Conclusion: Oregon’s 2001 postseason decade anniversary

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Tempe, Arizona: Tuesday, January 1, 2002;  A day Oregon fans would long remember.  Their beloved Ducks were completing a very special year with an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, the Pac-10 Championship site. Oregon’s four Senior Captains Wes Mallard, Steve Smith, Justin Peelle, and Joey Harrington took midfield to greet and shake hands with Colorado’s captains.  Colorado won the coin …

Oregon’s 2001 Postseason: Part 4

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It was New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2001. A year with many twists and turns was about to draw to a conclusion, and everyone prepared for only the second official year of the new millennium. The world had yearned for the year 2000, but had to wait another year for the official new millennium to begin, as had been explained …

Oregon’s 2001 Postseason: Part 2

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Just a little over ten years ago at this time, the final NCAA BCS rankings were released.  At 11-0, The Miami Hurricanes were the only undefeated team and earned the undisputed #1 ranking in each poll.  The Oregon Ducks were one of only four one-loss teams at 10-1, and had done everything right other than their difficult, heartbreaking loss at …

Oregon’s 2001 Postseason: Part 1

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On December 1, 2001; the celebration was on in the pouring rain at Autzen Stadium.  Hundreds of fans swarmed the field despite the harsh weather conditions, knowing their beloved Ducks had won the undisputed Pac-10 Championship and were bowl bound.  Many had brought Tostitos Chips to celebrate the berth of the Fiesta Bowl, but all true fans had hoped for …