#11 Oregon blasts New Mexico 72-0

The Vols host the Ducks September 11 at 7 p.m. (ESPN2).

Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas throws against New Mexico in the first quarter during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Kenjon Barner replaced suspended running back LaMichael James for No. 11 Oregon and ran for a career-high 147 yards and four touchdowns before catching another score in the Ducks' 72-0 season-opening rout of New Mexico on Saturday.

Quarterback Darron Thomas, making his debut at starter for Oregon, completed 13 of 23 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns. The Ducks had a record 720 yards in total offense.

Oregon went to the Rose Bowl last season as the Pac-10 champions before several players ran afoul of the law, including quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who was dismissed from the team.

Barner was subbing for James, who was suspended for a game after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge stemming from a conflict with an ex-girlfriend.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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