September 5, 2010
Lobos licking their wounds
The Oregon Ducks opened their season Saturday against the New Mexico Lobos in dramatic fashion winning 72-0. New Mexico came into Autzen Stadium on Saturday hoping to see an improved team from last years 1-11 squad. Coach Mike Locksley, relying on a sophomore quarterback, would soon see that the Ducks had no intentions of letting that happen. Darron Thomas drove the Oregon offense down the field to the Lobos 16 before Lobos linebacker Joe Stoner intercepted a Thomas pass ending the Oregon drive. That would be one of the few bright spots of the day for New Mexico.
On their ensuing drive the Lobos went for a total of minus 21 yards. The Lobos had some early success with intermediate passes to WR Ty Kirk[db] but seemed to abandon the passing game early on except for screen passes trying to get outside on Oregon's defenders. That game plan netted the Lobos a total of 51 yards of offense in the first quarter.
Defensively the Lobos could not find an answer to the Ducks high powered offense and specifically [db]Kenjon Barner. Barner cut up the Lobo defense with a school record tying 5 touchdowns and 147 yards rushing. And that was just in the first half.
The heart of the Lobos defense, Carmen Messina, went down in the first quarter after a punishing blow and never returned. The Lobos standout defensive end Johnathan Rainey was also quiet for most of the game recording only one tackle on the day.
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