Thomas' arm leads Ducks to 42-31 win over ASU

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By Natalie Rivers By Natalie Rivers

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Darron Thomas threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and No. 5 Oregon unleashed a big-play passing offense to pull away from Arizona State 42-31 Saturday night in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.

Arizona State (2-2) held the nation's second-leading rushing team to 145 yards -- 235 below its average -- and used its up-tempo offense to build a 10-point lead late in a first half. But the Sun Devils committed seven turnovers.

Oregon (4-0) rallied behind Thomas' arm, scoring two touchdowns in the final 2:21 and blowing it open with two more scores in the third quarter.

Thomas, coming off a four-touchdown first half against Portland State, threw for 260 yards and TD passes to Josh Huff and Jeff Maehl. He also scored on a 4-yard run.

Arizona State's Steven Threet threw for 387 yards and hit Mike Willie on two of his three touchdown passes, but had four interceptions.