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Social media reacts to National Championship game, Oregon's loss

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That moment everyone thought Byron Marshall dropped the ball

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Kaelin Clay tweets about Byron Marshall's almost fumble

ARLINGTON, Texas – Kaelin Clay knows the feeling. Against Oregon earlier this year, Clay – a wide receiver for Utah – looked like he’d walk in for an easy touchdown on a 79-yard reception but dropped the ball prior to crossing the goalline. The ball was returned 99 yards by …

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Mark Helfrich was on Jimmy Kimmel's Mean Tweets

University of Oregon football head coach Mark Helfrich appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s Football Mean Tweets, among other football personalities.

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Live play-by-play: National Championship — Oregon vs Ohio State, 20-42

Fourth quarter 0:00 — END OF GAME. Final score: Ohio State – 42. Oregon – 20. 0:28 — Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott scores off a 1 yard TD run. Sean Nuernberger with the kick for the extra point. Score is 42-20 Ohio State. 2:45 — Oregon’s Marcus Mariota pass to …

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Rapid Reaction: Ohio State runs wild, takes 21-10 lead into halftime

It looked like any other game that had come before it instantly. Oregon won the toss, elected to receive and marched down the field with ease. In 2:39, Oregon ran 10 plays and traveled 75 yards to take a 7-0 lead. However, a couple of uncharacteristic dropped passes, as well …

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National Championship: Oregon vs. Ohio State (Live Updates)

ARLINGTON, Texas – Oregon (white) and Ohio State (red) have taken the field and this highly anticipated College Football Playoff final is set to begin. The Ducks are looking for their first national championship in program history, while Ohio State would win its seventh with a win tonight. Look here to …

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Twitter reacts: From baseball players to acrobats, Oregon athletes are pumped for the championship game

The Ducks are making history on Monday night. The Oregon football team is playing in the inaugural College Football Playoff championship game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Plenty of current and former Oregon athletes have taken to Twitter to wish their fellow Ducks the best tonight. Emerald reporters are on …

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National Championship: Ohio State's agressive defense looks forward to playing Oregon

ARLINGTON, Texas – Ohio State safety Vonn Bell is familiar with the idea of photographic memory. When looking at Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, however, he sees something special about the Heisman quarterback with a Canon for an eye. “I think he takes a picture before the play and he knows …

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Pregame notes: Oregon and Ohio State clash in inaugural College Football Playoff final

ARLINGTON, Texas – We’re finally at a point in the season where a victor will be crowned. It’s the first year of the College Football Playoff, and either Oregon or Ohio State are set to become the first national champion that had to play 15 games to get there. The date – Jan. …

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National Championship links: Storylines to watch heading into Oregon vs. Ohio State

DALLAS, Texas – Good morning, y’all. The first-ever College Football Playoff is mere hours away from crowning its first champion. Before the game kicks off at 5:30 p.m., catch up with all the pregame storylines from Emerald reporters Hayden Kim, Joseph Hoyt and Justin Wise. – The Heisman winner vs. the …

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GameDay Q&A: Jason Shender an Oregon fan/graduate going to graduate school at Ohio State

Ohio State University graduate student Jason Shender is a rare commodity in Colmbus, Ohio right now. He drives a car with an Oregon “O” sticker on the back, he still has a black Casey Matthews jersey and he can still remember, vividly, the streets of Eugene after the Ducks lost …

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National Championship: Offensive scout team has been an integral part of successful Oregon defense

DALLAS, Texas – After arguably his defense’s best performance of the season in a 59-20 domination of Florida State, defensive backs coach John Neal took a moment to highlight an unheralded group of players. “Our scout team in practice is phenomenal,” Neal said, slowing down his tone to emphasize the …

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Oregon's mantra of "trusting the process" has helped lead them to the national championship

DALLAS, Texas – It hasn’t been embroidered on a Nike t-shirt and you can’t find it painted on the walls of Autzen Stadium. But this season, Oregon’s calling card hasn’t been the usual “Win the Day” or “Fast, Hard, Finish” program staples. Instead, the key phrase for the 2014 Oregon Ducks …

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The 'Helfrich way': A mark defined by commitment and culture

DALLAS, Texas – Taking a seat at the Paramount Studios for the Pac-12 Media Days in late July, Mark Helfrich suddenly met a swarm of reporters encircling him. For the better part of an hour, he was pressed with a variety of questions as cameras and audio recorders overwhelmed the …

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National Championship Roundtable: Predictions & analysis ahead of CFP Final

It’s game day and finally, a national champion in college football will be crowned. With that, Sports Editor Justin Wise and Associate Sports Editors Joseph Hoyt and Hayden Kim breakdown the game between Oregon and Ohio State, offering insights and predictions.  How much of an impact will the loss of …

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Q&A: Former Oregon/Ohio State Athletic Director Rick Bay will be rooting for both schools in championship game

Rick Bay remembers being the athletic director at the University of Oregon when Rich Brooks was the head football coach. The  budget was less than $7 million. He also remembers holding the same position at Ohio State when Urban Meyer was a football graduate assistant with what was then, one …

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Countdown to the National Championship: Battle up front highlights the match-ups to watch

There are many storylines surrounding Oregon and Ohio State’s matchup. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to two teams competing against each other in Arlington, Texas. From stars like Oregon’s quarterback Marcus Mariota and junior defensive lineman DeForest Buckner to Ohio State’s sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones …

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Countdown to the National Championship: How Oregon and Ohio State’s running backs stack up

In the days leading up to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship, the Emerald will take a unit-by-unit look at Oregon and Ohio State, determining which team has the edge going into the showdown on Jan. 12 in Dallas. Today, we’ll look at each team’s running backs. Oregon If …

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1939 to 2015: Oregon and Ohio State meet with a championship on the line again

DALLAS, Texas – Terry Frei knew that it was a possibility, however the likelihood appeared slim. After all, Ohio State barely snuck into the inaugural College Football Playoff and was facing No. 1 ranked Alabama. Oregon’s chances to move onto the final were more logical, and it’s 59-20 win over Florida State …

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Countdown to the National Championship: Marcus Mariota vs. Cardale Jones

In the days leading up to the 2015 College Football Playoff National Championship, the Emerald will take a unit-by-unit look at Oregon and Ohio State, determining which team has the edge going into the showdown on Jan. 12 in Dallas. Today, we’ll look at each team’s starting quarterbacks. The Heisman …

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National Championship: Dior Mathis – a look at Oregon's 'hype man'

DALLAS, Texas – Moments before a game starts, redshirt senior defensive back Dior Mathis will start to clap his hands. He’ll subsequently move into the center of a circle, surrounded by his teammates, and the rest of them will begin to clap in unison. Then, Mathis breaks from his regularly soft-spoken …

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Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen: 'I'm 20 years old. I'm young. I'll come back from rehab'

DALLAS, Texas – Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen was sitting at a table, wearing his white No. 5 jersey, at the Dallas Convention Center on Saturday morning. Ten days earlier, Allen was being rolled out of the Rose Bowl – he was injured on the opening kickoff against Florida State. …

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Ayele Forde suspended for failed drug test

Dallas, Texas – Mark Helfrich confirmed that backup running back Ayele Ford had failed an NCAA conducted drug test at Media Day. Just like Darren Carrington, Ford was recently suspended for violating NCAA policies regarding drug use and did not travel with the team to Texas. Helfrich did not however, disclose …

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Raw video: Mark Helfrich addresses Darren Carrington's suspension at Media Day

Oregon’s standout wide receiver Darren Carrington was recently suspended for failing an NCAA ran drug test after testing positive for marijuana. Mark Helfrich addressed the matter to the media at Media Day, two days prior to the inaugural College Football Playoff title game between the Ducks and Buckeyes. Follow Hayden …

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National Championship: Darren Carrington’s suspension leaves Oregon with limited options, not nothing

DALLAS, Texas – The mood surrounding Darren Carrington’s suspension after testing positive for marijuana in an NCAA ran drug test two days before the inaugural College Football Playoff title game was as expected. Teammates and coaches of Oregon were both understandably disappointed that their standout redshirt freshman wideout won’t be joining …

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