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Chip Kelly, Oregon finally get the signature win

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Okay, so there are really two ways you can look at Oregon’s 45-38 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

You can say the No. 6 Ducks beat the Big Ten champions on a day that the Big Ten, once again, fell flat on its face on the main stage cementing another bad postseason run.

Or, you can say Oregon beat the No. 9 Badgers, a legit Top 10 team with a handful of pro prospects that’re two Hail Mary’s away from being undefeated, and that Chip Kelly got his first major win. It was also Oregon’s first Rose Bowl title in nearly a century..

Think about it. For all the success Kelly’s had in his three years in Eugene, where’s the signature win? He couldn’t beat Boise State in his first game as the Ducks’ head coach. He couldn’t handle¬†Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. He couldn’t hang with the SEC against either Auburn on the biggest stage of ‘em all or LSU at the beginning of the 2011 season.

Kelly’s biggest wins so far have been against Stanford two years in a row. Don’t get me wrong, beating Andrew Luck twice in three tries is nothing to scoff at, but eventually, Kelly had to — ahem — spread his wings.

Bowl cynics say the postseason games don’t matter. To an extent, they may be right for reasons other than reputation, but games like the Rose Bowl, the BCS national title — those are measuring stick games. Before tonight’s win, Kelly and Oregon hadn’t measured up because, well, they hadn’t won.

You can’t be elite unless you beat the elite and do it at least semi-consistently. Oregon’s been building a championship-contending program since the Mike Bellotti era; Kelly was given the notice he would take the controls with the expectations that he would bring the Ducks to the national stage.

He’s gotten ‘em there, the team just hadn’t capitalized. But get there enough, and eventually one will go your way.

Chip Kelly and Oregon got that one tonight. The best part is that it doesn’t have to be the only signature win they’ll ever get.

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45 Responses to “Chip Kelly, Oregon finally get the signature win”
  1. Tony says: Jan 2, 2012 9:55 PM

    Rough loss for Badgers, who have three Ls in three very difficult ways. Which was the worst – OSU, MSU or Oregon/

  2. duklover says: Jan 2, 2012 10:06 PM

    To all you Duck bashers:
    BAHahaha!
    Happy New Year!

  3. nickmiller63 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:21 PM

    How’s that recruiting scandal coming?

  4. cometkazie says: Jan 2, 2012 10:21 PM

    Ride high, Ducks. Y’all deserve it.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jan 2, 2012 10:31 PM

    Disappointing, two years in a row, two Rose Bowl losses for the Badgers. But congrats to Oregon for finally winning it.

  6. lanzurrah says: Jan 2, 2012 10:39 PM

    Speed kills. The Pac-12 may start out next year with two top five ranked teams in USC and Oregon, a top fifteen team in Stanford and two top 25 teams in Wash and Cal.

  7. lanzurrah says: Jan 2, 2012 10:41 PM

    …and the Pac is recruiting fairly well. Only the SEC has more teams in Rivals’ top 50 recruiting team rankings. They PAC has ten teams in the Top 50. Not shabby.

  8. dg0122 says: Jan 2, 2012 11:16 PM

    complete stupidity by badgers coaching staff at the end. les miles even knows the spike was a dumb call. you cant spike with :02 and a clock starting on the whistle.

  9. southernpatriots says: Jan 2, 2012 11:29 PM

    To Chip Kelly, all his staff, the Oregon Duck players, alums, and fans–you got it, congratulations to all! The 95 year drought is over! You all deserve it!

    All our family appreciated your class when you came down to Jerry’s World and played us early this season and enjoyed our Cajun cuisine. We gained many new Duck friends.

    We are working amidst WVU Moutaineer fans up here in WVA and all send their congratulations as well.

  10. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 2, 2012 11:46 PM

    @southernpatriots

    I pray you and yours are able to leave in one piece from those Deliverence cloned fans and that state

  11. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 3, 2012 12:44 AM

    Finally! We should be stronger next year.And southern patriot…what i like about some of you LSU fans is you have class in winning. You guys whipped us and caused us to play our worst game of the season. Not everybody who wins shows class. Good luck next week and hope we meet up again next year.

  12. duklover says: Jan 3, 2012 1:12 AM

    Ditto that crazy, LSU fans are the best!

  13. duklover says: Jan 3, 2012 1:16 AM

    Ditto that Crazy, LSUFans are the best!

  14. spartaninnh says: Jan 3, 2012 1:40 AM

    Nice going, Wisconsin. Two Rose Bowls in a row, two hairballs in a row. Bielema — all class, and what a coach.

    Next time, let’s just have MSU go, shall we? They’ll actually win.

    GO GREEN!

  15. jimothyvonstojavic says: Jan 3, 2012 2:23 AM

    Its great to see the ducks finally win a big game but I give props to the Wisconsin players. They held their own and if it weren’t for bad clock management by the coach, the outcome of this game might have been very different.

  16. jimr10 says: Jan 3, 2012 7:10 AM

    But Oregon fans… it was a Big Ten team..lol..

  17. southernpatriots says: Jan 3, 2012 7:40 AM

    crazyfootballfun, duklover and all Duck fans: Thank you for YOUR kindness and YOUR class. We have never seen fans more classy and there to have fun, not to be rabid fanatics, as we saw with Duck fans at Jerry’s World and here on CFT all during that time and since. We wanted to move you guys to the SEC, and especially to Louisiana and we promise to feed you well, very well…ha. One great set of fans wanted us to come to Oregon to start a Cajun restaurant. We are southern born and raised and don’t know what to do with snow and ice…I think we would be one of the first casualties on the highways.

    This hard fought Rose Bowl win is something your team and fans all richly deserved. All year you have been classy. Even in the midst of some difficult situations and even when some folks threw darts at you, you remained classy.

    The folks at the LSU Athletic Department all echo what I have written here. When we asked them if we could schedule Oregon again, they responded, “As soon as Oregon is able to fit us in their schedule.” It may be another Texas Stadium venu or some have spoken about other venues, though Jerry’s World is about as spectacular as you can get.

    Thank you guys again for your kindness to us and LSU fans. As Rose Bowl champs you and Coach Kelly have the recognition you for some long deserved! Congratulations again!

  18. cometkazie says: Jan 3, 2012 9:53 AM

    Wisconsin receivers need to hold on to the ball when they are tackled. No way that ball should have come loose.

  19. cosanostra71 says: Jan 3, 2012 10:00 AM

    It would have been interesting to see the Ducks have to play USC in the Pac-12 championship instead of the joke that is UCLA football. Do they still make it to the Rose Bowl and win? Maybe, but the fact we’ll never know how they would have fared against the best team in the Pac-12 South will always leave a question mark on this team.

  20. metalhead65 says: Jan 3, 2012 10:15 AM

    so how does it feel to play a team you can’t run up the score against badgers? nothing wrong in doing that if you are playing your second teamers but calling for 2 point conversions while you are by 30 in the 4th and keeping your first team in until the 4th is classless just like your coach. even though I am a big ten guy no way will I ever root for them to win in games like this.losing another big game could not happen to a more deserving coach or fan base.

  21. dkhhuey says: Jan 3, 2012 10:30 AM

    When you see a fumbled ball just stick there about 2 inches from the sidelines – you knew it was a Duck’s kinda night. As much as it pains me to say this, given the usually hideous nature of their uniforms – the ones they sported last night were very cool!!! Loved the helmets.

  22. packerbadger says: Jan 3, 2012 11:03 AM

    Badgers lose ANOTHER game on referee call. Nice. Would be nice to have seen how Badgers would have done had the referee’s not determined the final outcome of the two biggest games of the yr (Mich State/Ducks). BOTH calls were incorrect. Guess Badgers will have to figure out a way to deal with their opponents AND the refs. I guess since the Ducks are being investigated for recruiting violations much more serious than what the Buckey’s did; they decided to throw them a bone since they may not be bowl eligible for a couple yrs.

  23. dg0122 says: Jan 3, 2012 11:57 AM

    packerbadger if you are referring to the spike call, then you are very wrong. there was :02 left and the clock would start on the ref’s signal since there was no timeout-only stopping for the chains. on the signal the clock goes from :02 to :01, then the snap and spike and signal to stop the clock again- that cant all happen without another second coming off. they had time to line up however they wanted with the time to set the sticks. and that is on the coaches, not the refs

  24. packerbadger says: Jan 3, 2012 12:03 PM

    Wrong….it does NOT take two seconds to spike a ball….one second. Yes, coaching blew it, esp wasting a timeout in the third quarter, but refs blew it too. You can’t argue the fact that the game ended on a referee’s call and not on a play; just like the MSU game did.

  25. dg0122 says: Jan 3, 2012 1:09 PM

    I’ll try to make it simpler for you. there was not a timeout called and the player wasnt tackled out of bounds, so the clock starts as soon as the ref gives the signal to start play. IF it was a stopped clock, then a generous clockkeeper could leave a second on there. but not with a rolling clock- no way. the clock is at :02, it will go to :01 from there as soon as the signal is given. then the center snaps it, the qb spikes it, and the ref gives the signal to stop the clock again. the clock that was on :01 goes to…guess what…wait for it… :00. Game over. they could have lined up in whatever formation and run whatever play they wanted…that was the play they called, and that was the play the game ended on- a spike. No one to blame but themselves.

  26. cometkazie says: Jan 3, 2012 2:37 PM

    A couple of decades ago, Florida was playing LSU at Death Valley with the Tigers ahead by a point or two with time running down. UF completed a pass and called a time out. The clock showed 0:00, but UF argued time wasn’t out until the horn sounded, which hadn’t happened. They kicked a fg and won the game.

    I don’t know if the rules have changed.

  27. txnative61 says: Jan 3, 2012 2:39 PM

    @packerbadger–That’s the lamest blame the officials excuse I ever read. They went by the book on a first down, marked the ball when the chains were moved, then started the clock. The TV booth was saying there wasn’t enough time to spike the ball, which was an accurate assessment, and then was properly reviewed before ending the game. Even if Wisconsin had displayed the intelligence to run a hurried play, there is little likelihood a “Hail Mary” would have been successful. I suggest you accept that Wisconsin and the Big 10 are just not in the same league with quality conferences and move on.

  28. txnative61 says: Jan 3, 2012 2:50 PM

    And the game did not end on a referee’s call. It ended as the Badger’s were spiking the ball, which was a play. That the clock was properly run was confirmed.

  29. packerbadger says: Jan 3, 2012 3:41 PM

    Yes txnative….the badgers spiked the ball before the ref blew the whistle. That means there was time for one more play. Maybe they should do like they do in basketball and use tenths of seconds. Refs ended the game; its that simple. Badgers got screwed against MSU same way. I have yet to see a picture where the ball crossed the goal line in that game. As far as a hail mary not being successful, thats krap. Badgers just completed a 31 and 25 yd pass and were moving against the ducks at will. A 25 yd pass is hardly a hail mary.

  30. oregonblackmamba says: Jan 3, 2012 4:07 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6rPmDEbKjU watch video pause it at 51 seconds and go slow motion the clock reaches ZERO (But in DUCKS case it reaches OOOOO)and the ball is still in badgers QB’s Hand plus

  31. dg0122 says: Jan 3, 2012 4:22 PM

    packerbadger- you are dense. the play cant start until the ref blows his whistle and gives the signal to start play. as soon as he did that, the clock started. was this your first year watching football?

  32. takingbovadasmoney says: Jan 3, 2012 5:09 PM

    looks like phil knight is buying more than ugly unis and recruits now….

  33. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 3, 2012 5:13 PM

    Talking….so what u r saying is the refs, who followed the rules, were bought? talk about sore losers. I think the wisconsin players and coaches showed a lot of class throughout…the fans, not so much.

  34. 160hfalligatorhater says: Jan 3, 2012 8:02 PM

    Does that ugly line on top of the helmet help the player put the helmet on straight or does it show him which way to run? Unattractive but gawd, I love those Ducks’ liquid metal helmets. FINALLY someone designed a uniform that was cool, unlike most NCAA and NFL uniforms.

    .
    AND get rid of those third-grader helmet STICKERS! UGLY UGLY UGLY!!!! Moron invention, no doubt, and so silly.

  35. webfootdoug58 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:23 AM

    Whew!

  36. txnative61 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:05 AM

    Yes, Packerbadger is dense, and football rule challenged. Never heard of a prevent defense, where a team will give up anything in the field of play short of a touchdown near the end of the game so the clock will run out, which is exactly what happened. Well played by the Ducks, and an exciting game. The Badgers were lucky to stay close.

  37. southernpatriots says: Jan 4, 2012 7:02 AM

    webfootdug58: Know the feeling well. Whew! is sometimes the only thing you can hear coming from a long time and true fan. An exhaled, “whew!” Well said…from the heart. Congrats to you and all the Ducks, no one deserved it better. Now somehow, we will have to overcome the revenge factor and denial factor and beat Bama again. It is what it is…hope we do as well.

  38. webfootdoug58 says: Jan 5, 2012 2:20 AM

    Southernpatriots,
    As always, thanks for the kind words.
    You understand.
    I could have written a book, but given how important that Rose Bowl game was for us, and the intensity of that seesaw battle, seemed like “whew” was the one word that captured it all.

    A strange season, high hopes, then the disappointment of the opening game loss to you, and all the ugly off field distractions.
    After that everything went fine, except for that slip up against USC. Most beautiful was to see our high flying offense finally click in a big game, with 621 total yards, at 9.7 yards per attempt.

    We have to feel for the Badgers though, a terrific team which came so close to winning in those last two drives.

    Now we can all sit back and wait for the Big One– and we wish LSU all the best. You’ve had an outstanding season and deserve it.

  39. southernpatriots says: Jan 5, 2012 7:10 AM

    webfootdoug58: Whew!…was just a perfect response to the situation. We hope we have the same response in about 4 more days.

    So many distractions for our team as well. Lost our starting QB for many games, starting TE, other players, some for internal discipline on personal issues, and the huge amount of speculation by media and fans. Coach Miles’ sister killed in an auto accident earlier this year.

    Play the #1 defense in the nation in front of 101,000 of their screaming fans at their stadium, and somehow coming out with a victory after OT, and now playing them again. First time in national championship history, we think, certainly the first time in BCS National Championship history.

    We understand at least a little of what the Ducks have been through this season.

    I understand that the AAD of LSU has approached the Athletic Department at Oregon about scheduling games down the road. As soon as the personnel at Oregon can determine what may be possible and best for scheduling they will get back with LSU. So we are anticipating a scheduled game(s) in the near future.

    It is hard for me to keep an Internet connection where I am in Central Appalachia, but I am now coordinating the doctors and dentists and their staffs and the rest of my family are working to rescue some children who have the final stages of pneumonia (and without medical care, they will die). We all will be back this weekend, in time for the big dance at the Superdome, but may need to return afterwards. Situations here are at critical levels.

    Have a great day!

  40. ndirishfan1 says: Jan 5, 2012 9:52 AM

    Oregon didn’t hang with Auburn? Maybe my memory is failing me but didn’t Auburn win on a last second field goal?

    So Miami couldn’t hang with Ohio State and USC couldn’t hang with Texas on the biggest stage either?

    If those two teams meet 10 times, Auburn wins five, Oregon wins five. Pretty evenly matched.

  41. webfootdoug58 says: Jan 9, 2012 3:21 AM

    southernpatriot,
    Sounds like you have been busy doing some work more important than football, helping children in Appalachia. Good for you, and I hope it all went well.

    And I hope you are back for the Big One Monday.
    Hard to believe, after this long and fascinating season, that by this time tomorrow night we’ll finally know who is #1 in America. I imagine you are feeling the pressure.

    From the respect and good feelings between the Ducks and Tigers generated by that opening season game in Texas I have to believe most of us Webfoots will be rooting for LSU.

    And you, southern patriot, have been an eloquent and gentlemanly voice for your school and your team throughout the long, turbulent, and sometimes frustrating season.

    For this final game of the season after all those wild bowl games, lets’ hope both Alabama and LSU play a good, exciting game, and that the final outcome will be decisive enough that we can drop the “who’s #1 debate”; and pray it will not be decided by a missed field goal.

  42. southernpatriots says: Jan 9, 2012 4:21 AM

    webfootdug58: You are a classy man with encouraging postings and I personally appreciate it as does all my family. I am not the member of the family who usually posts, I am usually the one who cooks the feasts and every once in a while doctors the sick, as I did the past weeks. Since retirement from daily practice, I have had more time to dabble in my avocation (college football) as I spent less in my profession.

    My family and I will be local with tickets for most of the family to attend the game in New Orleans, just a short skip and jump away. In order to drive back home from Central Appalachia (or just about anywhere for that matter) we always go through New Orleans and I try to stop in and greet long time friends who operate one restaurant or another.

    On Saturday it was Dookie Chase and his precious wife, the Queen of Creole Cooking, Chef Leah Chase. They are doing well, but the area around their restaurant remains dead since Katrina. We are going to let the Chase’s and others cater our tailgate this time, since we haven’t the time, or energy to do it ourselves. All the New Orleans chefs are busy with private parties, even for the governor and several Congressmen. I am glad we have known them many years or we would be on the outside looking in.

    This is a nerve wracking time for all the family and our neighbors and long time friends. While my sister, the normal typist is recovering from a slight bout with a flu-like virus and everything at our house and hers is quite, I am up just thinking over the recent “Christmas outreach” to Appalachia and how much I wish I could stay there a few more months this time.

    Some children were within hours of dying from pneumonia, and with interventions and quick transportation to hospitals and clinics, their lives were saved. Same was true for some elderly. This experience jolts me to remember why I do what I do, why I go and suffer the cold and harsh conditions and why we all do what we do.

    I have time to take my time and type slowly (which is the only way I type) in the middle of the night when there is no demand for the computer from grandchildren or others.

    I am certainly supporting LSU to win, and hopefully as you have posted, by more than a field goal. So often field goals decide close games. Even New Orleans Saints players and NFL coaches we know will either be attending the game or will be watching closely. One chain of sports and outdoors stores (I think it is Academy) advertises that they will reopen “after LSU wins” for sale of LSU national champion jerseys and shirts. This chain is quite prominent around the South and I don’t know if all their stores will be open or just the ones in and near Louisiana, but from their tv advertising, I think they will get many customers after the game (hopefully from the LSU side).

    Well, I may as well get out the ingredients for the breakfast I will be cooking for everyone this morning (I just decided I would do this) so I will get busy because it is just not cooking a jumbo Le Creuset French oven of shrimp and grits but it is about 15 other items as well…ha. This helps me relax after what we have just been through.

    Hope you enjoy the game, and all LSU fans do as well! ha.

    I hope the off season here at CFT is not filled with stories of the arrests of college football players, this year, but I know JT and Ben have to write about something. I hope there is better news to report this winter, spring and summer.

    Thanks again webfootdug58 and from my family to you and yours, Have a Happy New Year!

  43. webfootdoug58 says: Jan 9, 2012 2:39 PM

    southernpatriotS,
    Thanks for the interesting, informative, and positive message.
    With all you have going on, I’m impressed you typed out that whole thing this morning — I hope you still got that yummy breakfast all prepared. Your Louisiana cooking makes my mouth water, and I’ve never even been to New Orleans. Never been to Appalachia where you were caring for those kids either, though I have a close link, as my Mom was from near Carthage Missouri. Bless you.

    Not to be corny, southernpatriots, but I have enjoyed this good natured chatting with you– our country has too much to divide it and not enough to unite us these days, so connecting the land of the blue-state Webfoots of the NW with the red-state Cajuns of the SE has been a good result of a football season which otherwise has been the source of too much conflict.

    Now I see why you use the plural patriots, you are a whole family! Hello to you all, and a great New Year as well.

    I also hope you are not as tense as I was the morning of the Rose Bowl, I had to go take a nap just so I wouldn’t have to sit and wait it out. Felt good when it was over, with the Win, though!

    As I said, I hope this game produces a clear cut national champion, and I hope it is LSU. That should end all the yammering, at least for a while.

    But heck, it’s endless, our local sports writers are already talking about how the Ducks will be a national BCS champion contender again next year (even without superstar MLJ)–
    which is really to bad, as it suggests that we should be disappointed again if we’re not the champs. With all the great teams playing these days, we should all be proud if we finish in the top 10, or even top 25.

    So win or lose today, enjoy the game and your tailgating, you should be really proud of a great season!

    Go Tigers

  44. crazyfootballfun says: Jan 9, 2012 2:51 PM

    southern patriot…..

    is there some way we can donate to your cause? All this back and forth over the last few months has, on more than one occasion, made me wonder. Good luck tonight, and we ( Duck fanatics) hope to see you next year!

  45. southernpatriots says: Jan 9, 2012 3:28 PM

    webfootdoug58: Before I retired, I had a secretary and two nurses and an assistant so between them all, all I had to do was to concentrate on the well being of my patients. I never had to type. I typed in college about 60 years ago on an old clunker which punched holes in the paper but this is completely different.

    I did complete the breakfast for all, primarily because they all slept late…ha. That really worked out for me, though I nixed the beignets (French doughnuts) and made cinnamon pecan rolls instead. I think the baking of the rolls woke everyone up and they all were following in line coming into the kitchen, following their nose.

    Nerves are a big part of it all. I know the team did something this year that has never been done before in college football. They played 8 (maybe it is now 9 with Bama again) teams which were ranked in the top 25 when they played them. They came through much adversity and overcame all, at least so far. They won 13 games which has never been done in LSU history. If, when, they win 14 games that will be the new record.

    The pundits who often chose opponents over LSU when we played them (Bama, AR, GA) are now promoting LSU as the pre-season #1. They are setting us up to fail early next season with a huge bullseye painted on the team. If I had my “druthers” I would not have a team win the top ranking until the last game of the season, but the BCS does not work that way.

    crazyfootballfun: You are most kind and considerate. You are part of the good guys in college football. Thank you guys for all your well wishes. It helps to ease my anxiety. Thank you all again.

    I am hoping to post again upon an LSU win (but it may be another family member since I will be at the game, if possible) but if we don’t win, we will be posting congratulations to Alabama.

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