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Points of debate

Lucas Clark: Last week in Palo Alto, Calif., the Oregon Duck defense was completely punished by Stanford senior running back Toby Gerhart, who rushed for a school-record 223 yards and three touchdowns against what was considered one of the top defenses in the Pacific-10 Conference prior to the game. Oregon …

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Stanford looks to build on upset of then-No. 7 Oregon

No. 25 Stanford at No. 11 USC (12:30 p.m.)  The Cardinal are riding a wave of momentum after overwhelming Oregon last week 51-42. Senior running back Toby Gerhart added another chapter to an illustrious career, finishing with a school record 223 rushing yards on 38 carries and 3 touchdowns. Redshirt …

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Not in the cards

Jack Hunter The Stanford marching band, always the arbiters of good taste in mocking football opponents, proved prophetic on Saturday night. During its pre-game show, four members of the Stanford band paraded a covered wagon — complete with two fake oxen — around the field to symbolize the Oregon Trail. …

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A chance for redemption

Well, it’s finally over. More than two months since he was initially suspended for the season, disgraced running back LeGarrette Blount will dress down for Saturday’s home football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils.   The announcement was made Monday morning in a press release sent out by the …

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Oregon’s BCS hopes snatched

The Stanford Cardinal’s last victory over Oregon came in 2001, the only blemish in an otherwise perfect season for the Ducks. Consider Saturday’s result, then, the only blemish on the new-and-improved Ducks. Toby Gerhart carried the ball 38 times for 223 yards and three touchdowns, and the Ducks’ penalties and …

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Gerhart leads Stanford to bowl eligibility

Senior running back Toby Gerhart showed time and time again why he’s the Pacific-10 Conference’s leading rusher as he led the unranked Stanford Cardinal to a 51-42 win over the No. 7 Oregon Ducks on Saturday afternoon. Gerhart led all rushers with 38 carries for 223 yards — the Stanford …

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Ducks look to bounce back after loss to Cardinal

As the sun set over Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif., the Stanford Cardinal football team’s singing could be heard ringing through the locker room and floating out of an open window. They had just beat No. 7 Oregon 51-42 and dashed any hopes of the Ducks sneaking into the …

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Gerhart’s power key for Cardinal

Courtesey of The Stanford Daily Stanford senior running back Toby Gerhart was named one of the 16 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award earlier this week, which is given to the nation’s most outstanding player in college football, but as the Cardinal (5-3, 4-2 Pacific-10 Conference) gear up to take on …

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Ducks ride seven-game win streak into Palo Alto

Jack Hunter After handing national powerhouse USC its worst loss in more than a decade, the Oregon Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pacific-10 Conference) will respond with a quiet trip down to Palo Alto, Calif., to take on the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. And following a long week of hype surrounding …

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Running the ball a common theme

After practice on Wednesday, junior quarterback Jeremiah Masoli stood talking to reporters for more than 20 minutes, patiently answering questions and saying the right things. Masoli is a laid-back guy by nature, with a soft voice, but there was one topic that got him thinking about things other than football: …

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Back where he belongs

Leslie Montgomery On Boise State’s first drive of the second half on Sept. 3, senior free safety T.J. Ward stepped up and hit Bronco running back Jeremy Avery. It was his 11th tackle of the game, and it would also be his last. Ward was helped off the blue turf, …

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USC trying to bounce back at ASU

Washington State at No. 21 Arizona (12:30 p.m. Saturday) The Cougars are desperate to end a five-game losing streak after falling 40-14 to then-No. 25 Notre Dame last weekend. Senior running back Dwight Tardy gathered 72 yards on only eight carries, but freshman quarterback Jeff Tuel threw two interceptions and …

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Points of debate: Stanford

Before each Game Day, the Emerald collaborates with the opposing team’s newspaper to get a friendly debate going. This week, Emerald sports reporter Lucas Clark corresponded with Wyndam Makowsky of the Stanford Daily. Here’s a selection of their e-mail exchange.Lucas Clark: There is no question that the Oregon offense has …

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Catching up with Jeff Maehl

Jack Hunter The Emerald recently caught up with junior wide receiver Jeff Maehl. We found out that the 6-foot-1-inch pass catcher really likes to fish, and even though he’s in Portland Trail Blazer country, he’s a die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan. Oregon Daily Emerald: What’s your major? Jeff Maehl: Sociology. …

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‘Blount Watch ’09’ continues as Ducks hone focus

Leslie Montgomery Wednesday was another strong practice for No. 7 Oregon with guys flying around with a purpose.   It all goes back to head coach Chip Kelly’s “Win the Day” mentality he’s instilled in his players and they’re all buying into it. The biggest thing on their plates is …

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Troy toppled

Jack Hunter What better way to annihilate preconceived notions and upend conventional Pacific-10 Conference wisdom than a costume party on the field at Autzen Stadium.  Safety T.J. Ward intercepted USC quarterback Matt Barkley’s pass — the only turnover of the game for the Trojans — and slid to the ground …

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No decision on Blount yet, but Kelly says mascot is best

Leslie Montgomery Before the biggest game of the last few years, head coach Chip Kelly didn’t sleep in or try to relax. Instead, he made his way down to the Casanova Center where ESPN College GameDay was filming to interact with fans.   He donned the Oregon Duck mascot head, …

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There’s no place like Autzen

Leslie Montgomery It was pure joy. Everywhere you looked, all you could see was the unbridled, uninhibited joy of 59,592 fans celebrating perhaps the biggest win in Autzen Stadium history. It was a school and state of Oregon record for attendance at a football game. Still no word on whether …

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Ducks spook Trojans 47-20

Leslie Montgomery The 59,592 college football fans in Autzen Stadium and the millions of television viewers around the country believed they were getting football’s equivalent of a heavyweight boxing match. No. 4 USC against No. 10 Oregon: a perennial power against a perennial flash in the pan. The powerful, traditional …

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Trojans fall to Ducks after promising start

Leslie Montgomery The No. 4 USC Trojans will be heading back to Los Angeles feeling a bit more tricked and a lot less treated after falling to the No. 10 Oregon Ducks 47-20 on Halloween night. The loss dropped USC to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in Pacific-10 Conference play on …

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Section 8

Ivar Vong In the military, the “Section 8” discharge refers to the relief of duty of a soldier deemed mentally unfit for service. How appropriate, then, that Section 8 in Autzen Stadium encompasses part of the Oregon student section. When USC takes the field against Oregon at 5 p.m. Saturday, …

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Catching up with T.J. Ward

Jack Hunter Senior defensive back T.J. Ward came back from a high ankle sprain last week he sustained against the Boise State Broncos on Sept. 3 in a big way against Washington on Oct. 24. The hard-hitting safety finished with five tackles and he said he’s just glad to be …

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Cal travels to desert to face Sun Devils

California at Arizona State 12:30 p.m. Saturday, ABC California is coming off its second-straight blowout win, this time over a hapless Washington State team. The Golden Bears scored 28 points in the first quarter behind three Kevin Riley touchdown passes and a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown by junior …

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Oregon led through injuries by lockdown pass defense

Leslie Montgomery For the No. 10 Oregon Ducks (6-1, 4-0 Pacific-10 Conference), this weekend’s matchup with the No. 4 USC Trojans will be the season’s biggest test of character in every aspect of the game. The offense has shown that it can put points on the board at will, but …

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Trojans brace for boisterous Autzen

Courtesy of the Daily Trojan Starting as a true freshman is nothing new for USC quarterback Matt Barkley, and neither is playing in some of college football’s most daunting venues. In his first year under center he’s led the No. 4 Trojans (6-1, 3-1 Pacific-10 Conference) to three road victories …

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GameDay gates opening at 5:30 a.m.; Duck Store at 6:30 a.m.

ESPN College GameDay announced Thursday that gates for its two-hour production are expected to open at 5:30 a.m.  The University also announced Wednesday night that the show will put its stage in the Casanova Center parking lot for Saturday’s show. The Duck Store at the Moshofsky Center will open at …

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Points of debate: USC

Lucas Clark: There is no two ways about it, this weekend’s matchup between the No. 10 Oregon Ducks and the No. 4 USC Trojans will be the game of the year in the Pacific-10 Conference. Both teams feature a talented and versatile offense, which is backed up by two outstanding …

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Masoli on the mend; Thomas with scout team

Jack Hunter The No. 10 Oregon Ducks continue to march toward Saturday’s showdown with the No. 4 USC Trojans. As the week has progressed, the location of ESPN College GameDay has been revealed (the Casanova Center parking lot) and plans for fans to wear all black have been set.   …

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‘Lights’ out Autzen

Ivar Vong University senior Austin Berry is a big Oregon football fan. He goes to all the games, he cheers on the Ducks and he knows a lot of players on the team. And after attending the Boise State game on Sept. 3, he decided he wanted to do something …

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Ducks, Trojans set for epic matchup

Courtesy of the Daily Trojan Halloween night. ESPN College GameDay. “Lights-Out Autzen.” Everything is coming together to form a perfect storm around Autzen Stadium and at the middle of it is the No. 4 USC Trojans and No. 10 Oregon Ducks. Both teams are 6-1 and fresh off of conference …

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