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 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.
September 12, 2010 |
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)
September 20, 2009 |
. -- 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.
December 31, 2011 |
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.