Great Individual Performances: 2008

Posted: August 31, 2011 in Memorable Games

I’m not gonna waste any time jumping into the third installment of our 5-part series…

DARRON THOMAS – Sept. 20, 2008

For most of us, this is a game (and uniform combo) we’d like to forget. However, on this day Duck fans were treated to a very special surprise, though truthfully much of what transpired in this game was unexpected. Heading into the 4th quarter, #17 Oregon found itself down 37-13 to WAC powerhouse (is that an oxymoron?) Boise State, when head coach Mike Bellotti made the decision to put in freshman QB Darron Thomas. Bellotti had planned on redshirting Thomas, but found himself in the rare predicament of dealing with injuries to each of the top three quarterbacks on the depth chart. And when his 4th-stringer proved ineffective against the Broncos, it was time for desperate measures. Performing like a seasoned veteran, DT immediately gave the Ducks new life. He completed 13 of 25 passes for 210 yards, three touchdowns, and a single interception in his debut. Despite holding BSU scoreless in the final quarter, Oregon would ultimately run out of time and their courageous comeback effort would fall five points short. After the game, Bellotti admitted that Thomas probably should have gone in sooner. “We were probably too stubborn offensively and I should’ve made the call earlier to get him into the game,” Bellotti said.


The Ducks quickly put the Boise State loss behind them. Unranked and bitter, Oregon mauled Washington State 63-14 led by a stampeding rushing attack. Jeremiah Johnson and LeGarrette Blount, one of the most productive backfield tandems in the country, ran for a total of six TDs against the woeful Cougs. Averaging almost 8 yards per attempt, the dynamic duo combined for 187 yards on only 25 carries. JJ and LGB both hit paydirt in each of the first three quarters, before Oregon mercifully looked to their back-ups.

JEREMIAH JOHNSON – Nov. 29, 2008
The 17th-ranked Oregon State Beavers were one win away from their first Rose Bowl berth in 44 years. But an invitation to “The Granddaddy of Them All” would elude them once more. Instead, they would become the victims of a shocking and brutal assault, in the highest-scoring Civil War game in the history of the series. #23 Oregon bludgeoned their buck-toothed rivals 65-38, gaining nearly 700 yards of total offense. Jeremiah Johnson contributed 219 rushing yards to the savage beating, but none of his carries are more memorable than his spectacular 83-yard TD run. I don’t have the words to sufficiently describe what transpired on this play, so I’ll just let the video below speak for itself…

UO receiver Jaison Williams had this to say about spoiling OSU’s Rose Bowl plans:
“To go out and ruin somebody’s dreams like that, it feels real good.”

  1. BigDaddy says:

    It’s nice to finally see a Beaver-thrashing in the mix!!

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