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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Morning Mud: Bonus Video




• Oregonsportsnet shares their Civil War special that aired just before the game last week.




LaMichael James answers reporters questions after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of MaxWilliams247.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Rob Moseley and Ken Goe have your Tuesday practice update. Video of CK after practice is courtesy of MaxWilliams247.

Rob: Typically the Ducks prefer to be in Autzen for their third practice of the week, usually each Wednesday, for the sake of the kicking game, but the stadium is still being made over for the title game. There is new advertising going up on the walls, and the Pac-12 logos are being replaced by title game logos.


But the midfield Oregon logo and end zones won't be changed.

Ken: The Ducks were in full pads. I didn't see any any obvious cases of players who had been freshly injured.


Friday night could be the last time we will see LaMichael James at Autzen Stadium. Aaron Fentress and Lucas Clark take a look at an amazing career.

Should Friday night be James’ final home game, he will go down as Oregon’s all-time greatest — both in the record books and the hearts of fans. First, let’s look at the numbers. James has the most career rushing yards (4,704), single-game records for rushing (288) and all-purpose yards (363), the longest run in Autzen Stadium (90), most career 200-yard games (six), most career 100-yard games (24), rushing touchdowns (49), overall touchdowns (54) and most points in a career (324).

Patrick Malee wonders if the inaugural Pac-12 title game is a flop because of the lame duck UCLA team and their coach.

Dale Newton notes Oregon picked up another four star verbal commit yesterday from DB Reggie Daniels out of Chanadler, AZ.

• Keeerrrttt1 at FishDuck.com opens the history books and takes a long look at what it takes to make a special teams player special.

Ted Miller has some interesting bullet points when considering if it is time to call it an Oregon dynasty.

The Ducks have recorded four consecutive seasons with double-digit victories. Before this run, they had three in program history -- and they all happened over the past 12 years.

Aaron Fentress has some of the same thought.


An Oregon 3-peat (all praise to Pat Riley) would place the Ducks in elite company. 
Since the conference became the Pac-8 in 1968 (the conference actually began in 1916), only USC and Washington have managed to win or share at least three consecutive conference championships.

• Steve Summers says the Ducks are pumped about the "Pac Champ Game."


“They’re excited about the opportunity to play,” Oregon Head Coach Chip Kelly said of his team’s attitude toward the Pac-12 Championship game. “Not having played in a championship game and playing on a short week, that was our big concerns, but these guys are awesome.”

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Fox Sports previews the Oregon game against UCLA on Friday and talks with Chip Kelly about the matchup.



FishDuck breaks down some new offensive plays he noticed at the Civil War.







Eddie Pleasant, Mark Asper, and David Paulson talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KVAL.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• Aaron Fentress notes that the team has adjusted to the short preparation week. Rob Moseley shared the video of the CK press conference after practice.

Oregon coach Chip Kelly said the short week originally created concern for the coaching staff. That quickly changed when they saw the team respond with enthusiasm to the change in schedule. 


"That's what's remarkable about these guys," Kelly said. "They were awesome."


Perhaps the biggest news yesterday was the firing of  Dennis Erickson at ASU and Rick Neuheisel at UCLA. Of course the Weasel news has a direct impact on many of the Oregon faithful.

Kinger at the Sports Brewery had this comment: "That said, I truly hope Chip drops 70 on your head and sends you out bloodied, mashed and holding back tears."

Spencer Hall at EDSBS has a suggestion for 22 new jobs for Slick Rick.

• Plenty of accolades for Duck players yesterday including the following: De'Anthony Thomas was named the first-team all-conference return specialist, and shared offensive freshman of the year. Thomas is 10th nationally in all-purpose running and 13th in kickoff returns. David Paulson was named second-team all-conference tight end and student athlete of the week..

• The Pac-12 conference has named the head of the Pac-12 Network.

GoDucks.com has their football release ready for the title game. First thing I noticed is that Gus Johnson will be calling the game for Fox which will be good news for fans watching on TV. Best announcer out there besides Jerry Allen.

Dale Newton looks at the matchup against UCLA and talks about the short week of preparation.

Ted Miller has the Pac-12 power ranking where you will find Oregon in the number two spot.


Oregon just needs to avoid tripping over itself against UCLA on Friday and it will go to its third consecutive BCS bowl game after winning its third consecutive conference title. Life is good, eh Ducks?

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



• Rob Moseley and Adam Jude host their Postgame Brew show and talk about the Civil War and answer reader submitted questions.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley has your Sunday practice update but there isn't much to say.

Originally, coaches were scheduled to be available for interviews yesterday by Pac-12 rule, but Chip Kelly opted to cancel his availability. So, no updates from the team today.

Aaron Fentress looks ahead to the Pac-12 Championship game.

The No. 8 Ducks (10-2, 8-1) are 30-point favorites against a UCLA team (6-6, 5-4) coming off a 50-0 loss at No. 10 USC (10-2, 7-2). 


The embarrassing defeat, many believe, sealed the fate of Bruins coach Rick Neuheisel.

(It would so break my heart to put the final nail in the coffin for the Weasel.)

• Rob Moseley sets the stage for the Pac-12 title game and looks at all the stats between the Ducks and Bruins.

Ken Goe says "it's lucky for everybody that the first Pac-12 championship game is in Autzen Stadium."

Can you imagine the empty seats on display for Friday night's television audience if the UCLA-Oregon clunker had landed in Seattle, or Phoenix, San Diego, or even in the Los Angeles Coliseum?


The Ducks always will draw in Autzen. So the seats will be filled when this thing kicks off at 5 p.m.


For Autzen fans, next week's game won't be all bad, because UCLA is coached by their public enemy No. 1, Rick Neuheisel.

Ted Miller gives his Pac-12 bowl projections and has Oregon in the Rose Bowl facing the winner of the Wisconsin-Michigan St. title game.

Brian Libby at FishDuck.com believes that beating the beavers never gets old.

Beating the beavers may not have been as dramatic this year, but as days of rain in the Willamette Valley gave way to a clear Saturday of domination this past weekend, it was a chance to stop and ponder how lofty a perch Oregon has come to occupy at this point in its history, at least for the time being.

Dale Newton grades the game against the beavs.


A four-touchdown win over the beavers is always satisfying. It was the Ducks fourth in a row in the series, and it sets up an opportunity to earn every reasonable goal for a season in which the Ducks had just 14 seniors on the roster and lost one of their best players to disciplinary issues.


Meeting Michigan State and Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl is a tremendous opportunity, and now there is only one obstacle in the way, a reeling UCLA team on the verge of firing their coach.


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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Civil War Highlights




• Here you go Duck fans, all the best plays from yesterday's game against corvallis city. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you won't miss any new videos.


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Morning Mud: Bonus Video

















Nick Aliotti, Michael Clay, Dion Jordan, Kenjon Barner, David Paulson, De'Anthony Thomas, LaMichael James and Darron Thomas talk with reporters after the game yesterday. Video courtesy of KVAL.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



KVAL shares their sports segment news piece on the Oregon victory at the Civil War, 49-21.

Ken Goe credits the defense for completely dismantling the beavs.

Oregon’s defense held the Beavers to 16 net yards rushing and teed off on freshman quarterback Sean Mannion, sacking him six times and intercepting him twice.


“Once we stopped the run, we pinned our ears back and got after him,” said linebacker Michael Clay, who had a first-quarter interception. “We’ve got a great pass rush. We definitely took him out of rhythm, shook him up.”


• Here are the links to the rest of the game coverage stories: Rob Moseley says the slow start didn't matter; Chris Courtney was aimpressed with Paulson's career day; Steve Summers notes the impressive numbers the Ducks put up; Patrick Malee was impressed with the defensive standouts; Ken Woody called it an easy win; Dale Newton called it a defensive domination; Steve Maher says the Ducks own the state-as they usually do; ESPN and GoDucks.com articles round out the coverage.

Ted Miller has a helmet sticker for Darron Thomas.

The Ducks quarterback completed 27 of 40 passes for 305 yards with four TDs and no interceptions in the 49-21 win over Oregon State.

• Thomas Boyd and Aaron Marineau share their game photos. If you were at the game and in your seat 20 minutes before kickoff check back here later today as the Oregon Community Credit Union and GoDucks.com will present a FanCam giga-pixel 360 degree photo. Tag yourself in the photo and you will be entered to win a prize.

• I will be back later today with my highlight video of the Civil War.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



• Josh at FishDuck.com breaks down the Civil War and looks at a few offensive plays the beavs are likely to try against the Ducks.

Anne M. Peterson notes the significance of this year's version of the Civil War.

“It’s a huge game. Having the chance to clinch the North Division, that’s what you play for, trying to win the conference,” said tight end David Paulson, veering a bit from his coach’s mentality. “And the first thing you have to do is win your side of it.”

Ken Goe shares some of the thoughts from Darron Thomas on the Civil War.

It's Oregon's senior day, a chance to honor a class that has led the Ducks to their most successful stretch in the history of the school's football program.


"It means a lot to a lot of the seniors," Thomas said. "It's their senior day. They're going to leave with a bang."


Lindsay Schnell has a good story on Dustin Haines and Will Murphy. Two local walk-ons who don't mind being on the sidelines and thinks it is worth it.

• Ted Miller wonders, "did you know?"

“The Civil War” between Oregon and Oregon State dates back to 1894 and will mark the 115th all-time meeting between the teams. That will make it tied for the seventh-most games played between two teams in FBS history.

• Adam Jude has a nice story on David Paulson, who he calls a "cornerstone for Oregon football."

Fans clamoring for more of Paulson in the passing attack might not realize that the truth is Oregon can’t ask much more of him. He already might do more than anyone.


There’s Paulson, the under-appreciated blocker, opening lanes for the Ducks’ killer ground game. And there he is, in a similar role, near the goal line 40 yards down the field, throwing the final block on De’Anthony Thomas’ 41-yard touchdown reception against Stanford.


And there he goes, bursting through USC’s punt coverage and tackling the returner.


“He is the whole package,” Kelly said.


BenzDuck reminds us that with all the upset talk you might have heard this week, it rarely happens.

This is not to say that a win by four-touchdown-underdog OSU is unpossible. Stranger things have happened. But if the baver fan wants to hang his nutria-skin pill box hat on historic precedent, he’s going to have a hard time finding the hook.


Rob Moseley predicts a huge Oregon blowout: 52-13. Rob also notes that UCLA will represent the South division of the Pac-12 in the Championship game next week due to Colorado's victory over Utah yesterday.

Aaron Fentress is also calling for a blowout predicting a  55-17 Oregon victory.

• I will be heading out to Autzen Stadium soon so here's my prediction: Oregon 52 - Corvallis City 24

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Civil War Highlights - '08-'09-'10



Civil War highlights from the last three years. Enjoy and expect the Ducks to make it four in a row. A new highlight video will be ready on Sunday afternoon. Subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay informed.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Rob Moseley and Lindsay Schnell have your Thanksgiving day practice update.

Rob: The Ducks were inside Autzen Stadium this morning for a Thanksgiving Day practice, two days before wrapping up the Civil War against Oregon State on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.


"Our guys were really good today," Kelly said. "We're in the same rhythm. The only time we get thrown out of that is when you get a short week, but we haven't had that yet."

Lindsay: As I write this, players and coaches in Eugene are just wrapping up practice, and then they will head into early meetings and then they will take the rest of the day off.

• Rob Moseley notes the differences between Mike Riley and Chip Kelly as the two have very different methods of preparing their teams for the Civil War.

Rob also sets the stage for the Civil War where you learn all you need to know about the game tomorrow.

• David Melo at FishDuck.com opens the history book and takes us back to the 1996 version of the Civil War.

• Ken Goe reports that Nike visionary Tinker Hatfield has big ideas for the north side of Autzen Stadium.

• Chris Courtney has three keys to an Oregon victory in the Civil War.

1. Don't let USC beat you twice. 2. Be efficient. 3. Finish the job.

• Jason Vondersmith predicts a ten point Duck victory tomorrow.

It'll be a character test for the Ducks, who can accomplish a lot in the near future – like getting to and winning a BCS game, and starting a new postseason winning tradition after going a tepid 2-6 in the past eight bowl games.

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Beaver Jokes

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• The gift that keeps on giving. These never get old, enjoy!

Did you hear about the power outage in Corvallis?
30 people were stuck on the escalator for five hours.

What does the average Corvallis high school student get on their SAT?
Drool

Why did they raise the drinking age in Corvallis to 25?
They wanted to keep booze out of the high schools.

What's the most popular pickup line in Corvallis?
Nice tooth.

Did you hear that the President of OSU's mansion burned down over the weekend? Almost took the whole trailer park with it.

Mike Riley passes away, and God rewards him with a house in heaven. Mike doesn't want to be disrespectful, or ungrateful, but can't help but ask why he was given such a small home, but Chip Kelly has the huge mansion on the hill, decked out with everything Ducks...people laughing and having a great time there. God replied," Oh Mike, that's not Chip's house...that's my house."

Why don't OSU football players count sheep to fall asleep at night? They have other plans for their four legged friends.

I've always felt that being a Beaver prepares you for life. You learn not to expect too much.

What do you call a Beaver golfing with an IQ of 120?
A foursome!

What's the biggest lie told in Corvallis?
"I was just helping that sheep over the fence."

Why do Beaver football players only wear Levi 501 jeans?
Zippers make Sheep nervous.

Why is a tornado and a Beaver divorce similar?
You know someone is going to lose a house trailer!

What does a Beaver say to a Duck at MacDonald's?
"Do you want to Supersize that?"

An OSU student walked into a bar in Eugene and ordered two beers. After he paid for the beers he drank one and poured the other one all over his right hand. The bartender was curious to what he was doing so he asked him, and the OSU student replied "I'm trying to get my date drunk."

One day at the Pearly Gates, Saint Peter was greeting new comers. The first man was a brilliant engineer Boston College, so he and St. Peter talked about the great structures and buildings of the world. Next was a mathematician from Harvard, so they talked about the most complex mathmatical problems in the history of civilization. The third guy had an IQ of 78 and a six pack in his right hand and St. Peter says, "How 'bout them Beavs!"

What's orange & black and goes 100 mph?
A Beaver in a blender.

Why wasn't Jesus born in Corvallis?
God couldn't find three wise men or a virgin.

How do you make a OSU graduate leave your house?
Pay him for the pizza.

What's black and blue and goes tha-dump, tha-dump, tha-dump?
A Beaver in a dryer.

Why don't they raise chickens in Corvallis?
They plant the eggs too deep.

How do you keep a Beaver out of your front yard?
Put up some goalposts.

Why do OSU graduates put their diploma on the car dashboard?
So they can park in the handicap spots.

Why did OSU decide to put Astro-Turf in Reser Stadium?
To keep the cheerleaders from grazing.

What do you get when you breed a OSU Beaver and a Groundhog?
Six more weeks of bad football.

What does a OSU woman tell her lover when she's done with sex?
"Get off me, Dad, you're crushing my smokes!"

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Morning Mud: Bonus Video



• Ever wonder what it takes to score a front row seat in the student section? Rob Moseley has the answer and supplies a video as proof.



• The ODE Sports Desk previews the Civil War. They also discuss basketball and volleyball news.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Rob Moseley and Lindsay Schnell have your Wednesday practice update and Rob supplies the video of DT answering questions after practice.

Rob: Overall, Kelly said the Ducks have bounced back well since Saturday's loss to USC.


"They've been good," Kelly said. "They've been really, really good. ... It goes one of two ways: You either feel sorry for yourself or you get mad and say, 'Hey, this is what we gotta do.' That's really the approach they've taken."

Lindsay: Rain, wind and cold weather drove the Oregon Ducks football team into the Moshofsky Center for the second consecutive day for practice, and coach Chip Kelly joked that after checking the weather on news channel KEZI 9 in Eugene and finding a wrong report, the Ducks have been getting their weather news from the internet, instead. 


"We're done with KEZI," Kelly deadpanned.

• Lucas Clark reports that Oregon will try to make it four in a row against the struggling beavs.

Oregon’s 14 seniors will look to stay undefeated in their four career matchups with in-state rival Oregon State when the Ducks host the Beavers in Autzen Stadium at 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

• Patrick Malee says the Oregon secondary will face another challenge with the OSU receiving corps.

• David Lieberman notes that DT Taylor Hart brings diligence to Oregon's D.

When it comes to football in the state of Oregon, there’s no bigger game than the Civil War. Taylor Hart knows this. In fact, he probably understands the rivalry more than anyone on the team. After all, the Tualatin native will likely be the only Oregonian to grace the starting lineup for the Ducks come Saturday.

Lucas Clark sits down with Chad Delaney and talks Civil War week.

• Civil War thought of the day: Why don't OSU football players count sheep to fall asleep at night? They have other plans for their four legged friends.

Kim Hastings at FishDuck.com opens the history book and thinks the '94 Civil War contest is one of the great moments for longtime Duck football fans.

• Here come the predictions already and Ted Miller believes it will be another Oregon victory.

Oregon 44, Oregon State 20: The Beavers will fight, but midway through the third quarter the Ducks will assert themselves. Calling for a big afternoon from LaMichael James.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving
• Enjoy your family and friends and be thankful for all you have. If you are travelling be safe.

Mike

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Morning Mud: Bonus Video









Nick Aliotti, LMJ, Anthony Gildon and Darrion Weems talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of MaxWilliams247.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Rob Moseley and Lindsay Schnell have your Tuesday practice update and Rob provided the video of the CK press conference after practice.

Rob: The Ducks were in the Moshofsky Center this morning in full pads as they continued preparations for Saturday's Civil War in Eugene at 12:30 p.m.


Linebacker Dewitt Stuckey was in pads, though designated non-contact, I believe, but both Mark Asper and Darrion Weems looked good to go after wearing walking boots Monday.

Lindsay: "It means a lot more now because we've gotta win," said running back LaMichael James. "When you lose a game you can't wait to play the next one."

• John Canzano sat down with former Oregon QB Akili Smith as they talked about past Civl War memories and predict the game this week.

• GoDucks.com has the week 13 football release posted where you can learn all you need to know about the matchup with the beavs.

Bob Rickert has a recruiting update.

• David Piper at ATQ has today's Little Brother jibe. Here is my favorite:

March 23, 2005:  OSU DT Ben Siegert is arrested after being pulled over for a DUI with a stolen ram from the OSU homosexual sheep study in the back of his pickup.


The joke that keeps on giving.  What can I say that hasn't already been said?


Rob Moseley wonders if LaMichael will be back next year?

• While none of them have been season-ending, the Ducks have many walking wounded getting ready for the Civil War.

• Aaron Fentress reminds this year's Ducks to think of roses.

Oregon must defeat the big boys in big bowl games in order to walk among them. And it starts by defeating a Big Ten team in the Rose Bowl.

Dale Newton reminds us that home field advantage is a big deal.

Playing a beat up, 3-8 Oregon State team with the Ducks having the opportunity to earn the right to host the Conference Championship and host the Rose Bowl, executing early is a big advantage. If the Ducks establish dominance , the Beavers will go away.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Morning Mud: Bonus Video













Boseko Lokombo, Eddie Pleasant, Lavasier TuineiCarson York, Mark Asper and David Paulson talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of MaxWilliams247 and KVAL



FishDuck breaks down a few new plays and formations in the game against USC.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Rob Moseley has your Monday practice update and the video of CK after practice is courtesy of MaxWilliams247.

On the injury front, Dewitt Stuckey and Dion Jordan were suited up today after missing most of the USC game due to injury, though that doesn't necessarily mean they practiced. Jordan had his ankle taped up pretty good, while there was nothing obviously wrong with Stuckey; I thought he was favoring a shoulder when he left Saturday's game, and he's had stingers in the past, I know.

Brad Edwards, the BCS guru over at ESPN, still projects the Ducks in the Rose Bowl vs Wisconsin.

• Ted Miller has the complete list of Pac-12 finalists for the major awards including LaMichael James for the Doak Walker Award and Jackson Rice for the Ray Guy Award.

• Tired of trying to figure out if your favorite Pac-12 team will be on TV or any other device for the next big game? Next year you won't need to worry as the Pac-12 Network is starting to take shape.

• The beav trash message of the day is courtesy of Calvin James Lay and is timely for the holidays: "Seasons Beatings for Oregon State."

• Rob Moseley says the Civil War is a sure cure for a 'SC hangover.

• John Canzano talsk with former OL Gary Zimmerman about the Civil War, past and present.

Lindsay Schnell and Dale Newton have the latest recruiting news.

The Ducks got a commitment from 2013 Aloha running back Thomas Tyner Sunday night, one of the best prospect to come out of Oregon in awhile.

• Josh White at FishDuck.com opens the history books and looks at Jonathan Stewarts 2007 season as a Duck.

Stewart was one of the highest rated recruits in Duck history. The Fort Lewis, Washington native possessed a rare combination of size and speed. At 5’10 and 235 pounds, Stewart was almost impossible to tackle one on one. He could run away from defenses with 4.38 40 speed.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Ken Goe believes the Chip Kelly second guessers are all wet when it comes to his clock management choices at the end of the game.

The Ducks' up-tempo, no-huddle offense moved the ball upfield from their own 14 to within field goal range without needing a timeout. Oregon's offense thrives on pace and rhythm. Stopping the clock only would have given USC's defense a chance to regroup and get set.


In point of fact, Kelly's strategy put the Ducks in position for a makeable field goal to tie and force overtime, and even centered the ball for the attempt.

Dale Newton has the counterpoint.

The Ducks missed a kick at the end of the game, but it shouldn't have come down to that. Errors in execution throughout the game, including three costly turnovers, a blocked punt, misfired passes and disastrous one-on-one matchups in the secondary, dug an awful hole that a furious rally didn't quite overcome.


Chip Kelly has elevated the Oregon program to a magnificent level, but he and his staff were outcoached last night. The team wasn't prepared properly in attitude, scheme or execution, and they mismanaged the clock at the end of the game.

Oregon fell to #10 in the BCS and #9 in the AP and coaches poll.

• Anne M. Peterson notes it is time to move on and take care of business in the Civil War.

• One interesting stat, LMJ has more rushing yards than the the beavs as a team.

• Adam Jude reports that on his weekly conference call CK is focused on the Civil War.

"We have to move forward (from the) coulda, woulda, shoulda real quick," he said.


"It's a one-game season," he said. "If we want to be champions of the North, we gotta win this game."

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Oregon highlights vs USC



• Here you go Duck fans, all the best plays from yesterday's game against USC. I know it was a tough loss but the team had some great moments yesterday. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you won't miss any new videos.


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Morning Mud: Bonus Video

















Chip Kelly, De'Anthony Thomas, Kenjon Barner, Darron Thomas, David Paulson, John Boyett, LaMichael James and Alejandro Maldonado talk with reporters after the game last night. Video courtesy of KVAL.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



KVAL has last nights late news story as the Trojans upset the Duck 38-35.

• It was definitely a heart breaking loss. Too many dropped balls, turnovers, and missed opportunities. Time to focus on the Civil War. A win will clinch a trip to the inaugural Pac-12 championship game.

• On to all the game coverage stories. Ken Goe says the Ducks lost more than a game last night; George Schroeder believes the Ducks need to rebound in a hurry for the Civil War; Rob Moseley says this loss stings a little more; Patrick Malee notes the ominous start seemed to be an omen; Chris Courtney called it a defensive meltdown; Steve Maher says time just ran out; Ken Woody examines the loss; ESPN and GoDucks.com round out the coverage.

One bittersweet positive to take away: De'Anthony, Darron and LaMichael set some records last night.
Of course, it wouldn't be a Duck game if James didn't break some record:

The junior moved into first on Oregon's career list for all-purpose yards (5,310) Saturday night, passing former running back standout Derek Loville, who played for Oregon from 1986-89 and racked up 5,223 yards during his time in Eugene.

• I will be back later today with the Oregon highlights from the game.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Last Minute Game Day Stories



The College GameDay crew break down the USC vs Oregon game and have a couple of favorable predictions...and in case you missed it live, Lee Corso had a moment at the end of the show...

Ted Miller talks about the big Oklahoma St. loss last night and what that might mean for the Ducks assuming they take care of business against USC.

And if they win impressively, their bid to become viewed as the "best one-loss" team would be bolstered.

John Canzano talks with former Oregon RB Reuben Droughns about the big game today.

Rob Moseley previews the matchup with USC today.

Since James and Thomas returned full-time from injuries at the start of November, the Ducks have humbled a Washington team that looked to be making a resurgence, then destroyed Stanford’s national championship hopes.


“It seems like we’ve gone through a bit of a gauntlet here the last three weeks,” Aliotti said. “Now it’s chapter three.”

Ken Woody examines the X's & O's of the game today.

The defense has been playing great the past two games: count the number of Ducks on the pile or around it when the whistle blows. This marks a hustling, aggressive defense and is a main reason Oregon is currently No. 4 in the country.

Dale Newton examines the brilliance of De'Anthony Thomas and suggests we might see something speical at halftime.

Kobe Bryant, rumored to be in town with an NBA contingent hosted by Nike, may rescind the nickname in a special halftime ceremony. (and a little prediction of my own in addition to Dale's...I wouldn't be shocked if Snoop Dogg made an appearance today...)

Dale also the keys to the game here.

My prediction: Oregon 48 - USC 24

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Morning Mud: Bonus Video



Maggie Gray talks with George Schroeder and Lindsay Schnell from the Autzen press box about the Pac-12 power shift. George also links a video of mine when DAT shakes and bakes a WSU defender out of his shoes in route to a 45 yard TD.



• Here is my highlight video of the game last year against USC. I expect more of the same today.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
With Oklahoma St. losing to Iowa St. last night the door has been left open for the Ducks to climb another step closer to the BCS title game. First things first though, we need to take care of business today against USC.

De'Anthony Thomas says he is ready for the matchup with USC.

Thomas and the No. 4 Oregon Ducks welcome his hometown Trojans into Autzen Stadium with the opportunity to host the inaugural Pac-12 title game on the line.


Tabbed as the best player to come out of the Los Angeles area in recent memory, Thomas — who many expected to be wearing Trojan red and gold this season — will instead face the team he grew up watching.

Ken Goe reminds us it will be strength against strength as Oregon's run game will try to be stopped by the USC run defense.

David Lieberman calls USC's recent run of wins a renaissance.

Lucas Clark looks at the big picture for Oregon.

• Kenny Ocker and Adam Jude have Q&A's with Darrion Weems.

• Terrell Turner is soaking up the limelight whether it is on the football field or behind the camera.

The Oregon safeties are having fun making big plays.

“Eddie [Pleasant] and I work real well together,” said [John] Boyett, the junior free safety from Napa, Calif. “The main thing we work on is communication and make sure each other gets lined up. And we know if we can get lined up and get on the same page, then we can be successful.”

Ted Miller wonders "did you know?"

Oregon is in the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 North. The Ducks can clinch the division by beating USC or if California beats Stanford. If Oregon can go on and win the Pac-12 title game, the Ducks will have their third consecutive outright conference title. How impressive would that be?

• More predictions are coming in and Matt Hayes of The Sporting News has Oregon winning by 10 and Rob Moseley predicts a 17 point advantage for the Ducks.

• Dale Newton wonders if the Ducks can create "Fright Night 3" for USC.

Oregon's defense has been tenacious for the last several weeks, dramatically asserting themselves in the road wins over Washington and Stanford. They shut down a pair of 1000-yard rushers. They harrassed and pressured the quarterback, leading the conference now by a wide margin with four sacks per game in league play. They need to get to Barkley, who doesn't like to get hit.

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Friday, November 18, 2011

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• Josh at FishDuck.com previews the game against USC and breaks down a few plays you might see from our defense tomorrow.



Fowlplay2010 looks at the Washington game from a fans perspective.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Ken Goe and Adam Jude have your Thursday practice update. Video of CK after practice is courtesy of MaxWilliams247.

Ken: The Oregon Ducks held their normal closed walk-through practice Thursday morning in misty, 40-degree temperatures. Oregon coach Chip Kelly said the Ducks got the necessary work done in the kicking game, which is one reason to be outside.

Adam: Temperatures could drop into the 30s for Saturday, and there is a chance for snow. "Snow? Awesome. I love snow," Kelly said.

• Rob Moseley reports that if USC WR Robert Woods, plays it won't be at full strength. Rob also looks at the USC running backs.

Petros and Money interview Darron Thomas on their radio show.

The Solid Verbal guys talk about the big games of the week including a segment on USC vs Oregon.

DAT believes his nickname and his choice to play for Oregon are a perfect fit.

• Oregon players Mark Asper, David Paulson, Carson York were named first-team all-Pac-12 academic.

David Melo opens the history books at looks at the 1996 season when Oregon came back from a 3-5 start.

Lindsay Schnell has a good article on De'Anthony Thomas and his trip from Pop Warner football to the college stage.

Here come the predictions. Ted Miller has Oregon winning by a touchdown.

Don't be surprised if the Ducks start slowly. Last weekend was emotional. It's also possible, however, that the Ducks will assert themselves as they did last year against the Trojans and win decisively. Just have a hunch that this one will be highly competitive, though, with Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley playing at a high level.

Ted Miller believes DT is better than you might think.

He's presently the nation's 10th-rated passer with 22 touchdowns and just five interceptions. 


You know, Thomas, the guy who outplayed Luck last weekend. And Price the week before.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

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The ODE gang is back with this week's Sports Desk.The guys talk USC week.



Darron Thomas talks with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the RG.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Ken Goe and Rob Moseley have your Wednesday practice update and the video of CK after practice is courtesy of MaxWilliams247.

Ken: USC's injury situation is a little more dicey. Some reports indicate that game-breaking receiver Robert Woods could miss the game with an ankle injury.

Rob: During practice, one of USC's fight songs blared over the PA in different intervals; UO offensive tackle Mark Asper estimated he'd already heard it some 85 times this week. The Trojans have also been playing "Mighty Oregon" at their practices this week.

• Ted Miller reminds us that week 12 matters.

Oregon, college football's new hot flavor, is playing host to USC, college football's old hot flavor, one that, by the way, is playing pretty darn well.  Week 12 will matter in Autzen Stadium.

Rob Moseley notes the special teams unit is in good hands with long snapper Jeff Palmer.

• Does the game against USC magnify the meaning of this week's matchup for De'Anthony Thomas?

• George Schroeder states Matt Barkley may have been right, but UO’s still better than USC

LaMichael James has been selected as one of 15 semi-finalists for the Walter Camp Award.

• Four-star running back Byron Marshall has committed to the Ducks. Giving Chip Kelly a verbal commitment by phone. He's the nation's 6th ranked running back and the 108th rated player overall by Rivals.com.

• Chris Courtney has three keys to taking down USC.

1. Temper the Trojan Trio; 2. Stress the unwary; 3. No matter the weather.

• Ken Goe says the Ducks' unconventional defense is all over opposing QB's.

The Ducks sacked Luck three times, and hit him as he released the ball all night. USC's Matt Barkley is next.


These guys can run like deer and hit like cement trucks. There is no telling what Aliotti might have them doing on any given play. Ask Stanford.

Lindsay Schnell wonders if the defense is actually playing better or are we just now noticing?

Chip Kelly was asked that question yesterday in his weekly press conference, and without hesitating, he said, "I think they've been playing well all season long.

Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti likes to say that in the end, no one is going to remember how many yards you gave up -- they're only going to remember if you won.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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LaMichael James talks with reporters after practice yesterday in the weekly press conference. Video courtesy of Rob Moseley and the Register Guard.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Rob Moseley and Ken Goe have your Tuesday update and provides the video of CK after practice.

Rob: The Ducks were in full pads inside the Moshofsky Center for practice this morning, continuning preparations for Saturday's game against USC.

Ken: [Chip] Kelly is particularly impressed with Barkley, who has come a long way since playing in Autzen as a freshman in 2009.

Crews are feverishly putting the final touches on two temporary towers at Autzen Stadium for the last home games of the season.

The structures, similar to the temporary seating installed at Hayward Field for major track and field meets the last few years, are being built on either end of the sky suites atop the north side of the stadium. Each will hold two 30-person “tower suites,” and because the footprint of each would displace 30 standing-room-only fans, they will be relocated atop the structures.

The Oregon secondary will have their hands full covering USC receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee.

GoDucks.com has their weekly football release ready for the USC game. Learn all there is to know about the matchup.

Ted Miller thinks LMJ will be invited to the Heisman ceremonies.

Steve Summers notes that it seems like this has happened before.

A win by Oregon cinches the Northern Division Pac-12 crown and the right to hold the inaugural conference championship on the home turf. It also could mean more of the necessary ingredients to continue Oregon’s winning ways.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

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OregonGridiron provides their latest motivational video for your enjoyment.



FishDuck breaks down some unique plays Oregon brought out of their arsenal against Stanford.







Boseko Lokombo, John Boyett and David Paulson talk with reporters after practice yesterday. Video courtesy of KVAL.



The Pac-12 conference was kind enough to share a video of the trophy for winning the Pac-12 championship game. I think it'll look nice in Oregon's display case.

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud



Rob Moseley has your Monday update and KVAL furnishes the video of CK after practice.

One of the things the Ducks do indeed control this week is the chance to host, by beating USC to clinch the Pac-12 North division and a Dec. 2 home game for the conference championship.

Ted Miller does his weekly Pac-12 rewind and you will Oregon mentioned more than once. Team of the week, biggest play and a smiley face.

Aaron Fentress says Boseko Lokombo is getting quite familiar with the end zone. (you might recognize the video Aaron uses in his article)

"When I get the ball, first of all, I still get a little shocked," he said. Monday. "Then I just start running and start looking who's besides me, who's in front of me, who's blocking for me. Really, I just think about the end zone."

"When I get the ball, first of all, I still get a little shocked," he said. Monday. "Then I just start running and start looking who's besides me, who's in front of me, who's blocking for me. Really, I just think about the end zone."

Fourth and seven from the opponents 41 yard line? Most teams would punt but CK has different plans.

"Our mentality as a program is that we're going to leave it on the field," Kelly said.

• If you want to compete with the big boys you better take care of business on the road.

• Here are your Pac-12 power rankings where you will find Oregon at top.

The Ducks left no doubt against Stanford. Now can they play their way back into the national championship picture? A good start would be not suffering a home letdown against USC.

• With all the Andrew Luck hype Brian Libby at FishDuck.com decided to open the history books and look at some former HOF QB's who went to college in the Pac-10.

Dale Newton says not to compare De'Anthony Thomas to anyone, he is in a league of his own.

De'Anthony Thomas is not the next Reggie Bush. He's not the next anyone. He's the first De'Anthony Thomas.

Rob Moseley sets the stage for the USC game and provides all the stats for the two teams.

• A rematch with LSU? Unlikely but here is a lot talk going on and Ted Miller thinks he has an idea how some fans might react.

"Plenty of measured, football-smart fans -- even LSU and Alabama fans -- watched the tour de force display against Stanford and thought to themselves, "I don't want to play them."

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Monday, November 14, 2011

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• Dino Philyaw joins Tom Ward and Nick Krupke for Inside The Pac, video courtesy of KVAL













Chip Kelly, LaMichael James, Darron Thomas, Boseko Lokombo, Dewitt Stuckey and Michael Clay talk with reporters after the game on Saturday. Video courtesy of KVAL.



Rob Moseley and Adam Jude discuss the Stanford game in their weekly show, "The Post Game Brew."

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Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Oregon moved up in all the polls jumping to #4 in the AP and coaches along with a #4 ranking in the BCS.

At least one Duck admitted that a rematch with LSU would be sweet.

• At least one Trojan has thrown down the gauntlet so to speak. Matt Barkley doesn't think our current group of players is as good as years past..

Ted Miller has his weekly post "what we learned" ready and mentions Chip.

The Evil Genius of Chip Kelly still rules: Things set up well for Stanford. It was the unbeaten team in the national title chase. It was playing at home. It had Andrew Luck. But Oregon still has Chip Kelly. And he and defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti -- let's not forget the old guy -- know how to get their team ready to play. And to scheme up an opponent. Oregon seemed to have an answer for everything Stanford did. And a way to exploit all of the Cardinal's weaknesses. Bottom line: The Ducks appear headed for their third consecutive Pac-12 championship after a 53-30 victory.

• Ted Miller also points out that the Oregon "D" doesn't get enough credit, gives his reaction to the new poll standings and does his weekly bowl projections.

Adam Jude has some thoughts on the Ducks newest rankings.

• Rob Moseley has some great links from pundits around the country and their impressions of Oregon's big win.

The elite of college football's chattering class was in the press box, and offered no shortage of reaction to the Ducks' win over the Cardinal.

Start with our own George Schroeder, who put the Ducks at No. 3 on his Harris Poll ballot, back in the thick of the BCS discussion.


Solid Verbal hosts Ty and Dan talk about this past weekends biggest games. The Oregon portion is at 9:30.


Dale Newton grades the game against Stanford.

It was the most complete team victory and focused effort since last week.

Lucas Clark opens his notebook and shares some final thoughts on the Stanford game.

With 13 touchdowns this season, true freshman De’Anthony Thomas has the most scores among all true freshmen in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Oregon vs Stanford Highlights




• Here you go Duck fans, all the best plays from yesterday's game against Stanford. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you won't miss any new videos.


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CBS and Dennis Dodd provide the video and Dodd had this to say about the game last night:

The latest edition of Oregon's real-life video game broke out.

This was the one where LaMichael James runs wild, Darron Thomas throws three touchdowns and Chip Kelly basically joy sticks it to the Heisman favorite.



Lucas Clark breaks down the big win.



• Chip Kelly talks with reporters after the game. Video courtesy of Molly Blue.

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