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Thomas set career highs with his passing yards. He had 30 touchdown passes, two shy of Akili Smith’s school record in 1998.

Thomas said it was Oregon _ and not Auburn _ that slowed the Ducks.

“We stopped ourselves on a lot of the plays. Mental, just mental breakdowns on our own,” Thomas said. “They didn’t really stop us a lot. We shot ourselves in the foot.”

The Ducks started the season ranked No. 11, with uncertainty about their quarterback situation. But the team took Chip Kelly’s “Win The Day” mentality into each game, and couldn’t lose. The team’s only close game was a 15-13 victory over Cal.

Until they met Auburn.

“Nobody likes losing,” James said. “When you are a competitor, you don’t want to lose. Coach Kelly tells us we play football but it doesn’t define who we are. There are going to be better days.”