Even without LaMichael James (out recovering from a dislocated elbow suffered in last week's game) the Ducks roll to victory over the No. 18 Arizona State Sun Devils. Backup RB Kenjon Barner rushes for 164 yards on 30 carries to drive the Ducks to over 500 yards total offense again
, and QB Darron Thomas completes 13 of 17 passes for another 187 yards, 2 scores, and 1 pick.
I am a bit concerned, however, at seeing that Thomas didn't finish the game. Not having watched nor listened to the game, all I have is the ESPN box score, which shows that backup QB Bryan Bennett entered the game in the 3rd quarter with the Ducks leading 28-24 and finished the game out. I understand now from the recap that Thomas left the game with a leg injury, so I'll have to wait and see how serious this is.
Overall, another good weekend for the Ducks at home, and now it's time to prepare for a trip to Boulder, CO, to play the 1-6 Buffaloes. With the Ducks ranked 2nd in the nation in average points for and the Buffaloes ranked 100th in average points against, this looks like a matchup that could allow the Ducks to rest their banged up starters a bit, but it's never safe to underestimate an opponent. We'll see what happens over the next week as to whether James and Thomas are ready to play next weekend.