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  • DUCK SEASONOregons Magical Flight to the National Title Game

  • 2Copyright 2011 by The Oregon Daily Emerald Publishing Co., Inc. All rights reserved ISBN: 978-1-59725-300-6No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic,mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of the copyright owner or the publisher.

    Published by Pediment Publishing, a division of The Pediment Group, Inc. www.pediment.com Printed in Canada.

    Contributors

    OregOn Daily emeralD newsrOOm eugene, Ore.

    BelOw:Left to right: Alex McDougall (photographer), Kaitlin Kenny (managing editor), Kenny Ocker (copy chief), Nora Simon (editor in chief), Aaron Marineau (photographer). IvAr vONg/OregON DAILy eMerALD

    OregOn Daily emeralD at the natiOnal ChampiOnship glenDale, ariz.

    aBOve:Left to right: Lucas Clark (sports editor), Patrick Malee (sports reporter), robert Husseman (sports reporter), Ivar vong (photo editor),Jack Hunter (photographer). erIC evANS

    The Oregon Daily Emerald has been the University of Oregon student newspaper since 1900 and independent since 1971. The Emerald publishes a print edition five days a week during the school year and an online edition at dailyemerald.com.

  • 3ForewordDuck Season: Oregons Magical Flight to the National Title Game

    Foreword by richard w. lariviere

    I punched my ticket to a life in higher education by studying Sanskrit, and there is a quote from the ancient language that I enjoy for its playfulness: One should break a pot, tear a cloth, ride a donkey. By whatever means possible, a man should become famous.Its an amusing comment on fame and that particu-

    lar expression of the idea conjures some interesting mental images. I am grateful that our achievements at the University of Oregon have nothing to do with donkey rides.But fame can obscure the determination and

    achievements that produce it. It is the determination and the achievement that produce value. These explain the pride and excitement that has been generated by the UOs ride to the BCS National Championship Game. It is a feat without precedent at our university, attained due to the invested effort of past and present UO athletes, coaches, athletic directors, administra-tors, donors and program supporters. All will share in the proceeds of that single-minded resolve.Make no mistake, this is sheer fun. But stop for a

    second to appraise what this race to fame has been worth to the university.Obviously, it has anchored the position our athletics

    program now occupies in the upper strata of universi-ty-level sports. Success breeds success (just look at our track and field program), through reputation, recruit-ing and outright buzz.This wonderful and unprecedented football season

    has also raised the overall perception of our university among prospective students and their families around the world, and will open doors to new opportuni-ties throughout the UO. It provides a window to the spectacular faculty at UO and their achievements in

    teaching and research.Enrollment is at a record level this year, and new

    inquiries have soared wing-to-wing with the Ducks football fortunes. An increase in student interest benefits our already outstanding academic programs, through expanded offerings and an even greater ex-change of ideas.Our alumni, donors and other supporters are not

    immune to the powerful sway of success and national renown. The increased enthusiasm and energy is palpable.Then there are the unexpected advantages of our

    football teams heyday. Call them the pennies from heaven.The Duck our beloved and push-up happy mascot

    showed off his buff form in a recent appearance on NBCs Today Show. And of course, that meant still more exposure for the university.And when was the last time our student newspa-

    per produced a book? Never would be the correct answer. But this book Duck Season: Oregons Magical Flight to the National Title Game has given the entire staff of student journalists at the Oregon Daily Emerald a chance to experience publication on a whole new level.Support for college athletics is not universal, and

    there are those who doubt a connection between suc-cessful sports teams and the overall advancement of their universities.I have heard the assertions that a colleges athletic

    achievements actually detract from its academic pro-grams. I have seen studies that suggest a universitys athletic success may generate unrealistic expectations for positive carryover at a broader level.I cant put much stock in critics or studies claiming

    no correlation between a thriving college athletics program, increased prestige for the overall institution and growth in the universitys academic offerings especially when the program shows the kind of character that Chip Kelly and his team have shown

    this year.I have a one-word rebuttal for those kinds of argu-

    ments: intangibles. Just like a quarterback who has an undefined characteristic that enables him to carry his team to new heights, a run of good fortune and distinction can and often does lift a university to still greater successes.There is a reason the phrase bask in the glory is

    used so often. The spotlight is warm; it feels good.So if you come across a donkey headed toward fame,

    climb aboard. Enjoy the ride.

    Richard LariviereUniversity of Oregon president

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  • 5Table of Contents

    New Mexico vs. 11Oregon ..................... 7

    7Oregon at Tennessee ..........................13

    Portland State vs. 5Oregon ................ 19

    5Oregon at Arizona State ................... 25

    9Stanford vs. 4Oregon .........................31

    3Oregon at Washington State ............43

    UCLA vs. 1Oregon ..............................49

    1Oregon at 24USC ............................... 57

    Washington vs. 1Oregon .................... 63

    1Oregon at Cal .................................... 73

    20Arizona vs. 1Oregon ......................... 79

    1Oregon at Oregon State .....................91

    Awards .............................................. 109

    Fan Shots ........................................... 114

    BCS Championship ..........................123

    redshirt sophomore quarterback Darron Thomas emerges onto the field at reser Stadium before the Civil War game that decided Oregons BCS fate. IvAr vONg/OregON DAILy eMerALD

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  • 7New Mexico vs. 11OregonSeptember 4, 2010 Eugene, Oregon W 72-0

    Ducks tie, break records during home openerOregon puts up 72 points and 720 total yards, shuts out New Mexico Lobos

    lucas Clark | sports editor

    Saturday afternoons home opener was a record-setting day for the Oregon Ducks.The Oregon squad set a handful of modern-era records en route to a 72-0 blowout over the visiting New Mexico Lobos. From the first possession, it was clear New Mexico would be no match for the speedy Oregon ground game.Redshirt sophomore running back Kenjon Barner

    paced the Ducks with five first-half touchdowns. The Riverside, Calif., native carried the ball 17 times for 147 yards and four scores, while also catching one pass for another 60 yards and his final touchdown of day.The depth we have on both sides of the ball,

    especially offensively right now, we got a lot of guys contributing, second-year head coach Chip Kelly said.Recording his first career start at running back,

    Barner shattered his previous single-game career high of 64 rushing yards well before the end of the first quarter. He concluded the day with 225 all-purpose yards, in what was one of the finer offensive perfor-mances in program history.The Ducks set the single-game record for total yards

    with 720, pounding out 369 rushing yards with an-other 351 through the air. Oregons mark of 72 points also tied the programs single-game record in the mod-ern era, having reached the same feat against Nevada during the 1999 season.New Mexico had very little to show on either side of

    the ball throughout the day, particularly after the first-quarter departure of junior linebacker Carmen Messi-na. Messina, the heart of the Lobo defense, injured his left ankle with five minutes left in the quarter, leaving room for an offensive juggernaut to impose its will.Sophomore quarterback Darron Thomas marched

    the Ducks down the field on the opening possession before a missed block on a first down screen pass resulted in a Joe Stoner interception. From there, Thomas eventually settled in and found a rhythm, completing 13 of 23 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.I think it was a miscue on the play, Thomas said of

    the interception. But like I said, it calmed me down, got me ready to go out there and make some plays.After a muffed snap that squirted through the legs

    of New Mexico punter Ben Skaer, Oregon took over at the Lobo 20-yard line, and Barner found the end zone five plays later on a one-yard scamper. Barner finished the half with scoring runs of one, 25, 10 and 41 yards, in addition to the 60-yard scoring reception.They were all fun, Barner said. I cant pick and

    choose between them. They were all pretty fun.Oregon sophomore Cliff Harris made a spectacu-

    lar debut returning punts for the Ducks. The speedy cornerback returned two punts for touchdowns during the Ducks 31-point second quarter, the first a 61-yard dash and the second a 64-yard return with 15 seconds remaining in the first half. The two punt return touchdowns tie a single-year

    school record for punt return touchdowns.I cant take all the credit, a giddy Harris said after

    the game. You know, Ive got to give it to the blockers up front that opened the hol