Decade Anniversary: Record Night in Pullman, as Ducks knock off unbeaten Cougars

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On this very night ten years ago, the Oregon Ducks traveled to Pullman, Washington to take on the #14 Washington State Cougars on a rainy night.  Martin Stadium was packed, marking the first time an opponent other than Washington drew a full house since Washington State’s 1997 Rose Bowl Run.  The Cougar faithful were hopeful for another conference crown, as …

The night the lights went out at Autzen: Tedford’s 2003 return to Eugene

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From 1998 – 2001 the University of Oregon Ducks football team reached heights never before thought possible.  Unbelievable games, great offenses, bowl victories, high rankings, conference titles, and Heisman contenders.  Leading the helm for the potent Oregon offenses during that time, molding players into the best they could be, was offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford. Following Oregon’s triumphant victory over Colorado …

Encore to Desert Miracle: Similar Pull-off in Palouse, 11-4-2000

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Following the 2000 “Desert Miracle” victory over Arizona State, the high-flying Oregon Ducks were now soaring solo atop the Pac-10 standings.  A week later on November 4, 2000; Oregon traveled to Pullman, Washington for a date with Washington State.  Coming off a natural high following a miraculous win over the Arizona State Sun Devils, Oregon remained the only unbeaten team …

Sweet Revenge: Oregon upsets BYU, Detmer in 1990.

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It was a momentous day in Autzen Stadium history.  Televisions nationwide tuned in to see the carnage ensue, expecting #4 BYU to showcase their dominance over the up-and-comers Oregon in sleepy Eugene, OR.  But what they got was something far different, as what should have been a celebratory time in the spotlight for BYU’s superstar quarterback Ty Detmer instead became …

Decade ago: Cal No Match for Oregon’s Fiesta Bowl Run

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Exactly a decade ago to date, Oregon travelled to Berkeley to take on the California Golden Bears on a warm 78 degree afternoon in Strawberry Canyon.  The high-flying #5 Ducks were 5-0 and coming off a huge win at Arizona, while the deflated Bears were sitting at the cellar of the Pac-10 at 0-5 and just looking for a win. …

Miracle in the Desert: Oregon beats ASU in double overtime (2000)

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It was one of those days where by the end the masses can do little more than shrug and lament, “what else could possibly happen?”  A game where the improbable and unfathomable becomes commonplace, where those who walked out early would regret it for a lifetime.  A game that would be talked about for years to come, and for those …

LaMichael James, a Legend, Goes Down

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Never has Autzen been so quiet. Never so somber. As Oregon Duck star running back LaMichael James rolled back and forth on the ground near the west end zone on Thursday night, his elbow a complete mess, the 58,796 on hand for the California game did some squirming of their own. The tortuous image of James’ arm bending backwards was …

The Era of the Oregon Transfer Running Back

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As programs look to fill their rosters with new recruits, every year inevitably teams ponder whether or not to consider adding transfers to their ranks.  Some come from junior colleges, some from other schools.  Sometimes it is due to academics, or disciplinary reasons, or the opportunity for playing time that makes student-athletes pursue alternate choices in their education and football …

Ducks Blow Out Arizona

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Exactly a decade ago to date, Oregon traveled to Tucson, Arizona to take on the Arizona Wildcats.  Holding an advantage record 14-9 overall against Arizona, Oregon was only 5-8 in Tucson; many (including ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit) were predicting an upset by Arizona.  Oregon would go on to prove Herbstreit dead wrong. On a warm Arizona Desert evening, the Ducks came …

Ten Year Fiesta Bowl Season Anniversary: Triumph over Utah State

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It was Saturday, September 29, 2001.  Slightly over ten years ago to date, Oregon traveled to Logan, Utah to conclude its non-conference portion of their season in only their third-ever match against the Utah State Aggies.  Oregon came in as the highest ranked visitor to ever play in the history of Romney Stadium, and the Aggies were ready to prove …

Refuse to lose: How Oregon won the first Regular Season overtime game in college football history

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Overtime rules had existed for decades in professional football, but the collegiate game was slow to come around to extending games beyond regulation.  Ties weren’t commonplace, but they did happen.  Oregon had in fact played in the final 0-0 tie, the 1983 Civil War game vs. Oregon State, a game so bad it was coined “The Toilet Bowl.” In 1996 …