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UCLA Vs. Oregon, Pac-12 Championship Game 2011: Ducks Lead 49-24 After Three Quarters

The UCLA Bruins have no answer for tailback LaMichael James, who has run for 155 yards and three touchdowns through three quarters Friday night. The Oregon Ducks lead the Bruins 49-24 in the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game, just 15 minutes from a berth in the 2012 Rose Bowl.

The Bruins began their quest to keep announcer Gus Johnson excited with a 20-yard punt return by Taylor Embree after holding Oregon to three-and-out on their opening drive of the second half. Starting on the Oregon 43-yard line, UCLA already had good field position, but it was made even better when Derrick Coleman ran for 36 yards on the very next play, giving the Bruins a first-and-goal at the seven-yard line. Three plays later, Kevin Prince ran it in untouched on the left side as the UCLA pulled to within 11 points.

But just like in the first half, Oregon answered immediately. After a 39-yard kickoff return by Josh Huff into UCLA territory, the Ducks marched 46 yards in just six plays, including 29 yards on the ground by James, including his third rushing touchdown of the night to tie LenDale White for second-most rushing TDs in Pac-12 history, with 52.

Darron Thomas added a 22-yard touchdown pass, his third of the game, to tight end David Paulson with 5:45 remaining in the period. This is the fifth time UCLA has allowed 45 or more points this season.

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