Darron Thomas , the fourth time proved to be a charm.For Oregon quarterback
The junior signal-caller, who had been on the losing side in his first three spring games in Eugene, helped the Green squad to a 16-0 win over the White Saturday at Autzen Stadium in front of a Pac-10 Conference spring record crowd of 43,468.
Thomas completed 15 of 21 passes for 129 yards and an interception, and
rushed three times for 78 yards and a touchdown for the victors.
It didn't take long for last season's NCAA leading rusher to make his presence known as James electrified the record crowd by busting a 67-yard touchdown run on his third and final carry of the game, giving the Green a 10-0 first-quarter lead.
Kicker Rob Beard
accounted for the rest of the scoring, converting all three of his field goal attempts from 42, 39 and 21 yards.
As is often the case in spring scrimmages, defense ruled the day. The Oregon Green had the upper hand on that side of the ball as well, limiting the White to 164 total yards, including only 63 rushing yards on 31 attempts.
Defensive tackle Wade Keliikipi
led the Green with six tackles, two for a loss and a sack, and cornerback Terrance Mitchell
had five solo stops and one TFL.
For the White squad, redshirt freshman quarterback Bryan Bennett
was 10 of 18 for 98 yards and an interception. Daryle Hawkins
was the leading rusher for the White with 38 yards on four carries.
The Oregon Green converted the game's opening drive into a 42-yard field goal by Beard and never looked back. James had two carries for 11 yards and Lavasier Tuinei
made two catches totaling 20 yards on the drive.
Thomas's first pass attempt of the game was completed for seven yards to true freshman Colt Lyerla
, a 2011 signee who graduated early from Hillsboro (Ore.) High School in order to join the Ducks for spring practice.
Lyerla finished with three catches for 37 yards. Tuinei led all receivers with six grabs and 46 yards.
Senior tight end David Paulson
was Bennett's main target, catching four balls for 42 yards.
The Ducks open the 2011 regular season vs. LSU Sept. 3 in Arlington, Texas, at the Cowboys Classic at Cowboys Stadium.
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