Found November 20, 2011 on The Duck Stops Here:
Maybe it's an ironic measure of how far this program has come that some of the players overlooked the USC Trojans. Josh Huff said they were celebrating in the hallways of the hotel Friday night after Iowa State beat Oklahoma State, giddy after having number two in the country and a chance at the national championship handed to them by the courage and determination of a 5-4 football team. They forgot one thing. (photo left: Oregon joined Boise State as victims of a missed field goal at the end of the game, ending their run at the national championship. Other worthy goals remain. Photo by Thomas Boyd of oregonlive.com) Losing is the most painful way to be reminded what winning demands of you. 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 ...
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