Oregon Ducks wide receiver Charles Nelson (6) catches the ball. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffs at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 24, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Q&A: Matt Lubick on how Oregon football and Dakota Prukop bounced back from Colorado loss

Oregon wants revenge after a double-overtime loss to Washington State last season. The Ducks are also working to snap a two-game losing streak after consecutive three-point losses to Nebraska and Colorado. Washington State and Oregon will undoubtedly become an offensive showdown on Saturday. On Wednesday, offensive coordinator Matt Lubick spoke to reporters …

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Oregon runningback Royce Freeman (21) breaks free for a big run early in the fourth quarter. The Oregon Ducks face the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon on October 10, 2015 (Kyle Sandler/ Emerald).
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Players to watch: Robinson and Schooler will play key roles in stopping Air Raid attack

After a double-overtime loss against the Cougars in Eugene last season, the Ducks (2-2, 0-1) want revenge against Washington State (1-2, 0-0) on Saturday. Oregon started the season 2-0, but has since faltered with losses to Nebraska and Colorado. Washington State is 1-2, including a loss to FCS-opponent Eastern Washington, and will be playing …

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Oregon Ducks wide receiver Dwayne Stanford (88) tries to run between three Colorado defenders. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffs at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 24, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Q&A: Dwayne Stanford says Washington State ‘smells blood’

Coming off an upset loss to Colorado, the Ducks (2-2) are preparing to take on Washington State (1-2) at a tough road environment in Pullman. Wide receiver Dwayne Stanford talked about the state of the team and his experience playing the Cougars after practice Tuesday. Emerald: As a veteran player, is the mindset …

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Oregon Ducks defensive back Brenden Schooler (43) intercepts a pass. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffs at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 24, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Stack-up: Pass defense could decide battle in Pullman

Oregon (2-2, 0-1) wishes to turn two consecutive losses into a bounce-back win while the Washington State Cougars (1-2, 0-0) want to grab their second win after starting 0-2 . The teams squared off in an overtime thriller last season, and here is how they stack-up this season: Offense Oregon …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) hands the ball to Oregon Ducks running back Taj Griffin (5). The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffs at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 24, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Ducks ‘don’t change the formula’ in return to practice post-Colorado

University of Oregon students returned to class on Monday, and the Oregon football team returned to practice for the first time after its 41-38 loss to Colorado. The Ducks had a lighter day overall due to the new school schedule. Oregon, which has suffered consecutive three-point losses to Nebraska and Colorado the …

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Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Kabion Ento (17) and Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Bryce Bobo (4) walk off the field after the win. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffs at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 24, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Pac-12 roundup: Washington survives late scare amid wild week four

Oregon came up short in a bid for its first conference win of the season on Saturday as the Ducks fell 41-38 to the Colorado Buffalos and dropped to 2-2 on the year. The game served as a monumental win for the Buffalos and was just one of a few …

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Stanford Cardinal's head coach David Shaw looks at the stadium after a devastating loss. The Oregon Ducks head south to face No. 7 Stanford in Palo Alto at Stanford Stadium on Nov. 7, 2015. (Cole Elsasser/Emerald)
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AP Poll: Stanford, Washington stay in top 10, Utah jumps to No. 18

The week 5 AP poll didn’t feature much movement amongst the top ten teams but saw plenty of shuffling in the latter-half of the top 25 teams. The top seven teams – Alabama (1), Ohio State (2), Louisville (3), Michigan (4), Clemson (5), Houston (6) and Stanford (7) – kept …

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Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Shay Fields (1) runs with the ball. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffs at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 24, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon defense still finding its identity after loss to Colorado

Colorado had a Pac-12 coming out party on Saturday. The Buffaloes, who before Saturday had won just one Pac-12 game in the last two years, jumped on Oregon’s defense early and held on when it counted. Oregon, for the second straight week, is looking for answers. The Ducks now know …

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Oregon Ducks wide receiver Charles Nelson (6) makes a catch while being defended by Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Chidobe Awuzie (4). The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffs at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 24, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Oregon comes up one play short from 16-point deficit against Colorado

It looked as though it could be a comeback to remember, but ended as one of Oregon football’s most discouraging Pac-12 openers. After overcoming a 23-7 deficit to lead 38-33 late in the third quarter, Oregon ultimately lost to Colorado 41-38 at Autzen Stadium on Saturday. In a season filled …

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Oregon Ducks running back Taj Griffin (5) runs into the end zone for a touchdown. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffs at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 24, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Rapid Reaction: Oregon comeback falls short in 41-38 loss to Colorado

For the second season in a row, the Oregon Ducks are 2-2 after four games. Colorado defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon picked off Dakota Prukop’s pass attempt to Darren Carrington in the endzone with less than a minute left to cut short the Ducks’ comeback attempt and seal a 41-38 Buffalo …

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Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Jake Hanson (55) talks with Oregon Football head coach Mark Helfrich during warm ups.  The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffs at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 24, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Rapid Reaction: Ducks trail Colorado 26-17 in Pac-12 opener at halftime

Oregon football, which trailed 23-7 after an early Colorado touchdown in the second quarter, cut the deficit to 26-17 with a pair of scores before halftime. Colorado started Steven Montez at quarterback in place of injured Sefo Liufau. Montez dazzled in the first half, completing 85 percent of his passes while …

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Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Shay Fields (5) and Colorado Buffaloes fullback Jordan Murphy (33) celebrate Fields' touchdown during the second quarter. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, on October 3, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Why Colorado will beat Oregon

**Editor’s Note: Each week during football season, we feature an essay from the opponent’s student newspaper on why Oregon will lose. This week’s edition is from Justin Michael Guerriero, the sports editor at the CU Independent.** I was more than convinced that Colorado would beat Oregon in Eugene as the …

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Colorado Buffaloes quarterback Sefo Liufau (13) looks down the field to throw during the first quarter. The Oregon Ducks play the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado, on October 3, 2015. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Ducks preparing for overall Colorado offense with Buffs’ quarterback status uncertain

With Colorado starting quarterback Sefo Liufau’s status still uncertain for Saturday’s game, Oregon coaches say preparing for Colorado’s overall offense remains the focus. Liufau, a fifth-year senior, sprained his ankle in Colorado’s game last weekend against Michigan. Liufau is continuing to recover, though the Buffaloes have begun to prepare to start …

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Oregon Ducks quarterback Dakota Prukop (9) escapes the tackle of UC Davis Aggies defensive lineman Anthony Baumgart (92). The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Heading into Pac-12 play, Ducks still need improvement ‘across the board’

The change from nonconference play to Pac-12 competition can serve as a natural breath as teams reassess and re-evaluate. That holds true for a program like Oregon’s, which prides itself on adapting and embracing change. Despite being a quarter of the way through the season, the Ducks still feel as …

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Oregon Ducks wide receiver Charles Nelson (6) dodges a UC Davis defender. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the UC Davis Aggies for the season opener at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 3, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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The method behind Oregon’s two-point madness

Oregon football has had no trouble finding the end zone early this season, but the plays after the touchdowns are the ones being scrutinized. The conversation started when the Ducks came up three points short of a tie in their marquee nonconference game at Nebraska last weekend. Oregon went for …

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Wide Receivers Coach Matt Lubick speaks during a press conference at the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday, December 30, 2015. (Adam Eberhardt/Emerald)
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Q&A: Matt Lubick wants to clean up penalties with improved Colorado on deck

With conference play approaching, the Ducks want to put the loss against Nebraska behind them. The Ducks anticipate a higher level of play in the Pac-12, so they’ve begun to shift the focus towards being more consistent on offense. Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick spoke to reporters after practice on Wednesday; here is …

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Oregon Ducks running back Taj Griffin (5) dodges a Virginia player. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon and Colorado will each need to fill injury voids during Saturday’s matchup

After suffering its first loss of the season against Nebraska last week, Oregon will now face Colorado for its Pac-12 opener and do so without two of its top offensive players. Devon Allen and Tyrell Crosby both suffered season-ending injuries during the Nebraska game, forcing the Ducks to replace one of their …

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Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) carries the ball for a touchdown. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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No Royce Freeman? No problem for Oregon running back reserves

When running back Royce Freeman went down with a leg injury in the first quarter of Oregon’s 35-32 loss to Nebraska last Saturday, Oregon’s back-up running backs called an impromptu meeting among themselves on the sideline. They wanted to reassure Freeman that they had his back and would pick up …

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Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich motions to the refs. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Ducks try to rally past season-ending injuries and Nebraska loss

After losing to Nebraska last Saturday, the Ducks are trying to look past the tough defeat and focus on the upcoming game against Colorado. But looking ahead has been harder than expected, after news Monday that both Tyrell Crosby and Devon Allen are out with season-ending injuries. “That’s like getting …

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Oregon Ducks linebacker Troy Dye (35) pumps up the fans. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Stack-up: Duck passing game faces best pass defense in the Pac-12

It is Pac-12 season now, and both Colorado (2-1) and Oregon (2-1) are coming off losses games in which they suffered significant injuries. Both teams fell to Big Ten opponents on the road. Oregon dropped a 35-32 fight against No. 20 Nebraska while Colorado’s upset bid slipped away in the …

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Oregon Ducks offensive linesman Tyrell Crosby (73) lifts up Oregon Ducks running back Royce Freeman (21) after running the ball more than 40 yards down the field. The play was eventually called back because of holding on the offense. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks play the No. 7 Arizona Wildcats in the Pac-12 Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California on December 5, 2014. (Taylor Wilder/Emerald)
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Tyrell Crosby’s season also over after injury on Saturday

Update: A spokesperson from the University of Oregon athletic department has confirmed CSNNW’s initial report that Tyrell Crosby will miss the remainder of the season due to a foot injury. The Ducks learned of another season-ending injury on Monday. Tyrell Crosby, who missed Oregon’s opening game against UC Davis with …

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Oregon players run out onto the field. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Post Nebraska, Ducks regroup for looming Pac-12 opener with Colorado

Oregon returned to practice on Monday following its first loss of the season at Nebraska. Much of the postgame attention has centered around the Ducks’ 2-point conversions, extra penalties and playing in a thundering road atmosphere. Defensive lineman Austin Maloata said the Ducks had an aggressive approach in their return to …

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Oregon Ducks wide receiver Devon Allen (13) walks with the ball during warm ups. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Devon Allen suffers season-ending injury

Update: A spokesperson from the University of Oregon athletic department has confirmed Duck Territory’s initial report that Devon Allen will miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. Junior wide receiver Devon Allen will not return to Ducks football this season after suffering a non-contact injury in Oregon’s game against …

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Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich motions to the refs. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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AP Poll: Ducks unranked after 35-32 loss at Nebraska

Oregon football is no longer ranked in the latest edition of the AP Top 25 Poll, which was released on Sunday morning. The Ducks lost 35-32 at Nebraska on Saturday in a marquee nonconference game between two former rivals in Mark Helfrich and Mike Riley. The win earned Nebraska a …

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Oregon Ducks running back Tony Brooks-James (20) carries the ball to the end zone. The No. 24 Oregon Ducks play the Virginia Cavaliers at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Ore. on Sept. 10, 2016. (Kaylee Domzalski/Emerald)
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Oregon falls to Nebraska 35-32 for first loss of the season

Oregon (2-1) suffered its first loss of the season, 35-32, at the hands of the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-0), in a tightly contested game in front of 90,414 in Lincoln, Nebraska. With 39 seconds remaining the game, Oregon faced a fourth-and-18 from the Nebraska 48 yard line. Dakota Prukop fielded the snap …

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Rapid Reaction: Ducks fall to Nebraska 35-32 in marquee nonconference game

Oregon football came up just short in its marquee nonconference game of the 2016 season. The Ducks fell 35-32 in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Saturday, losing for the first time this season. The Ducks had a chance to score late, reaching midfield down three points. However, Oregon’s offense stalled following a penalty set up …

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Rapid Reaction: Oregon leads 20-14 after Royce Freeman is injured in first half at Nebraska

In their biggest game of the season so far, the script has flipped for the Ducks. The defense, which came into this game the weakness, held Nebraska to 14 points. The offense, however, struggled to start the game with a punch. Much of that could be blamed on Royce Freeman’s absence. …

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