Redshirt junior running back LaMichael James put on a show in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game. James' 219 rushing yards and three touchdowns gave the Ducks a 49-31 win over UCLA, and their third straight conference championship.
James opened the scoring with a 30-yard touchdown run, and added his scores from 3 yards and 5 yards to propel the Ducks to victory. On the night, James became the first rusher in Pac-12 history with three straight 1,500-yard seasons. He moved into a tie with USC's LenDale White (2003-05) for second on the league's career rushing TD list with 52.
For the season, James is the national
leader in rushing yards per game at 150.88, ranks third in the FBS in
all-purpose yards (190.25) and ninth in scoring average (10.50). James is also one of ten
semifinalists for the 2011 Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation’s
top running back, and one of 16 semifinalists for the 75th annual
Maxwell Award, presented to the collegiate player of the year. Look for LaMichael and the rest of the offense to rack up yardage as they travel to Pasadena to take on the Big-10 Champion Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl on January 2nd.