Monthly Archive for: ‘November, 2011’

  • Making Oregon’s special teams special

    For a football team to be successful, it requires being proficient in offense, defense, and…oh, what’s that other thing?  Oh yeah, special teams. It’s easy to forget about special teams and its importance in the game, as often anonymous players go through the motions of …

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  • The Ducks cram for a final: UCLA comes to town Friday with the Rose Bowl at stake

    In a short week everything’s accelerated: Sunday is Monday, with no days off. On Friday, Oregon faces a team they have every reason to overlook. The Ducks are 30-point favorites against UCLA, a team they beat 60-13 last year. The Bruins coach just got fired. …

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    The Fish Report: Oregon’s New “Sweep Read”

    Through this season I have often had much more interesting material to analyze than time would permit from a given game. This week is no exception as we had a number of new plays, formations, and play-action passes to enjoy looking at closely that resulted …

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  • Beating the Beavers never gets old

    It wasn’t quite the same feeling at Autzen Stadium on Saturday as in classic Civil Wars past. The crowd was enthusiastic about the 49-21 win, but not necessarily at the stadium’s raucous peak. And understandably so: Instead of clinching a conference championship and January bowl …

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  • Ducks own the state — as they usually do

    The gap is how wide? Well, digest these numbers put up by Oregon against Oregon State on Saturday: 39 first downs, 102 offensive plays, and 671 total yards. How wide? Six sacks of Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion, along with two interceptions. How wide again? …

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  • Keys to the game: Oregon State at Oregon

    It’s the Civil War, but the Beavers are trying to send the Ducks to the Alamo. If they succeed, it will be the most rewarding and jubilant 4-8 season in history. For most of the year Oregon State hasn’t run the ball or defended the …

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  • FishWrap Friday Game 12 Preview: OSU @ Oregon

    It’s civil war time everyone, time for records to go aside, and let the two teams go at it. The stakes are high for Oregon: win, and Oregon goes for the Roses next Friday. Lose, and it’s Alamo bowl. Let’s get cracking with the analysis. …

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  • Oregon’s 1996 comeback, Part II: 100th Civil War

    Approximately 15 years ago to date, Oregon headed to Corvallis’ Parker Stadium for the 100th Civil War game.  Sitting at 5-5 overall, Oregon wanted their third consecutive winning season and a shot at a bowl game.  Oregon State was 2-8 overall, but always wanted to …

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    The Civil War. It’s a game that, more often than not through history, had been of little more than regional interest.  Had there been a GameDay back then, it wouldn’t normally have come to Oregon.  Some years the Ducks and Beavers put on their border …

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  • Oregon recruiting: Dwayne Stanford II is the receiver the Oregon offense needs

    He’s announcing tomorrow morning and they may not get him, because a dozen elite schools have him at the top of their board. But Dwayne Stanford II is the type of target Oregon’s quarterback needed on the final drive on Saturday night. Stanford is 6-4, …

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