The Oklahoma series: Part 1 – Bad Play (2004) & Bad Luck (2005)

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It wasn’t the first time Oregon and Oklahoma had played.  Four times previously the Ducks and Sooners had faced off, every time they had trounced Oregon.  It wasn’t pretty how lopsided the series had been. 1958 – Oklahoma 6 Oregon 0 1966 – Oklahoma 17 Oregon 0 1972 – Oklahoma 68 Oregon 3 1975 – Oklahoma 62 Oregon 7 (Oklahoma …

Oregon’s 1996 comeback, Part II: 100th Civil War

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Approximately 15 years ago to date, Oregon headed to Corvallis’ Parker Stadium for the 100th Civil War game.  Sitting at 5-5 overall, Oregon wanted their third consecutive winning season and a shot at a bowl game.  Oregon State was 2-8 overall, but always wanted to end their season on a high note by beating their instate rival.  The previous two …

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 …

Remembering Four Great ’80s Ducks

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As the Ducks transition this week from a victory over Washington State to prepping for Washington, I’ve found myself thinking back to two pairs of star players from Rich Brook’s 1980s squads, each part of upset victories over these Northwest rivals. Many Duck fans remember Washington State running back Reuben Mayes’ NCAA record-breaking 357 yards at Autzen Stadium in 1984, …

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 …