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Emerald Football Podcast: Reaction and takeaways from No. 20 Oregon football’s 38-31 loss to No. 7 Stanford

Sports editors Shawn Medow and Jack Butler discuss No. 20 Oregon football’s 38-31 loss to No. 7 Stanford straight after the game. They break down the key moments of the game and their stories about the blown lead and quarterback Justin Herbert’s incredible performance.   This podcast was edited by …

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Turnovers haunt No. 20 Oregon in 38-31 collapse to No. 7 Stanford

Oregon had many options with the clock winding down. Ahead 31-28, the Ducks could kneel three times and punt the ball with roughly 15 seconds left in the game. They could also run the ball and try get another first down and subsequently run out the clock. Oregon chose the …

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No. 20 Oregon shakes off offensive struggles to beat San Jose State 35-22

Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal said he walked into the locker room and asked his players, “Is anyone really fired up right now?” His team responded, “No.” No. 20 Oregon (3-0) was expected to sweep its nonconference schedule, but a 13-point final score difference against San Jose State (0-3) was …

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Rapid Reaction: Oregon leads San Jose State 21-6 at halftime

Halftime rapid reaction: Oregon 21, San Jose State 6. pic.twitter.com/lOq0jJtwJG — Shawn Medow (@ShawnMedow) September 15, 2018 Halftime Rapid Reaction: No. 20 Oregon football leads San Jose State 21-6 at the half. Here are the key plays and stats from the first half. Key Plays -Jevon Holland intercepted a pass …

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No. 23 Oregon football defeats Portland State 62-14 with diverse offensive display

Most people knew the result before the game was played, but Oregon still needed to go out and dominate the game in order to feel good about the result. The No. 23-ranked Oregon football team defeated Portland State 62-14 Saturday, improving to 2-0 on the season. “I thought we did …

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Oregon’s offensive graduate-transfers show they can make impact in 2018

Football coaches can often equate the sport to war. Not always intentionally, it’s just lingo. There are ‘battles’ and even ‘blitzes.’ In week two against Portland State, one term applied to the Oregon offense: reinforcements. If Oregon’s week two 62-14 win against Portland State is any indication of what is …

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Oregon offense shifts focus to Portland State after opening win over Bowling Green

After Oregon’s offense put up 49 of the Ducks’ 58 points in Saturday’s win over Bowling Green, the Ducks offense spoke to the media on Tuesday to reflect on the game and look ahead to the game against Portland State this upcoming Saturday. The Ducks got off to a poor …

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Behind Herbert’s record breaking performance, Ducks’ offense soars over Bowling Green 58-24

Players and fans had been waiting since the Las Vegas Bowl loss to Boise State in December. Oregon football is finally back, and the Ducks gave their fans 58 reasons to cheer. Despite a few mishaps scattered throughout the game, Justin Herbert and Oregon’s offense unleashed on the Bowling Green …

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Wide receiver depth crucial for Oregon football’s offensive success this season

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert has earned Heisman Trophy hype ahead of this season, but the junior won’t live up to the reputation alone. He’ll need support from his wide receivers, a group filled with young talent looking to be on the end of Herbert’s throws this season. “He’s throwing balls …

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Oregon football’s offense expecting anything from Bowling Green’s defense in season opener

With Oregon heavy favorites against Bowling Green on Saturday, the Ducks refuse to take their opponents lightly. “They’ve got a lot of guys on the defensive side who can play football,” quarterback Justin Herbert said. “They’re gonna be well coached and they’re gonna be a good team and they deserve …

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Oregon football offensive preview

Oregon’s offense was flying. They were undefeated after nonconference play in 2017, in which the Ducks outscored opponents 168-69, leaving a positive feeling around the team going into conference play. But a loss to Arizona State gave Oregon its first stutter of the season. However, it got much worse one …

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Oregon football ranked 24th in AP top-25 preseason poll

The Oregon Ducks football team will begin the season inside the AP top-25 poll at No. 24. This is the 10th time in the last 11 years that Oregon is ranked in the preseason top-25. Oregon is the fourth-ranked Pac-12 school, behind No. 6 Washington, No. 13 Stanford and No. …

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Fall camp showing how developing wide receiver depth will be crucial for Oregon this season

Oregon football’s wide receivers might be a little inexperienced, but wide receivers coach Michael Johnson has used fall camp to get them ready for the season. With Oregon’s top receivers are Brenden Schooler, Dillon Mitchell and Johnny Johnson III, but those behind them face a gap in experience they have …

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Cristobal, Herbert talk offensive line depth and player versatility

On Tuesday, Oregon football head coach Mario Cristobal appeared happy with his team on both sides of the ball following practice. “Overall, pretty balanced in camp,” he said. Oregon’s offensive linemen all got chances in No. 1 spots in their positions during practice on Tuesday to experiment with combinations that …

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At Oregon football media day, it’s clear how staff continuity creates hope for the 2018 season

Senior linebacker Kaulana Apelu is entering his fourth and final season as a Duck. Yet this season is the only one where Apelu is playing for the same defensive coordinator as the prior season. So back in the winter, when rumors swirled that Jim Leavitt would leave Oregon, Apelu was …

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Chip Kelly praises Oregon football fans and Autzen Stadium during Pac-12 media day

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — November 3, 2018 is a date circled on many Oregon football fans’ calendars. Chip Kelly, who led Oregon football to a Rose Bowl title in two appearances and a national championship game as head coach, will return to Autzen Stadium in charge of UCLA. He’s not sure …

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After a year at the position, Brenden Schooler could lead Oregon’s young wide receivers this fall

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Last fall, Brenden Schooler transitioned from defensive back to wide receiver in an effort to aid sophomore quarterback Justin Herbert. That switch led to Schooler grabbing the fourth-most receptions (20) and collecting the fifth-most receiving yards (274) on the team. That was just a transition season for …

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Justin Herbert stays humble despite Heisman hype

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert never expected to be on Heisman Trophy watchlists. He never expected NFL scouts to be licking their lips at the chance of picking the local kid with the big head of hair and boyish smile in the NFL Draft. He never expected to …

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With Mario Cristobal and Jim Leavitt, Oregon football is believing again

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — When Willie Taggart left for Florida State, Oregon football players took a vote and decided they wanted offensive line and co-offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal to take over. They got their wish. “First time [Cristobal] came in the room, I could see the smile on everyone’s faces,” redshirt …

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Four Oregon football players named to award watch lists

Every year, numerous college football committees release watch lists for the awards they hand out at the conclusion of the college football season. Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert was named to both the Maxwell Award list and the Davey O’Brien watch list. The Maxwell award is for Maxwell’s college football player …

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Oregon football implements new offense just in time for spring game

Oregon football began its final week of preparation before Saturday’s spring game with a focus on a new versatile offense. Head coach Mario Cristobal thinks the offense will run mostly out of shotgun and pistol formation, but hinted at the possibility of going under center as well. He even mentioned …

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Inside Oregon football’s Fortnite addiction

An addiction is spreading throughout the Oregon football program. For hours most nights, dozens of players shut themselves away in their rooms, ignoring calls and texts from family, friends and significant others. Everyone affected says the same: Once introduced, it’s a tough habit to kick. “Started getting into it around …

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Oregon offense struggles as Ducks lose 38-28 in Las Vegas Bowl

LAS VEGAS — As the first half wound down, Oregon behind Boise State 17-0, Justin Herbert took a snap and scrambled to his right as the Broncos defense closed in. He threw the ball to the right sideline and it was intercepted by Kekaula Kaniho, who returned it for a …

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Herbert’s return revitalizes the Ducks, proving how valuable he is

All eyes were on Autzen Stadium’s jumbotron as injured redshirt senior Doug Brenner announced Oregon’s starting lineup ahead of the Ducks’ game against Arizona. An image of quarterback Justin Herbert appeared on the screen and the roar of the crowd came before Brenner could even say a word. Herbert was …

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Halftime Rapid Reaction: Oregon leads Arizona 28-21

Halftime rapid reaction with @ShawnMedow. Oregon leads Arizona 28-21. Herbert is back and Ducks hold Tate to 18 rushing yards. pic.twitter.com/UPnvm7ooSm — Jack Butler (@Butler917) November 19, 2017 Justin Herbert returned to the starting lineup as Oregon football took on Arizona. At halftime, the Ducks lead the Wildcats 28-21. Key …

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Taggart says that Herbert is “getting really close” to being back

It has been over six weeks since quarterback Justin Herbert fractured his collarbone against California, and one question remains unanswered: Will Herbert be playing on Saturday against Arizona? According to head coach Willie Taggart on Monday, he’s “getting really close,” but Taggart jokingly said he won’t make an official decision …

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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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It’s truly “next man up” for the Ducks now

Oregon’s 45-24 win on Saturday over Cal may look great on paper, but the victory came with some losses. Six injuries and one ejection to key players plagued the Ducks throughout the game and may have cost them more than if they had lost the game itself. The injuries included …

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Oregon beats Cal 45-24, top offensive players exit with injury

In his first season as head coach of the Ducks, Willie Taggart has instilled in his players to “Do Something.” On Saturday night versus Cal, a few more players than originally planned were asked to do something. A slew of injuries, headlined by impairments to Justin Herbert and Royce Freeman, …

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Oregon’s offense explodes in record 77-21 win over Southern Utah

Head coach Willie Taggart could not have asked for a better start from his offense in his first career game at Oregon. The Ducks scored the most points in a game in 101 years, breaking the Autzen Stadium record, which stood at 72. On a hot and smoky Saturday in …

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