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Week 14

The Ducks secure state bragging rights for another year while the Huskies run away from the Cougars…

The Beavers held the Ducks to just 670 yards of total offense – wait - what - 670 yards? Scratch that – that’s really impressive – for the Ducks. Let me try this again; I’m really trying to find something positive to say about the Beavers… Mike Riley and his Oregon State Beavers (3-9, 3-6 Pac 12) can chalk the 2011 season up to a great learning experience for a young, ambitious team with a strong freshman QB…

The Oregon Ducks (10-2, 8-1 Pac12) crushed their Corvallis rival last Saturday 49-21 in the 115th Civil War; securing bragging rights in the state for another year while gearing up for the inaugural Pac 12 Championship game this Friday at Autzen Stadium. After a painful, painful loss to USC it was good for the crowd of 60,000 sporting green and yellow to see the Ducks roll over a team to end their regular season.

Oregon QB Darron Thomas was 27 of 40 for 305 yards, 4 TD ‘s and no interceptions. Thomas connected with Paulson for 105 yards on 8 receptions, while 3 other Ducks each had over 50 in the air contributing the Ducks overall 670 yards of total offense. While the game was anti-climatic, and it took one quarter for the Ducks to get things going, it was something that the Ducks needed to help them get over a devastating loss that crushed any chance of heading to the BCS Championship for the second year in a row.
It was great to watch Iowa State beat Oklahoma State a few weeks ago; but it was even better to witness the Crimson Tide destroy Auburn 42-14 last Saturday. Why? Because that ‘what if’ I had in my head is gone… I don’t have to wonder ‘what if’ we would have beaten the Trojans because it doesn’t matter. Oregon was No. 4 heading into their match up with SC; Bama was No. 2. Unless some unforeseen computer glitch occurred with the BCS (which is another  topic that I could spend hours debating) there is absolutely no way the Ducks would have jumped Alabama. So this is how I have come to accept the loss to that team from Cal and have peace...

Speaking of that team, there is one place we will not see them and that is in the first-ever Pac 12 Championship game this weekend when the No. 9 Ducks host the UCLA Bruins (6-6, 5-4 Pac12) Friday night at Autzen Stadium. Though the Bruins season has been up and down all year, there’s one thing that remained consistent with UCLA – the fact that everyone thought Rick was going to get fired. Not a shocker to anyone who followed the Pac 12.

What did surprise me is the news that came Tuesday when WSU fired head coach Paul Wulff. His numbers aren’t good; he was 9-40 during his time in Pullman. 4 of those 9 career wins came this season…. so they kept him around for 4 years and in the first 3 he won 5 games – total. WSU actually improved over last season and played some good ball this year and then he’s fired. Pullman, WA isn’t the top pick for coaches looking to move to the northwest so it will be interesting to see who steps up and takes over in the Palouse…

Game Time: Tune in Friday night at 5:00 PST on FOX to watch No. 9 Oregon take on the Bruins of UCLA in the Pac Championship game. Neuheisal will be coaching his last game for the Bruins Friday night; even if they pull off a huge upset as the 30-point underdog. Expect Oregon to put up at least 50 when they face the Bruins for the first time this season.

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11/29/2011 8:38PM
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