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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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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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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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Putting the ‘D’ in Ducks

Leslie Montgomery The Oregon football team had been steady in the first half, but had nothing to show for it.The offense was staying afloat, able to move the ball under first-time starter Nate Costa, but unable to find the end zone.   The defense was thriving, forcing a UCLA turnover …

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Catching up with Mark Asper

Ivar Vong Sophomore Mark Asper has really come into his own this year. He’s started every game and gelled with the rest of the unit. The Emerald recently caught up with the fun-loving tackle from Idaho Falls, Ida. to talk about life, his kid and mini-golf.  OREGON DAILY EMERALD: What …

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Points of Debate

The following is an excerpt from an e-mail debate between Emerald sports reporter Lucas Clark and Daily Bruin sports reporter Blair Angulo: Lucas Clark: Over the past four weeks, the Oregon offense has improved dramatically in every facet of the game. Redshirt freshman LaMichael James has proven that he is …

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Unit’s cohesion paying big dividends

Ivar Vong Five is one. That is the motto the Oregon Duck offensive line lives by. Whatever they do, it’s together. Not one person. Not two, but five.   It’s so much a part of them that guys don’t even want to do photo shoots without the rest of their …

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Saturday will sort out middle of Pac-10

Arizona State (2-2 overall, 0-1 Pacific-10 Conference) at Washington State (1-4, 0-3) (2 p.m.)   Things can only look up for Washington State this Saturday after the 52-6 shellacking they took at the hands of Oregon last weekend. The Cougars totaled only 158 yards on offense while giving up 514 …

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Parallels with last trip to UCLA have Ducks concerned

Shawn Hatjes In 2007, Oregon came limping into the UCLA game on Nov. 24. Numerous players were out with knee injuries — including Heisman favorite Dennis Dixon — and the team had just lost its second game of the season to Arizona 34-24.   Things didn’t really improve much for …

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Oregon relying on run game to take pressure off Costa

There are no two ways about it: the Oregon football team is dinged up and the hits just won’t stop coming. And as the Ducks prepared for their first road game in over a month, there was no telling what the Oregon roster might look like come game time.  Up …

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Bruins’ defensive playmakers pose a challenge for Ducks

For the first time in several weeks, the red-hot Oregon offense may have finally met its match with the talented UCLA defense.   The Bruins bring in the third-ranked defense in the Pacific-10 conference in total defense and will rely on a plethora of talented athletes to try to contain …

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Injuries mounting: Willie Glasper done

It was a lively practice on Wednesday as the No. 13 Oregon Ducks continued to prepare for the UCLA Bruins this Saturday. Yesterday was the last day of open practice for the media for player interviews and the big news was the season-ending knee injury cornerback Willie Glasper sustained in …

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Not again: Masoli hurt

Jack Hunter It happened on a play near the end of the second quarter. Tight end Ed Dickson took a pitch from quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and rolled to the right. Dickson dropped the pass short to receiver Jeff Maehl in the end zone and the Ducks moved to third down. …

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Ducks dominate Cougs

Jack Hunter The outcome seemingly never in doubt from the opening kick, the Oregon student section formally nailed shut Washington State’s coffin with a “Na na na na…hey, hey, hey, goodbye” chant – with 1:40 left in the second quarter. The Cougars (1-4, 0-3 Pacific-10 Conference) saw their offense wilt …

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Playmakers galore for Ducks

When the Oregon offense put up 42 points on California last weekend, it appeared that the Ducks had finally found their stride. And if there was any question of that heading into Saturday’s contest with the Washington State Cougars, the answer came as Oregon jumped to a 42-0 with more …

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Cougars outmatched by No. 16 Ducks

The Washington State Cougars can hang their hat on one thing from Saturday night’s 52-6 blowout: they outscored No. 6 Cal from last week. After redshirt freshman Scott Grady fumbled a punt at the Oregon three-yard line, special teamer Zach Enyeart recovered the ball at the UO one-yard line. Three …

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Ducks annihilate Cougars

Shawn Hatjes Heading into Saturday’s game between the then-No. 16 Oregon Ducks and the Washington State Cougars there was no doubt who the better team was.   On paper, the Ducks were the clear favorite, yet first-year head coach Chip Kelly and his squad did not want to overlook any …

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Blount must meet benchmarks before reinstatement

Suspended running back LeGarrette Blount may be reinstated, Oregon football head coach Chip Kelly announced Friday. Whether Blount plays again depends on certain “academic and behavioral ladders” that he must complete, Kelly said, but if he does, he will be able to suit up for the Ducks as early as …

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True freshman QB Tuel faces a baptism of fire at Autzen

Courtesy of Washington State University Media Athletics During the first four games of the Washington State’s 2009 season the young and inexperienced team has debuted 14 first-time starters — four on offense and 10 on defense. And tomorrow evening they will feature a 15th first-time starter with true freshman quarterback …

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‘Hard-playing’ WSU to face Ducks

Courtesy of Washington State University Media Athletics Over the past two seasons the No. 16 Oregon Ducks have dominated the Washington State Cougars in every facet of the game. Oregon has outscored WSU 116-21 and will look to continue to improve upon that as the Cougars come to Autzen Stadium …

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Confident Kelly proclaims Cal blowout was expected

Leslie Montgomery Head coach Chip Kelly went on the Dan Patrick Show Monday morning to talk about the team’s win over Cal last Saturday, and one thing that stood out in the call was that Kelly wasn’t surprised about how well the Ducks did. He said in the five-minute interview …

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Points of Debate

Ben Schorzman: Although the Cougars are 1-3, head coach Chip Kelly said that he’s not taking them lightly. He says they play hard, and that’s what he judges teams on. In my opinion, the Cougars don’t have the speed on defense to match up with Oregon’s athletes on offense, but …

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USC-Cal only Pac-10 matchup with two ranked teams

UCLA at Stanford(12:30 p.m. Saturday) ABC  The Bruins come off a bye week hoping to continue their surprising undefeated start. Two weeks ago, UCLA dispatched Kansas State 23-9 behind running back Johnathan Franklin’s 119 rushing yards. The Bruins held the Wildcats to 1.9 yards per rush, and intercepted quarterback Carson …

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Catching up with Remene Alston

Leslie Montgomery After spending most of his sophomore season sidelined with a broken foot, Oregon running back Remene Alston made his presence felt in last weekend’s game rushing six times for 42 yards and a touchdown. The Oregon Daily Emerald caught Alston after practice this week to see how things …

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Duck secondary on an island

An island surrounded by vast expanses of ocean is what most people think of when they hear the phrase “shipwrecked.” The island is usually inhospitable, and the overriding theme of the experience is loneliness. One slowly starts to wonder if they will ever be saved from the clutches of despair …

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Bellotti: Please fix the ticket system

To Mike Bellotti and the University of Oregon Athletic Department:  There’s no other way to put it, so I’ll just go out and say it: Pull the plug on the electronic ticketing system.   Students have given it just more than a year of patience, but it isn’t working and …

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Special teams force Thurmond III out for season with injuries

The Oregon athletic department announced Tuesday that senior cornerback Walter Thurmond III will miss the rest of the season following his upcoming surgery to repair an injury sustained in Saturday’s game against the California Golden Bears.  The team captain suffered an injury to his right knee in the first play …

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Thurmond III out for season

The Oregon athletic department confirmed today that senior cornerback Walter Thurmond III will miss the rest of the season as he undergoes surgery to his right knee. Thurmond was injured on the first play of Oregon’s 42-3 win against No. 6 Cal on Saturday, a kickoff in which Thurmond fumbled …

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Duck defense dominates

Leslie Montgomery After a 42-3 win over then-No. 6 California on Saturday, the Oregon Duck football team is putting the win behind it to focus solely on this week’s match-up with Washington State. “It’s a new week,” said senior tight end Ed Dickson. “Like coach said, there’s 24 hours to …

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