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Catching up with Jamere Holland

Leslie Montgomery This week the Daily Emerald caught up with junior wide receiver Jamere Holland after practice to ask him a few questions about life, football and anything in between. Here’s what he had to say. OREGON DAILY EMERALD: What’s your major?  JAMERE HOLLAND: Sociology. Minor in art.   ODE: …

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Pac-10 play in full swing Saturday

Arizona State at No. 21 Georgia, (4 p.m. Saturday) ESPNU A week after steamrolling Louisiana Monroe 38-14, the Sun Devils travel to Sanford Stadium to face Joe Cox and the No. 21-ranked Bulldogs. The Sun Devils defense was stifling last week, holding the Warhawks to only 126 passing yards. Omar …

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Ducks look in mirror and see Utes

Leslie Montgomery After seeing an unanticipated dismal offensive performance at Boise State and a slightly better one against Purdue, Oregon players and coaches say it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to expect that the offense is due for a big game this week against No. 18 Utah. Oregon …

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Oregon escapes with victory over Utes

 With the chants from the student section cascading down on the field and six seconds showing on the game clock, Utah quarterback Terrance Cain stepped up in the pocket and completed a seven-yard pass to wideout Shaky Smithson.

Ball game. 31-24 Oregon.

It was too little, too late for the Utes, who had their chances in the second half to come from 18 points down to win the game, but the Oregon defense played an inspired game and held when it needed to.

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Defense bright spot for Ducks

 Another game, another inconsistent performance from the Oregon offense. The offensive line made strides against Utah, paving the way for 217 yards of offense, but Jeremiah Masoli completed just 25 percent of his passes for 95 yards, with a critical fourth-quarter interception and two fumbles.

So how did Oregon come away with a 31-24 win over the 18th-ranked Utes? With its defense, naturally.

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Utah’s win streak snapped by Ducks

 The No. 18 Utah football team did not expect to struggle the way it did offensively heading into its matchup with the Oregon Ducks in Autzen Stadium, but that’s exactly what happened. The Utes saw their 16-game winning streak, the longest current streak in the nation, come to an end Saturday as Oregon came away with a 31-24 victory.

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said that despite the streak and national attention, the Utes are still learning and growing as a team just like any other collegiate program.

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Freshmen, senior filling Blount’s shoes just fine

Heading into Oregon’s home opener against Purdue, there was no telling just what kind of reception running back LeGarrette Blount was going to get from the rowdy Autzen Stadium student section. After Blount was suspended for the remainder of the 2009 season for his actions following the loss to Boise State, first-year head coach Chip Kelly allowed Blount down on the field — wearing shorts and his jersey — for the entire game.

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Ducks look in mirror and see Utes

Oregon Daily Emerald After seeing an unanticipated dismal offensive performance at Boise State and a slightly better one against Purdue, Oregon players and coaches say it wouldn’t be a stretch of the imagination to expect that the offense is due for a big game this week against No. 18 Utah.  …

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Thurmond III puts special in special teams with returns

Ivar Vong Over the course of Oregon’s first two games of the season, it’s been tough to tell exactly which unit has performed the best: offense, defense or special teams. While the offense will likely catch up to the defense before long, the special teams play has been the most …

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Catching up with C.E. Kaiser

Ivar Vong The Daily Emerald recently caught up with junior offensive lineman C.E. Kaiser to ask him a few questions. The 290-pound tackle from Veradale, Wash., has started both games this year and is the most experienced lineman on the team with 12 career starts to his name. Oregon Daily …

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Pac-10’s reputation on the line Saturday

Arizona at Iowa, 11:35 a.m. Saturday (ABC/ESPN2)

Last week, the Wildcats beat Big Sky opponent Northern Arizona, but not in the dominating fashion many had expected. Iowa, although having problems of its own, promises to be a stiffer test. Arizona will need running back Nic Grigsby to continue his torrid start to the season against Iowa’s tough front seven. Grigsby is averaging 162.5 yards per game, second in the nation. Arizona All-American tight end Rob Gronkowski might return from a back injury.

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Picking up the slack

Oregon Daily Emerald Running backs LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner are best friends. They live together, they eat together and now they are together getting significant time in the backfield for the Ducks and they love it.  The two come from very different areas, with Barner hailing from Riverside, Calif. …

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Points of debate

The following is an excerpt from an e-mail debate between Emerald Sports Editor Ben Schorzman and Daily Utah Chronicle Assistant Sports Editor Bryan Chouinard.

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Asiata injury, pass defense concerns Utah

Last year the No. 18 Utah Utes were undefeated and beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl 31-17. This year, the team beat Utah State and San Jose State, two mediocre teams, at best. But don’t let that fool you; the Utes are a dangerous team.

Last season, their high-powered spread offense scored more than 30 points in 10 games and this season, with quarterback Terrance Cain leading the way, the Utes have picked up right where they left off in 2008.

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Blount practicing with scout team

Running back LeGarrette Blount is back on the practice field nearly three weeks after being suspended for the season.

On Sept. 16 Blount practiced in Autzen Stadium as a part of the scout team. It was the first time since the Ducks’ game against Boise State that the senior running back had been seen in full pads. He was with the team Sept. 12 for Oregon’s game against the Purdue Boilermakers, but not in full pads.

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Ducks rush forward in home opener

 It took two possessions, but the Ducks finally got that elusive first down they needed in the first quarter.

After that, they got 16 more — 11 of them coming on the ground — en route to their 38-36 thriller victory over the Purdue Boilermakers. It still wasn’t easy, as the Boilermakers out gained the Ducks 451 yards to 356 and had more first downs than Oregon (24-17).

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Tough loss for Boilermakers reveals resilience

 Purdue sophomore running back Ralph Bolden showed no signs of being injured Saturday night as he ran for 134 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns, and made three receptions for 52 yards and a third score in the 38-36 loss to Oregon.

“We executed but they just stopped us,” Bolden said. “That’s football. It was a tough loss. It was pretty loud but it wasn’t bad.”

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Ducks score first victory of season over Purdue

 Chip Kelly’s home directorial debut of the Oregon football team revealed the offense to be a work still in progress. Oregon’s defense stepped up to cover for the offense, and good fortune swayed the outcome into the Ducks’ favor.

Though the Purdue Boilermakers scored a critical touchdown on fourth and 12 from the Oregon 15 through a gadget wide receiver-pass play, the two-point conversion attempt to tie the game was caught out of bounds, and Oregon recovered the ensuing onside kickoff attempt to secure a 38-36 win.

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Did you hear? USC is playing Ohio State

There is little doubt that the game of the year is No. 3 USC at No. 8 Ohio State. USC is led by true freshman quarterback Matt Barkley, who was 15-for-19 for 233 yards and a TD against San Jose State last week. Northern Arizona at Arizona(6 p.m. Saturday)After a …

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Oregon’s offense changing style with shift in backfield

Leslie Montgomery The number stands out like a sore thumb. Those who remember Oregon’s vaunted rushing attack last year might scratch their heads and wonder if it’s right. Did Oregon really rush for 31 yards when last year they averaged 280 every game? The answer is yes, of course, and …

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Points of debate

Strongside linebacker Jason Werner will be in the thick of things this week against Oregon. He led the Boilermakers in tackles last week against Toledo with 13, including one tackle for a loss and a broken-up pass. The following is an excerpt from an e-mail debate between Emerald sports editor …

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As offensive leaders emerge, Ducks tell fans to keep faith

When Oregon trailed Purdue 20-6 going into halftime last season, the Ducks managed to rally behind running back LeGarrette Blount to pick up the come-from-behind 32-26 victory in double overtime. This year, Oregon will have no such luxury now that Blount has been suspended for the remainder of the season. …

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A rock-solid anchor

Leslie Montgomery It’s hard to describe how big Ed Dickson is. When you stand next to him, his height and chiseled mass loom above you, making you seem insignificant. His hands are like oven mitts and his broad shoulders stretch from a frame that boasts just six-percent body fat. Dickson …

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Getting to know Spencer Paysinger

When not playing football, junior linebacker Spencer Paysinger ? putt-putt golf extraordinaire ? enjoys hanging out with his roommate, cornerback Brian Butterfield, and fellow linebackers Riley Showalter and Casey Matthews.   Oregon Daily Emerald: What’s your major?   Paysinger: Econ, with a minor in business management. I only have two …

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Boilermakers’ running game explosive

Sophomore Ralph Bolden ran for 234 yards last week against Toledo in his debut at running back. He looks to do more of the same this week against a Duck defense that allowed 164 rushing yards to Boise State. In only his second game at the helm of the Purdue …

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Ducks take beating in Boise; Blount throws punches

 In five ugly minutes, No. 16 Oregon’s 19-8 loss to No. 14 Boise State went from a statement win for the Broncos to a blemish for Oregon.

After the final horn, as players and coaches mingled on the blue turf, senior running back LeGarrette Blount got into an altercation with a Boise State player, punching Bronco defensive end Byron Hout in the mouth. Footage also shows Blount hitting one of his own players during the confrontation.

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Blount suspended for season

Daniel Bachhuber Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly announced today that senior running back LaGarrette Blount is suspended from the team for the remainder of the 2009 season for his involvement in the post-game incident last night in Boise, Idaho. Kelly said Blount will stay with the Duck football team …

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Getting to know Ed Dickson

 Oregon Daily Emerald: Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3?

Ed Dickson: I’m not really a video game guy.

ODE: Then what do you do around Eugene when you’re not playing football?

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Young wide receiving corps must step up for Ducks to succeed

  The buzz going into fall camp for Oregon was whether the offensive line could replace two NFL draftees and continue to churn out 1,000-yard rushers.   However, another big concern was the relative inexperience at wide receiver for the Ducks. With no seniors slotted to start tonight (excluding Ed …

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One-two running back punch showcases different styles

Everyone remembers the 2006 game when Boise State running back Ian Johnson scored the winning points in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma. He romped into the end zone, and in the celebration, he asked his cheerleader girlfriend to marry him. But now Johnson has graduated, and highly touted juniors Jeremy …

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