January 1, 2010 |
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.
December 1, 2011 |
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.
January 7, 2011 |
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.
January 10, 2011 |
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.
August 5, 2011 |
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.
November 12, 2011 |
Reporting from Palo Alto, Calif. -- Stanford let the grass grow this week in an attempt to neutralize Oregon's speed but ended up being cut down to size. The most important game on the Farm since 1940 turned from frenzy to fizzle as No. 6 Oregon soundly defeated No. 3 Stanford, 53-30, before a crowd of 50,360 at Stanford Stadium. Stanford turned the ball over five times. "You play against a team with that kind of speed, that kind of talent, that's as well coached as they are, you turn the ball over, you can't win," Cardinal Coach David Shaw, summing up the night perfectly, said afterward.