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Friday, December 02, 2011

Gameday - Last Minute Stories

• We will be heading out to Autzen in a little bit and I thought I would share these last minute stories from this morning.

• Ted Miller wonders "did you know?"

Oregon QB Darron Thomas has 60 career TD passes and is two shy of Danny O’Neil’s school record 62. O’Neil played at Oregon from 1991 to 1994.

Thomas is completing 51.4 percent of his passes thrown 20 yards or more downfield this season. Thomas has only thrown one interception in 35 attempts on these throws and that was on his first attempt of the season.

Oregon leads the FBS since the start of last season with 83 touchdown drives that lasted two minutes or less. The Ducks had three such drives against Oregon State last week.

Lucas Clark previews the game today.

Friday’s matchup figures to be a blend of the last three outings — at least to some degree — in what will be UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel’s final game at the Bruins’ helm. Coming off a 50-0 loss to USC last week, the firing didn’t come as much of a surprise considering how frequently Neuheisel seemed to be on the chopping block during his four-year stint at UCLA.

• David Lieberman advises to enjoy the day even if it is a mismatch.

So if Friday’s contest is a blowout, don’t roll your eyes. This year’s championship looks to be an anomaly. A few unlikely factors (NCAA sanctions, mediocre competition, dumb luck) contributed to a throwdown between Oregon and UCLA. Decades from now, you’ll likely be proud to tell your grandchildren you were in Eugene the first time the Ducks played for the Pac-12 crown.

• Takimoto at ATQ previews the game and has a little tongue in cheek fun along the way and has some parting words for the UCLA coach.

Happy trails, Mr. Weaselman. Take some time off, putter around the house and bother Mrs. Neuheisel until she starts asking if you'll coach again. And if you do decide to sunscreen that bald spot again, make it be at Boise State or Notre Dame. Nobody needs their program wrapped around a telephone pole and set on fire more than those two.

Rob Moseley makes his prediction of the outcome today (Ducks 52-10) and has a special contest for entering your own pick in his comment section.


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