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Ducks dampen Darren Carrington’s return to Autzen

Autzen Stadium is known for getting loud. The loudest it got on Saturday might have come when former Duck Darren Carrington II was hit and fumbled the ball, which Ducks’ cornerback Ugo Amadi scooped up and returned for a touchdown in Oregon’s 41-20 win over Utah. “That was big time …

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Oregon ends its second-half woes, beats Utah 41-20

Last season, Oregon football’s last-minute win against No. 12 Utah was a high point for a season that was going downhill. This year, it was a similar story, but with a brighter light at the end of the tunnel. The Ducks took down the Utah Utes 41-20 on Saturday to …

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Rapid Reaction: Oregon scores 24 second-half points to complete 41-20 rout of Utah

Coming into its game against Utah, Oregon hadn’t scored in the second half in almost a month. That changed on Saturday, as Oregon scored 24 points in the second half to rout Utah, 41-20. True freshman quarterback Braxton Burmeister threw only 12 passes, completing nine, for 47 yards, but Oregon …

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Halftime Rapid Reaction: Ducks defense steps up, Oregon leads 17-6

  RAPID REACTION: Oregon leads 17-6 at halftime. pic.twitter.com/yK9EzbRVqN — Shawn Medow (@ShawnMedow) October 28, 2017 Key plays — Quarterback Braxton Burmeister connects with Cam McCormick on a 5-yard TD pass to put the Ducks up 7-0. — Burmeister fumbles as he tries to handoff to Royce Freeman. — Utah …

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Players to watch as Oregon faces Utah

Calvin Throckmorton / Offensive line / Oregon If Braxton Burmeister is at quarterback, the Ducks will continue to run the football with few pass attempts in between. Throckmorton has been steady at right tackle for the Ducks all season, but because right guard Jake Pisarcik was out against UCLA, Throckmorton …

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Deep Dive: Get to know the Utah Utes

Oregon’s game against Utah this Saturday has gotten a lot of attention due to the return of former Oregon wide receiver Darren Carrington II, who was dismissed in the offseason for his off-the-field troubles; however, this game has great significance on the field as well. Both teams will enter Saturday …

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Oregon’s passing attack has faded away

Oregon football’s passing game was lethal with sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert at the helm. But after he fractured his collarbone against Cal, the Ducks’ passing game plummeted. Now, with true freshman Braxton Burmeister starting, the Ducks are relying moreso on the ground game. “We don’t have the depth,” head coach …

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Oregon and Utah, two teams desperate for a win

For the past several seasons, Utah and Oregon have been very different teams. The Utes rely on a grind-it-out, physical style, while the Ducks use their flash and speed to leave teams in the dust. But Saturday’s matchup between Utah and Oregon will feature two teams that have taken very …

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Darren Carrington makes his return to Autzen Stadium, this time he will be on the other sideline

Last year, Darren Carrington was the Ducks’ leading receiver. This year, he is still the leading receiver on a Pac-12 team, but that team is the University of Utah. Head coach Willie Taggart dismissed Carrington from the football team early this summer after he was charged with a DUI. “You …

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Braxton Burmeister is struggling, but those around him believe he has what it takes

In the first game of his freshman year at La Jolla Country Day High School, Braxton Burmeister, who was starting on the varsity team, didn’t get off to a good start. He fumbled his first snap and threw an interception, resulting in a 42-0 loss. Four years later at Oregon, …

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Taggart doesn’t rule Herbert out of game against Utah, says ‘there’s always a chance’

It was the defense’s turn to speak to the media on Wednesday, but what head coach Willie Taggart had to say about quarterback Justin Herbert overshadowed everything about the defense. He answered the question Ducks fans have been asking since the end of the first quarter in the game against …

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Podcast: Recap of UCLA and a preview of Utah

  On this episode of the newly named EFP (Emerald Football Podcast), Sports reporters Jack Butler, Gus Morris and Shawn Medow review Oregon’s 31-14 loss to UCLA. They then preview the Ducks’ upcoming game against Utah with another review of injuries, some discussion on the return of Darren Carrington and …

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Coaches see improvement in offense, confidence building in Burmeister

The Ducks offense struggled against UCLA, and freshman quarterback Braxton Burmeister was part of that. However, compared to the week before against Stanford, he showed improvement. So, Oregon coaches are trying to build on his improvement. “You can just see a little more confidence and (he is) a little more …

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Burmeister making progress, Herbert continuing to “drink his milk”

The Oregon offense, led by freshman quarterback Braxton Burmeister, continued in its struggles in the 31-14 loss against the University of California, Los Angeles on Saturday, but head coach Willie Taggart is still optimistic about the young quarterback’s progression. “Last week, I thought he got better,” Taggart said. “I thought …

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Freeman’s record-breaking day overshadowed by another loss

PASADENA, Calif.  — A major factor in Royce Freeman’s decision to return to Oregon for his senior season was his pursuit of LaMichael James’ record of 5,082 career rushing yards, the most ever by a Duck. Well, the second-most ever now. With a little over eight minutes remaining in Oregon’s …

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Ducks didn’t have enough to overcome mistakes in 31-14 loss to UCLA

PASADENA, Calif. — The game was tied at 14-14 when Oregon received the ball for the second half. The Ducks had the momentum, and they were driving down the field. On 2nd-and-6, freshman quarterback Braxton Burmeister kept the ball to pass on what should have been a run play. The …

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Rapid Reaction: Ducks held scoreless in second half in 31-14 loss to UCLA

Key Plays — 42-yard field goal by JJ Molson for UCLA in the third quarter. — UCLA Bolu Olorunfunmi with a 22-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. — UCLA Josh Rosen 1-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter. Oregon passing Braxton Burmeister — 8-for-15, 74 yards, one interception Oregon rushing Royce …

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Halftime Rapid Reaction: Oregon rallies back and goes to half tied with UCLA, 14-14

    Key Plays — True freshman running back Darrian Felix fumbles on Oregon’s first drive. The ball is recovered by UCLA on Oregon’s 45-yard line. The Bruins scored 11 plays later on a four-yard touchdown run from Soso Jamabo. — Josh Rosen finds Christian Pabico for a 31-yard touchdown pass …

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Deep Dive: Getting to know the UCLA Bruins

A week after facing the nation’s leader in rushing yards, Oregon’s defense will face another big challenge this week: this time through the air. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen enters the game ranked third in the nation in passing yards with 2,354. “He’s a really good quarterback and he’s smart,” Oregon …

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Penalties becoming a disturbing trend for the Ducks

Oregon is one of the most penalized teams in the country. Only South Florida, Willie Taggart’s former team, has more penalties called against them. With quarterback Justin Herbert still injured and true freshman Braxton Burmeister struggling in his absence, Oregon is already at a disadvantage. Adding so many penalties to …

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Injuries put extra pressure on offensive line to perform

Oregon’s O-line is the engine of the offense. It isn’t the flashiest part, but it makes it move. Oregon’s offense is stalling with freshman Braxton Burmeister at quarterback. His inability to make plays with his arm makes it easy for the opposing defense to game plan against the Ducks. They …

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Podcast: Recap of Stanford and a preview of UCLA

Sports reporters Jack Butler and Gus Morris review Oregon’s 49-7 loss to No. 23 Stanford. They then preview the Ducks’ upcoming game against UCLA with another review of injuries, important matchups and some predictions. This episode was produced by Alec Cowan.

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Three seasons in, Jalen Jelks is leading the way for the Ducks’ defense

Jalen Jelks has seen it all during his time as a Duck. After spending the 2014 season as a redshirt and watching the Ducks advance to the National Championship game, three defensive coordinators in the following three seasons have forced Jelks and the Ducks to learn different schemes and undergo …

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Players to Watch: As offense struggles, field goals could play a big role

Aidan Schneider / Kicker / Oregon Schneider, the kicker from Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, could potentially play a large role against UCLA. As the Oregon passing offense continues to struggle without quarterback Justin Herbert, the Ducks must score points in a different way. If the Ducks can get …

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Youth Movement: Young Ducks take key role in current team

Braxton Burmeister probably did not expect to play, let alone start, in any games this season. But in the fourth quarter of Oregon’s matchup with Cal, the Ducks needed to call on the true freshman. Starting quarterback Justin Herbert had left the game with a fractured collarbone and backup Taylor …

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Q/A with offensive line coach Mario Cristobal, looking back at Stanford

Oregon offensive line coach Mario Cristobal spoke to the media Tuesday after Oregon’s loss to No. 23 Stanford. The Ducks’ offense struggled in the game, only scoring seven points, but the running game was efficient throughout. Offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby and Jake Pisarcik suffered concussions during the game and are …

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Practice Report: Turnovers are key when Ducks face UCLA

After the second straight Pac-12 loss, the Oregon Ducks look to get a much-needed win against the University of California, Los Angeles on Saturday. For a Bruin team that hasn’t had its expected share of successes this season either, sitting at 1-2 in conference, it’s a must-win for both teams. …

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