Originally posted on Football Nation | Last updated 12/13/11
EUGENE, Ore. — The Oregon Ducks are getting ready to play in the team’s 26th bowl game in the school’s history when they travel to Pasadena, Calif. to play in the Rose Bowl against the Wisconsin Badgers, champions of the Big-10 conference, on Jan. 2.
Oregon has not had a great history in its appearances in the post-season — only winning nine of the first 25 bowl games they have taken part in. They are entering the Rose Bowl with two straight loses in BCS Bowl Games in the last two years after losing to Ohio State in the 2010 Rose Bowl and last season in the BCS Championship Game against Auburn and Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton.
There have been five monumental bowl games for the Ducks program over the school’s football history and some include victories in the Rose Bowl, Holiday Bowl and Fiesta Bowl.
The Ducks won its only Rose Bowl and finished with an undefeated season on Jan. 1, 1917 with a 14-0 win over the Penn Quakers. The game was scoreless at the half, but in the second half the team rallied around its star Shy Huntington.
Huntington accounted for all 14 Oregon points with a touchdown pass to Lloyd Tegert in the third quarter then hit the following extra point. In the fourth quarter Huntington scored on a one-yard run and kicked another extra point — sealing the 14-0 win for Oregon.
Oregon really started to get national recognition after its 2000 Holiday Bowl win over the Texas Longhorns.
The Ducks jumped out to an early 14-0 lead after one quarter, but Texas fought back with 21 unanswered points in the second quarter and entered halftime up 21-17.
Oregon was lead in the second half by their quarterback, Joey Harrington who hit running back Maurice Morris early in the second half on a 55-yard touchdown pass to even the score.
Early in the fourth quarter Harrington lead his team down for another score with a nine-yard touchdown run to put the Ducks up by one score.
The lead was short-lived because Texas return man Victor Ike returned the following kickoff for a Holiday Bowl record 93 yards.
Later in the fourth Oregon scored the game-winning touchdown when Jason Willis scored on a four-yard run. Texas drove the ball down and missed on a throw into the endzone on the final play of the game.
The following year Harrington and Head Coach Mike Bellotti was looking to make a statement after being left out in what some people would say was a BCS meltdown in the 2002 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
The Ducks were ranked No. 2 in both the AP and Coaches poll yet the BCS had them ranked No. 4, so the were sent to Tempe, Ariz. to play the No. 3 Colorado Buffaloes.
Harrington, who was playing in his final college contest, threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns in way to a 38-16 win over the Buffaloes.
Oregon fell behind 7-0 when Colorado’s Brandon Drumm scored on a one-yard touchdown run, but the Ducks did not look back and Harrington threw three of his four touchdowns in the first half.
The Ducks’ defense held the highly rated Buffaloes rushing offense to 49 yards on 31 carries. Entering the game Colorado had rushed for over 600 yards in the last two games of the season against Nebraska and Texas, but Oregon’s ‘Gang Green’ proved to be too much.
Five years later an unranked Oregon team got it’s next bowl victory in the Sun Bowl against No. 23 South Florida by the score of 56-21.
Running back Jonathan Stewart was named the game’s MVP with his career-high 253 rushing yards and redshirt freshman quarterback Justin Roper, who threw for four touchdowns.
The Bulls entered halftime down only four points to Bellotti’s Ducks but Oregon exploded with 38 second half-points to South Florida’s seven.
South Florida entered the match-up known as one of the country’s stingiest defenses and Oregon took advantage of every possible chance they had in the second half scoring on four touchdowns in the third quarter.
The following year was Oregon’s last Bowl win when they beat Oklahoma State in the 2008 Holiday Bowl. The game was a match-up of two really talented offenses and both teams did not disappoint. The Ducks won the game 42-31 over the Cowboys.
Oklahoma State entered halftime up 17- 7, but Oregon’s quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who started the season third on the depth chart, took over running over and around the Cowboys’ defense for three touchdowns in the third quarter and added one through the air in the fourth.
Masoli also finished the game with 258 yards passing and 106 rushing yards.
The Ducks will look to add a bowl win to the team’s books when they face Wisconsin in this season's Rose Bowl .
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