Ducks return to the desert

The low-down on this weekend's Duck football game at the University of Arizona

Kickoff: 7:15 p.m., Saturday

Forecast: mostly sunny, high 99 degrees, low 69 degrees

Television: ESPN2 with Carter Blackburn and Brock Huard

Radio: In Eugene, KUGN (590 AM) and KZEL (96.1 FM), with Jerry Allen, Mike Jorgensen and Jay Allen. National Radio: Westwood One with John Tautges and Terry Donahue. Satellite Radio: XM 193, Sirius 112.

Notes from

The series

  • Oregon leads the all-time series against Arizona, 22-14, and has won 14 of the past 16 meetings, dating to 1994.
  • The Ducks have averaged 49.0 points per game during their current three-game winning streak against the Wildcats.
  • UO is 10-9 all-time vs. the ‘Cats in Tucson and have won six of the past seven games played in the desert.

Quick tidbits

  • Arizona senior WR Juron Criner has five touchdowns on eight career receptions against UO, which is the most of any active player in the series. Senior RB Keola Antolin has four touchdowns against the Ducks, all in a 55-45 loss to Oregon in 2008.
  • Junior RB LaMichael James has 47 rushing attempts for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns in two games vs. Arizona.
  • James is one rushing score shy of Derek Loville’s (1986-89) school record of 41. James equalled Loville’s overall touchdown mark of 45 with three last week vs. Missouri State.
  • Junior QB Darron Thomas needs 377 yards of total offense to break into Oregon’s career top 10. Tony Graziani (1993-96) currently occupies the No. 10 spot with 4,827.
  • The Ducks have won 12 consecutive conference games, last experiencing a league defeat at Stanford Nov. 7, 2009. UO has won its conference opener the past three seasons.

First-year wonders

Five true freshmen got the call to play in the season opener vs. LSU. In order of appearance: RB Tra Carson, RB De'Anthony Thomas, OL Jake Fisher, TE Colt Lyerla and DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. LB Rodney Hardrick became the sixth first-year fresman to play, when he saw the field against Missouri State. Last season, five Ducks played as true freshmen, but the only non specialists were DT Ricky Heimuli and WR Josh Huff. Through three games, 15 redshirt freshmen and three transfers have also made their UO debuts.

Quick strikes

Of Oregon’s 19 offensive drives resulting in touchdowns, five have lasted one minute or less. UO’s longest drive of the season, in terms of yards, lasted 37 seconds as the Ducks drove 93 yards in three plays on consecutive pass completions of 46, 40 and 7 yards against Missouri State.