No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 1 Auburn • Jan. 10, 2011 • Glendale, Ariz. (University of Phoenix Stadium)
Monday, January 10, 10:55 p.m. MST
• Despite being held to a season-low 49 yards, SO RB LaMichael James set a new Oregon single-season rushing record at 1,731, breaking Jonathan Stewart's former mark of 1,722 in 2007.
• James broke a tie with honorary captain Ahmad Rashad (1969-71) with his 37th career touchdown in the 2nd quarter. He added a second receiving TD on the night for No. 38 and is seven behind Derek Loville (45, 1986-89) for first all-time at UO.
• James also moved up to third in career scoring at Oregon with 228 points and extended his season records for scoring (144) and touchdowns (24).
• With his sixth interception of the season, SO CB Cliff Harris is now tied for fourth in the NCAA this season.
• SO QB Darron Thomas moved up to second on the single-season chart for total offense with 3,367 yards.
• Thomas set career highs with 363 passing yards, 27 completions and 40 attempts. He equaled his season-high with two interceptions (Oct. 2 vs. Stanford). Thomas' only two incompletions of the 1st quarter - he was 9 of 11 for 84 yards - were picked off.
• With two TD passes, giving him 30 on the year, Thomas became just the second Duck to pass for 30 touchdowns in a season. His 35 total TDs (5 rush) are second in a season behind Akili Smith, who had 36 (32 pass, 4 rush) in 1998. Thomas finished the year with 2,881 yards passing, fifth-most at Oregon.
• SO RB Kenjon Barner made his second start of the season and first since the season opener vs. New Mexico. He replaced the slot receiver position, which had been FR WR Josh Huff the past two games.
• Oregon made back-to-back BCS bowl appearances for the first time in school history and is 1-2 all-time in BCS bowl games.
• JR WR Lavasier Tuinei played for the first time since being injured at Cal Nov. 13 as did SO P Jackson Rice (sick). Tuinei was the game's second-leading receiver with 75 yards on three grabs.
• SR WR Jeff Maehl tied Samie Parker's 2003 UO single-season receptions record at 77. His 81-yard reception in the second quarter was the longest in BCS Championship Game history (79, by Tee Martin to Peerless Price, Tennessee vs. Florida State, Jan. 4, 1999).
• Maehl had the third-best season by an Oregon receiver in terms of yardage with 1,076 and was UO's first 1,000-yard receiver since Demetrius Williams had 1,059 in 2006.
• SR DE Kenny Rowe, who had one sack, tied Matt LaBounty (1988-91) for fifth on the UO career sacks list with 23.5.
• Maehl, Rowe, SR DT Brandon Bair, SR CB Talmadge Jackson III and SR LB Spencer Paysinger tied the Oregon record for most games played in a career at 52.
• Oregon's last three defeats have come on grass.
• The 3-point loss was Oregon's closest defeat since losing 30-28 at Oregon State in 2006. That game was decided with an OSU field goal with 1:12 left.
• UO failed to score in the 3rd quarter for the first time this season.
• Oregon scored first for the seventh time in 13 games this season. UO is now 11-1 all-time when scoring first under Chip Kelly.
• UO finished the season 3-1 vs. teams ranked in the top 25 and 1-1 vs. the top 10. Oregon is now 3-2 vs. the top 10 in the Kelly era.
• The Ducks failed to rush for 100 yards for the first time since gaining just 31 yards in a loss at Boise State, Sept. 3, 2009. UO was held to 75 yards on 32 carries.
• Oregon allowed a safety for the second time in its last three games.
• The Ducks trailed in the 4th quarter for the first time this season.
• Monday's 1st quarter was the sixth scoreless quarter in 52 BCS National Championship Game quarters.
• The crowd of 78,603 was a University of Phoenix Stadium record.
• UO had won its last three games vs. SEC schools, but fell to 4-5 all-time vs. the conference.
• The Ducks school-best 12-game winning streak came to an end..
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