Ducks Get Historic 13th Win in Style

Rose Bowl 2015

The Oregon Ducks are National Championship bound. That has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? The climb has been tough, but now college football immortality is one win away. From the Ducks’ first Rose Bowl berth in 2009, to the BCS title game in 2010, and back to-back BCS bowl wins in 2011 and 2012, the past five years have been amazing for Duck fans. But this season has already eclipsed them all. When the Ducks put the beatdown on undefeated Florida State in the Rose Bowl, they earned their 13th win of the year — the most in a single season in Oregon football history.

Oregon is relatively new to this level of success and is seeking its first national title in school history, while the other three teams in the playoff have plenty of national championships to boast about already. The Ducks won their playoff game, but it was the way they won that made the statement. They didn’t just end the Seminoles’ 29-game win streak; they dominated most of the game. And they didn’t just win, the Ducks blew out FSU 59-20; even Washington State gave us a closer game. If the win didn’t shock the nation, the score sure did. Urban Meyer’s reaction says it all.

Rose Bowl 2015

Craig Strobeck

Tony Washington’s scoop and score helped put FSU away for good.

Even though Ohio State just beat Alabama, Oregon is the best team the Buckeyes will see all season. These Ducks will have a chance to have their first Heisman winner, first Pac-12 title and Rose Bowl win since 2011, and first national title in program history, all in the same year. What happened in the Rose Bowl isn’t an aberration, it’s what the Ducks have done all season. The scary part? This Oregon team has gotten better every game since the early season loss to Arizona. The Ducks are, without a doubt, playing their best football of the season right now, when it matters most. With only one game left in this amazing 2014-2015 season, only Ohio State stands in the Ducks’ way.

Win or lose, this season has already been historic. Oregon has its first Heisman winner, the Ducks won the first-ever college football playoff game, and again, won the most games in program history at 13. Oregon set Rose Bowl records, made post-season statements, and still has one final game left to play. The nine-day wait will be over before we know it, and then we will know just how historic this season will be. January 12 can’t come soon enough!

Top Photo by Craig Strobeck

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Nik Brownlee

Nik Brownlee

University of Oregon alumnus and Duck football fanatic. Born in Eugene and raised in Autzen Stadium, sports are the foundation for who I am. Passionate about fitness, the outdoors and making people laugh. If I'm not talking about sports, chances are I'm listening to my music too loud.

  • worldwidewebfoot

    All good stuff. I hate to look for the dark lining of the silver cloud. But how is the injury situation, and suspensions. It looks like Devon Allen will be out. And is there a feel yet for what the sanctions will be against Prevot, Mattingly and Benoit for the taunting incident? Maybe they could do extra laps after practice, or write “I will not taunt” 100 times on the blackboard? What, you say that there are no blackboards any more?

    • Nik Brownlee

      Considering it’s the national title game, something these players most likely only get to experience once in their lives, I would hope there isn’t any game time missed. Make them run extra laps, give them blackboard punishment Bart Simpson style (there’s gotta be a few left on campus… somewhere), make them do community service, just don’t make them miss the biggest game of their football careers. I guess all we can do is wait and see. Thanks for the read.

  • Nate

    Given the fact that Oregon only really played to their potential in the 3d quarter, and had they wanted, nothing FSU was doing would have stopped the score from soaring over 70, even with the mediocre first half, I think Oregon has all the tools to win very strongly against Ohio State. Of course, we are talking about human beings here though and I have to add the caveat about “playing to their potential.” There is a verse in the Bible about how God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble. The Rose Bowl certainly had that feel to it. The proud got such a shock they still can’t really grasp how badly they were spanked on the national stage, and the humble just smiled and gave credit to the team and their unworthy opponents.

    I only hope the Oregon players keep the same humble but hungry attitude. It was their combat-hungry attitude that really impressed me throughout that game. Many of those critical 3d quarter turnovers happened because the guys on defense were so hungry… going after the ball, pursuing, being there, not slacking off, and not giving up.

    On offense, I only worry about the offensive line, and they seem to have fixed those issues this season starting with the UCLA game. The teamwork there is so important. The great Oregon offensive juggernaut won’t work if those guys aren’t synched and playing team ball. As for the so-called “skill positions,” there are so many weapons on offense that the loss of Allen won’t matter.. and that takes nothing away from him and his past impact! ha, ha Ohio State; this isn’t Alabama. Freeman, Tyner, Marshall, Lowe, Stanford, Nelson, Carrington, Baylis, Mundt (i still remember that Tennessee game well), even Bassett… those guys all have incredible talent.

    Ohio State will definitely be a more difficult foe than FSU, maybe like a combination of Stanford and UCLA? Nothing Ohio State has faced will be close though. If nothing else, we will find out how good or bad Bama was.

    Mark Helfrich seems to know how to keep them focused on their task performance more than the game outcome, which will be the key to not getting psyched out, so it could really happen this time. Looking forward to it!

    BTW- I’m a native-born Oregonian (retired Army) living in Alabama and I can testify that there are lots of Oregon football fans in the South. That’s right, deep in the heart of SEC, Phyillis from Mulga, country… Oregon still makes an positive impression on those open-minded football lovers out there. Half of the coaches on the local high school football team are Oregon fans! High school coaches all want to do what Oregon has been doing for decades – make more out of the talent cards they have been dealt. I wear my Oregon gear quite openly and people constantly let me know that they love what Oregon does on the gridiron! It might not be an exaggeration to say that this is America’s college football team.