Oregon is one step closer to the Rose Bowl after locking up a berth in the Pac-12 Championship with a convincing 49-21 win over rival Oregon State in the Civil War. But the win came at a price: running back LaMichael James left with his elbow wrapped in ice. Earlier this season, James went down with a dislocated right elbow, and appeared to be in serious pain after landing awkwardly again.
Besides the injury, it was another day at the office for the Ducks, who seemed to struggle early before hitting the gas and leaving Oregon State in the dust. A 21-point outburst in the second quarter, part of 35 unanswered points, was all Oregon needed to lock up the Pac-12 North title and a date with UCLA in the title game.
James finished his day with 141 yards and a touchdown on the ground, with De'Anthony Thomas adding 82 yards and Kenjon Barner rushing for 64 yards and a touchdown. Darron Thomas threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns in the win.
Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion threw for yards and three touchdowns, but was also intercepted two times. The Oregon State running backs combined for just 27 yards on the ground, factoring in sacks.
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