Oregon 48, Tennessee 13
By BETH RUCKER, AP Sports Writer Sep 12, 1:03 am EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—When Tennessee started slowing down, LaMichael James and his Oregon teammates picked up the pace.

James ran for 134 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown, in his first game back after a one-game suspension, and No. 7 Oregon scored 45 consecutive points to beat Tennessee 48-13 on Saturday night.

The Pac-10’s leading returning rusher had only 27 yards at halftime after being targeted by the Volunteers’ defense for the entire first half. He rushed for 25 yards on five carries in the Oregon’s first second-half drive and then broke several tackles on the 72-yard touchdown run on the first play of the subsequent drive for the Ducks (2-0).

James, who rushed for a Pac-10 freshman record 1,546 yards in 2009, returned to action after serving his suspension for an offseason misdemeanor harassment charge.

Tennessee (1-1) went up 13-3 in the first half after an hour-long delay for lightning but fell apart after James’ long run.

“We didn’t make any adjustments in the second half,” James said. “It comes down to tempo. Once the tempo gets going, it’s hard to stop. Once those guys got tired we kept rolling.”

Only fans in green and yellow remained in Neyland Stadium by the time Oregon was done scoring the most poinst by a Tennessee opponent there since Florida beat the Vols 59-20 in 2007. It was the most points by a nonconference opponent since Washington State, another Pac-10 school, won 52-24 in 1988.

The Vols were penalized for having an ineligible receiver on one play and a false start on another. A pass by Matt Simms intended for Zach Rogers was cleanly picked off by Cliff Harris, who returned it 76-yards for another score to give Oregon a 27-13 lead with 6:27 left in the third quarter.

“I was real disappointed from then on with how we competed,” Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said. “You would have thought we were down 40.”

Simms, who completed 15 of 29 for 151 yards, struggled to connect with his receivers. Tauren Poole and backup David Oku couldn’t get their footing, and the Vols picked up only three more first downs.

Kenjon Barner, who scored five touchdowns filling in for James as the Ducks’ No. 1 tailback in a 72-0 win against New Mexico last week, took a punt back 80 yards for a touchdown that made it 41-13 with 11:39 left.

“They were a great team, and they just beat (us) tonight,” Tennessee linebacker Nick Reveiz said. “I feel like their offense set such a tempo. As a defense you have to match that, and if you don’t then you’re going to get ran right by. And that’s what they did to us.”

It was a far different story in the first half.

The Vols got a 48-yard field goal from Daniel Lincoln on their first drive and immediately got the ball back when Barner fumbled the following kickoff after a 39-yard return. Da’Rick Rogers had a 21-yard run that set up a 35-yard field goal by Lincoln with 8:53 left in the first quarter.

The Ducks struggled to find an answer for Poole, who had 111 yards rushing in the first quarter. He finished with 162 yards on 23 carries.

Oregon found some offense after a 42-yard field goal by Rob Beard with 2:56 left in the second quarter. Tennessee failed to convert a fourth down, and the Ducks answered with a 27-yard scoring strike from Darron Thomas to David Paulson that tied the game at 13 with a minute before halftime.

Thomas completed 17 of 32 for 202 yards and two touchdown passes. The Ducks picked up 447 yards of offense compared to the Vols’ 333 yards, despite holding the ball three fewer minutes than Tennessee.

The officials halted play after Lincoln’s second field goal when lightning was spotted in the area. The teams spent an hour in their locker rooms as heavy rain and lightning hovered over Neyland Stadium, and many of the 102,035 fans huddled under overhangs and crowded the concourses.

“We had a delay, but they had the same delay—it’s just in how you handle it,” Oregon coach Chip Kelly said.

Updated Sep 12, 1:03 am EDT
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Head to Head - Week 2

Team Total Yds Pass Yds Rush Yds First Downs 3rdD% Pen./Yds Turnovers Time of Poss.
Oregon 447 202 245 26 41.7% 6/38 1 28:47
Tennessee 333 151 182 14 13.3% 7/60 1 31:13

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    kyle c 4 hours ago Report Abuse
    SEC = sloppy excuse college
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    DUCK-TIME Tue Sep 14, 2010 01:39 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Mother Mao,

    The 20% of our population that admit to being liberal is shrinking by the day. By the time Obama gets the boat the only place that liberals will be welcome to live are Eugene, Boulder, Berkley, Boston and Madison.
    Regardless, I still love my Ducks and the whining wheel does not always get the grease.

    Quack !
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    Mother Mao Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:31 pm PDT Report Abuse
    The West Coast has the best of everything. Our secret policy is to send the West Coast all the money they need to continue our liberal revolution. We made sure Oregon had plenty to get the players they needed and a coaching staff that thinks that running up the numbers on small schools will get them a shot at the National Championship. Actually, we give more to Boise State, but they're just not the fashionistas the Ducks are. Go Trojans! I prefer them for all of my special, all though so infrequent, social occasions.
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    jqaman Tue Sep 14, 2010 07:33 am PDT Report Abuse
    The polls are a sham. First poll of the year should come out after the first games are played. If you play someone that's good, you should be in the top ten and then all the rest of the rankings are speculation. After the second game of the year, more cream rises to the top as more teams play teams of substance. Teams like Texas that have only played schools like University for the blind and deaf should not even be in the top ten when you have teams like Bama playing Penn State and Oregon whipping the Vols. Boise State didn't do anything to hurt their chances at this point in the season, they took care of business. Ohio State deserves to be ranked in the top ten after beating Miami. If you beat someone ranked in the polls or if you beat a decent school from a name conference, then you should be considered for the top rankings. The way it stands now, its a combination of good wins and popularity contest. Oklahoma should be ranked above Texas based on my beliefs about how the rankings should be based on the whupping they gave Florida State.

    The best way to settle the National Champion is to have a playoffs. Every sport except college football division 1 has a playoffs. That includes high school, college and professional. Any excuse that the NCAA makes about tests, length of season, and academics is a bunch of hogwash. How long will we let NCAA get away with this travesty? Its about the money. They let a small school get in for the big bucks once every 10 years. The last few years an Urban Meyer Utah school, or a Boise State or TCU might have won the National Championship. Look at the Utah victory over Alabama or the Boise victory over Oklahoma. Don't you think they had a chance? They did. We need a playoffs.
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    DadofIsaac Tue Sep 14, 2010 06:02 am PDT Report Abuse
    Duck-Time:

    Progressive is the new name that the liberals are going by these days. They don't like the liberal "label", and by labelling themselves "progressive" they can label the more conservative folks "regressive". See the spin?
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    C m Tue Sep 14, 2010 05:43 am PDT Report Abuse
    The West Coast beats the South again eh? HAHA. Better check the last 4 National Champions. Oregon coulnd't go .500 in the SEC.
    Oregon doesn't belong on the same field as the real powers in the South. Tennessess is rebuilding. They are a mediocre SEC team at best.
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    DUCK-TIME Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:14 am PDT Report Abuse
    Why is there always one goofball that has to mouth off. I was born and raised in Eugene and am also a Duck Alum and have lived on the west coast all my life. Eugene, Boulder and Berkley are anything but progressive. Those 3 cities are the most liberal places in the country. Most of those folks still think there in the 70s.
    Progressive---give me a break.

    Go Ducks !
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    A Yahoo! User Mon Sep 13, 2010 09:12 am PDT Report Abuse
    So, Oregon beats Tennessee ... Science beats religion ... Democrats beat Repugnants. Thus, the progressive West Coast beats the traditional South anyday. Wake up folks, its the 21st century. Our way of life is better (and more civilized) than yours! LOL.
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    A Yahoo! User Mon Sep 13, 2010 06:01 am PDT Report Abuse
    Oregon and Tennessee played good, if Tennessee had more depth i think they might of had a chance in the 2nd qtr. Oregon looked a little sloppy in the first half but pulled it all together in the end. Oregon could stay in the top 10 all year if they stay healthy, Tennessee on the other hand has a very hard road ahead of them, but i expect great this from Tenn. Go Vols!
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    SCENEMCQUEEN Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:30 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Once again for all the SEC fans yes the best team in the nation has been from your conference and your conference is a little deeper than the other conferences of late, but it isn't the greatest thing ever and other conferences 2nd best teams can't beat your 5th best team or whateverwe always hear.
    I expected an Oregon win, but 35 points on the road? @#$%!
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    crazylegs Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:21 pm PDT Report Abuse
    david, i know one team that can match up with whatever you said about the ducks offense and defense..the buckeyes. remember? 3 games ago? oh, and boise state...remember? every game you play against them?? remember? ok. i thought you did.
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    A Yahoo! User Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:20 pm PDT Report Abuse
    It's UO not OU you idiots...University of Oregon! And while the past is great we are in the now as far as teams....go Ducks....
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    Kamisamadesu Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:16 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Uh...OU didn't play UTenn...UO did.

    With the exception of the usual trolls, UT fans were really classy...and several UO fans I know went to the game and said that they were even invited to a tailgater with some UT folks. I hope we extend the same courtesy when UT comes to Autzen.
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    remmus Sun Sep 12, 2010 09:33 pm PDT Report Abuse
    I'm glad OU won. None of their players had a reason to sucker punch the other team. Stay classy OU.
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    A Yahoo! User Sun Sep 12, 2010 09:01 pm PDT Report Abuse
    F----- OU!!! Give us 2 more years and lets have a rematch!! SEC still #1!
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    A Yahoo! User Sun Sep 12, 2010 07:52 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Who knows. One of these days all these teams like Oregon, Florida, and USC could wind up being bottom feeders and the top 25 BCS could be littered with teams like Bowling Green, UTEP, and Georgia Tech. Stranger things have happened. Would be funny at the same time though.
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    Ryan Sun Sep 12, 2010 07:14 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Huge TN fan here and a bit disappointed with the beat down. I expected about a 2 touchdown loss... However the OU fans seemed like a nice bunch. Anyhow your team looked polished.. go ducks!
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    DUCK-TIME Sun Sep 12, 2010 01:56 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Ducks moved up in the AP rankings to number# 5

    QUACK !
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    BIONICDUCK Sun Sep 12, 2010 01:42 pm PDT Report Abuse
    AZ st. beat Portland st. 54-9. when UO plays the 1st sring will be in 1 qtr this game, then plays 2nd and 3rd string for 3 qtrs, racks up another 50 points and 500-600 yards in a shutout and becomes #1 offense #1 Defense #1 special teams in the nation while the 2nd string gets more playing time than the starters.
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    BIONICDUCK Sun Sep 12, 2010 01:07 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Mark Colostomy is an OSU fan....just zoom in on his pic and look at the tiny chicklets in the front of his mouth. Looks kind of like a beaver doesn't he???
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    DUCK-TIME Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:41 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Bionicduck,

    My Brother Duck I agree with your take on Boise State. Since Virginia Tech had the crazy loss yesterday that will help with the BCS rankings. Pac-10 is starting to look tough with 5-6 teams in the top 25. I would love to see The Beavs beat Boise st. How about our 3rd string running back Alston. That kid can flat out play and is a stud as well.
    Duck-Time
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    BIONICDUCK Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:33 pm PDT Report Abuse
    Mark Colostomy.....too bad the whole football season your nickname will be puckerd starfish on a case of mistaken Identity. I told you that it wasn't me that said it would be close with Oregon pulling it out at the end....Maybe you shoud lay off the sauce. And your calling me and Idiot........A Duck fan attacking another Duck fan for saying something that was never said....thats really smart!!!!
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    CAL.let.em.hate Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:28 pm PDT Report Abuse
    great job representing Pac 10 Ducks! cant wait to play u guys.
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    snoop Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:14 pm PDT Report Abuse
    I love my Ducks, but I think #7 over rates them. I hope they win out. Wouldn't it be a blast to play the Beavers again for the Rose Bowl?
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    FinePrint Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:57 am PDT Report Abuse
    Uh-huh, as the story points out: "It was the most points by a nonconference opponent since Washington State, another Pac-10 school, won 52-24 in 1988."

    This is what happens when an SEC team is unable to schedule a nonconference fraud like Tennessee-Martin, Furman, Western Kentucky, Charleston Southern, Louisiana-Lafayette, McNeese State, Louisiana-Monroe, Alcorn State, Arkansas State, Tennessee Tech, and Chattanooga, (yup, all of those wonderful teams litter SEC schedules this year).

    Frauds.

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 Oregon
D. Thomas D. Thomas, QB
17-32, 202 yds
2 TDs
 Tennessee
T. Poole T. Poole, RB
23 Rush, 162 yds
1 TD

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