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Kenjon Barner ran for 201 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 4 Oregon to a 42-25 victory over Fresno State on Saturday.
De'Anthony Thomas ran for 102 yards and two additional scores for the Ducks (2-0), who sprinted to a 35-6 lead in the first half before the Bulldogs were able to slow them a bit in the second. Redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 19 of 27 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown.
Derek Carr, the younger brother of former Bulldogs QB David Carr, completed 29 of 47 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown for Fresno State (1-1), a new member of the Mountain West Conference this season. Quentin Breshears kicked four field goals, including one from 43 yards.
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Eugene -- Oregon relied on the running game Saturday to take and hold control of its contest with Fresno State and won 42-25. Senior running back Kenjon Barner set a personal best by gaining 201 yards on 34 carries and three touchdowns. His teammate, De’Anthony Thomas contributed 102 yards on seven carries and two scores. The game though was far from perfect for the No. 4 team in the country.
EUGENE -- The Oregon Ducks (1-0) took a healthy 35-10 lead into the lockerroom at halftime paced by a pair of 100-yard rushing performances. Kenjon Barner had 131 yards on 17 carries while De'Anthony Thomas racked up 100 yards on five carries. Both players scored two touchdowns each.
Updates. With AP Photos. By BY ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer Oregon has grown so accustomed to routing certain opponents that there's a lot of head scratching when the margin of victory isn't what the No. 4 Ducks and their fans expect it should be.
And that's exactly what happened after Oregon's 42-25 victory over Fresno State this past weekend.
The Ducks rolled...
Taking care of business.
The Oregon Ducks looked great early, sluggish late and relieved when the clock finally hit 0:00.
Despite trailing 35-6 at the half, the Fresno State Bulldogs entered the second half with confidence and gave the Ducks a run for their money.
The 42-25 score may not indicate any troubles on the Ducks’ part, but sloppy possessions and numerous turnovers came...