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Saturday, September 30, 2006

Ducks Demonize Devils

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- The 14th-ranked Oregon Ducks came to the desert aiming to prove their controversial victory over Oklahoma two weeks ago was no fluke.

Mission accomplished.

Oregon used a balanced attack and a relentless defense to crush Arizona State 48-13 Saturday. Dennis Dixon threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns, Jonathan Stewart ran for 142 yards and Jaison Williams caught 10 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. The Ducks registered six sacks and limited Arizona State to 175 yards. The Ducks meanwhile, had 571 yards of total offense.

Using a mix of short passes and misdirection runs, Oregon marched 76 yards on nine plays on its first possession, with Dixon throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jaison Williams (pictured).

Williams, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, caught seven passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns in the first 12 minutes. Jonathan Stewart's 63-yard burst up the middle set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Jeremiah Johnson that put Oregon up 31-3 four minutes into the third quarter.

The Ducks (4-0, 2-0 Pac-10) set up a Top 25 showdown with California next Saturday in Berkeley.


Oregon vs ASU Game Day

Arizona State ran the ball well in losing to Cal last week, but the Sun Devils have traditionally been heavy on the pass on offense, meaning Saturday’s game for No. 14 Oregon at ASU will be a major test for redshirt freshman cornerbacks Jairus Byrd and Walter Thurmond III.

Thurmond has started all three games for the Ducks this season, but Byrd moved from safety to cornerback for Oregon’s win over Oklahoma due to the injury suffered by Jackie Bates. The Sooners leaned heavily on running back Adrian Peterson on offense, and Byrd in particular knows the Sun Devils may present a stiffer challenge for the corners.

“That’s without saying,” he said. “Yeah, they’re going to test me, me and Walter. And particularly it’s going to be challenging for me because I haven’t played the position. But I’ve just got to step up. I can’t play like I freshman. I’ve got to go out there, know my assignments and get myself into position to help us win.”

The Ducks are scheduled to practice in Eugene on Friday before leaving for Tempe, with a scheduled arrival around 7:15 p.m. Having played at Sun Devil Stadium last season, the Ducks won’t have a walk-through there Friday evening.

“I just want to make sure everything’s on time,” UO coach Mike Bellotti said. “That’s something you always worry about, but you can’t control some of those things.”

Bellotti said injured defensive tackle Jeremy Gibbs (ankle) participated in Wednesday’s drills and would do so Thursday barring a setback. Gibbs has started all three games this season but seems a longshot to start Saturday.

“We’ll just see,” Bellotti said. “I’m optimistic he’ll be available for the game.”

Story courtesy of Eugene Register Guard.


Thursday, September 28, 2006

W.I.I. Answer

It was simply some sort of handrail taken at a very close distance...

Sun Devils Aim To Run On Oregon

As seen on Yahoo Sports:

By Luke Andrews, Oregon Daily Emerald
September 27, 2006

(CSTV U-WIRE) EUGENE, Ore. -- There weren't many positives for the Arizona State Sun Devils following a 49-21 defeat in its Pac-10 opener at California last Saturday.

But among those certainly was the play of junior running back Ryan Torain, who rushed for 191 yards on 24 carries and had two scores while filling in for injured starter Keegan Herring.

Herring, a sophomore who rushed for a team-leading 870 yards and six touchdowns last season, was hampered with a hamstring injury and did not carry the ball against the Bears.

"We knew going in that Ryan Torain was going to get the majority of the carries, and he certainly responded - really ran the ball hard, broke tackles, second effort," Arizona State head coach Dirk Koetter said in a release.

Torain is a 6-foot, 216-pound junior transfer from Butler Community College (Kan.) where he scored 12 touchdowns and rushed for more than 800 yards in his sophomore season even after missing four games with an injury.

This season, he has gained 354 yards on 55 carries and scored three touchdowns on the ground and caught two through the air.

He's helped the Sun Devils ground game average 180.5 yards per game, compared to their average of 145.7 last season.

"He's a big back," Oregon linebacker A.J. Tuitele said. "He's a north and south runner. He'll make one cut and go downhill."


Modern Day Murder's Row

This is what the New York Yankees have been waiting for: their modern-day version of Murderers' Row.

They put out their top batting order for the first time, each and every one an All-Star at some point, and Jason Giambi, Bobby Abreu, Jorge Posada, Johnny Damon and Robinson Cano all homered in Wednesday night's 16-5 rout of the Baltimore Orioles.

"It's a lineup that you dream of," Damon said.

Giambi and Posada each had four RBIs as the Yankees romped to a 13-2 lead by the fourth inning. Gary Sheffield was 2-for-3 with his first extra-base hit since May, and appears to be regaining his form as New York prepares for its playoff opener Tuesday against Minnesota or Detroit.

Hideki Matsui was 2-for-2 with two walks, and the Yankees (96-62) moved one game ahead of the Tigers for the best record in baseball and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

"The best lineup I've seen in my life," Baltimore catcher Ramon Hernandez said. "When the No. 2 hitter in the league is hitting ninth, that's telling you something."

That would be Cano, who went 1-for-3 and is batting .343, an average that trails only Minnesota's Joe Mauer (.350).

Matsui hit seventh and Posada eighth. Bernie Williams and Melky Cabrera began the night on the bench and each wound up getting a hit.

"Wow! I haven't seen a lineup like this," Damon said.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

ASB Representative

Hey guys!! As some of you may know I have been running for ASB (Associated Student Body) Rep. Today I read a speech that I wrote over the intercom. Voting was today and the top 3 canidates get chosen. I finished 1st today!!! And today's my birthday so that's a pretty good present.

Talk to all of you guys later!!

Oregon Injury Report

Oregon's week without a game proved to be somewhat of a benefit on the injury front, but still to be determined is whether defensive end Victor Filipe has had enough time to recover from a dislocated left elbow suffered during an August practice. "Victor is still questionable," UO coach Mike Bellotti said Monday.

Otherwise, Bellotti said, there was generally time for recovery during the bye week. Receivers Derrick Jones, Garren Strong, Cameron Colvin and James Finley were all practicing Monday as the 14th-ranked Ducks resumed workouts following their lone weekend off of the season.

There doesn't seem to be any issue with Jonathan Stewart and Jeremiah Johnson, Oregon's leading rushers, who seemingly participated without limits in Monday's workout.

Still out, however, was defensive tackle Jeremy Gibbs (pictured), though Bellotti was optimistic his ankle would be healed enough to practice later in the week and allow him to play against the Sun Devils.

Complete story at the Register Guard site.


Monday, September 25, 2006

Oregon vs ASU Preview

When the Oregon football team returns to the practice field today, the offense will concern itself with attacking a defense that sits atop the nation in quarterback sacks.

The Ducks, who moved down a spot to 14th in The Associated Press top 25 and were 13th in the first Harris Interactive poll released Sunday, had the past three days off due to the bye week that followed the controversial 34-33 victory over Oklahoma. This Saturday, Oregon faces its first Pac-10 Conference road test, a 12:30 p.m. visit to Tempe for a game against Arizona State.

Those Sun Devils are tied with Syracuse for first in the nation with 19 quarterbacks sacks, a number that gives pause to the Ducks, who have allowed just one through three games.

But last week, even ASU coach Dirk Koetter was in the business of partially debunking that number. The Sun Devils had nine sacks in their season-opening victory over Division I-AA Northern Arizona, then four against Nevada and five against Colorado, two teams with a combined record of 2-6.

See the rest of the story at the Register Guard site.

I think it will be a close game, Oregon 28 - ASU 24 is my prediction.


Saturday, September 23, 2006

W.I.I. Answer

Here is a picture from a little further away.

Monday, September 18, 2006

For What It's Worth...

The controversy continues. Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen (pictured) issued a statement today; "Errors clearly were made and not corrected, and for that we apologize to the University of Oklahoma, coach Bob Stoops and his players, they played an outstanding college football game, as did Oregon, and it is regrettable that the outcome of the contest was affected by the officiating," read the entire story at the Eugene Register Guard website.

My perspective as an Oregon fan watching on television. From the camera angles provided by the TV Network it was not possible to tell if the ball had traveled the required 10 yards. A camera would have had to been placed exactly at the point perpendicular to the said 10 yard mark and it wasn't. Maybe there was additional footage that wasn't made public, if that is the case I think they should make it public to erase any doubt.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Oregon 34 - Oklahoma 33

This game will go down in Duckvision history. It has enough highlights to provide at least 45 minutes of pregame video. I can't wait for the next home game.

Dennis Dixon, Jonathan Stewart, Jasion Williams, Brian Paysinger, the defense and a few favorable calls from the refs, were the stars of this game. The following is from the website.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Dennis Dixon and No. 18 Oregon rallied for two touchdowns in the final 72 seconds and the Ducks blocked a field goal on the final play to seal a wild 34-33 victory over No. 15 Oklahoma on Saturday.

Dixon's 16-yard keeper with 1:12 left brought the Ducks within 33-27 and set up the onside kick attempt.

The Ducks (3-0) recovered the kick on their own 48, with 1:02 to go.

After a pass interference call on Oklahoma again had Sooners coach Bob Stoops shaking his head on the sideline, Dixon threw a 23-yard TD pass to Brian Paysinger with 46 seconds to give Oregon the lead.

Oklahoma wasn't done, though, as Reggie Smith returned a squib kick 55 yards to the Ducks' 27.

With no timeouts the Sooners ran one play, run into the line by Adrian Peterson, then spiked the ball with a second left. Garrett Hartley's 44-yard field-goal attempt wasn't high enough to clear the line and the Ducks celebrated.

Friday, September 15, 2006

What A Day!

What a busy day we had. After about 2-3 of toss and turn sleep on the red eye from Portland to NYC we made the most out of our first day. After navigating the subways to our hotel we headed down to the World Trade Center site. What a historical and surreal experience that was. The emotions that float through the air are so thick it makes it hard to breathe. Nothing we do here will equal the sights and sounds, present and past, of that piece of real estate.

From there we headed to Greenwich Village for some lunch at a pizzeria, over to the Theatre District to catch the taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, which was funny as hell and then over to 5th Ave. in the shopping district. From there it was down to Times Square, where this photo was taken.

Today we are headed for some more wandering around and then ending up at Yankee Stadium to watch the Yanks take on the Sox. If you have a few minutes you can check out Dave's website where he has posted all the pictures. Go here:

Bye for now!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Oklahoma Vs Oregon Preview

The University of Oregon football team (2-0, 1-0 Pacific-10 Conference) returns home this week to face a foe that has become familiar over the past two seasons — the Oklahoma Sooners (2-0). It’s Oklahoma’s second consecutive contest vs. a Pac-10 team as the Sooners broke out in the second half to defeat Washington, 37-20, in Norman last week. This is the third straight season that the Ducks have squared off with Oklahoma, falling 31-7 in Norman in 2004 before dropping a close decision (17-14) in the 2005 Holiday Bowl.

Oregon is still looking for its first victory over the Sooners, trailing 6-0 in the series which dates back to 1966. With the exception of last season’s Holiday Bowl game in San Diego, all meetings had taken place in Oklahoma. Prior to Oregon’s trip to Norman in 2004, the two teams had not faced off since 1975. The series has been anything but kind to the Northwest partisans as the Sooners have outscored Oregon, 201-31, in the six-game set which began with a 6-0 Oklahoma win in 1958. But last season’s Holiday Bowl was the closest margin of victory for Oklahoma (17-14).

Oregon has three players on this season’s squad that have started twice against Oklahoma. Enoka Lucas (C), Matt Toeaina (DT) and J.D. Nelson (FS) all started in Norman in 2004 as well as at the Holiday Bowl in 2005. Most likely, all three will get their third start against OU this week. There are 11 other players returning this season that started in the 2005 Holiday Bowl vs. the Sooners — Dennis Dixon (QB), Max Unger (OL), Josh Tschirgi (OL), Geoff Schwartz (OL), Palauni Ma Sun (OL), James Finley (WR), Cameron Colvin (WR), Patrick Chung (DB), Blair Phillips (LB), Darius Sanders (DL), Brent Haberly (LB) — and one player that started only in 2004: Dante Rosario.

The picture above is of Jeremy Gibbs who is a native of Stillwater, Okla. and will likely start this Saturday vs. Oklahoma. The material for this post came from

Dave & I will be leaving for New York today and will be home early Sunday morning. We will find a watering hole in NYC to watch the game before catching the return flight home. I will try to make at least one post from the Big Apple.


Monday, September 11, 2006

Ngata Interception

Check out the Haoliti Ngata interception in his first NFL game with the Ravens. You can watch it at the NFL highlight site (thanks Neil).

He admittedly ran out of steam or he would have gone all the way. The picture on the right shows him in the trenches (#92) during yesterday's 27-0 victory over Tampa Bay.

Nice start for the former Duck!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Oregon 31 - Fresno St. 24

Special teams won the game for the Ducks this week. In a hard fought battle at Bulldog Stadium it was 2 plays, one late in the 3rd quarter and the other late the 4th quarter that sealed the victory for Oregon.

Kicker Paul Martinez scored on a 4-yard run on a fake field goal with 4:55 left which resulted in the final score. Brady Leaf, the placeholder, ran the fake to perfection. Running to his left after the snap, he got the defender to commit, then tossed the ball to Martinez who stumbled into the end zone for the score. It had to take some big cojones for Bellotti to call that play.

The Bulldogs appeared to seize the momentum when Bear Pascoe blocked Martinez's 36-yard field goal attempt with just over 5 minutes remaining in the third quarter. But instead of letting the ball roll dead and taking possession, Fresno State's Ryan Machado tried to recover the ball. The ball squirted loose and Matt Toeaina recovered at the 5 for the Ducks. Jeremiah Johnson ran it in on the next play to make it 24-17.

Next week it is back to Autzen to take on the Oklahoma Sooners.


Friday, September 08, 2006

Oregon-Fresno St Preview

Already having passed an early test in Pac-10 play, Oregon faces its first non-conference opponent of the season Saturday when it travels to Bulldog Stadium to play Fresno State.

Oregon's defense will have to slow running back Dwayne Wright, who rushed for 158 yards and three touchdowns in Fresno State's 28-19 win last Saturday over Nevada. Wright, who missed most of the past two seasons due to a knee injury, was playing for the first time since Sept. 11, 2004.

"That's our horse," Bulldogs coach Pat Hill said of Wright. "It's been a long two years for him to be away from the game. It was good to see him come out with a performance like that tonight."

The Bulldogs (1-0) nearly squandered a 21-6 lead, but Wright capped the scoring with a nine-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter in which he shed five tackles before lunging over the goal line.


Saturday, September 02, 2006

Cooked Duck...

It was a great day to be a Duck Fan except if you were sitting on the north side of Autzen stadium.

Stick a fork in me 'cause I'm done. In the shade it might be 93 degrees but sitting with the sun in your face it had to be a 110.

The big surprise today was the Oregon defense. They put on quite a show. The player replacing All-American defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, junior college transfer Jeremy Gibbs recorded a sack, a blocked kick and caused a fumble.

The offense performed up to my expectations with Jonathan Stewart rushing for 168 yards and two touchdowns before hurting his ankle. No. 21 Oregon defeated Pac-10 rival Stanford 48-10. Dennis Dixon threw for a score and ran for another for the Ducks in the rare conference matchup to open the season. Dixon, who has the starting job all to himself after rotating with Brady Leaf last year, completed 21 of 30 passes for 236 yards as temperatures at Autzen Stadium zoomed into the 90s.

Time for a beer to put out the flames!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Conference play starts early for the Cardinal and the Ducks

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer
August 31, 2006

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- This was Stanford's dilemma: Open on the road against a conference opponent, or play 12 straight weeks.

As it turns out, the Cardinal will open at No. 21 Oregon on Saturday. It was not a preferred opener, rather the lesser of two evils.

"Honestly, I did not want to play a conference game right off the bat. I don't think that's for us, trying to rebuild our program and just in our second year to go against a coach who's so fully entrenched," Stanford coach Walt Harris said of his opponent and of his counterpart, Ducks coach Mike Bellotti.

"It's already tough, but it makes it a lot harder. I thought about the health of our football players and our team throughout the season and that's what made the deal. I couldn't see us going 12 games in a row," Harris added.

The game was originally scheduled for October, but when the Pacific-10 Conference instituted a full round-robin conference schedule, the choice had to be made. Later, the Big Game against California was rescheduled for Dec. 2, giving the Cardinal a late bye.

The full article is at Yahoo Sports.