Oregon vs. Virginia: Ducks' Speed Showcased in Big Win over Cavaliers

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IISeptember 7, 2013

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 7: De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks breaks a tackle on his way to rushing for a 40-yard touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Scott Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Speed is always the key to the Oregon Ducks offense, and that was showcased perfectly after they were able to beat the Virginia Cavaliers.

The Ducks have now played two games and won both by big margins.  This week, the Ducks were able to beat Virginia very easily, winning 59-10.

Marcus Mariota set the tone early, breaking away on a quarterback keeper, taking it 71 yards for the score.  He finished the day going 14-of-28 with 199 yards and two touchdowns through the air, while also running for 122 yards and a score on just four carries.

Meanwhile, De'Anthony Thomas showed just how truly fast he is.  He broke an incredible 40-yard touchdown in the first quarter, burning defenders with his blazing speed.

Thomas had a great game as well, putting up three scores and 124 yards while averaging 11.3 yards per carry.  He now has 252 rushing yards and five touchdowns in just two games, and he's making his own case for the Heisman Trophy.

The speed on Oregon is amazing, and you can see it by the numbers.  Here's what the Ducks have done through two games.

As a team, the Ducks are averaging 10 yards per carry.  That's something that just doesn't happen often in college football over two games, even if it is against weaker opponents.

The speed on this team is truly incredible.  Thomas is clearly one of the fastest players in the country, and Mariota has proved that he has breakaway speed as a dual-threat quarterback.  Other players like Thomas Tyner, Josh Huff and Byron Marshall have shown that they can make big plays with their legs as well.

Even the defense was able to show off its speed in the secondary.  The defense was able to force four turnovers in this game, with three of them coming from big-time interceptions.  The Cavaliers were making some noise early in the game, but these turnovers turned it into a blowout.

The Ducks will be going up against the Tennessee Volunteers in their next game, and they will need all of that speed to pull off another win.  They were able to force seven turnovers against Western Kentucky, and the defense has a lot of confidence heading into this game.

It's clear that the Ducks don't need Chip Kelly in order to be an offensive juggernaut.  As long as they continue to show off that speed in that up-tempo offense, this team has a chance to make it to the national championship this year.