EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon is having no problem replacing its all-time leading rusher. Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas both ran for more than 100 yards and scored two touchdowns in the first half alone as the Ducks totaled 366 yards on the ground in a 42-25 win over Fresno State on Saturday at Autzen Stadium. Barner finished with a career-high 201 yards and three touchdowns while Thomas had 102 yards and two scores, marking the 19th time in school history that two backs have exceeded 100 yards in a game. The two have filled the void created when All-American LaMichael James left after his junior year and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. After Fresno State opened the game with a field goal, Oregon answered in less than a minute as the Ducks needed only four plays to drive 68 yards, culminated by a 39-yard touchdown run by Thomas that put Oregon ahead 7-0. The Ducks needed just a little longer on their second drive as Barner capped a five-play, 73-yard drive that took 1:01 with a 3-yard touchdown run that put Oregon ahead 14-3. It was the ninth straight scoring drive by Oregon's starting offense, led by quarterback Marcus Mariota, this season. Oregon stretched the lead to 21-3 on a 22-yard touchdown pass by Mariota to Colt Lyerla early in the second quarter. Thomas broke a couple of tackles for a 51-yard touchdown run that stretched the lead to 28-3. The Ducks put together a 98-yard scoring drive just before halftime. Barner scored on a 3-yard run to put Oregon ahead 35-3 before Fresno State's Quentin Breshears made a 43-yard field goal to cap the first half. For the second straight week, Oregon's offense sputtered in the second half. This time it happened with the starters still on the field. Oregon was outscored 19-7 in the second half after being outscored 24-7 in the second half last week during a 57-34 win over Arkansas State. Oregon fumbled on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter and Fresno State scored following both turnovers. Derek Carr threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Burse and then Breshears hit a 25-yard field goal to get the Bulldogs within 35-16 with 4:14 left in the third quarter. Following yet another Oregon turnover -- a fumble by Mariota -- Breshears kicked a 37-yard field goal to cut Oregon's lead to 35-19 with 9:40 left. Barner sealed the victory with a 16-yard touchdown run with 3:51 left. NOTES: Oregon wide receiver Josh Huff left the game in the first quarter with an apparent left knee injury and did not return. ... Barner became the sixth player in school history with at least 30 touchdowns and the eighth player to exceed 4,000 all-purpose yards. ... Oregon senior All-American safety John Boyett missed the game with an unknown injury. ... Oregon offensive lineman Carson York, who is coming back from a knee injury suffered in the Rose Bowl, appeared to reinjure his knee in the third quarter and left the game.
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