Found September 27, 2013 on The Duck Stops Here:
With blustery conditions, the passing game becomes a crapshoot. It's a lot easier to run than throw anyway, particularly on a night like this one. Don Essig will greet the cheering, rain-slickered crowd with "it never rains in Autzen Stadium," but that's metaphorical whimsy in a place where Duck love conquers all: in reality, it's going to be a nasty and unpleasant night, a tailor-made evening for wool gloves and a flask. Unleash the Dash: California has given up chunks of yards inside in all three of their games, and that makes it the best opportunity to unveil Thomas Tyner (Gary Breedlove, Eugene Daily News photo).     New offensive coordinator Scott Frost has shown aplomb in switching it up. Week one the Ducks ran for 500 yards, week three three they passed for 471. Time for another switch. Against an opponent with a banged-up front seven in terrible conditions for throwing the football (it isn't the rain--it's the gusting, blustery wind that&#...

Is Oregon football recruiting lagging behind this season?

With just a few days left in the month, the Ducks haven't added a single verbal commitment since defensive lineman Jalen Jelks gave his pledge on July 22nd. The Ducks have had seven official visitors so far this month, four for the Nicholls game at the end of August, with three more scheduled for Saturday's game against California. One of the visitors, Corona, California...

Can we finally do away with these tune up games? TWICF week 4

What are 76-0, 72-0, 56-0, 70-7, 54-6, 77-7 ( a combined 405 to 14) ?  The combined score of the top 20 teams that played games this week against team like Florida A&M, (no relation to Texas A&M), Florida International, Idaho State, Louisiana Monroe and Savannah State.  Really, why are these scheduled?  They could not find more competitive teams to play, instead of racking...

Ducks stiff arm the Bears, 55-16

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...

Postgame notebook, California at Oregon

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...

No. 2 Oregon tops Cal in driving rain

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...

2013 Heisman Profile: Marcus Mariota, Oregon

Each week I will be profiling one Heisman Trophy candidate for CBS Local. These profile pieces will be posted every Wednesday or Thursday to each of the local affiliates under the CBS Local network. Odds are if CBS has an affiliate in your neck of the woods, you will see my Heisman Trophy profile available on your local website. The first two profiles that were posted looked at Texas...

Oregon Synonymous With The Ducks

Just the other day I was thinking about Oregon, not the Ducks even though that’s what most other people associate the state with. I wanted to know what Oregonians do not associate the state with (sorry, Beavers fans, but it’s not pretty for you). I simply asked anyone and everyone I knew that has never lived in Oregon what are the first three things you think of when I say ...

Pressbox confidential: 50 short notes in search of a story

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...

Photo: Oregon Ducks unveil new matte black helmets for Cal game

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. 

Photo: Oregon Unveils New Black “O” Helmets For Cal Game

…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...

Heisman hopeful De’Anthony Thomas suffers leg injury on kickoff; Ducks defeat Cal

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 […]

Prediction Thread and Coveted Tee Shirt Contest, California at Oregon

Fans love sports for the Rudy stories and "Hoosiers"-style tales of underdogs that could, but this isn't one of those stories. Cal is young team with a first-year quarterback and a beat-up defense, thin in the secondary with two defensive ends out for the year. Marcus Mariota and the Oregon offense will shred them.  Offensively, the visiting Bears will try to raid...

Ducks Swimming Along at the Half

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.

2nd half thread, Cal at Oregon

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...
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