaten a top-ranked team since defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes, 23-10 in the 1976 Rose Bowl. Here's a look at UCLA's games against No. 1 teams in the AP poll since that victory 34 years ago:

  • December 3, 2005: No. 1 USC 66, No. 11 UCLA 19
  • December 4, 2004: No. 1 USC 29, UCLA 24
  • September 20, 2003: No. 1 Oklahoma 59, UCLA 24
  • September 6, 1986: No. 1 Oklahoma 38, No. 4 UCLA 3
  • September 22, 1984: No. 1 Nebraska 42, No. 8 UCLA 3
  • September 24, 1983: No. 1 Nebraska 42, UCLA 10

UCLA is 4-10 all-time against AP No. 1 teams. This is the first time ever that the Bruins are facing a No. 1 team in the Pac-10 that isn't USC.

The Bruins lead the all-times series with Oregon 39-24, although they have lost seven of their last nine encounters. UCLA is 17-11 in Oregon, although they last beat the Ducks at Autzen Stadium in 2004, a 24-26 Bruins' victory.

Coach Rick Neuheisel is 4-3 all-time against Oregon, but has lost both games as head coach of UCLA.

For more Bruins news and analysis, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Bruins Nation.


UCLA At Oregon: Bruins Have Their Work Cut Out To Beat No. 1 Ducks

(Sports Network) - The Oregon Ducks have earned the top spot in the AP poll for the first time in school history, and they are set for a primetime showdown with Pac-10 foe UCLA on Thursday. UCLA carried a three-game win streak into an October 9th meeting with California. Unfortunately, the Bruins put forth a horrendous effort on both sides of the ball in a 35-7 loss to the Golden Bears. UCLA is just 3-3 overall and 1-2 in league play, not exactly what head coach Rick Neuheisel had in mind when the campaign began.

"We've got a lot of work to do," said Neuheisel after the Cal loss. "We have to go back and figure out more answers with our offensive scheme so that we don't get stymied like this."

Oregon is a perfect 6-0 thus far, and every victory has come by double figures. Coach Chip Kelly's squad was most recently in action on October 9th when it bested Washington State by a 43-23 final. The last three victories have come against Pac-10 opposition, highlighted by a 21-point triumph over a talented Stanford team.

Oregon posted a 24-10 victory over UCLA last season, but the Bruins own a 39-24 advantage in the all-time series.

It is hard to imagine UCLA playing any worse offensively than it did in the loss to Cal last time out, as the Bruins posted only 12 first downs and 144 total yards. They were 3-of-15 on third-down conversion attempts and surrendered five sacks. The ground attack was horrid, generating a paltry 26 yards on 26 attempts. Kevin Prince completed only 13-of-31 passes for 99 yards before exiting the contest with a knee injury, and it is unclear if he will be healthy enough to face Oregon. If he isn't, sophomore Richard Brehaut will take the snaps.

"We got out of our element as an offense," said Neuheisel. "We were forced to throw the ball way more than we wanted to or were prepared to and obviously it didn't go well for us."

UCLA is far from an offensive juggernaut, as the club is averaging 22.7 ppg and 318.5 total ypg. The Bruins do almost all of their damage via the ground attack, which accounts for 223.0 ypg thanks to an impressive average of 5.2 yards per carry. Of the 16 touchdowns scored by the offense this season, 13 have come on the ground. Johnathan Franklin has rushed for 679 yards and five touchdowns to lead the way, while Derrick Coleman has been productive as well with four rushing scores. Prince has struggled mightily under center, so he won't be missed much if he can't play this weekend.

Cal's game plan was to pound the ball on the ground at UCLA, and the Bruins looked completely helpless for much of the contest. The Golden Bears were able to accumulate 304 rushing yards at a clip of 5.5 yards per carry, and four of the five offensive touchdowns scored by Cal came on the ground.

Opponents are generating 25.4 ppg against UCLA, which is allowing almost the same number of rushing yards per game (182.3) as passing yards (187.5). The Bruins have permitted 49 percent of third down conversion attempts by foes to be successful, but the team's total of 18 sacks to date is solid.

In the eyes of many fans and analysts, Oregon tailback LaMichael James is the favorite for the Heisman Trophy at this middle point of the season. James has rushed for 848 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging 7.4 yards per carry. While the tremendous performance of James was expected, the play of quarterback Darron Thomas has been a pleasant surprise. Thomas, who is expected to play on Thursday despite a shoulder injury, has completed 58.8 percent of his passes for 1,231 yards and 14 touchdowns with five interceptions, and he has rushed for 221 yards and a pair of scores. Jeff Maehl leads Oregon with 31 catches for 423 yards and five touchdowns, helping the Ducks achieve their staggering output of 54.3 ppg and 567.0 total ypg.

Against Washington State, Oregon posted 22 first downs and 556 total yards. James ran for 136 yards and two scores in that game, while Thomas and backup Nate Costa combined for 304 passing yards. Maehl caught 10 passes for 119 yards and a score.

"Every play I did, Kenjon was in my mind," said James after the game. He was speaking about teammate Kenjon Barber, a fellow tailback who was taken off the field in an ambulance with a concussion. Barber is expected to miss this week's game.

"It's just tough when you have injuries like that and there is an ambulance that comes on the field, but I thought our kids did a pretty good job handling it after that," said coach Kelly.

While the Oregon offense gets most of the media attention, the team's defense has certainly help up its end of the bargain. The Ducks are allowing only 16.3 ppg and 338.5 total ypg, and the squad has played well against the run and the pass for the most part. Generating turnovers has been key to the success of the squad, as Oregon has posted 12 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries. Cliff Harris has four interceptions to his credit, while Eddie Pleasant paces Oregon with 33 total tackles.

The Oregon defense didn't play a perfect game by any means against Washington State, as three touchdowns were surrendered, two of which capped drives of at least 70 yards. Still, only 91 rushing yards were permitted at a clip of 2.5 yards per attempt.


UCLA At Oregon: By The Numbers

Here is a statistical look at Thursday's game between the UCLA Bruins and Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium In Eugene:

  • Oregon has won 13 straight games at home
  • Oregon has allowed just 13 points in the second half this season (six games), and none in the fourth quarter
  • Oregon's 326 points this season are the most in any six-game stretch in team history, and more points than any Oregon football team scored for an entire season from 1952 to 1988.
  • Oregon ranks first nationally in scoring offense, at 54.3 points per game
  • UCLA ranks 86th nationally in scoring offense, at 22.7 points per game
  • Oregon ranks first nationally in total offense, at 567.0 yards per game
  • UCLA ranks 99th nationally in total offense, at 318.5 yards per game
  • Oregon ranks third nationally in rushing offense, at 314.8 yards per game
  • UCLA ranks 92nd nationally in rushing defense, at 182.3 yards per game
  • UCLA ranks 13th nationally in rushing offense, at 223.0 yards per game
  • Oregon ranks 38th nationally in rushing defense, at 126.5 yards per game
  • UCLA ranks 118th nationally, out of 120 FBS teams, in passing offense, at 95.5 yards per game
  • Oregon ranks 16th nationally in scoring defense, at 16.3 points per game
  • UCLA ranks 68th nationally in scoring defense, at 25.7 points per game
  • Oregon running back LaMichael James leads the Pac-10 in rushing, at 169.6 yards per game
  • James is also tied for the conference lead in scoring, at 12.0 points per game

For more UCLA news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Bruins Nation.


UCLA At Oregon: Last Five Games

As the UCLA Bruins prepare to battle the Oregon Ducks Thursday night at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, they will try to do something they haven't done in six seasons: get a win on the road against the Ducks. The last UCLA win at Autzen Stadium came in 2004, a 34-26 Bruins' victory. Here is a look at the last five games in the series:

  • 2004: UCLA 34, at Oregon 26
  • 2006: at Oregon 30, UCLA 20
  • 2007: at UCLA 16, Oregon 0
  • 2008: at Oregon 31, UCLA 24
  • 2009: Oregon 24, at UCLA 10

Thursday night's game will be televised on ESPN at 6 p.m. PDT. Rece Davis, Craig James, and Jesse Palmer will be in the booth, with Jenn Brown providing sideline coverage.

For more UCLA news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Bruins Nation.


UCLA At Oregon: QB Kevin Prince Doubtful With Right Knee Injury

UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince sat out practice Monday night, and his status is uncertain for the Bruins' game in Eugene Thursday night against the Oregon Ducks.

"With respect to the quarterback situation, we rested Kevin today. We hope that he's back to moving around tomorrow, but Richard [Brehaut] had a great practice and so did Darius Bell," head coach Rick Neuheisel said. Neuheisel also said Prince, who had a precautionary MRI yesterday on his knee, "went from questionable probably to doubtful, but we're not ruling him out."

Prince has completed 42 of 94 passes this season, a 44.7% completion rate, for 384 yards, with three touchdowns and five interceptions. He has also rushed for 110 yards and has three rushing touchdowns. If Prince is unable to start, sophomore Richard Brehaut would likely start at quarterback. Brehaut started one game this season, completing 12 of 23 passes for 128 yards in a 42-28 win over the Washington State Cougars on October 2. The Bruins rushed for a season-high 437 yards in that game.

For more UCLA news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Bruins Nation.


UCLA Suspends Two Players For Oregon Game

Coach Rick Neuheisel announced today that UCLA Bruins wide receiver and kick returner Josh Smith, and fullback Morrell Presley have been suspended for violating team rules. Both players will miss the game with Oregon on Thursday, October 21.

Bruins Nation analyzed the two announced suspensions:

Both of these suspensions are both very disappointing news. First, wrt to Josh Smith this is not going to help him (or our program) as were hoping the coaches would trust him with more responsibilities. Second, wrt to Morrell Presley, this is now his third bout with suspension as member of UCLA football program. He was suspended for a game for undisclosed violation of team rules following the Tennessee game last season. He was also suspended for the EagleBank Bowl due to academic ineligibility issues. At this point the question becomes whether Presley should remain with the football program.

The Los Angeles Times reported that there would be at least three starters suspended, and up to six players in total.

For more UCLA news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog Bruins Nation.

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