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Resilient Ducks nab 6th straight, reach 21-8 with win over Sun Devils

by DSH contributing writer Eric Sloat 85-78 over Arizona State makes it six straight wins, 21-8 overall, 9-8 in conference play. None of those numbers seemed likely a month ago.  But showing a lot of resilience the Ducks have put the bad times behind them and are hot just when a team wants to be. […]

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Ducks Win Ugly over Utah Valley 69-54

by DSH basket columnist Brian Mahuna After walloping Western Carolina and scoring over 100 points the Ducks came back down to earth a little bit grinding out a 15 point win over a tough, well coached Utah Valley team. The Ducks came out of the gate hot, with their first three buckets coming from deep […]

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Ducks in the NFL: Eagles surge, Thurmond stars, KB, J-Stew earn bragging rights

Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles moved into a first-place tie with Dallas in the NFL East after a 27-13 road victory over Green Bay Sunday. Nick Foles threw for three touchdowns and LeSean McCoy ran for 155 yards in the win. The Birds evened their record at 5-5 with their second straight win, both […]

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Ducks face old nemesis, SI cover jinx, and destiny, all in one week

In  their last outing the Stanford Cardinal manhandled Oregon State 20-12 with a blitzing 3-4 defense that swarmed for 13 tackles for loss, including 8 sacks. Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason attacked the Beavs with The Cardinal’s “Bear” defensive front, which aligns the three down linemen directly over the center and two tackles, forcing one-on-one […]

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Around the PAC-12: Stanford gags, Beavers roll, SC resurges

Stanford’s 27-21 loss to Utah hurts the Ducks a bit in the national championship race: that November 7 marquee matchup between undefeated teams was supposed to be a key part of Oregon’s resume in a year where multiple undefeated teams are jockeying for one of two spots in the BCS title game. Saturday’s hero was […]

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We’re talking about PRACTICE: getting a zone-read on the Ducks after two days

Mark Helfrich embraces mistakes. On Day Two of Oregon fall practice he set about the task of evaluating the squad’s progress with Thomas Alva Edison optimism: now they know a thousand things that won’t work. “We made a ton of mistakes. A ton of new mistakes, good mistakes,’’ Helfrich said. “We talk about make 1,000 […]

Mayan Apocalypse fails, but may still fall on Oregon football

It was a gloomy week to be a Duck. Rumors continue to swirl about Chip Kelly leaving for the NFL. Recruiting is stagnant and brackish, the Ducks pursuing 2-star linebackers and unrated defensive linemen as they’ve gathered the fewest commits in the conference. An 18-game starter on the offensive line and a former Honorable Mention […]

Think Chip Kelly’s offense won’t work in the NFL? It already is

From teamrankings.com, here’s a list of the top ten teams in the NFL in yards per play offense: 1 Washington 6.2 2 New Orleans 6.1 3 San Francisco 6.0 4 NY Giants 5.9 5 Atlanta 5.8 6 Tampa Bay 5.8 7 Carolina 5.8 8 New England 5.8 9 Denver 5.8 10 Seattle 5.7 Washington, San […]

Dope Walker snub points to larger issue with Oregon Ducks

Handsome, articulate, well-educated, athletically gifted and soon to be rich, a consensus All-American and the second-leading running back in school history, Kenjon Barner got snubbed in the balloting for the Doak Walker Award, just as Marcus Mariota will have a difficult time winning a Heisman Trophy. KB will probably get over it, and Oregon fans […]

Embracing change: Helfrich needs to be the guy, sooner rather than later

Etched against a lead-cold, carbon helmet grey November sky, the rumors flew like tracer fire, hell-bent on bringing to ground a twisted shard of truth. Chip Kelly’s a lock for the NFL. He’s already been in talks with the GM at Philadelphia. Ex-Ducks Casey Matthews and Chad Peppars endorsed the Twitter scuttlebutt and then recanted. […]

Duck fans: the kicking misery is over

After two shots at the national championship have ended with missed kicks, this highlight tape should be a welcome sight. 2013 Oregon verbal commit Matt Wogan is a 6-2, 200-lb. kicker from Porterville, North Carolina. He has a long field goal of 56 yards, has drilled 42 of 49 kickoffs out of the end zone, […]

We’ll miss you, but we’ll get along without you

One man’s carefully considered speculation and observation is another man’s uninformed blather.  Here are a couple of impressions after Oregon’s 5th straight victory over Oregon State and the end of the regular season: Chip Kelly and his staff have ramped up the speed and athleticism on Oregon’s roster in the last four years, and it’s […]

Ducks unbeaten season goes wide right, 17-14

Saturday night, it rained in Autzen Stadium. For the second November in a row the Ducks’ hope of a second appearance in the national championship game ended with missed field goals, missed blocks and loose footballs that bounced the other way. Stanford’s defensive front didn’t need a replay review to defeat Oregon at the line […]

Marcus Mariota is better than…

It’s interesting that the Ducks two stars, Kenjon Barner and Marcus Mariota, both defy nicknaming. I’ll never forget the Cal game last year. Barner breaks off a 68-yard touchdown run and Rece Davis, doing the call on ESPN, exclaimed, “He doesn’t need a nickname, he’s just GONE. Gone, Kenjon Barner.” For Mariota, “The Flyin’ Hawaiian” […]

Issues and Answers: key questions as the Ducks enter the season’s 4th quarter

Here in Oregon we have a coach with big balls, rather than a equipment manager with deflated ones. Saturday the Ducks face another lackluster match up that will do nothing for their strength of schedule when they travel to Bezerkley to face a beat up 3-7 Cal squad. The objectives for this one are simple: […]

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