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Social media reactions to Taggart’s decision to leave Oregon for Florida State

On Tuesday, it was reported  that after one season as head coach of Oregon football, Willie Taggart would leave the Ducks to become the head coach at Florida State. Following several days of speculation and two interviews where Taggart would neither confirm nor deny his intentions, the news broke out …

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Willie Taggart leaving Oregon to become head coach at Florida State

After one season as Oregon head football coach, Willie Taggart will leave the program to take the head football coaching position at Florida State. On Tuesday, multiple reporters, ranging from the Oregonian’s John Canzano to Fox’s Bruce Feldman and former ESPN staffer Brett McMurphy, all cited sources who confirmed Taggart’s exit. Oregon confirmed the news in …

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Reports: Oregon to offer Taggart new contract in wake of Florida State rumors

On Wednesday, USA Today reported that Oregon head coach Willie Taggart could be headed to Florida State if the Seminoles’ current head coach Jimbo Fisher leaves for Texas A&M. Then, Sports Illustrated reported that Oregon offered Taggart a new contract in hopes of retaining him if the FSU job opens. The …

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Ducks rout Beavers 69-10 in Civil War

It didn’t take long to tell how the 121st edition of the Civil War would shake out. The Ducks elected to receive the opening kickoff, and on their return, Oregon State was flagged 15 yards for an unsportsmanlike penalty. Just seconds into the game, it was a sign of what …

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Oregon answered Oregon State’s trash-talk with a dominating victory

With six minutes and 22 seconds left in the third quarter, “We Will Rock You” by Queen began to play at Autzen Stadium. The crowd began to stomp its feet and sing along. The Ducks had just made it 62-7 against their in-state rivals, Oregon State, after linebacker Justin Hollins …

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Rapid Reaction: Ducks get backups playing time and coast to 69-10 win

Key Plays — Aidan Schneider 25-yard field goal with 7:21 remaining in the third quarter — Darell Garretson has his pass tipped up into the air and then intercepted and returned for a touchdown increasing the lead to 62-7 with 6:22 remaining in the third quarter. Garretson later left the …

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Halftime Rapid Reaction: Oregon routing Oregon State 52-7

It’s the 121st all-time meeting between Oregon and Oregon State, and at the half, the Ducks lead the Beavers 52-7. Halftime rapid reaction. Oregon leads Oregon State 52-7. pic.twitter.com/mRCG2MAndy — Shawn Medow (@ShawnMedow) November 26, 2017 Key Plays — Aidan Schneider converts a 31-yard field goal to put the Ducks …

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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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Royce Freeman’s historic career approaches its end

After the Ducks’ 38-3 loss at Washington in early November, Royce Freeman spoke to the media with a football tucked under his left arm. “Coach [Donte Pimpleton] makes us carry it around,” Freeman said. “It’s my duty to carry it until I get back to Eugene.” If anyone has carried …

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Oregon using bye week to prepare for Arizona

On Tuesday, the Ducks defensive coaches and players spoke to the media as Oregon practiced during its bye week following a 38-3 loss at Washington this past Saturday. The discussion primarily focused on the loss to Washington, but a lot of talk revolved around the team’s preparation for the final …

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Dante Pettis’ record-setting return dooms Oregon

SEATTLE — Earlier this week, Oregon head coach Willie Taggart dismissed the idea of not punting to Dante Pettis, Washington’s star wide receiver who doubles as one of the best punt returners in the nation. He’s so dangerous on special teams that several other Pac-12 teams have elected not to …

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Washington’s big plays bury Oregon, 38-3

SEATTLE — Big plays. That was the theme of Saturday’s game at Husky Stadium as Oregon (5-5, 2-5) failed to hang with No. 12 Washington (8-1, 5-1), falling to their rivals from the north for the second straight year, 38-3. All five of the Huskies’ touchdowns came on plays of …

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Rapid Reaction: Oregon fades during second half, falling to the Huskies 38-3

Last week against Utah, the Ducks ended their second-half woes, scoring 24 points in the second half alone. Tonight, against the northern-rival Washington Huskies, Oregon reverted back to its old ways, not scoring any points during the second half to lose, 38-3, in Seattle. Key Plays — Ducks convert three …

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Halftime Rapid Reaction: Ducks trail Huskies 17-3

Key Plays — Ducks convert three third downs on opening drive, capped off by a 30-yard field goal. Oregon leads 3-0. — 45-yard field goal is no good from Washington’s Tristan Vizcaino after Ducks defense holds Huskies following a 46-yard Jake Browning pass. — Vizcaino makes up for his earlier …

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Ducks dampen Darren Carrington’s return to Autzen

Autzen Stadium is known for getting loud. The loudest it got on Saturday might have come when former Duck Darren Carrington II was hit and fumbled the ball, which Ducks’ cornerback Ugo Amadi scooped up and returned for a touchdown in Oregon’s 41-20 win over Utah. “That was big time …

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Oregon ends its second-half woes, beats Utah 41-20

Last season, Oregon football’s last-minute win against No. 12 Utah was a high point for a season that was going downhill. This year, it was a similar story, but with a brighter light at the end of the tunnel. The Ducks took down the Utah Utes 41-20 on Saturday to …

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Halftime Rapid Reaction: Ducks defense steps up, Oregon leads 17-6

  RAPID REACTION: Oregon leads 17-6 at halftime. pic.twitter.com/yK9EzbRVqN — Shawn Medow (@ShawnMedow) October 28, 2017 Key plays — Quarterback Braxton Burmeister connects with Cam McCormick on a 5-yard TD pass to put the Ducks up 7-0. — Burmeister fumbles as he tries to handoff to Royce Freeman. — Utah …

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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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Players to Watch: As offense struggles, field goals could play a big role

Aidan Schneider / Kicker / Oregon Schneider, the kicker from Grant High School in Portland, Oregon, could potentially play a large role against UCLA. As the Oregon passing offense continues to struggle without quarterback Justin Herbert, the Ducks must score points in a different way. If the Ducks can get …

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Rapid reaction: Ducks fall at The Farm as Cardinal offense erupts

Oregon football failed to rally in the second half against Stanford, falling to the Cardinal 49-7, whose offense erupted for 504 yards. Key Plays — Trevor Speights 21-yard run to Oregon’s 6-yard line. — Keller Chryst pass to JJ Arcega-Whiteside for 12 yards for touchdown. — K.J. Costello pass to Colby Parkinson …

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Players to watch: Ducks need Jacob Breeland to perform against Stanford

Bryce Love / Running Back / Stanford The junior who replaced 2015 Heisman runner-up Christian McCaffrey hasn’t skipped a beat in his new role. He leads not only the Pac-12, but also the NCAA with 206.7 yards per game and already has nine touchdowns and a whopping 1,240 yards. Only …

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Now more than ever, the Ducks’ defense needs to carry the team

One play can change the outlook on the entire season. When starting quarterback Justin Herbert barreled into the end zone for a touchdown versus Cal on Sept. 30, the sophomore ended up breaking his collarbone, an injury that is forecasted to have him out of action for 4-6 weeks. It …

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Deep Dive: Oregon football faces difficult Stanford run game

The No. 23 Stanford Cardinal present a challenge the Ducks haven’t seen before. That’s not to say Stanford is better than any team Oregon has faced. Rather, they have yet to face an offense like Stanford’s. The consistent multiple tight ends, multiple offensive lineman and power-run game is rare in …

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Willie Taggart’s competitive homecoming

When Oregon travels to Stanford this weekend, it will be more than just another Pac-12 matchup for Ducks head coach Willie Taggart, who will go head-to-head with one of his old colleagues and best friends. While in the process of being interviewed at Oregon, Stanford head coach David Shaw spoke …

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Oregon football’s unsung hero: Tanner Carew

In a position that requires nothing but consistency, Tanner Carew has been just that. Quarterbacks and coaches around him may change, but Carew has remained a steady part of the Oregon football team throughout his four years, even after an ACL tear. Carew, a graduate of Chino Hills High School …

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Halfway through season, the Ducks are still a work in progress

Oregon’s 2017 season can easily be broken up into two very different parts: the first three games and the last three games. If you looked at Oregon (4-2, 1-2) as a whole after its 49-13 thrashing of Wyoming back on Sept. 23, you’d probably be one of the many to …

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Oregon defense ready for a big test with Bryce Love and Stanford

Oregon football conducted its final media availability of the week on Wednesday before heading to California to face Stanford on Saturday night. Head coach Willie Taggart didn’t commit to which quarterback will be starting on Saturday. Freshman Braxton Burmeister struggled through his first start last weekend against then-No. 11 Washington …

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Taggart addresses Oregon’s significant injuries

The Oregon Ducks defeated the California Golden Bears 45-24 on Saturday, but the Ducks lost some key players in the process. Quarterback Justin Herbert went out with a fractured collarbone in the first half, and it has been reported that he will be out for 4-6 weeks. “Justin will be …

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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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