Oregon needs only minutes to handle pressure

Oregon scores 43 points in 18 minutes and pounds Arizona State
Oct. 18, 2012
The Oregon sideline celebrates during Thursday's game at Arizona State.
AP Photo/Rob Schumacher

It didn't take long for Oregon to show off its game to a national television audience Thursday night.

Only about 19 minutes.

Kenjon Barner ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota added 135 yards, and No. 2 Oregon manhandled Arizona State 43-21 at Sun Devils Stadium in Tempe, Ariz.

Facing its first true road test, Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) turned what was supposed to be a duel in the desert into another we've-seen-this-before rout by running over the Sun Devils in the first half.

The Ducks had their way against what had been the Pac-12's best defense, racing to a 36-point halftime lead and rushing for 406 yards to win their nation-leading 12th straight road game.

Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) got the start it wanted, forcing a fumble on Oregon's second play and scoring a touchdown on its first.

The Sun Devils wilted after that, unable to make up for the early loss of star defensive tackle Will Sutton or find a way to slow down the Ducks as they raced past.

Taylor Kelly, the Pac-12's pass efficiency leader, threw two interceptions that set up Oregon touchdowns in the first half and had 93 yards on 10-of-18 passing while being chased by the Ducks most of the game.

Arizona State's defense, its anchor through the first six games, allowed 454 total yards, including 48 more rushing than it had the previous four games combined.

Mariota threw for one touchdown, ran for another and had one receiving in his first true road game.

Oregon took a 43-7 lead with 11:33 left in the first half on a 1-yard touchdown run by Barner, a play set up by an interception and return to the 1.

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