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Top-ranked Ducks skip turkey, feast on Wildcat

| November 27, 2010 8:00 PM

Now the Ducks can have their turkey.

Oregon coach Chip Kelly said earlier this week he didn't want his top-ranked team to partake in the traditional Thanksgiving meal because it might make them lethargic against No. 20 Arizona.

The Ducks were anything but sedentary on Friday night with a 48-29 victory over the Wildcats at Eugene, Ore. Oregon earned at least a share of its second-straight Pac-10 title and stayed on course for a trip to the BCS national championship game.

Darron Thomas passed for 148 yards and three scores and ran for another, while running back LaMichael James ran for 126 yards and two scores for the Ducks (11-0, 8-0), who trailed 19-14 at halftime.

"Yeah, we finally get to eat turkey," Oregon cornerback and return specialist Cliff Harris said.

The Ducks can lock up an outright conference title and a spot in the national championship game in Glendale, Ariz., next week with a victory at Oregon State.

It was the third straight loss for Arizona (7-4, 4-4), which ultimately couldn't keep up with the Ducks' speedy spread-option.

"They've been a second-half team all along," Arizona coach Mike Stoops said. "You can slow them down but you can't stop them."

With temperatures in the mid-40s and periodic rain showers, there were concerns that the Wildcats would have trouble with their passing game, which had been averaging about 300 yards a game.

But Nick Foles passed for a career-high 448 yards and three touchdowns, including an 85-yard score to Juron Criner. It just wasn't enough.

Arizona State 55, UCLA 34: At Tempe, Ariz., backup Brock Osweiler - from Flathead High in Kalispell, Mont. - threw for 380 yards and hit Aaron Pflugrad on two of his four touchdown passes, helping Arizona State keep its slim bowl hopes alive with a victory over UCLA (4-7, 2-6).

Arizona State (5-6, 3-5 Pac-10) lost starting quarterback Steven Threet to a head injury early and trailed 17-0 late in the first quarter. Osweiler rallied the Sun Devils with three TD passes in the first half, and Arizona State pulled away in the second on a 71-yard touchdown run by Cameron Marshall and Jamal Miles' 99-yard kickoff return.

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