Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Photo of LaMichael James by the Associated Press

Thursday night in Eugene (Ore.), the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers will do battle for the opportunity to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Rose Bowl Game.

The kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. on ESPN.

The No. 7 Ducks are led by the incredible backfield duo of quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and tailback, LaMichael James. The Ducks offense has been spectacular this season averaging 38 points per game, including 44.5 a contest against teams in the Top 6.

James, in particular, has been a driving force this season in the Ducks quest for Pasadena. The freshman back, who took over the starting job for former starter LeGarrette Blount — who was suspended following the Ducks first game of the season — has ran all over the competition, totaling 1,310 yards and 11 touchdowns, including six consecutive outings of 100 yards or more.

On the other side of the field, the Beavers have a backfield workhorse of their own.

Jacquizz Rodgers is the man with the green target on his back. The sophomore tailback has rushed for 1,313 yards and 19 touchdowns this season for the Beavers. He also leads the team in receiving with 67 grabs, 436 yards and another touchdown.

No matter which team prevails, neither have ever beaten the Buckeyes.

Ohio State is 7-0 all-time against Oregon and 2-0 versus Oregon State.

WORKING OUT — The Buckeyes will hold some light practices Friday and Saturday, before going on break next week for final exams.

BIG TEN CHAMPS — The Ohio State football team will be recognized for their fifth straight Big Ten title on Saturday, during halftime of the OSU men's basketball game against Eastern Michigan at Value City Arena.