Ducks do the expected - keep focus on Nov. 3

Oregon pounds Washington 52-21 in once-great rivalry game
Oct. 6, 2012

The expected happened Saturday as the second-ranked Ducks beat No. 23 Washington 52-21 in a Pac-12 college football game at Autzen Stadium.

Marcus Mariota threw for 198 yards and four touchdowns as the Ducks (6-0, 3-0) won their ninth-straight game since losing to USC last year, and ninth straight in their series with the Huskies (3-2, 1-1), who were coming off an upset of No. 8 Stanford, which had beaten USC earlier in the season.

Colt Lyerla caught two of the touchdown passes and Kenjon Barner ran for 122 yards for Oregon.

The Ducks play at USC on Nov. 3, a game that will likely be a preview of the Pac-12 title game.

Oregon State continued its drive to be a factor in the Pac-12 title game with a 19-6 win over Washington State, keeping the Beavers unbeaten.



Remembering that great rivalry

Washington used to be Oregon's top football rival, but now? USC? The SEC?
Oct. 4, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

For the University of Oregon football fans who can remember the 1994 season that culminated with a trip to the Rose Bowl, times have certainly changed.

The team wins more - a lot more, and it's expected to win basically every week. Heck, not basically, just flat out. And, it does.

Oregon wins so often that it's sort of moved right out of the Pac-12 and into the nation's BCS title contenders.

Look at the Ducks' schedule this season and is there another game that sparks any real interest like Nov. 3 at USC?

Washington? Saturday's opponent? Maybe the Huskies will hang on for a half, like Washington State did last year.

If there's one down side to the Oregon football team being so good, it's that there are never any real wins anymore. They're all just waiting to happen. They're all supposed to be victories. The only real drama in any of the games nowadays, is if they can prevent a loss. The real drama for every game the Ducks play is on the opposing sideline. That's what will always make the 1994 season special, because Oregon was the other sideline.

And Washington was Oregon's big rival. OSU hadn't done anything in decades other than lose, and Oregon had been to a couple bowl games in the recent past, so they were due for a special run. The best way to know it was going to happen? Washington. Beat Washington.

The 1994 game, played at Autzen, provided the Ducks the opportunity that set the program up for two decades of success. Kenny Wheaton, just a freshman, returned an interception the lentgh of the field for a touchdown and the Ducks won 31-20.

But, that was a long time ago.

In the following decade, OSU started winning and even went to a BCS game, which made the Civil War important again. And, the Huskies just haven't kept pace. They win sporadically and celebrate when they are able to beat Stanford. The Huskies are ranked thie week - wow!!!

Oregon fans will get pumped when they start drawing votes for No. 1 away from Alabama.

So, Saturday, get out the frankenweenies and marshmallows as the Ducks roast the Huskies across Autzen. Again.


Cougars pose big question for Beavers

Can Oregon State keep its momentum going when it's not the underdog?
Oct. 4, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

After winning just three games a year ago, the Oregon State Beavers have become the nation's biggest surprise in college football, moving from the ranks of "they'll be lucky to finish .500," to No. 14 with three surprising wins.

Oregon State beat defending Big 10 champion Wisconsin at home, beat surprising UCLA in the Rose Bowl and then Arizona last week in Tuscon with a late-game rally led by sophomore quarterback Sean Mannion.

They struggled to run the ball consistently and stop opposing passing games, but on the scoreboard - where it matters - they've come through, with their three wins by just 13 total points.

This week, the Beavers face Washington State, which is 2-3 overall after Pac-12 Conference losses to Colorado and Oregon.

With its season rolling and excitement building in Corvallis, the question for Saturday's game seems simple - can they keep the momentum going?

OSU is favored to win by nearly 15 points, the first time they've been favored to win by oddsmakers.

The concern for Saturday's game is genuine because the last time the Cougars traveled to OSU, the Beavers were favored to win by 23 points - and WSU pulled a huge upset by winning 31-14. It was an exclamation point to a fanatically frustrating season for the Beavers, who began the season with a loss to TCU at Cowboys Stadium, lost to Boise State two weeks later, but beat USC just a week after the WSU loss and eventually finished 5-7.

A loss Saturday would send fans directly back to that season mentally - frustrated.

WSU is a perfect candidate as a program easy to look past. The Cougs got drilled by BYU to open the season, then only narrowly beat FCS rival Eastern Washington 24-20, and then UNLV 35-27, which preceeded a 35-34 loss to Colorado. Oregon looked past the Cougars last week - at least for a half before pulling away for a 51-26 win.

OSU plays at Brigham Young next week.


Civil War fever ready to grip the state

Both Oregon and Oregon State showed they can play to the nation Saturday
Sept. 24, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning,

The University of Oregon has been a staple of the Associated Press national rankings for most of the past three years, and is a regular part of the Top 5 among national voters.

Oregon State?

With a 27-20 victory over UCLA at the Rose Bowl and on ABC, the Beavers showed off they can beat a nationally-ranked team for the second time this season, and with a dominating defense that gave up only a few big plays - not consistent drives.

Both Oregon and OSU earned rankings Sunday, Oregon up one spot to No. 2 and the Beavers moving from a few votes to No. 18 showing that much of the nation paid attention to not only the final score, but how the final score of Saturday's game came about.

OSU's got a defense and a savvy offense that can put together consistent drives.

Put the two Oregon schools together, and you can start to look at their schedules and ponder thatNov. 24 game - Oregon at Oregon State. The Civil War. Will that be the game that sends an Oregon school to the Pac-12 title game for the second-straight year?

Stanford appears as the main test having moved to No. 8 after its win over No. 3 USC two weeks ago.

USC dropped to No. 13, but looks like the team that will win the Pac-12 South and be the opponent in the title game.

UCLA, Arizona and Arizona State all received votes in the poll Sunday.

Stanford gives the Pac-12 North a trio of ranked teams and a pair of exciting contests: OSU at Stanford, Nov. 10, and Nov. 17, Stanford at Oregon.



Sept. 29, at Washington State

Oct. 6, Washington

Oct. 18, at Arizona State

Oct. 27, Colorado

Nov. 3, at USC

Oct. 10, at California

Oct. 17, Stanford

Oct. 24, at Oregon State



Sept. 29, at Arizona

Oct. 6, Washington State

Oct. 13, at Brigham Young

Oct. 20, Utah

Oct. 27, at Washington

Nov. 3, Arizona State

Nov. 10, at Stanford

Nov. 17, California

Nov. 24, Oregon

Dce. 1, Nicholls State


Ducks, Beavers primed for big games

Everyone is unbeaten in both Oregon, OSU games set for national television
Sept. 21, 2012

Oregon's early-season schedule of teams it should've thrashed on the scoreboard played out exactly as it should have, but that part of the season ends Saturday when the Ducks take on Arizona in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.

The game, Oregon's fourth-straight at home, pits the Ducks, 3-0, against a hungry squad from Tucson, which is 3-0, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Oregon State, two weeks removed from a huge win over Wisconsin, pays a visit to UCLA in a nationally-televised game on ABC.

OSU, which had its season opener against Nicholls State postponed by Hurricane Isaac, has played just once - the 10-7 win over the Badgers, who were ranked No. 13 at the time.

UCLA is 3-0.


Ducks shows off program progress with trio of wins

Oregon sweeps ASU series, readies for move in rankings
April 1, 2012

A three-game sweep of No. 14 has No. 23 Oregon prepped for a move in the national rankings this week.

The Ducks won the games 1-0, 3-1 and 4-3, to improve to 6-3 in Pac-12 Conference play.

Jimmy Sherfy secured the win Sunday with a strikeout with the bases loaded.

Oregon begins a three-game series at UCLA Thursday.


Beavers believe, upset top-seed Washington

Jared Cunningham and Joe Burton hit double-doubles, Ducks lose
March 8, 2012

A night after struggling to score four points, Jared Cunningham busted loose for 18 points and 10 rebounds and Joe Burton came off the bench for 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Oregon State to an improbable 86-84 win over top-seed Washington at the Pac-12 Conference Tournament at the Staples Center Thursday.

OSU, which narrowly edged Washington State 69-64 Wednesday,

The Beavers trailed 79-73 with 2:44 left, but ended the game on a 13-5 run, with Cunningham hitting the go-ahead basket with 31 seconds remaining for an 84-83 lead. The final points were scored at the free-throw line.

Tony Wroten scored 29 points to lead the Huskies, who are still likely to receive an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.

Both teams struggled at the free-throw line, with the Beavers hitting just 17 of 32 attempts (53 percent), while the Huskies managed just 12 of 26 (46 percent). Both teams missed five free throws in the final 31 seconds.

Oregon State will play Arizona in the semifinals.

Oregon had its season end with an 63-62 loss to Colorado when senior Devoe Joseph missed a three-point shot at the buzzer.




Cunningham leads Beavers past Utah

Oregon State rebounds from blowout loss with a blowout win
Feb. 4, 2012

Jared Cunningham scored 20 points to help Oregon State pound Utah 76-58 in a Pac-12 Conference men's basketball game Saturday.

Cunningham, who scored 27 in an upset of Oregon last week, hit seven of 16 shots from the field and six free throws to help the Beavers win for the fourth time in five games.

Devon Coliier added 14 points on 6-fof-10 shooting and Joe Burton added eight points and 11 rebounds for Oregon State, which improved to 15-8 overall, 5-6 in Pac-12 play.

The Beavers missed all nine of their three-point attempts, but finished hitting 46 percent of their field-goal attempts.

Oregon State plays host to Washington State on Thursday.


Oregon lets Colorado slip away 72-21

Missed free throw opens door for Buffaloes to win
Feb. 4, 2012

A last-second foul helped Colorado squeeze past Oregon in a battle among leaders of the Pac-12 Conference Saturday.

Nate Tomlinson hit one of two free throws in the final second after being fouled to give the Buffaloes a 72-71 win before a packed house.

Oregon got 18 points from Devoe Joseph and 17 points from Olu Ashaolu, who had a chance to give the Ducks the lead with 7.6 seconds left, but missed a free throw to complete a three-point play.

Tomlinson drew the crucial foul from E.J. Singler with under a second left in the game.

Oregon fell to 16-7 overall, 7-4 in Pac-12 play, while Colorado improved to 16-7, 8-3.

Singler finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Oregon plays host to conference-leading Washington Thursday night.



The Oregon Ducks shook off the second-half malaise from Sunday's loss to Oregon State in time to win at Utah Thursday, and keep pace with Washington in the race for the Pac-12 Conference regular season title.

Devoe Joseph had 20 points, E.J. Singler scored 12 and  Carlos Emery added 14 points off the bench as Oregon outscored the Utes 43-32 in the second half and won 79-68.

The Ducks hit 28 of 57 (49 percent) shots from the field and 15 of 17 (88 percent) of their 17 free-throw attempts to improve to 16-6 overall, 7-3 in Pac-12 play.

Washington beat UCLA Thursday to improve to 15-7, 8-2.

The Ducks, who play at Colorado Saturday, trailed 59-58 when they scored the next 11 points to take control of the game.

Colorado also improved to 7-3 in Pac-12 play with an 82-60 blowout of Oregon State Thursday.



Beavers race past Oregon in Civil War

OSU rallies behind Cunningham, wins women's game, too
Jan. 29, 2012

Jared Cunningham delivered for Oregon State Sunday as expected - in the second half.

Held to just thee points in the first half, the Pac-12's leading scorer tossed in 24 points in the second half to power the Beavers to a 76-71 upset of Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena.

OSU trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, but rallied early in the second half, led by as many as 12 points themselves and fended off an Oregon rally to win.

The Beavers were outrebounded 40-29 and had 10 shots blocked, but outshot the Ducks 30-24 at the free-throw line and pressured Oregon into a 6-of-30 performance on 3-point attempts.

The Ducks got 26 points from Devoe Joseph and 16 from E.J. Singler, but normally steady Garret Sim went just 2 of 11 from the field and finished with just five points.

Oregon missed a chance to remain tied for the conference lead and dropped to 15-6, 6-3 in Pac-12 games.

Oregon State improved to 14-7, 4-5.

The Beavers trailed 22-12 late in the first half, but just 26-23 at halftime. They used a 22-4 run in the second half to build a 61-49 lead before Oregon rallied to within 73-70 and had a chance to tie with 45 seconds left. But Singler missed a 3-point attempt and the Ducks turned the ball over after an offensive rebound.

Oregon finished with 23 turnovers, a season high.



Freshman Ali Gibson scored 23 points to lead the Beavers past the Ducks in the women's half of the Civil War Saturday at Gill Coliseum.

Patricia Bright finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds and Sage Indendi added 14 points for the Beavers, who improved to 13-7, 4-5.

Oregon got 16 points from Amanda Johnson, but fell to 11-10, 3-6.


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