Rose Bowl

Oregon gets trampled in Desert

The Ducks put Stanford back into the Rose Bowl with loss
Nov. 23, 2013 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

Mark Helfrich got a lot of face time during Saturday's game at Arizona, so the nation knows who he is now. And, he's already headed for a hot seat after his program got absolutely trounced by the host Wildcats.

Not only did the Ducks get stomped by an inspired group of players, they openly got beat-up by the media for some comments made by players that they weren't all that excited about heading back to the Rose Bowl because they had been there before. Never mind that the still needed to win three games to get to the Rose Bowl.

So, they got their wish.

For the second year-in-a-row, Stanford, not Oregon, will play for the Pac-12 Title and Oregon is headed for a non-BCS bowl game. Fans will get to travel to somewhere other than Pasadena or Phoenix or Miami this year.

Oregon still needs to beat Oregon State to avoid playing somewhere like New Mexico.

The game against Oregon State, and Arizona, looked like blowouts earlier in the month, but then the Ducks hit some major snags - mostly inside the opponents 10-yard-line, but also on the sideline.

Oregon has looked terrible on the sideline, and that's Helfrich's domain. When players look lost and uninspired, the first place media and fans look is the head coach. Helfrich hasn't performed so well in that category. He's no Chip Kelly.

There's still a lot to be learned about Helfrich, who hadn't been the top guy in any program before taking over earlier in the year when Kelly left for the NFL.

Against Stanford, players openly seemed distraught on the sideline as the Cardinal built a 26-0 lead in the fourth quarter.

Then, the team bounced back and got within a touchdown of producing a magical victory. After a bland victory last week over Utah, the team seemed to just fall apart at Arizona, unable to stop the Wildcats' running game and unable to finish drives.

It's crazy to think a 9-2 record is underachieving, but it is, especially when the season started with tours of the new football team practice facility, and then a spot on the cover of Sports Illustrated heading into the game at Stanford.

The slide can't be centered on the defense, as it's truly done its part to produce wins. The offense just hasn't done its part, through turnovers and stalled drives. The play-calling on offense has become a disaster and Marcus Mariota has turned into someone getting outplayed by former junior college walk-ons.

Wow, what a month November has been for the Ducks. And, Helfrich, who is now the head of a powerhouse program that's back amongst the ranks of "beatable" for just about anyone they play.

We're going to learn a lot more about Mark Helfrich in the coming weeks, especially this week when he gets compared to Mike Riley at Oregon State.







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


Oregon finally rules the Rose Bowl again

Quick strikes lead Ducks to 45-38 win over Wisconsin
Jan. 2, 2012

Oregon ended 95 years of frustration in the Rose Bowl and two years of frustration in the Bowl Championship Series by beating Wisconsin 45-38 Monday.

De'Anthony Thomas ran for 155 yards and a touchdown and Darron Thomas threw for three scores as the Ducks racked up 621 total yards and won a shootout that set a Rose Bowl record for points scored.

De'Anthony Thomas' 91-yard burst in the first half set a Rose Bowl record for longest run from scrimmage. He also scored on a 64-yard run - his only two carries.

Oregon, which lost in the Rose Bowl to Ohio State two years ago and to Auburn in the national title game last season, finished 12-2 under third-year coach Chip Kelly.

Wisconsin, which lost to Texas Christian in the Rose Bowl last season, finished 11-3.

Darron Thomas finished with 268 yards passing on 17 completions. LaMichael James led the Ducks on the ground with 159 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.

Montee Ball had 164 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries for the Badgers, but had just 44 of those yards in the second half.

While the game was an offensive showdown, Oregon's defense came up with two key turnovers in the fourth quarter that helped seal the win.


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