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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Oregon vs South Florida Preview

Original Story posted at

Oregon and South Florida both had their sights set on a national championship this season, but the stakes won't be nearly that high when they square off in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas tomorrow.

Both teams reached No. 2 in the rankings, but Oregon has since dropped out of the Top 25 while South Florida fell to 23rd. The Ducks (8-4) and the Bulls (9-3) were two of six No. 2 teams to lose in a topsy-turvy college football season.

**How the "experts" see it:**

Oregon run offense vs. USF run defense:
EDGE: Oregon
Jonathan Stewart leads the Pac-10 and ranks 10th in the nation with 1,469 rushing yards. Stewart has exceeded the 100-yard plateau eight times this season. USF can focus on stopping Stewart because of Oregon's suspect passing attack. Then again, Stewart might be good enough to withstand those obstacles.

Oregon pass offense vs. USF pass defense:
Oregon had one of the nation's most high-powered offenses before Heisman Trophy candidate Dennis Dixon suffered a season-ending knee injury. Brady Leaf struggled in Dixon's absence before also going down with an ankle injury. The Ducks now must rely on either Justin Roper or Cody Kempt, who have combined to go 21 of 57 with four interceptions and two touchdown passes this season. Either quarterback will have to watch out for USF defensive end George Selvie, who leads the nation with 31.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage and ranks second with 14.5 sacks. The Bulls also have an excellent cornerback duo in Mike Jenkins and Trae Williams.

USF run offense vs. Oregon run defense
USF's rushing attack was seen as a major concern before the season, but the Bulls rank second in the Big East and 28th in the nation with 193 rushing yards per game. QB Matt Grothe leads the team with 832 rushing yards, but Mike Ford has come on strong with 337 yards in his past three games. Oregon is allowing 136.5 rushing yards per game and 3.6 yards per carry. If the Ducks can find a way to stymie USF's rushing attack, they can win this game.

USF pass offense vs. Oregon pass defense
EDGE: Oregon
Grothe remains a work in progress as a passer. Although he has thrown for 2,473 yards, Grothe also has been picked off 12 times. He threw seven interceptions during USF's three-game losing streak in the middle of the season. Grothe could have a hard time against a talented Oregon secondary that features All-America strong safety Patrick Chung. Oregon has 35 sacks, and USF has allowed 25 sacks.

Oregon special teams vs. USF special teams
EDGE: Oregon
Oregon's Matt Evensen is 14 of 18 on field-goal attempts, while Josh Syria averages 41.4 yards per punt. USF's Delbert Alvarado is 17 of 27 on field-goal attempts and averages 41.3 yards per punt. Stewart is a good kick returner for Oregon, but the Ducks' coverage units and punt-return group are just average. Despite having a lot of good athletes, USF's return units are nothing special. The punt-coverage unit has been good, the kick-coverage unit just so-so.

Oregon coaching staff vs. USF coaching staff
Oregon coach Mike Bellotti and offensive coordinator Chip Kelly were candidates for national honors six weeks ago, but the Ducks haven't won and have failed to move the ball consistently since Dixon went down. USF also suffered a three-game losing streak this season, but Bulls coach Jim Leavitt did a much better job of fixing his team's problems - albeit without facing the injury problems Oregon experienced.

Oregon will win if:
The Ducks need a big game from Stewart to take the pressure off their quarterbacks. And they can't afford any major mistakes from the QB spot.

South Florida will win if:
If USF's defense fares well enough on first and second down to force Oregon into obvious passing situations, the Bulls shouldn't have much of a problem winning.

Ford wasn't the only freshman offensive player for USF who came on strong late in the season. WR Carlton Mitchell caught 22 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulls' past four games. He has a team-high 37 catches and 537 receiving yards this year.
Oregon is a 6.5 point underdog. Personally, I think the key to the game is defense. If the Ducks can force turnovers, pressure their QB and stop the big gainers we will come out on top. As always, this is easier said than done. I think Bellotti feels the pressure of last years Bowl game blowout and has prepared the team for South Florida.

Game time is 11:00 AM local time and will be broadcast on CBS.

Oregon 23 - South Florida 21


Saturday, December 29, 2007

Mount St. Mary's 73 - Oregon 81

Maarty Leunen scored a career-high 26 points and had 12 rebounds to lift Oregon to an 81-73 victory over Mount St. Mary's at McArthur Court on Friday.

Malik Hairston added 23 points and reserve forward Frantz Dorsainvil had 10 points for the Ducks (9-3), who shot a season-high 63.3 percent.

Normally active Tajuan Porter (pictured), ended up with only 5 points, all in the second half. Earlier in the game, Jovean Catron injured his right foot and is questionable to make the trip to the Arizona schools next week when the Pac-10 season opens.

The game marked the first time since December 2006 that Oregon hasn't been ranked in the Associated Press poll.

The Ducks had been ranked for a school-record 21 consecutive weeks, but they lost their last two games on the road to Nebraska and little-known Oakland of Detroit.

The Ducks need to improve their defense, limit turnovers, and get off to better starts if they hope to do well in the Pac-10

Oregon will travel to Tempe to take on Arizona St. next Thursday. The game will start at 6:00 PM local time and is not televised.


Thursday, December 27, 2007

2007 Oregon Duck Memories

It was a season of radically mixed emotions. The Register Guard put together the photo slide show and I added the music. Enjoy!


Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Thanks to everyone who stops by and is a part of our little blog. I wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. Be safe and enjoy the day with family, friends and loved one!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Oregon loses to Oakland 68-62

It wasn't a pretty game. Hopefully the Ducks get their act together before Pac-10 play begins or it's going to be a long season.

Oregon will be at home for the next game against Mount St. Mary's on Dec. 28th at 7:00 PM local time.


Friday, December 21, 2007

Bellotti to stay at Oregon


Ducks' 13th-year head coach to continue at Oregon.

“I have a great job at the University of Oregon and believe we have built a special football program here. That has been made possible because of the outstanding people I work for, the caliber of people I work with, the players who are here now as well as the level of players we are recruiting.

“The primary issues that have always been important to me are the quality of life, my family and the opportunities to win. The University of Oregon has always offered me all of those things.

“UCLA wanted to present to me a scenario that would offer all those things and asked if I would listen. That’s as far as it ever went. I never considered it an interview, merely an opportunity for them to provide me with some information and insights into their program.

“I was approached by them on several occasions and finally agreed to allow them to come to Eugene and speak with me.

“You’re always flattered when others want to talk to you but that’s because of the success we’ve enjoyed based on our players, our support staff and our administration. I have been, and continue to be, 100 percent committed to the University of Oregon and our pursuit of a national championship.

Sunday, December 16, 2007


If you have never heard of, or been to PostSecret, you should definitely give the website a visit. Hand made postcards are mailed to the creator of the site, Frank Warren, and each week he shares a few on PostSecret. Each postcard contains a secret that the submitter has never shared with anyone.

You will see all sides of humanity, sometimes shocking and other times humorous. Frank has received a lot of publicity lately and was recently featured on the Today Show. He has published books as well and some of the proceeds he donates to suicide prevention organizations.

Check it out, I don't think you will regret it.

Ducks fall to Huskers in OT

After so much had gone so wrong for No. 16 Oregon, coach Ernie Kent figured his Ducks would win when Tajuan Porter went to the free-throw line for a chance at a rare four-point play in the final seconds of regulation.

Porter's seventh 3-pointer tied it, but he missed his only free throw of the game Saturday, and Nebraska dominated the overtime to beat the Ducks 88-79.

Tajuan Porter led the Ducks with 29 points followed by Hairston's 25, Taylor with 9 and Frantz Dorsainvil (pictured) off the bench with 4.

Oregon will be on the road again when they take on Oakland University in Detroit, Michigan next Saturday at 6:00 PM local time. The game will be broadcast on local radio, 590 KUGN am.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Oregon Rolls over Sac. St. 93-66

Forwards Maarty Leunen and Joevan Catron combined for 43 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Ducks to a 93-66 victory over Sacramento State on Tuesday night in Eugene.

Leunen had a season-high 23 points and added 11 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season for Oregon (8-1). Catron scored a career-high 20 points to go with eight rebounds. Both were 8-for-10 from the field.

Tajuan Porter also scored 17 points for the Ducks, while Bryce Taylor added 15 and Franz Dorsainvil 11.

Oregon guard Malik Hairston , who averages 16.5 points, bruised his right knee in the win over Utah last Saturday. He dressed on Tuesday but was one of four Ducks held out of the game with an injury.

Also out was guard LeKendric Longmire , who has played a key role as a reserve this season. Kent said both Longmire and Hairston could have played if it had been necessary.

''They should be ready for the weekend,'' said Kent, whose team travels to play Nebraska on Saturday. You can watch the game locally on the OSN at 11:00 AM.


Sunday, December 09, 2007

Oregon 75 - Utah 64

Bryce Taylor (pictured) scored a season-high 20 points and Oregon (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) defeated Utah 75-64 Saturday at the annual Pape Jam at the Rose Garden.

Tajuan Porter had 16 points and Maarty Leunen and Joevan Catron both added 11 for the Ducks (7-1), who entered the game fourth in the nation averaging 91.3 points per game. This was the first time they failed to reach 80 points in a game.

The win was the 200th at Oregon for Ernie Kent, who is second on the school's all-time win list, 12 behind Howard Hobson, who coached the Ducks from 1936-47.The Ducks shot 53.7 percent (29-for-54), the first time Utah has allowed an opponent to shoot better than 50 percent.

Oregon takes on Sacramento State this coming Tuesday at Mac Court. The game starts at 7:00 PM local time and is not televised.


Monday, December 03, 2007

Weekly Poll Results

The last question was, "Can the Ducks beat the Beavers?". Here are the results:

The next poll will ask the question; "Will Oregon beat South Florida in the Sun Bowl?" Let the voting begin!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Ducks Fall to Beavs 31-38 2OT

Oregon's best chance to pull out a victory in the annual Civil War game sat on the sidelines yesterday.

Dennis Dixon tried to cheer on his Duck teammates but 17th ranked Oregon fell to Oregon St. in double overtime.

Justin Roper didn't do to bad considering the situation. He threw for 144 yards (13-25), 2 touchdowns and 1 interception after replacing Cody Kempt in the first quarter after Kempt was pulled with a mild concussion.

We will have to wait a day or two to see what bowl we get. It'll probably be the Sun Bowl in El Paso, TX. If it is, we will face South Florida on Dec. 31st.

Update: It was announced on Monday that we will indeed face South Florida (9-3) on Dec. 31st in the Sun Bowl. The game will be televised on CBS and will air at 11 AM local time. At least we beat the Schmeavs to the better bowl game. They finished with the same record as the Ducks but agreed to go to the Emerald Bowl. They will play Maryland (6-6) on Dec. 28th in San Francisco.


Saturday, December 01, 2007

Civil War Preview

The 18th -ranked Ducks (8-3, 5-3 Pac-10) look to avoid a third straight loss when we host Oregon State (7-4, 5-3) in the 111th edition of the Civil War game today.

The Ducks will be trying to win their seventh straight over the Beavers in Eugene, but will have Cody Kempt making his first start at quarterback.

Jonathan Stewart, who's rushed for 1,306 yards, was held to a season-low 33 on 13 carries against UCLA last week. Though Stewart has been bothered by a sore right big toe, he is expected to play Saturday.

If Kempt gains some confidence early in the game it will help Jonathan pick up some valuable first downs on the ground. I am not worried about the defense as they've been playing their hearts out. Hopefully the offense will put up some points today. The weather could be a factor also. It should be a low scoring affair.

Oregon 17 - Oregon State 14


Friday, November 30, 2007

Oregon wins on the road 80-77 in OT

#17 Oregon beat #25 Kansas St. in Manhattan, KS last night. Bryce Taylor (pictured), led the Ducks with 18 points. Catron had 15, Leunen and Porter scored 14.

Oregon had never, in its 105-year history, been in this position: on the road, facing a ranked opponent outside its conference.Overwhelming? Maybe at first. Then the Ducks got over it.

This was a big win for Oregon in their first real test this season. Next up for the Ducks is Utah on Dec. 8th at the Rose Garden in Portland (Pape Jam).


Oregon 80 - Kansas St. 77 OT

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Weekly Poll Results

The question was, "Who will win the Oregon vs UCLA Match Up"





Next weeks question is, "Can the Ducks beat the Beavs?"

Let the voting begin.


San Francisco 79 - Oregon 110

Oregon's offense put on one of the best performances in school history, but it was the defensive effort by the Ducks (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) that drew the most praise.

Maarty Leunen recorded his third-straight double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, six other players scored in double digits and Oregon beat San Francisco 110-79 on Saturday night.

The Ducks' point total tied for the sixth highest in program history.

Tajuan Porter added 17 points for Oregon, while Malik Hairston scored 16, Joevan Catron 14, Bryce Taylor had 13 LeKendric Longmire 11 and Kamyron Brown had 11 points. Catron also had 14 rebounds.

"I thought the guys did a great job in the second half of really playing the type of defense they're capable of playing," Kent said."The matchup zone really helped us in the second half. To hold a team to 28 percent from the field is probably where we need to be on most nights."

Oregon shot 55% for the game. It was quite the show. The Ducks travels to Manhattan, KS to take on Kansas St. on Thursday. It will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 6:00 pm local time.


Saturday, November 24, 2007

Oregon 0 - UCLA 16

As good as the Duck defense was, it couldn't make up for the lack of any offense. It was embarrassing. Enough said.

Civil War next week at Autzen.


Friday, November 23, 2007

Oregon vs UCLA Preview

Fate has allowed us another opportunity. The Rose Bowl is ours for the taking. With the Sun Devils losing yesterday, we need to win out and we'll go to Pasadena on New Year's Day.

It will be a huge test of the Duck's resolve in the face of adversity. I cannot remember a year in which we have lost as many key players to injury. The latest, and probably most devastating was Dennis Dixon.

After the let down against Arizona, we will need to come out with an offensive game plan suited to Brady Leaf. If we can mix it up and keep the Bruins guessing it will allow Jonathan Stewart to establish his running game. Protecting Leaf will be critical to Oregon's success tomorrow.

The defense will need another one of their gutty performances and the special teams cannot make the same kind of mistakes that cost us dearly against the Wildcats.

The Ducks character will be tested tomorrow. I have a feeling that UCLA has looked past this game now that Dixon is done for the year and is thinking more about their final game against USC on December 1st. Our fate will be what we make of it.

Oregon 27 - UCLA 10


Thanksgiving Photos

I have uploaded the photos I took yesterday to my Flickr site for your enjoyment. Here are a couple of examples to whet your appetite.

Upper right, is Noah playing hide & go seek and below to the left is Max, Dave & Kasey playing Boggle.

It was a good time with lots of family and great food. Thanks for putting up with me for a few days Chris & Jolene!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving. If you are traveling, please be safe.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Oregon 87 - St. Mary's 99

Kamyron Brown scored 20 points, Maarty Leunen had 17 and 11 rebounds, and Tajuan Porter 13 before fouling out for Oregon (4-1) in a losing effort last night.

Patrick Mills had the best scoring output by a freshman in St. Mary's history with 37 points, and also had five assists, two steals and only one turnover that came with three minutes to go.

Next up for the Ducks is San Francisco at Mac Court, this Saturday at 7 pm local time.


Monday, November 19, 2007

W.I.I. Original

Here is the original photo. Alexander Graham Bell is in the lower right corner. He designed many different types of kites. This was taken at Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada in the early 1900's.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

BCS Standings

Oregon fell to 9th in the BCS and the AP polls that were released today. We knew this would happen. Time to suck it up and win the last 2 regular season games.


Oregon 85 - Portland 61

Malik Hairston scored 24 points and the Ducks (No. 11 AP) beat the Pilots 85-61 on Saturday night.

Maarty Leunen added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Ducks, who have opened the season with four straight victories.

The Ducks were without starting guard Bryce Taylor, who sprained his right shoulder in practice the day before. They were also without center Ray Schafer, who broke bones in his left hand this past week.

Oregon pulled away from the smaller Pilots early in the second half, and Tajuan Porter's 3-pointer made it 35-44 with 16:12 left. Porter made a school-record 110 3-pointers as a freshman last season.

Hairston's 3-pointer made it 63-46 and the Pilots could not keep up.

"They were flying around in the first half and rebounding," Portland coach Eric Reveno said. "And then I think they wore us down."

Hairston is averaging 22.5 points through Oregon's first four games.

Porter finished with 15 points for the Ducks. Freshman Kamyron Brown, who started in place of Taylor, had 10 points and 10 assists.

Oregon travels to Moraga, CA to take on St. Mary's next Tuesday at 7:00 pm local time.


Friday, November 16, 2007

Oregon 34 - Arizona 24

It's hard not to be disappointed after last nights loss. Dennis Dixon is probably done for the season and with him went Oregon's hope for a shot at the National Championship.

The Ducks still have a lot to play for, the Rose Bowl would be a nice consolation prize. If USC takes out Arizona St. and we win the last two games things will seem much brighter.

Can the coaching staff come up with a game plan with Leaf at QB? Is Leaf even going to play next week after twisting his ankle? Is Freshman QB Justin Roper ready to lead the Ducks if Leaf can't play? Can the coaching staff implement a new offensive scheme built around Leaf or Roper?

The next two weeks will speak volumes about the Oregon program. There are too many talented individuals to give up on these kids (or the team on themselves). I hope the coaching staff and the fans appreciate what the Ducks have done this season.

Update: Dixon tore his left ACL and will have season ending surgery sometime in the near future. Typical recovery time is 6 months. We wish you the best Dennis!


Weekly Poll Results

How many touchdowns will Jonathan Stewart have against Arizona?
One 12% (3 votes)
Two 31% (8 votes)
Three 23% (6 votes)
Four 15% (4 votes)
Five or more 19% (5 votes)
Total voters for this poll: 26

Jonathan didn't have any touchdowns last night. Time to move on. The new poll asks the question, "Who will win the Oregon vs UCLA matchup?" Let the voting begin.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Oregon vs Arizona Preview

Substance over style. There seems to be a lot of talk in the media about Oregon's last three match ups. It revolves around our relatively "weak" schedule in these last 3 games. The writers are talking about "style points", basically, how many points you win by and the turnover ratio.

They seem to forget one thing, you have to play the game first. I think the Oregon players have the right attitude and aren't caught up in the media hype. Like Jeff Kendall said last week, "we're just a bunch of fat kids living our dream."

The Ducks will remember last year at Autzen when Zona came to town. They will have the focus and intensity to take it to the Wildcats this year in "their house." Oregon will play the type of game that has defined their season. Solid defense and an offense that keeps the opponent guessing. Dixon and Stewart will have a huge game and the rest will be history.

Substance will win this game and Oregon has it.

Oregon 45 - Arizona 17


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Oregon 97 - Western Michigan 88

Malik Hairston had a career game Monday night, leading No. 11 Oregon to a 97-88 victory over Western Michigan.

Hairston scored 29 points on 9-of-11 shooting to pace the Ducks (3-0). It was a career-high for the senior forward out of Renaissance High School in Detroit, who also set a career-high with four blocks.

Joevan Catron recorded a career-high 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Maarty Leunen added 18 points and eight rebounds and Bryce Taylor scored 17.

Oregon shot 56 percent overall and 48 percent from the 3-point line, though it struggled at times from the free throw line, making just 31-of-45 (69 percent).

Next up for the Ducks is Portland. Oregon will travel the 100 miles on I-5 this Saturday at 7:00 pm local time.


Monday, November 12, 2007

Oregon 80 - Pacific 64

Tajuan Porter scored 28 points as the 12th ranked Ducks defeated Pacific last night in Eugene.

"Today, I felt like I needed to take on the scoring load," Porter said. "They played tough defense but I really just took it upon myself to score."

Porter went 10-for-15 from the field with five 3-pointers. The 5-foot-6, 150-pound sophomore also found success driving to the basket for layups.

Malik Hairston added 20 points for Oregon (2-0), while Maarty Leunen had a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Bryce Taylor scored 10 points. The Ducks shot 48% from the field.

Oregon plays Western Michigan tonight in Mac Court at 7:30 pm local time.


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Latest BCS Standings

The latest BCS poll was just released and it has Oregon at #2. All of the polls today agreed with the top two choices.

Kansas is moving up fast and it wouldn't hurt my feelings if they lost to Missouri when they meet in a couple of weeks.


Oregon 100 - Pepperdine 70

Tajuan Porter, sophomore point guard, had 17 points and a career-high nine assists in the Ducks' 100-70 season-opening win against Pepperdine in the World Vision International tournament on Saturday night.

It was Oregon's 16th straight season-opening win, the longest streak in the Pac-10 Conference. It was also the Ducks' first game in four season without Brooks, the scoring and assist leader on last season's team that reached the NCAA tournament regional finals.

Bryce Taylor and Malik Hairston also scored 17 points each for Oregon.

"We played a great basketball game,'' Porter said. "We shared the ball well and the new guys played well also. We're just glad we got the first game out of the way and now we have to move on.''

Oregon shot 50 percent from the field in the first half and made 6-for-9 from beyond the arc. The Ducks finished the game shooting 52 percent, and outrebounded the Waves 58-40.


Kirk Herbstreit's Top 5 Teams

Thanks Ohio St.


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Road to New Orleans

All the Duck Highlights from last weekend in the huge win over ASU.


Reader Request

A reader of this blog left a comment asking if I had recorded the Gameday show last weekend (broadcast from Eugene 11-3-07). I didn't, but I thought I would do him a favor and post this to see if I could help him locate someone who had.

If you recorded the show to your pc using a TV capture card please leave a comment below so that I can help this desperate Duck fan.

Thanks and Go Ducks!

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Wish and a Prayer

Beano Cooke hopes Oregon will play in the National Championship game. He damn sure isn't the only one.


Mid Week Exam

More Dennis Dixon "Heisman talk."


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Good Call - Bad Call?

Kirk Herbstreit gives his opinion on some recent college football polls that have been posted on ESPN. Nice props at the end of the video for Dennis Dixon.


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Kirk Herbstreit's Top Five Teams

Kirk has the Ducks at #3, just like all the polls.


Monday, November 05, 2007

ASU vs Oregon : Condensed Version

Just in case you missed the game, ESPN has posted the "condensed version" for your viewing enjoyment. It is a little over 12 minutes long and has every scoring play from Saturdays game.


Sunday, November 04, 2007

BCS Standings

The new BCS poll, just released, has Oregon at #3 also.


New AP & USA/Today Polls

The Ducks moved up to #3 in both polls. The BCS will be announced around 5 pm PST today and I will update the blog at that time.


Weekly Poll Results

Ducks winning margin over ASU?
1-10 29% (5 votes)
11-20 47% (8 votes)
21-30 6% (1 votes)
31-40 12% (2 votes)
ASU should have stayed home... 6% (1 votes)
Total voters for this poll: 17

The folks that voted in the 11-20 range were the winners as the Ducks won by 12. Next poll will be until the Nov. 15th game against Arizona. The question is, "How many touchdowns will Jonathan Stewart have against Arizona?" Let the voting begin!