Sept. 4, 2010
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -Oregon running back Kenjon Barner replaced suspended running back LaMichael James for the 11th-ranked Ducks and ran for a career-high 147 yards and four touchdowns before catching another score as Oregon opened the season with a 72-0 rout of New Mexico on Saturday.
B.R. Holbrook made his debut as New Mexico's starter, and completed 11 of 24 passes for 70 yards with two interceptions. The Lobos managed 25 yards on the ground and 82 total passing yards.
Cliff Harris scored on punt returns of 61 and 64 yards as Oregon built a 59-0 halftime lead. No Duck has ever had two punt returns for touchdowns in a single game.
But Barner was the star with 225 all-purpose yards. His one catch was a 60-yard scoring strike from Thomas in the second quarter.
Also a return specialist, Barner had 1,553 all-purpose yards last season. By all accounts, the sophomore was impressive in fall camp. Oregon coach Chip Kelly says he is "just scratching the surface of what he can be."
Last season James rushed for a team-high 1,546 yards, setting a new record for freshmen in the Pac-10. He averaged 6.7 yards and added 14 TDs to earn the league's freshman of the year.
The Lobos were hit in the first half when defensive lineman Carmen Messina, who led the nation with 162 tackles last season, got hit hard in the first half and injured his left ankle.