SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 17:  Head coach Mark Helfrich of the Oregon Ducks looks on during the game against the Washington Huskies on October 17, 2015 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Ducks survive rabid Beaver rally, await bowl invite

In the first half, Oregon played the kind of dominating football game fans expected in a lopsided Civil War matchup, outgaining the Beavers by 200 yards and piling up a 31-7 halftime lead. Credit Gary Anderson, his players and staff for a furious rally. After a miserable 0-8 Pac 12 season the team could have […]


Ducks face beleaguered Beavers in 119th Civil War

Rivalry games are uncommon beasts, like nags that win by 20 lengths. The history of the Oregon-Oregon State Civil War is littered with surprise endings and unlikely heroes, rumbling running backs that pinballed for 150 unexpected yards, unheralded safeties with three picks, pint-sized field goal kickers who calmly drilled field goals through the mist. Keanon […]

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 22:  Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks shows his emotion in the first half against the Wisconsin Badgers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the CenturyLink Center on March 22, 2015 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Ducks Leave Crusaders in The Dust

                                                                                    By Eric Sloat The Ducks move to 4-0 and #21 with a 73-67 win over the Crusaders of Valparaiso. This one along with the victory over Baylor is going to look very good when it comes to NCAA tournament time. The Bears and Crusaders are both deep and experienced, and play contrasting styles; that […]

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 21: Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. #3 of the Oregon Ducks passes the ball during the second quarter of the game against the USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Ducks dispatch Trojans for 5th straight victory and a return to the Top Twenty

Saturday afternoon Oregon returned to the Top Twenty with their fifth straight victory, a 48-28 pasting of USC that featured Vernon Adams throwing a school-record-tying six touchdown passes to six different receivers. The defense played its most complete game of the season in the win, limiting the Trojans to three long touchdown drives while the […]

PASADENA, CA - NOVEMBER 22:  Quartreback Cody Kessler #6 of the USC Trojans throws a pass against the UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl on November 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Trojans, Ducks clash in Autzen with chance to gain title tilt

By late November a football team is like an old man getting out of bed, having to take an inventory every morning of what hurts. The Trojans are cleaved. Both their leading tackler Cameron Smith and starting middle linebacker Lamar Dawson are out for the season. Spectacular wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster had hand surgery earlier […]

PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 14:  Tyson Coleman #33 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after he recovered a fumble during their game against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on November 14, 2015 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Ducks get vindication with 38-36 win over Trees

Oregon shocked the Stanford Cardinal 38-36 in Palo Alto, a game that the Ducks led throughout but came down to a desperation two-point conversion try with seconds to play. Tyson Coleman blitzed and got some pressure on Hogan, and Joe Walker knocked the ball away in the end zone. It was the fourth straight week […]

PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Christian McCaffrey #5 of the Stanford Cardinal's rushes with the ball against the UCLA Bruins in the third quarter of an NCAA football game at Stanford Stadium on October 15, 2015 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Ducks face nemesis on The Farm, need answer for Stanford kryptonite

Stanford is the anti-Oregon, the kryptonite, the bugaboo, the nemesis, the fly-in-the-ointment, the Achilles Heel. In the last six years The Cardinal and Ducks have split the series 3-3, and they’ve divided all of the PAC-12 North titles since the division was created. The two teams are a contrast in styles and reputation. Stanford is […]

BERKELEY, CA - SEPTEMBER 27:  Jared Goff #16 of the California Golden Bears looks to pass the ball against the Colorado Buffaloes at California Memorial Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Rain won’t help Ducks in latest installment of PAC-12 After Dark: what will?

After accumulating dismal defensive numbers all season, the Oregon Ducks enter a three-game stretch in November where they face three of the best offenses in the country, led by the three most accomplished quarterbacks in the PAC-12. Jared Goff, Kevin Hogan and Cody Kessler are waiting their opportunity to shred the Oregon secondary. Last time […]

TEMPE, AZ - OCTOBER 29:  Bralon Addison #2 of the Oregon Ducks scores a touchdown in the back of the endzone during the third overtime against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on October 29, 2015 in Tempe, Arizona. Ducks won 61-55.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Duck luck prevails in the Arizona desert: how much do they have left at 5-3?

Four Oregon games this season have come down to the last possession of the game, the latest being the 61-55 triple overtime stunner versus Arizona State Thursday night. These are the back-to-the-future Ducks, green and lemony snickets who win or lose games with a series of fortunate events. Vernon Adams’ desperation heave in the direction […]

PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Christian McCaffrey #5 of the Stanford Cardinal's rushes with the ball against the UCLA Bruins in the third quarter of an NCAA football game at Stanford Stadium on October 15, 2015 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Midseason review: things don’t look Ducky, but they’re no longer miserable

Just over halfway into the conference season every team in the PAC-12 has two losses except Washington State, Stanford and Utah. Thursday night UCLA pummeled a promising Cal team that seems to have entered a midseason slump. Behind super talented freshman quarterback Josh Rosen the Bruins rolled to a 40-24 victory. They lost all-league running […]

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 17:  Wide receiver Darren Carrington #7 of the Oregon Ducks hurdles defensive back Budda Baker #32 of the Washington Huskies in the second half on October 17, 2015 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Ducks defeated the Huskies 26-20.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Ducks rebound with 12th straight win over Dawgs

Rejuvenated by the return of Vernon “Big-Play V.A.” Adams and wide receiver Darren Carrington, the Oregon Ducks held on for a 26-20 victory over Washington on Saturday night. It wasn’t easy or uniformly pretty. The Ducks wounded themselves with breakdowns in the red zone and gave up explosion plays on defense. Their 12th straight win […]

<> at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Ducks look to arrest tailspin and gain 12th straight win over Huskies

Stanford pulverized UCLA last night in ESPN’s Thursday night game from Palo Alto, and it looks like The Cardinal and the Utes are the class of the PAC-12 at the midpoint of the season. The Ducks are in a tailspin, attempting to pull up on the stick after an overtime loss to conference also-ran Washington […]

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 10: Cornerback Marcellus Pippins #27 of the Washington State Cougars tackles safety Shalom Luani #18 of the Washington State Cougars after Luani intercepted a pass during overtime of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Winter comes early to Duck title hopes as Cougs roar in Autzen in double OT

There’s an old blues song that starts out, “I’ve got a cold, cold feeling–It’s just like ice around my heart.” Every fan knows that eras end, but it’s nearly always crushing and sad when they do. Sophomore quarterback Luke Falk threw for 505 yards and five touchdowns to lead Washington State to a 45-38 double […]


Ducks try to pioneer a return to the Top 25 with improving play

This week Oregon inserts the Duck Lenin-like into the tableau of Lewis and Clark, rewriting the nascent history of the country as they try to rewrite their own. A team left for dead like a dehydrated ox on the unforgiving plain revived itself last weekend with a 41-24 victory over Colorado. Really it was a […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 05: DeForest Buckner #44 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates in front of fans during the first half of the PAC-12 Championships against the Arizona Wildcats at Levi's Stadium on December 5, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Ducks face Colorado in pivotal bounce-back test

Great seasons are always improbable, magical stories where resolve triumphs over ruin. Nobody gave the Ducks a chance after last year’s loss against Arizona, the 2011 thumping by LSU, or the disaster on the blue turf in 2009. Go back 35-40 years and Oregon football was a laughingstock and a target for ridicule, a weekly […]

EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 26: An Oregon Ducks fan sits in the stands as the time winds down in the third quarter of the game between the Oregon Ducks and the Utah Utes at Autzen Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

An era ends in Autzen as Ducks succumb to Utes, 62-20

With brilliant execution, clever play designs and physical toughness, Utah demolished Oregon 62-20 Saturday night in Autzen Stadium. It was the worst Oregon loss since the bad old days, one that prompted commentators to reach for comparisons, whether to a 59-14 drubbing by Arizona State in 2003, a 1977 beatdown by Washington 54-0, or Boise […]


Ducks ready for conference play with big questions

The struggles of the Oregon defense are nothing new and not unique in college football. The Ducks gave up yards and points in previous years to Wyoming and Arkansas State. The defense struggles every season to find its rhythm and backbone, learn the system and get used to live tackling. Concern over injuries and NCAA […]