Two-Minute Drill: Oregon 57, Arkansas St. 34

by Chris Bahn  on Sunday, Sep. 2, 2012 2:58 am  

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Oregon 57, Arkansas State 34

Why Arkansas State Lost
Oregon is ranked No. 5 for a reason. Using speed and an abundance of playmakers in the season opener, the Ducks were just too much for Arkansas State, jumping ahead 50-3 with 7:06 left in the first half. ASU was overwhelmed and outclassed from the word go, looking very much like a retooling Sun Belt team against a potential BCS title contender. Oregon scored on its first seven possessions, piled up 605 yards of total offense and had 417 by halftime. Oregon, which had 14 different players make receptions, was up 29-0 with 2:27 left in the first quarter.

Turning Point
Oregon wasted no time showing off its quick-strike offense. It took 1:38 for the Ducks to get on the scoreboard thanks to a 22-yard pass from Marcus Mariota to De’Anthony Thomas. A two-point conversion followed the seven-play, 73-yard drive and Oregon went up 8-0. From there the Ducks were never threatened.

Player Of The Game
There’s a reason Malzahn was so concerned with Oregon sophomore De’Anthony Thomas. It took less than two quarters for Thomas to pile up 119 yards of total offense and three touchdowns on seven touches. Thomas ran for 64 yards and a touchdown, while catching four passes for 55 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Record Night
Even on an off night Red Wolves' quarterback Ryan Aplin was setting records.

Aplin, the defending Sun Belt Conference offensive player of the year, became ASU’s all-time career leader in total offense and passing yards. His 341 yards — including 304 on 29 of 44 attempts with three touchdowns — give him 9,075 total yards for his career.

Aplin, who eclipsed Cleo Lemon (7,706) for the career passing mark with 7,720, has at least 11 games remaining to add to those totals.

Welcome Back
David Oku hadn’t played since leaving Tennessee in 2010, but didn’t seem all that rusty. He rushed for 81 yards in his debut with the Red Wolves.

Youth Movement
Oregon didn’t exactly provide the Red Wolves a chance to ease into the season. Especially the nine freshmen who played.

Included were five, first-year players (Chris Humes, Rocky Hayes, Bryce Giddens, Derek Keaton and Luke Ferguson) and four who redshirted last season (Terrious Triplett, J.D. McKissic, Charleston Girley and Chris Stone).

If Only …
Josh Jarboe tied a school record with 13 receptions. He finished with 66 yards and a touchdown, but wasn’t celebrating his record.

Rather, Jarboe was lamenting the ones that got away.

“If I don’t have those drops, I have the record,” Jarboe said.

He’s A Freshman?
Marcus Mariota became the first freshman quarterback to start an Oregon season opener in 22 years. He didn’t look like an inexperienced player, completing 12 of his first 13 passes and finishing 18 of 22 for 200 yards and three touchdowns.



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