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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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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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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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Ben column

The campus at the University of Oregon is stunning on a fall day when the sun is shining. Leaves — in all shades of reds and oranges and greens — hang from majestic trees standing on the grounds. Old buildings mix with the architecture of new ones and the light …

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Ducks ready for their closeup

Leslie Montgomery The campus at the University of Oregon is stunning on a fall day when the sun is shining. Leaves — in all shades of reds and oranges and greens — hang from majestic trees standing on the grounds. Old buildings mix with the architecture of new ones and …

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Autzen atmosphere: ‘awesome’

Jack Hunter Media at Monday’s weekly press conference with Oregon head coach Chip Kelly were in for a surprise when the first 10 minutes were spent on a teleconference with USC Trojans head coach Pete Carroll. The ninth-year coach of No. 4 USC was nothing short of gushing about No. …

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Ducks trounce UW

Jack Hunter At the final horn of Saturday’s 43-19 win against the University of Washington, defensive tackle Simi Toeaina led a charge of Oregon players through the west end zone of Husky Stadium to the celebrate with the couple thousand Duck fans who stayed. The players jumped up and down, …

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ESPN GameDay coming to Eugene

Jack Hunter For the third time in three years and the fourth time in school history, the Oregon Ducks will host ESPN College GameDay. The host quartet of Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will be in Eugene to broadcast ESPN’s college football pregame show from 7 …

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No. 12 Ducks prevail over Huskies

Jack Hunter Containment of Jake Locker and a third-quarter offensive outburst helped the No. 12 Oregon Ducks overcome a lackluster start to beat the Washington Huskies 43-19 Saturday, in front of nearly 68,000 at Husky Stadium. “They compete no matter what the situation is,” head football coach Chip Kelly said …

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No. 12 Ducks to face much-improved rivals in Seattle

UW Daily During Oregon’s bye last week, junior linebacker Spencer Paysinger, junior cornerback Brian Butterfield and a few other players went up to Seattle for the Jay-Z concert. It was a good opportunity for the athletes to forget about football for a while and relax. But Paysinger wasn’t allowed too …

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Points of Debate

Jarod Opperman Lucas Clark: Over the past 14 years, Oregon has accumulated a 15-2 record when coming off of a bye week, and this year it could not have come at a better time. The Ducks have suffered a plethora of injuries this season to some of the big-name players, …

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Stopping Locker could be difficult for Duck defense

UW Daily Earlier this week, Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly said University of Washington junior Jake Locker is the best quarterback in the Pacific-10 Conference. And the 6-foot-3 inch, 226-pound signal caller has shown Kelly’s bold statement to be true throughout the first seven weeks of the 2009 season. …

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2009 reminiscent of 2007 for football

As I’ve said before, I am not generally a person of superstitions. But as the Oregon Duck football season progresses, I can’t help but compare this year to the almost-epic 2007 campaign. I’m sure there are those of you out there who don’t even want to acknowledge the similarities, but …

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Ducks champing at bit for Huskies

Jack Hunter Toward the end of Wednesday’s practice, the Oregon football team went through its clutch time drills. The starting offense goes against the starting defense, and it has to drive down the field in a minute and a half and with one timeout. It gets really heated out there, …

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Washington won’t be easy for Oregon

Ivar Vong Did anyone else catch the end of the Washington-Arizona State game on Saturday night? If you were out and about like a lot of people were, you probably didn’t, but you sure missed one helluva finish. With five seconds left in a tied game, Sun Devil quarterback Danny …

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After a week off, Ducks renew rivalry

Dave Martinez There was a renewed sense of purpose yesterday in the Moshofsky Center. Fresh off a bye week in which injuries were given time to heal, the No. 12 Oregon Ducks entered the week refreshed and ready for their rivalry game this weekend with the Washington Huskies.   “We …

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OSU struggling to bring in revenue, Stanford reeling

Leslie Montgomery With the fall sports seasons heating up in the Pacific-10 Conference, here’s a quick look into the news-making headlines at the other nine schools in the “Conference of Champions.”  Oregon State  Oregon State Athletic Director Bob De Carolis said last Wednesday that he’s frustrated with attendance at home …

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