Not many people gave the UCLA Bruins much of a chance on Friday night— they were 31 point underdogs, after all. But for most of the night, they at least looked like they belonged on the same field as the mighty Oregon Ducks, who would go on to win the inaugural Pac-12 title 49-31. Ultimately though, despite flights of sustained competence, if not brilliance, the Bruins offense could not keep up with the juggernaut that is the Ducks, which rolled up 573 yards of offense to UCLA's 344, with 355 of that coming on the ground alone.
The Ducks were led by Heisman candidate LaMichael James, who gobbled up 220 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, and quarterback Darron Thomas, whose 278 total yards and three touchdowns represented maybe his best game of the 2011 season. The Ducks are off to their second Rose Bowl in two years, where they will face the winner of tomorrow's Big Ten championship. UCLA, meanwhile, will find some bowl game to take them at 6-7, where they will be without head coach Rick Neuheisel.
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