Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas doesn't think the Ducks will have many problems scoring points on Stanford's defense in Thursday night's Pac-12 showdown.
On Monday, Thomas was asked by reporters if the Cardinal could hold Oregon's high-powered offense to 14 points. (H/T GoDucks.com)
"I don't think so," Thomas said. "I feel like this team, we should at least put up 40 [points]."
Thomas and the Ducks currently rank second in the country in scoring offense (55.6 points per game) and total offense (632.1 yards per game). Under first-year head coach Mark Helfrich, Oregon has scored more than 40 points in Pac-12 games against Washington (45) and UCLA (42), the program's two biggest defensive tests this season. But Thursday's game against Stanford will be the toughest challenge yet for the Ducks' offense, as the Cardinal allow only 19.4 points per game. Stanford surrendered just 22 points combined in victories over Oregon State and UCLA in its past two contests.
But Thomas said this year's Oregon offense is better than last year's unit, which finished the 2012 season averaging 49.5 points per game (second in the country) and 537.4 yards per game (fifth).
"I feel like we're a better team," Thomas said. "We're just a new generation of players. We just have a lot of guys that can contribute to the offense. That's what makes this offense so dynamic."MANDEL: Lessons in toughness: The rise of Stanford linebacker Trent Murphy