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With one of the worst nights of weather for an Oregon game since the 1983 Toilet Bowl, the Ducks achieved a much different outcome than they did 30 years ago.
Among the critical differences between then and now are talent, quickness, desire and athleticism: on this treacherous Saturday there were 10 fumbles in the slippery conditions, and the Ducks recovered 8 of them, four of Cal's and four of their own.
The stats might suggest that the Oregon offense was out of synch, but with expectations adjust slightly for the conditions, they did fine. The Ducks had four td drives of 38 yards or less, and scored twice without an offensive possession on two spectacular punt returns by Bralon Addison. For the game the Ducks scored their 55 points with just 381 yards from scrimmage.
Blocking in the kicking game was superb. Coach Mark Helfrich pointed out after the game that on both of Addison's record-tying td returns there were not only several great blocks, but several great ...
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
With De'Anthony Thomas injured on the opening kickoff, Bralon Addison, Byron Marshall, Thomas Tyner and the Oregon defense sparked a 55-10 win that was short on artistry but long on guts and heart.
The defense applied relentless pressure and swarming pursuit, striking for 5 turnovers. Addison tied a school record with two punt returns for touchdowns. Marshall ran 19 times for...
Tony James, the speedy all-purpose back from Gainesville, Florida, committed to Oregon on Sunday morning, according to ESPN recruiting analyst Derek Tyson and Justin Hopkins of Duck Territory.
James has to really be sold on the Ducks. He committed after making his official visit the night of some of the worst weather in the school's football history a steady downpour of miserable...
Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and No. 2 Oregon defeated California 55-16 on Saturday night in the rain-drenched Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Bralon Addison returned two punts for touchdowns and Byron Marshall ran for 130 yards and two more scores for the Ducks (4-0, 1-0).
The game was played as a strong storm swept across the Pacific Northwest, cutting...
Ducks win another
In yesterday’s torrential downpour at Autzen Stadium, Byron Marshall fumbled two of his first four touches while filling in for the injured De’Anthony Thomas.
That didn’t stop him, though, from going on to have one of the best games of any player.
“Marshall entered the game with two touchdowns and tied that mark within the game’s first 10 minutes. He capped...
EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon corner back Ifo Ekpre-Olomu answers media questions following Oregon's 55-16 win over California on Sept. 28, 2013 at Autzen Stadium.
EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota responds to media questions following Oregon's 55-16 win over California on Sept. 28, 2013 at Autzen Stadium.
Marcus Mariota says Thomas Tyner improves every day in practice and he's going to be a special player.
Aliotti gives grudging praise to his defense, noting they only allowed one explosion play a pass for 33 yards ("on an all-out blitz, a mistake by the coordinator"). Cal's longest run was for 13 yards, and the Ducks held them, with aid from the miserable weather...
In-game notes taken while working the game for Duck Sports Authority:
Wogan blasts one 8 yards deep, touchback. That's going to be a huge weapon when they face dangerous returners.
Bears first throw underneath to Harper for 6 yards. They'll be looking to dink and dunk the Ducks all night, but very difficult to do that successfully.
1-6 start for Mariota passing, again...
Everybody has a plan until you punch them in the mouth.
I don't expect Mark Helfrich to get a face tattoo anytime soon, but one thing he has done very well in his first few weeks on the job is instill an attitude of toughness in the 2013 team. It's the best indicator yet of what kind of coach he will be after a 4-0 start against the bottom half of the schedule.
Prior to kickoff of Saturday's game against Cal, Oregon tweeted out this photo of the Ducks' new, matte black helmets they'll be wearing against the Bears.
Courtesy of Mike Wines of Oregon Duck Soup, here is the Oregon football motivational from goducks.com:
…make that three new helmet designs that we were unaware of before today’s slate of games. Oklahoma State and Arizona State have already debuted their new lids – now we’ve got a new black helmet from the kings of uniform upgrades, the Oregon Ducks. The school’s Twitter account posted a picture tonight ahead of the Ducks’ matchup with Cal:
Today’s Oregon uniform will...
EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Ducks opened up Pac-12 play against California on Saturday, but suffered a major loss when running back De’Anthony Thomas suffered an apparent leg injury on the opening kickoff. After taking a huge hit, Thomas grabbed his leg and helped off the field. The junior back was seen later on the […]
EUGENE, Ore. – Things couldn’t have gone much worse for California as the faced the No. 2 ranked Oregon Ducks In Monsoon like conditions Cal had four fumbles and gave up an interception while the Ducks, let the rain slide off their backs to score often and went into halftime leading 41-3.
The band plays "I'm walkin' on sunshine" and the stands are 9/10 empty at halftime, and you wonder how many folks will return to their seats in a sloppy, uninspiring 41-3 game. A lot of footballs are squirting off jerseys and neither team is throwing the football effectively.
Byron Marshall ran 16 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns to lead the first half offense...