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Photos: Oregon football — Ducks overcome slow start, defeat Washington State Cougars 43-28



The Oregon Ducks defeated the Washington State Cougars 43-28 at Autzen Stadium Saturday afternoon. In what would be their slowest offensive start since their Sept. 3rd game against LSU, Oregon failed to score an offensive touchdown (but did score off a blocked punt) in the first quarter. Despite a so-so offensive performance, the Ducks defense and special teams came up big and led the way to a win, extending their home win streak to 21. The game also saw the reintroduction of previously injured running back LaMichael James and quarterback Darron Thomas.

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LaMichael James returned to the field after missing two games witha dislocated elbow. The star running back was held to 58 yards on 13 carries and no touchdowns. (Alex McDougall/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Oregon Ducks linebacker Dewitt Stuckey (52) narrowly misses tackling Washington State wide receiver Isiah Barton (81) during the Ducks game against Cougars at Autzen Stadium in Eaugene, Oregon on Oct. 29, 2011. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

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Freshman De'Anthony Thomas jukes Tyree Toomer during his 45 yard touchdown reception from Bryan Bennett. (Alex McDougall/Oregon Daily Emerald)

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Kenjon Barner sticks out his tongue while cruising into the end zone after a 28 yard run. (Alex McDougall/Oregon Daily Emerald)

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Lavasier Tuinei celebrates with his 55 yard touchdown reception with offensive lineman Nick Cody. (Alex McDougall/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Oregon Ducks safety Eddie Pleasant (11) takes off running after intercepting a tipped pass thrown by Washington State quarterback, Marshall Lobbestael (9). (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

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Washington State wide receiver Marquis Wilson is surrounded by Duck defenders during Oregon's 43-28 victory. (Alex McDougall/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Oregon running back Kenjon Barner (24) looks into the stands while warming up on an exercise bike as the Oregon Ducks take on the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Oct. 29, 2011. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

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David Paulson goes low to make a finger tip catch during the first half of Oregon 43-28 victory over the Cougars. (Alex McDougall/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner (24) drives down the field during the Ducks Oct. 29, 2011 home game against the Washington State Cougars. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

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Bryan Bennett runs Oregon's zone read play during the Ducks' 43-28 victory. The redshirt freshman started the second half in place of Darron Thomas. (Alex McDougall/Oregon Daily Emerald)

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Darron Thomas didn't play in the second half of Oregon's 43-28 victory over Washington State. (Alex McDougall/Oregon Daily Emerald)

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Darron Thomas throws one of his two interceptions during the first half of Oregon's 43-28 victory. The junior quarterback was replaced in the second half by Bryan Bennett. (Alex McDougall/Oregon Daily Emerald)

After deciding to keep the ball, Oregon Ducks quarterback Bryan Bennett (2) attempts to juke past Washington State safety Tyree Toomer (15) as the Oregon Ducks take on the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Oct. 29, 2011. Bennett finished with 25 rushing yards. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James (21) tries to shake Washington State Safety Tyree Toomer (15) and fight for extra yards. James would go on to finish with 53 rushing yards. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Oregon Ducks safety John Boyett (20) prepares to tackle Washington State wide receiver Isiah Barton (81) with Oregon cornerback Avery Patterson (31) trailing. The Ducks would go on to defeat the Cougars 43 - 28 in Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Oct. 29, 2011. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

Oregon Ducks running back De'Anthony Thomas (6) returns the ball during a kickoff by Washington State Cougars as the Ducks take them on at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on Oct. 29, 2011. Thomas finished with 262 all-purpose yards, including a 93-yard kickoff return. (Nate Barrett/Oregon Daily Emerald)

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Chip Kelly is interviewd by a FOX television crew following his team's 43-28 victory over Washington State. (Alex McDougall/Oregon Daily Emerald)

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