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January 2, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
The first time Todd Denlinger saw the Oregon offense on film, it left him a bit queasy. "You watch and you wonder what you can do against them," the Ohio State defensive lineman said. "They blew by everybody." Until Friday. That's when the Pacific 10 Conference's unstoppable force ran into Ohio State's immovable object. It wasn't much of a collision, with the Buckeyes' defense thoroughly dominating seventh-ranked Oregon in a 26-17 Rose Bowl victory. Consider: Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who came in averaging 248 yards in total offense per game, got 90 on Friday.
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December 23, 2012 | By Chris Foster
It started like any other highlight play by Lache Seastrunk, the Baylor running back with catch-me-if-you-can speed. Seastrunk burst through a big hole, leaving Oklahoma State defenders breathing fumes. A 76-yard touchdown run seemed as inevitable as finding good Tex-Mex in Waco. Then it got a little harder ... and more impressive. TIMELINE: College football 2012-13 bowl schedule Seastrunk felt a muscle pull in his left leg at midfield. He hobbled to the end zone … and still outran five Oklahoma State players.
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October 25, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Oregon is without its starting quarterback and tailback — and it doesn't seem to matter much. Against Colorado, freshman quarterback Bryan Bennett threw for a pair of touchdowns while stepping in for Darron Thomas , who sat out because of an injured knee. Junior Kenjon Barner rushed for a pair of touchdowns in place of LaMichael James , who missed his second game because of an elbow injury. That left Colorado Coach Jon Embree with his mouth agape following his team's 45-2 loss to the Ducks.
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November 24, 2012 | Sam Farmer
The idea is undeniably intriguing: Oregon Coach Chip Kelly in the NFL, bringing his up-tempo offense to the highest level. Sure, it could be a flop of Steve Spurrier-like proportions, a star college coach watching his Saturday system fizzle in such a spectacular way on Sundays. But it could work too, seeing as most NFL teams have some version of a read-option offense in their playbooks. We've seen San Francisco run it with Colin Kaepernick, Seattle run it with Russell Wilson and Washington run it with Robert Griffin III. So the rumors swirling that several teams are eyeing Kelly aren't that crazy at all. There has been lingering speculation that Kelly could replace Andy Reid in Philadelphia, for instance.
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January 1, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
Duck. Duck. Whoosh. Those bright flashes dancing through Arroyo Seco this afternoon will not be the traditional winter sun, but Oregon kids on the run. That chill whipping through the Pasadena trees will not be the familiar winter breeze, but Ohio kids on their knees. Cover up, bundle up, heads up, the Rose Bowl is about to become Ohhhs Bowl, thousands of mouths open in wonder, shaped like the letter that symbolizes the team about to capture breaths and steal hearts and make the battered Pacific 10 Conference whole again.
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December 1, 2011 | By Gary Klein
LaMichael James, the nation's leading rusher, already has run his way into Oregon's record book. Star freshman De'Anthony Thomas appears well on his way to doing the same. Then there's Kenjon Barner, Oregon's selfless multiple-purpose man in the middle. The junior running back from Riverside has combined with his more heralded teammates to give the No. 8 Ducks one of college football's fastest and most dynamic offensive trios. "He's every bit as explosive," UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel said.
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January 10, 2011 | By Gary Klein
Reporting from Glendale, Ariz. Dramatic comebacks were Auburn's calling card this season. The Tigers overcame double-digit deficits four times as they won the Southeastern Conference title. But Auburn saved its best for last. Facing possible overtime against second-ranked Oregon, the top-ranked Tigers drove down the field and Wes Byrum kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired for a 22-19 victory in the Bowl Championship Series national championship game Monday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.
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August 5, 2011 | By David Wharton
The last thing Lance Mitchell wants to see is more of Oregon's "blur" offense. The safety from rival Oregon State got his fill in a lopsided defeat last fall, his defense unable to stop the Ducks and their no-huddle, hurry-up attack. The offense that could run plays at a breathless one-every-15-seconds clip. The offense that led the nation in yards and scoring. "They go constantly," Mitchell said. "It wears you down. " And it could be an emerging trend as college teams across the Pac-12 Conference — and the nation — open summer training camps.
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January 7, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
The film from the Nov. 13 Georgia game alone could make an opposing quarterback call in sick against Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Fairley flagrantly speared poor Aaron Murray in the back, once ground his facemask into the quarterback's chin and then, as a capper, charged late with his helmet into Murray's kneecap. Fairley drew blood and nearly caused a riot. The only thing he didn't do was get suspended. "He's a monster," Oregon tailback Kenjon Barner acknowledged Friday, three days before Oregon faces Auburn for the Bowl Championship Series title.
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September 12, 2010 | From wire reports
LaMichael James ran for 134 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown, in his first game back after a one-game suspension and No. 7 Oregon scored 45 consecutive points to beat Tennessee, 48-13, on Saturday night. James had only 27 yards at halftime after being targeted by the Volunteers' defense for the entire first half. He started picking up momentum after the break, rushing for 25 yards in five carries in the Oregon's first second-half drive. He broke several tackles on the 72-yard touchdown run on the first play of the subsequent drive for the Ducks (2-0)
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November 3, 2012 | By David Wharton
Don't expect Kenjon Barner to brag about what happened at the Coliseum on Saturday evening. This is a guy who rarely speaks above a whisper. A guy who gives a wry smile when asked about his ample talents. "My offensive line, the receivers, the quarterback … everyone just did their job," he said. A modest response, but there was nothing modest about what the Oregon running back did to USC on Saturday, gashing the Trojans for 321 yards and five touchdowns. That is more damage than any opposing running back has ever inflicted on a USC defense.
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August 26, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Chip Kelly rebuffed a Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching offer last January by releasing a statement saying he had "unfinished business" at Oregon. Kelly later ran with the bulls at Pamplona, but we don't think that was it. Oregon has won three straight conference titles, lost a heartbreaker to Auburn for the Bowl Championship Series title, and last season claimed the school's first Rose Bowl win since 1917. What's left? After Kelly noted he had unfinished business, USC quarterback Matt Barkley tweeted, "Looks like we both do. " Game on. Oregon versus USC could be Alabama-Louisiana State of the Pacific time zone.
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January 14, 2012 | Wire reports
University of Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Thomas made the announcement, which caught many by surprise, Saturday night. He follows Ducks running back LaMichael James , who announced last week that he would skip his final year of eligibility. "I came to this decision on behalf of myself and my family," Thomas said in a statement released by Oregon. "I have a dream of playing in the NFL and I'm going to pursue those dreams.
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January 2, 2012 | By Gary Klein
The Chip Kelly era at Oregon has featured conference championships, multiple 10-win seasons, cutting-edge pyrotechnic offenses - even space-age uniforms that have made the Ducks the talk of college football. The only thing missing was a victory in a Bowl Championship Series game. And though Kelly and his players downplayed that fact throughout the week leading up to the 98th Rose Bowl, the jubilant scene on the field after a 45-38 victory over Wisconsin on Monday said otherwise.
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January 1, 2012 | By Gary Klein
Been there, done that. Oregon and Wisconsin were anything but awed as they prepared for the 98th Rose Bowl. Oregon played in the game two years ago, Wisconsin last year. So the events leading up to Monday's game have been entirely familiar. Players, coaches and the teams' fans hope the outcome is not. Oregon lost to Ohio State in 2010 and has yet to win a Bowl Championship Series game under Coach Chip Kelly. Wisconsin lost to Texas Christian, so Coach Bret Bielema's biggest postseason victory to date is a win over Miami in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl.
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December 31, 2011 | Gary Klein
A photograph of LaMichael James went viral this week, the shot of the Oregon star cowering on a Disneyland thrill ride literally zooming across social media platforms. Reaction to the photo -- and his terror-filled expression -- surprised and amused James. "I guess I'm on a lot of people's minds," he said. It didn't seem that way during the latter half of the college football season. The 2010 Heisman Trophy finalist mostly fell out of discussion for this season's award despite leading the nation in rushing yards per game.
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September 20, 2009 | Associated Press
. -- Kyle Whittingham wishes that Utah's ride would have gone on forever. The Ducks were more than happy to bring it to a screeching halt. LaMichael James rushed for a career-high 152 yards and a touchdown, and Oregon overcame four turnovers and an abysmal performance by quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to beat the No. 18 Utes, 31-24, and snap the nation's longest winning streak. Utah (2-1) had won 16 straight games, including its stunning 31-17 upset of heavily favored Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last January.
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November 30, 2011 | By Chris Foster
UCLA players closed Coach Rick Neuheisel's last practice by carrying him off the field, singing the UCLA fight song Wednesday. Neuheisel, fired Monday, led the team in the UCLA chant. He will coach the Bruins for the last time against Oregon in the Pac-12 Conference championship game Friday. Asked whether he could have received a better tribute, Neuheisel said, "It's tough to imagine. It's meaningful when you work to create relationships. You want the best for them. You want them to achieve what they are capable of achieving.
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December 9, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
The Heisman Trophy that seemed to be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck's to lose may be lost Saturday night to a Baylor quarterback. Momentum in recent days has shifted swiftly and favorably toward Robert Griffin III. Heismanpundit.com, an Internet site run by former USC assistant sports information director Chris Huston that tracks college football's most coveted award, has predicted a victory for Griffin. In a final survey of 13 Heisman voters, Griffin received eight first-place votes to four for Luck.
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