The Stretch Run for the Roses

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Coming off its decisive victory over Washington State, Oregon was ranked 14th in the country with five wins and one loss. The remainder of the regular season schedule included a final home game against the St. Mary’s Gaels, and three consecutive road games against the Washington Huskies, UCLA Bruins, and Oregon State Beavers. Oregon had played an annual Thanksgiving Day …

Michigan – A Game of Firsts for Oregon

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Coming off a lackluster performance against against a mediocre Stanford team, Oregon would be on the road for the second consecutive week.  This time the trip would be to Ann Arbor to face the Michigan Wolverines, who were coming off an unbeaten season, which included a 49-0 thrashing of Southern California in the 1948 Rose Bowl game.  Michigan had tied …

The Year The Stars Shined For Oregon Football

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551 yards, that’s the NFL passing record for a single game.  Every year, the league evolves to incorporate more passing into offenses, yet that mark, set in 1951, has remained untouched for over six decades.  It was a record set by Norm Van Brocklin, one of six Ducks in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and the star of the …

The 1963 Sun Bowl – Casanova’s Lone Bowl Victory

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  The 1963 Oregon Ducks football team finished 7-3 on the season, accepting an invitation to the 1963 Sun Bowl, where they took on the Mustangs of SMU. Led by Dave Wilcox, the Ducks were a team of over achievers, who banded together to get Len Casanova his only bowl win at Oregon. Oregon’s offense — which finished ranked fourth …

1959 – An Underappreciated Season

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Oregon’s Ducks were coming off the four win, six loss 1958 season. The 1958 Ducks had been one of the great defensive teams in Oregon football history surrendering only 50 points over the course of 10 games. Unfortunately, the 1958 offense had been as inconsistent as the defense was consistent leading to most of the losses. 1959 would be Oregon’s …

1958 – The Original Gang Green Defense

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Oregon opened 1958 with a close loss to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl game. That game would be the final game for 11 seniors, including the entire starting backfield and most of the top offensive skill players.   The 1958 season opened with a 27-0 shutout of Idaho. That shutout was the first of four shutouts by Oregon’s defense. …

Dual Threats: Oregon Ducks Excelling in Football and Track

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This weekend marks the opening of the Oregon men’s outdoor track and field season with the Oregon Preview meet.  Scheduled to participate in the 100 meters are Oregon football players Dior Mathis and B.J. Kelley.  I’ve always looked forward to following Oregon football players who participate in other varsity sports, particularly track and field.  I thought for my first article …