15 year anniversary: Oregon’s 1996 season comeback (Part I)

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Oregon opened the 1996 season strong, followed by a difficult mid-season slump.  To open the season, Oregon had won a tight battle in the first-ever NCAA regular season overtime game over Fresno State.  The next two non-conference games over Nevada and Colorado State were victories for Oregon, and the Ducks were nationally ranked.  Unfortunately for Oregon, the defense struggled to …

Pondering Our Passion

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Under normal circumstances the 9 A.M. Big Ten game doesn’t hold much interest for me. Usually I would spend Saturday morning sleeping in, taking a leisurely shower, and maybe taking the wife out for an early lunch, before settling in for hours of college football. The Ducks play a lot of late afternoon and evening games nowadays, so I have plenty of time to warm up by rooting against OSU or the Purple Plague before our game. Last Saturday wasn’t normal circumstances, though. Penn State v. Nebraska was must see college ball.

Tales from the stat sheet: De’Anthony Thomas’ Oregon career off to an historic beginning

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De’Anthony Thomas is not the next Reggie Bush. He’s not the next anyone. He’s the first De’Anthony Thomas. Which makes him one of the most exciting and dynamic open-field runners you will ever see. In space, as the announcers like to say, with one man or a couple of defenders to beat, he often makes them look helpless, a blur …

The Fish Report: Winning Strategies Against Stanford

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What a showcase game of Oregon Football! Our young men were prepared and ready for the national spotlight as they epitomized their motto of “Fast-Hard-Finish,” on both offense and defense. We knew that Coach Kelly would pull something new out for this game, and he didn’t disappoint, as we study a new offensive strategy and examine the background components that …

Ducks versus Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks

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In recent days and weeks leading to Oregon’s season-defining showdown with heretofore undefeated Stanford, the story wasn’t just that Chip Kelly‘s team was facing the nation’s #4 squad, or that a win might make another BCS title-game run possible. Given the accolades that have been showered for the past two years on Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck, it seems the Ducks …

Speedy Ducks dominate Cardinal

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Something strange happened to Stanford on the way to flexing its muscle and piling up 246 yards of total offense in the first half Saturday night against Oregon. The Cardinal never held the lead. That’s a problem against the Ducks. A very bad problem. Trail for long and the chances of catching up are about as good as keeping Phil …

Decade Anniversary: “Captain Comeback” and Oregon Narrowly Escape UCLA

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An entire decade ago, the Oregon Ducks traveled to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California for their final regular season road contest against UCLA; and a chance to finish undefeated away from Autzen for the first time since 1995.  UCLA had began the season strong and nationally ranked with impressive victories over Alabama, Ohio State, and Washington.  However, they were …

ESPN College Gameday and Oregon: the Perfect Match

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On Saturday ESPN College Gameday will be broadcasting live from Palo Alto, CA, to kick off the day’s festivities ending with the Oregon-Stanford game.  It will be the third time this year that Oregon is one of the featured schools associated with the program, more than any other school.  It will be the second time Stanford is featured, and the …

Oregon recruiting: Fabian Moreau update

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I’d stop running these, but the kid keeps finding the endzone. Fabian Moreau’s latest tape lists him at 6-0 185 with a 4.38 40. Even with hand-held high school 40 time inflation, all those touchdowns suggest maybe he’s fast enough to be a pretty good wide receiver/Tazer, and he keeps catching footballs. Oregon could use a couple of guys who …