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At the University of Nike on Saturday in overtime on national TV in primetime, the peak of this multi-billion-dollar college football business was coming down on a freshman quarterback, Marcus Mariota. He turned 19 a few weeks ago.
He botched it, and then the field-goal kicker missed, too, allowing Stanford to beat No. 2 Oregon 17-14. On a night when BCS No. 1 Kansas State was exposed, crushed at lowly Baylor, the Oregon loss completely turned college football upside down.
"I learned a lot,'' Mariota said. "This was the first overtime I've ever played in.''
His first? In this situation? He just seemed so young, sitting there in a postgame news conference, explaining how he had missed a call on third down in overtime and thrown to the wrong spot in the end zone.
"He was running one way,'' Mariota said simply, "and I was throwing the other. Just a miscommunication. That's on me.''
He also had run frantically on the first...
BEST OF MAXIM
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota discusses Oregon 17-14 overtime loss to Stanford on Nov. 17, 2012 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore.
Lee Corso's Mascot Head picks on College GameDay in 2012 have taken that impressive step from "cute sideshow tradition" to "theatrical production complete with dancing cheerleaders and live animals." In fact, I'm sure a few million dollars of ESPN's budget has been set aside this year for the use of live animals on GameDay alone. It's become...
Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks ran into a stout defensive front. Unable to break away from Stanford, the nation’s number two fell in overtime (Getty/ Dykes)
Tailgater Top 25 Rankings, Week 12
What in the heck did we just see? For one unbeaten to fall would have been surprise and chaos, but two? Nearly three? Ohio State outplayed Wisconsin for most of the game but...
The ESPN College GameDay crew was on location at the University of Oregon Saturday, and analyst Lee Corso picked Oregon to defeat Stanford in Saturday's game. Corso put on the head of the Oregon Duck mascot costume, as he traditionally does with the school of the team he picks. but then tried to take things to the next level when he was handed a live duck.
Saturday night, it rained in Autzen Stadium.
For the second November in a row the Ducks' hope of a second appearance in the national championship game ended with missed field goals, missed blocks and loose footballs that bounced the other way.
Stanford's quick, physical defensive front didn't need a replay review to defeat Oregon at the line of scrimmage. The Ducks...
They’re the hottest cheerleading squad in all of college football. There’s no doubt about it. The 2013 Oregon Cheer Calendar is now on sale online.
The first-ever officially sanctioned calendar to feature the Oregon Ducks nationally renowned cheerleaders includes 13 pics, one for each month plus a pull out poster.
It’s the closest thing to a NCAA bikini calendar you’ll...
The Oregon Ducks mascot, Puddles, lost his head while skydiving for a College GameDay segment on Friday. Puddles was mid-jump when his head came off and plummeted to Earth, prompting a swift search for the head in Oregon.
BREAKING NEWS; The ORE Duck head is missing. While skydiving today, it came loose & plummeted to earth. A search is ongoing. No joke.
— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler...
That hurts. That really hurts. Watching a national championship slip through the fingers of your college football team as the blood slips away from your body is just about as painful an experience as you can have in sports. There is a multitude of talking points and controversy and angles to analyze, scenarios to address, and for some of us, hair to pull out from Stanford'...
Despite missing two field goals during Oregon's 17-14 loss to Stanford, Duck place kicker Alejandro Maldonado was man enough to face the media after the game and respond to questions about what happened on the field.
In today's most odd news story of the day, Chris Fowler of ESPN tweeted out that the head of the Oregon Ducks' mascot was missing. How did this happen, you ask? Simple: it fell off when the mascot was skydiving on Friday.
The head of a mascot coming off and getting lost during a skydiving incident is something that I don't think we've seen before in any sport, because...
EUGENE, ORE., -- The Oregon Ducks could not find the Autzen Stadium magic and fell to the Stanford Cardinal, 17-14 in overtime. Oregon falls to 10-1 for the season and 7-1 in the conference race while Stanford improves to 9-2 for the year and an identical 7-1 in the conference.
It's interesting that the Ducks two stars, Kenjon Barner and Marcus Mariota, both defy nicknaming.
I'll never forget the Cal game last year. Barner breaks off a 68-yard touchdown run and Rece Davis, doing the call on ESPN, exclaimed, "He doesn't need a nickname, he's just GONE. Gone, Kenjon Barner."
For Mariota, "The Flyin' Hawaiian" seems...
EUGENE, ORE., -- The Oregon Ducks and the Stanford Cardinal battled to a 7-all tie in the first half of the game tonight at Autzen Stadium.
A Defining Moment
While the Oregon Ducks have already dispelled the threat of the USC Trojans (at least for the time being), they may face an even tougher test when they play host to the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday night in Autzen Stadium.
Matchup: Stanford at Oregon
Venue: Autzen Stadium (Eugene, Oregon)
Game Time, TV: 5:00pm PST, ABC/ESPN
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012