Oregon Ducks

Who's No. 1 in your league?

The cast of Sportsland takes part in a Fantasy Football draft
Aug. 26, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

The University of Oregon may be the top college football program in the state, but incoming players might take note of the Fantasy Football rankings as the NFL season gets set to begin.

Of players with backgrounds at Oregon or Oregon State, three running backs from OSU are in the top 200.

Those rankings will be on display as the cast of Sportland, Oregon, Cliff Pfenning, Derek Weber and Marlon Thomas, take part in a fantasy football draft set for a live webcast at 9:30 p.m. The league includes former show host Carlos Molina, taking part from New York City.

Steven Jackson, who recently moved from the St. Louis Rams to the Atlanta Falcons, rates No. 24 on nfl.com, which is the host site for the Sportsland2013 league. Along with Jackson, former Beavers back Jaquizz Rodgers is No. 129. Former Oregon back Jonathan Stewart is No. 96 in the rankings.

The Sportsland draft will take place at 9:30 p.m. from Blitz Pearl in Northwest Portland. A chat room will be available for fans.


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Draft, Ducks, Dodgers highlight week

The Blazers get grades, while Oregon gets NCAA's wrath and LA finally wins
July 1, 2013

The NBA Draft's outcome in Portland, the NCAA's handling of the Oregon football scandal and the Major Leagues at midseason highlight the topics of discussion for this week's episode of Sportsland, Oregon, recorded at Blitz Sports Bar in the Pearl District of Northwest Portland.

Portland snagged guard CJ McCollum of Lehigh to excite fans about his pairing with Damian Lillard in Thursday's draft. How the draft will affect the Blazers works as a key topic for host Cliff Pfenning and long-time cast member Derek Weber. The Blazers also snagged Pac-12 Player of the Year Alan Crabbe from California to increase the talent level of the team, and then snagged 2012 No. 5 pick Thomas Robinson in a trade with Houston to further increase the talent. But, it's also potential as the Blazers enter the 2013 season with a 13-game losing streak.

Oregon got hit with the loss of a scholarship for three seasons to close out its penalties for recruiting infractions, another topic, as is the affect Aaron Hernandez and his murder hearings might have on the future of long-term contracts in the NFL and other leagues.

Then, it's off to the Majors and the key team for both cast members, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have gone from 8.5 games out of first place in the NL West to just 3.5 in a week, mainly due to the play of super-rookie Yasiel Puig, who's playing at a level not scene since Joe Dimaggio in 1936.

That and more, all recorded in Northwest Portland at Blitz Pearl.



Pilots keep streaking with win over Oregon

Portland beats the Ducks 68-49 for fourth-straight victory
Dec. 21, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

After going five minutes without scoring to start the second half, the Oregon Ducks got a pair of three-point shots from Jordan Loera to cut a 45-35 deficit to four points, and eventually cut the margin to 49-46.

But, that's as close as Oregon got to the host Portland Pilots, who powered through the end of the game for a 68-49 victory in non-conference women's basketball action Friday afternoon at the Chiles Center.

Sophomore Kari Luttinen scored a game-high 22 points to lead the Pilots, who improved to 5-7 with their fourth-straight victory.

"We're a young team, and we've just settled down in the last stretch of games," Portland coach Jim Sollars said. "We're taking better shots and are able to make a higher percentage of those better shots, and that's showing in our results."

Portland beat three teams from the Big Sky Conference entering the game and have added a Pac-12 team to their resume.

The Pilots play host to Portland State, Dec. 29.

Ariel Thomas scored 12 points to lead Oregon, which dropped to 2-9. The Ducks had a significant sign of optimism on their bench, though, as sophomore Ellizabeth Brenner, fresh from helping the volleyball team to the national championship match, was in street clothes and preparing to regoin the team.




Oregon volleyball's magic run finally ends

Ducks get beaten by Texas in NCAA Tournament finale, 3-0
Dec. 15, 2012

The Longhorns, competing in their fourth semifinals in the last five years, finally broke through to capture the championship after some narrow misses. It is the Longhorns second NCAA title, and first since 1988. Texas also played in the 1995 and 2009 championship matches, losing to Nebraska and Penn State, respectively.

Texas (29-4) didn’t need too much luck against the Ducks in the title match. The Longhorns posted a .438 hitting percentage — a championship match three-set record — and out-blocked Oregon 15-1.

“They played awesome,” Oregon head coach Jim Moore said. “They played very, very well. Blocked great, passed great, and they deserve [it] — well earned victory for them.”

Texas junior outside hitter Bailey Webster set the tone for the Longhorns with the first kill of the match. She knocked down five kills in the first set en route to a .714 hitting percentage and a dominant Longhorns’ 25-11 victory.

Texas showed off its blocking ability, recording seven team blocks to Oregon’s zero in the first set, including five by freshman middle blocker Molly McCage. The Longhorns also out-hit the Ducks .400 to -.083, as Texas committed just one attack error to Oregon’s 12. Ducks’ senior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma – the AVCA National Player of the Year — did not register a kill in the first set, but did collect five errors in nine attempts.

Oregon heads to first Final Four

Volleyball team beats host Nebraska to keep dream season alive
Dec. 9, 2012

OMAHA - The University of Oregon volleyball team celebrated like it had won a national title Saturday, which it took a huge step toward with a four-set win over Nebraska.

Saturday, sixth-ranked Oregon came back from getting blown out in the first set to beat No. 10 Nebraska 15-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 in the Omaha Regional final of the NCAA Tournament in front of 9,382 fans at CenturyLink Center.

With the win, the Ducks advanced to the Final Four for the first time in the program's history, and will play top-seeded Penn State Thursday at Louiville, Ky.

Thursday's winner will face the winner of No. 3 Texas vs. unseeded Michigan in the final Saturday night.

Oregon improved to 29-4 on the season. Penn State is 33-2.

"This was a good win for us, but it's also just a step along the way to where we ultimately want to go," Oregon head coach Jim Moore said.

Offensively for Oregon, Pac-12 Player of the Year Alaina Bergsma had a match-high 23 kills to lead the team for the 22nd time this season. That total was also the team's third-highest of the season in a non-five-set match (behind her 32 at WSU and Liz Brenner's 26 vs. BYU on Friday).





Oregon vs. K-State, that's a match-up for TV

Alabama and Notre Dame would just make the BCS Title Game boring
Oct. 27, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

The University of Alabama football team has consistently gotten all the votes for No. 1 in the Associated Press poll and is No. 1 in the BCS Rankings, but that's almost completely because of the team's defense, and that it plays in the Southeastern Conference.

If you've been able to watch the Crimson Tide play via the massive amounts of television coverage available any day of the week, you might come to a cynical conclusion - they're boring.

Yes, defense wins games, but it's also boring to watch a slow-moving, 34-10 victory, or something like that - that's what begins to take hold of Oregon fans after dismantling team after team after team with an offense that can draw criticism for not scoring in less than two minutes on a drive - no matter where it starts.

Sure, the Ducks haven't played the heart of their schedule, but they've run away from all eight of their opponents from the opening kickoff other than the first half against Washington State, which they thumped in the third quarter.

Oregon rolled up six scores against their last two opponents in less than 20 minutes each. Ouch.

Kansas State has rolled through its schedule, too, averaging a 44-17 win through eight consecutive wins. Saturday, the Wildcast blew out Texas Tech, 55-24, outscoring the Red Raiders 42-14 in the second half.

Alabama? The Tide rolled past No 13 Mississippi State 38-7 by scoring on their first three possessions, then going into the fourth quarter ahead only 24-0. On the West Coast, scoring only 24 points in three quarters isn't raising anyone's pulse. But, Alabama at least scores regularly.

Notre Dame? Fighting Irish showed off their America's luckiest team again by surviving an sub-par effort from Oklahoma to secure a 30-13 win that wasn't nearly the victory the score showed. Notre Dame is a solid team, but shows off what might be the nation's lamest play-calling on a weekly basis and wins narrowly.

ND beat Stanford on its home turf in overtime when the Cardinal couldn't drum up a play call other than run to the right on three straight plays from the 1.

ND beat BYU on its home turf, narrowly, after Oregon State won impressively with its back-up quarterback at BYU the week before.

Saturday's game was only the third time the Irish had scored more than 20 points in a game.


OSU makes another move - to No. 7

Oregon gets passed over by Kansas State in latest BCS Rankings
Oct. 21, 2012 / By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Oregon State took another step toward the BCS National Championship game Sunday by moving up to No. 7 in the rankings that ultimately decide which two teams play in the final game.

Oregon State?

With a home win over Utah moving the team up one more spot, and plenty of season left, there's at least a pathway the team and its fans can take to reach that final game with the right losses by teams ahead of it.

And, currently, there's only six teams ahead of OSU, and they play one of them - Oregon - in four weeks.

Two of the teams ahead of them - Alabana and Florida - would play each other in the SEC championship game if they remain unbeaten, leaving LSU on the outside of that game with no real logic on its side to play in the big game.

Notre Dame has played just well enough to look like a team ready to lose real soon, leaving just Kansas State as the outside threat to the Beavers' run. IF OSU wins out, it would have at least an argument to play in the title game against the SEC winner, unless Kansas State wins out.

The Wildcats don't have a conference title game in the Big 12 and play their primary threat to being unbeaten in Texas Tech on Saturday.

That's the Beavers

Oregon might face the same threat in Kansas State despite being ranked No. 2 in every human poll. In the BCS computer rankings, they're No. 4 behind Alabana, Florida and Kansas State, primarily because of the weakness of its schedule - which originally included Kansas State before the Wildcats got out of that game.

The Ducks still have plenty of opportunity to make the computer happy in the coming month with a Nov. 3 game at USC and then the Civil War against an Oregon State team that might very well be unbeaten and in the Top 5 by then.

What a game the Civil War might be this year. Two unbeaten teams.

BCS RANKINGS (Oct. 21, 2012)

No. 1   Alabama

No. 2   Florida

No. 3   Kansas State

No. 4   Oregon

No. 5   Notre Dame

No. 6   LSU

No. 7   Oregon State

No. 8   Oklahoma

No. 9   USC

No. 10 Georgia


No. 17 Stanford

Oregon primed for Devils on Thursday night

Second-ranked Oregon ready to show off what's wrong with the BCS Poll
Oct. 16, 2012

The Oregon football team gets a chance to turn its infrequent flier miles to frequent flier miles Thursday with a Pac-12 Conference game at Arizona State.

The Ducks have played five otheir six games - all wins, at home with just a road win at Arizona having been on the schedule.

Thursday, they play an ASU squad that's 5-1 overall, 3-0, and on the cusp of being ranked.

While the Sun Devils may appear a threat to the Ducks on paper, Oregon has rolled through its opponents this season, getting a mild scare only from Washington State, which it led just 23-19 at halftime. Oregon eventually won 51-26.

Thursday's game will be televised by ESPN.

Following Thursday's game, the Ducks have nine days off before a home game against Colorado, which preceeds a road trip to No. 6 USC that most of the nation views as a preview of the Pac-12 title game and biggest hurdle the team has to a spot in the national championship game.


Is there a limit to Thomas Tyner?

Wed, 10/10/2012 - 6:29pm
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After a 10-TD performance, and another two scores and 254 yards, Thomas Tyner has the community at Aloha High School looking directly at a second Class 6A state title in three years, something that would still be stunning for a school stuck at the bottom of the Metro League for decades.

The energy starts with Tyner, a senior running back already headed for the University of Oregon. Two weeks ago, Tyner ran for 10 touchdowns in an 84-63 win over Lakeridge. Then, Tyner's two scores and the team's solid defense beat Sunset 13-8 to improve the Apollos to 4-0 overall.

While Tyner's season has dazzled the state and prep fans across the Northwest, there's one number that's got a bit of intruigue in it - 42 - as in times Tyner carried the ball Friday night.

At 42 carries, that's more than 10 per quarter, which is something very few college and no professional coaches would dole out to a running back.

After reading about those 42 carries, it's again intruiguing to wonder if the University of Oregon got in touch with Aloha coach Chris Casey and asked if they had another back who could use some extra work to showcase their skills to the college world?

The U of O, as we know, is all about making things happen in the football world, and that requires healthy players. If Tyner gets the ball 42 times a game and gets worn out before he even gets to Eugene, how's he going to wind up on the cover of Sports Illustrated?

Tyner's 10 TDs, those UO reps could be casually pointing out, were against a defense that gave up 49 points the previous week and 59 points in its next game. Was Tyner the lone player in the Aloha backfield who could've scored more than a couple touchdowns?

And 42 carries. Westview, Aloha's opponent Friday, has given up four or five touchdowns in three of its four games this season.Even if the game is tight like the Sunset game, those same reps could be pointing out a team doesn't win any playoff games in September.

There's likely to be plenty of attention focused on Tyner for the rest of the season, but one misstep and his season, and maybe career, goes onto physical therapy.Forty-two carries is likely to be his career high, and I'd wager a few bacon cheeseburgers at any local restaurant he doesn't get 30 carries in any game - even against Jesuit - until, perhaps, the state final. That's when you know he's gotten the attention of the Ducks, not so much for what he's done on the playing field, but for what the Ducks don't want him doing anymore - getting hurt.




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.



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