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@deep south duck This was a thorough dismantling of the Dawgs, one that taught them how far they had to go to match up against Oregon.
1 day, 21 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/a-lesson-from-history-on-revenge-in-full-measure.html
@duckahead.com guy That was a really nice run for his fifth, but Pisarcik got his hands outside the shoulder pads. Too bad, because Freeman had the defense beat to the edge. Running with more confidence and assertiveness with every game. Can you imagine the 3-year career he'll have here?
Meanwhile, Thomas Tyner's sophomore slump continues, and you wonder what his mindset might be now. Left the game early with an injury.
1 day, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/washington-at-oregon-game-thread.html
@duckahead.com guy It will be interesting to see how the coaches and AP vote--ND might not fall that far, losing by 4 to the #2 team on the road. I think both FSU and ND are overrated this year, benefiting from soft schedules. Talented but inconsistent squads, in my opinion. FSU plays two ranked teams all season, and struggled with both. Have a relative cakewalk the rest of the way. Notre Dame is at ASU and USC and should lose one more time.
@dddupree Defense turned in their best performance, stout in the red zone, forcing two turnovers, holding UW to 317 yards as the Ducks built a 35-6 lead.
@sherrybb With Fisher back the running game is stronger and Mariota has time to go through progressions in the pocket. 554 yards of offense tonight, with Royce Freeman running for 169 yards and 4 touchdowns and Mariota hitting 8 different receivers.
A fast start is huge against Stanfraud. They are just not built to come back in games.
1 day, 23 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/washington-at-oregon-game-thread.html
Stanford losing 23-10 in Tempe, just fumbled the kickoff, setting up ASU at the 22.
Florida State leading Notre Dame 31-27 in the 4th quarter. How far do the #5 Irish drop if they lose?
2 days, 1 hour ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/washington-at-oregon-game-thread.html
2 days, 2 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/washington-at-oregon-game-thread.html
Wogan adds a field goal and the Ducks lead 45-20.
Oregon 42, UW 20 with 5:22 left. UW goes 75 yards in 17 plays. Three missed tackles on 4th down as freshman quarterback Troy Miles weaves through the defense for a 7-yard touchdown. 2nd great one half performance by the Oregon defense, fading badly with a lead.
Royce Freeman's fourth TD run gives Ducks a 41-13 lead after two nice catches by Darren Carrington.
Miles fumbles at midfield ... Oregon recovers. Forced by Christian French.
Oregon drive stalls, and Washington is driving again. Ducks can't contain Miles in the pocket and can't get off the field on third down.
Oregon defense goes into UCLA prevent mode, and Washington easily drives down to the 4. 3rd and 2.
2 days, 3 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/washington-at-oregon-game-thread.html
Mariota hits Dwayne Stanford on the fake bubble screen, great catch by Stanford. Ducks lead 34-6 with point pending. Freeman is over 100 yards, 19-111.
First series of second half, Ducks get two good linebacker plays by Hardrick and Walker, bad snap on 3rd down, three and out, shank.
Mariota has thrown 16 of 23 (70%) for 239 with one TD and no INT at the half.
Ducks lead 28-6 at halftime, have limited UW to 27 yards rushing, overcoming 80 yards of penalties.
Eye on College FBall
2 days, 4 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/washington-at-oregon-game-thread.html
Ducks go for it on 4th and goal, and Mariota executes a brilliant pitch to Freeman, holding on to the ball until the last possible second. Ducks lead 14-6.
Washington settles for another field goal, and it's 7-6. Oregon defense allowing a lot of yards between the 20s but getting stops on the Huskies first two possessions. DeForest Buckner with a nice penetration and tackle for loss.
On 3rd and 5, Royce Freeman bolts up the middle for a 37-yard touchdown. Ducks 7-3.
2 days, 5 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/washington-at-oregon-game-thread.html
Ducks hold Washington to a field goal and trail 3-0.
3rd and long, and the Ducks give up a first down on the screen pass. Three guys had a shot at stopping him short, but no.
Shaq Thompson dumps Thomas Tyner on the kickoff at the 15, Royce Freeman on the game's first play. Mariota sacked by Danny Shelton on 3rd and 9. Poor start for the Ducks.
Pregame talk is about the final four. Dave Wannstedt picks Michigan State over Oregon. Whhhhattttt?
Andre Y is in a boot, Keanon Lowe is suited up but not warming up. Dave Wannstedt of Fox just picked Michigan State over Oregon for the Final Four.
But there's no way both Ole Miss and Mississippi State make the playoff.
@duckified USC and UCLA will always be potent forces in recruiting, because of the weather, tradition and location. Both are fine schools academically. They've made enough coaching and recruiting missteps that the Ducks have dominated both in recent years.
Has Mr. Knight's gift been made public? Have read the rumors, but not a substantiated news story.
2 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/oregon-football-recruiting-ducks-live-and-die-in-l-a.html
@SonomaDuck There you go again with that rational killjoy stuff. We're having pizza, which will be perfect provided I don't spill any on the couch.
2 days, 7 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/day-in-college-football-includes-several-games-with-duckplications.html
@Ducko30 Tide explodes versus the Aggies, which has now lost three conference games in a row. #4 Baylor loses to West Virginia, which should help the Ducks move ahead.
@SonomaDuck Washington coach Chris Petersen on the reason for Oregon's success: "I just think they have stuck to the process. Those are the same coaches. Half of that staff are the same guys as when I was there. They're really good people, first and foremost, they're really good coaches, they've got really good support there. They're always trying to figure out how to get better. It's not any one thing. It's this on top of that and then they stack things and they get good players that are good kids… and you see what happens."
2 days, 10 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/a-lesson-from-history-on-revenge-in-full-measure.html
@duckahead.com guy Fixed, thanks.
3 days, 8 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/the-crazy-continues-as-another-road-team-prevails-in-the-pac-12.html
@atvinton Great observations. Oregon's November 8th trip to Utah, the weekend after the Stanford game, looms as a very dangerous matchup.
@Ducko30 @DryDuckin SB We'll see if they reduce those missed tackles and yards after contact. Don Pellum said Wednesday's full-pads practice was the best of the year.
4 days, 6 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/time-to-bring-the-train-and-the-train-dont-stop.html
@DryDuckin SB Nelson really throws his body into a tackle, and his play on special teams has been inspiring.
@atvinton Imagine how much solid the Oregon secondary might be if Terrance Mitchell had stayed for his senior year, and how much better Mitchell's draft prospects might have been.
If the Ducks get Armstead back and Tony Washington continues his man-on-a-mission play, Oregon's defense could indeed steal the show.
@FunkyDucky :) Kenny Wheaton's out of eligibility, but the 1989 Independence Bowl team is serving as honorary captains.
@DLW37 Fans who have been around a while will never lose their passion for the Husky rivalry. They remember both the domination and the humiliation at the paws of the Dawgs that spanned 25 years.
Sobering fact for draft-eligible underclassmen, contemplating a move to the NFL:
Troy Vincent @TroyVincent23 2m
4 days, 11 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/time-to-bring-the-train-and-the-train-dont-stop.html
@jchrissmith0007 Interesting that political and medical factors spill over into football, but they definitely do--the New York Giants briefed their players on the Ebola virus prior to this weekend's road trip to Dallas. A disease that so far is not easily spread but is fatal in over half the cases has everyone's attention.
4 days, 12 hours ago on Conversation @ http://duckstopshere.com/uncategorized/oregon-football-tickets-down-29-this-week-for-game-vs-washington.html
@totalDuck Craigslist is a risky place to buy tickets. It's definitely "buyer beware."