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Oregon wins first game in tough final regular season stretch

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The first of the top four unbeaten teams, Notre Dame, survived a hell of a scare from Pitt earlier this afternoon, needing three overtimes to fend off the Panthers.

The second of the top four unbeatens, Oregon, won a little more comfortably. The No. 2 Ducks beat No. 18 USC in a Los Angeles track meet, 62-51. There were plenty of big plays. Oregon running back Kenjon Barner rushed for 322 yards and five touchdowns, breaking USC’s opponent record previously held by Penn State’s Curtis Enis. Barner, with over 1,200 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns, should be getting more consideration in the Heisman conversation.

As should USC receiver Marqise Lee, who had roughly 400 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns. It still wasn’t enough for the Trojans, though, and Oregon got over its first hurdle in a tough final stretch of regular season games. Oregon should be fine next week on the road at Cal, but then faces a pair of top-25 teams in Stanford and Oregon State. The Ducks will be favored in all three remaining games, but it’s toughest remaining regular season schedule among the top four undefeated teams.

If Oregon can continue to control its destiny, there’s little doubt the BCS computer average will rise to match the voter love for the Ducks.

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36 Responses to “Oregon wins first game in tough final regular season stretch”
  1. kiopta1 says: Nov 3, 2012 10:57 PM

    Ore offense is great but USC was robbed of a onside. ND fan here.

  2. returnofmeezle says: Nov 3, 2012 11:02 PM

    that barner is something else. his patience and burst are amazing. this kid has a bright future

  3. be4bama says: Nov 3, 2012 11:14 PM

    Hi Ben.

  4. manchestermiracle says: Nov 3, 2012 11:15 PM

    Another no-defense game, especially on USC’s part. The D-line was a question mark at the start of the season and they’ve done nothing all year. The secondary was supposed to be a strength and they’ve sucked all year.

    Ducks’ offense is a machine with speed. Win out and they’ll be in the NC game. Good thing Oregon gets to recruit in California or they’d still be unknowns. Forty five Californians, including Barner, on the 100-man roster .

  5. crazyfootballfun says: Nov 3, 2012 11:20 PM

    Whew!

  6. norcalirish says: Nov 3, 2012 11:39 PM

    Oregon hasn’t played a team yet this year until today—but man, do they look good.

  7. trojanwarrior007 says: Nov 4, 2012 12:04 AM

    Oregon’s defense needs to step it up a little or the polls will keep it Bama vs K-State for the title.

  8. rsmeans says: Nov 4, 2012 2:12 AM

    No flag or areana football teams in the NC please. Oregon cannot compete with teams that play good defense which is an unheard word in the poor PAC12.

  9. crazysamoan says: Nov 4, 2012 3:15 AM

    USC showed ducks has no defense they weren’t playing the buffs this week.
    Fight On!!!!!!

  10. pedagoguish says: Nov 4, 2012 7:16 AM

    The Oregon defense does well enough considering the Ducks have a track team offense. Think about Baylor last year, West Virginia this year. Their defenses never had a breather and gave up beaucoup points. Oregon’s defense is good enough to ensure wins each week.

  11. gamustangdude says: Nov 4, 2012 7:51 AM

    The score was what 62-51? Looks like Kiffin and kelly were playing x-box again.

  12. bleed4philly says: Nov 4, 2012 9:21 AM

    This is shaping up to be another horrible ending to a great season. ND, Oregon, K-State are all undefeated will two weeks left and only one of them gets to play Alabama in January. The bcs system going out with a bang.

  13. crazysamoan says: Nov 4, 2012 9:30 AM

    Yea I didn’t see Baylor or West Virginia play in the NC last year. I did see Bama though and I would take their defense against the ducks O anyday. This is coming from a USC fan. Fight On!!!!!

  14. artisan3m says: Nov 4, 2012 9:47 AM

    No team that gives up 51 points deserves to be ranked No 2 (or 3, or 4, or 5) ~ even if they wear strange looking uniforms. K-State is the only “complete” team in the top five. That was quite evident yesterday. I think it will be in the national championship game, also.

  15. gatorfan1 says: Nov 4, 2012 11:57 AM

    Oregon has a much better defense this year huh. That was pathetic. Alabama will destroy them.

    If I wanted to see a game in Florida where there are a couple of hundred missed tackles in a game, I would go to my local pee wee football game between 8 and 9 year old’s. Of course, in the south by the time they turn 10 or 11 year old’s they would be kicking the crap out of Oregon.

    Maybe out west you don’t know this, but down here on the farm, in the good ole south we actually tackle the guy with the ball.

    Of course, maybe that’s the difference with the left coast, they are always looking to change the way things are done. So now you all have “liberalized” how football is played and instead of tackling, you guys play two hand “touch” so as not to hurt each other’s feelings and everyone gets a first place ribbon even if you end up 15th.

    This must have been another decision handed out by the “infamous” 9th circuit of appeals; that no man shall hurt another on the “gridiron”. The court recognizes that the “tackling” of opposing combatants could lead to the destruction of civilization. And the court asks that combatants take into account each combatants feelings and be “nice” to each other, and also suggests after each contest that opposing combatants sing ‘kumbaya” and leave each contest on the “gridiron” with a sense of “touchy feely” emotions to promote a sense of positiveness; and never feel that you lost a game, just that “time” ran out and feel good about yourself, and you are not a loser.

    So now for you Boy Blunder fans from USC. I remember when he coached at Tennessee and called Florida’s run and shoot offense “sissy” football which was odd considering these kind of offenses have been run for years out west. And of course, Florida ran for close to 300 yards and Ole Miss destroyed them. Now he goes out west with daddy kiffin and gets his ass destroyed by Oregon, a run and shoot offense. Go figure!

    It must be great to be a running back, and in 1 GAME, be 1/3 of the way (325 yards) to a 1000 yard season. Yikes!!!

    Now the question is, does BB need to get permission from his dad, before he can fire his dad, as defensive coordinator?

    Please USC keep this idiot out west so we never have to deal with him again. Who knew a nut like Al Davis could be so right about someone. Enjoy a 4 or 5 loss season with such a powerhouse team.

  16. oldforester says: Nov 4, 2012 12:50 PM

    Gatorfan1,

    We know you would prefer to sit in your lazy boy watching Duck Dynasty rather than the Oregon Ducks.
    Fact is you are as concerned about what the Duck offense could do to Alabama, or any other SEC type team. Nick Saban is! That is why he had his inane comment that playing football fast causes injuries and the pace needs to be slowed down. Really? Maybe that is why the Oregon’s defense played poorly since they were broken down practicing against their own team.
    You probably would have remained a blacksmith until one day you wondered where the horses had gone! Yes, you say, your football is pure – a real man’s game in the trenches.
    War was like that once too, then they invented the airplane. The world evolves. Your argument is like you being a soldier with a pointed helmet in a WW I trench , looking up at attacking airplanes and cussing at the pilot, telling him to get down here and fight like a man while bombs rained down around you. Its called innovation, like the west coast offense. For all your bluster, you are worried that Oregon could outscore your sloggy form of football. Remember the game is won by who has the most POINTS. Oregon scores points and would probably have your team with its tongue looking like a hound after a 10 mile uphill run!!!

  17. gamustangdude says: Nov 4, 2012 1:32 PM

    First of all your war reference is ridicoulus, given your comparing apples to oranges. West coast offense is nothing new, SEC teams have seen it before and have crushed it. See both the Auburn and LSU game versus Oregon for reference. Bottom line, Oregon is doing the same thing this year they’ve done every other year. Put up a whole bunch of points against suspect teams and scream “we’re the best” while losing to SEC teams in the process. DEFENSE wins championships, Oregon is not showing us anything we haven’t seen before. That’s why I call you war reference ridiculous. You figure after last year and the year before Oregon fans would get the memo.

  18. gatorfan1 says: Nov 4, 2012 1:48 PM

    oldforester:

    Well let’s see….

    Back when Saban was at LSU he shut down an Oklahoma team that was considered the best college offenses ever. Then of course Florida pulverized a OSU team that was being talked about as ONE of the greatest college football teams of all time. 81 total yards later we saw the pretender of BIG 10 football. Then two years later Florida destroyed the best offense in college football history, Oklahoma fans were laughing saying they would score no less than 30 points on Florida. It never ends, year after year we hear the same crap. As a matter of fact, we always hear you Duck fans quacking about how close the Auburn game was. Weren’t you the highest scoring offense that year too? Yeah, Auburn’s offense didn’t show up, but you couldn’t 20 points in that game, but this year you gonna score all these points!!! We’ll see.

    And thanks for your analogy of air planes. You do realize that no air force has ever won a war , right genius???

    That’s why we had to put men on the ground to defeat Germany even though we had complete air superiority. You do know we had to lose thousands of soldiers going from island to island rooting out Japanese soldiers, right genius????

    You also do know that to defeat Japan, who we bombed for months, with no opposing air force , that we would have had to land a million soldiers on Japan to win the war. The estimation was we would take several hundred thousand casualties to invade and because of that reason, we used an atomic bomb. We saved millions of lives by not invading but had to unleash a weapon never again to be used in warfare.

    Even in modern times it took troops on the ground to liberate Kuwait and invade Iraq in the 2nd Middle East conflict.

    So I guess the analogy IS that it takes men in the trenches in both war and football to win.

    Furthermore, I find your comparison between football and war reprehensible, they shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same breath.

    And finally, before you run your big fat mouth again, and make ridiculous analogies that you know nothing about, try educating yourself on our country’s history and also it’s military history before you sound more ignorant than you did in the previous post.

  19. tg1896 says: Nov 4, 2012 2:54 PM

    Gatorfan1

    Props to you, dude. My team isn’t even in the SEC and this is some of the best stuff I’ve read in a while. Keep up the good work.

  20. duklover says: Nov 4, 2012 3:02 PM

    When all you folks get done with the BS, the facts are that last nights game was fun to watch. As for defense, the Trojans have a legit NFL quarterback, and two of the best pass catchers I ever seen in college ball. As for the Ducks, remember, “speed kills”. Hope somehow the Ducks get a chance to play the SEC. It should be entertaining, and isn’t what it is really all about?

  21. gamustangdude says: Nov 4, 2012 3:52 PM

    Sorry, theres nothing entertaining about Pac-12 football. “Your turn to score;” “thanks, now its your turn to score;” “thanks, now it’s your turn to score;” “thanks now it’s your turn to score;” “thanks, it’s your turn to score….” (60 minutes later)”Ok we’re done untill next week!!!”

  22. jintzforever says: Nov 4, 2012 6:28 PM

    To each their own but watching boring field goal football compared to Oregons offense is no comparison. I don’t need a nap when I watch football, I want to be entertained.

  23. strauhal says: Nov 4, 2012 6:31 PM

    Let’s vote on who thinks gatorfan1 is a dumbass. All in favor, say aye.

    I think the USC offense is much better than the Alabama offense, personally. And I think the duck defense against USC was excellent, at times, with two interceptions and a third taken away on what I would say was a questionable call. Clearly the “flag football” pun has some merit though as the duck D seemed at times to forget to wrap up in any effective way, and seemed to forget to position themselves where the offensive player would be rather than where they had just moved from.

    I think the Alabama defense is huge. Those guys eat kids like Barner for breakfast, and then again for elevensies. Did you see those guys?! Huge. Some of the USC players were comparable in size and the ducks had trouble with them, like #82.

    Could the duck offense be successful against the other top seven defenses? I don’t know, but I would venture to guess yes.

    Could the duck defense stop any of the top seven offenses enough to win? I think that’s a question in everyone’s mind but Chip Kelly’s, who we all know is focusing on two things: his next meal and Cal.

  24. gatorfan1 says: Nov 5, 2012 10:01 AM

    strauhal:

    Your post : “All in favor, say aye”. What are you a f_ _ _ing pirate???

    It’s “I” you moron. AND I’m the dumbass!!!

  25. warpphillip says: Nov 5, 2012 2:57 PM

    Gatorfan1,

    In this particular reference “aye” is the proper spelling. and had you finished high school, you would know the difference!

    I think that as hard as it would be, the Ducks have as good a chance as any to beat the best in the SEC. Maybe even win the championship. But to degrade what they have done to make you feel superior is not what works the truth.

    Truth is, it would be extremely entertaining watching any of those team play against one another. People need to quit being haters and appreciate all of the teams for what they are.

  26. packerbadger says: Nov 5, 2012 3:52 PM

    So how is it that every team other than Oregon gets punished for NCAA violations and Oregon doesn’t?

    Oregon fans more annoying and irritating than any others, but they have hot cheerleaders!

    ———————————————————
    Back when Saban was at LSU he shut down an Oklahoma team that was considered the best college offenses ever. Then of course Florida pulverized a OSU team that was being talked about as ONE of the greatest college football teams of all time. 81 total yards later we saw the pretender of BIG 10 football. Then two years later Florida destroyed the best offense in college football history, Oklahoma fans were laughing saying they would score no less than 30 points on Florida. It never ends, year after year we hear the same crap. As a matter of fact, we always hear you Duck fans quacking about how close the Auburn game was. Weren’t you the highest scoring offense that year too? Yeah, Auburn’s offense didn’t show up, but you couldn’t 20 points in that game, but this year you gonna score all these points!!! We’ll see.
    ———————————————————
    I guess its because Big 10 athletes actually have to attend classes and take their own tests.

  27. strauhal says: Nov 5, 2012 10:58 PM

    Packerbadger – I am not sure that I would agree that Oregon fans are more annoying and irritating that any others, but I will say (eventhough I went to U of O, and am a huge fan of the Ducks) this weekend, I sat next to some bonehead duck fans at Buffalo Wild Wings – those guys were SO annoying!! – carrying on about every little play and ref call.

    Warpphillip – I apologize for making a negative comment (or even several within one sentence?? I suppose it was really only one) about Gatorfan1, but do I get a few freebie jabs because of his stupid ass name? Also, he really needed a question mark on the last sentence of his 2:57 pm post in this string. I was thoroughly confused. Okay, not really, but it irritated my OCD mind.

    Gatorfan1 – as it happens, I come from a long and glorious history of pirates and am very proud of my heritage. I sincerely do not appreciate you mocking my ancestry. In the future, I would ask that you refrain from making racial slurs.

    The ducks almost came back and beat auburn. But they did that after being totally off-sink for most of the game and with Auburn being very effective defensively. I think generalizations and stereotypes are not really that helpful – except if you have “gatorfan” as a part of your username – then it would make a lot of sense to make some gross generalizations.

  28. packerbadger says: Nov 6, 2012 11:56 AM

    By looking at the fans in the stadium, I’ve come to realize that the Oregon cheerleaders are definitely NOT from Oregon!

  29. strauhal says: Nov 6, 2012 11:58 AM

    Sorry man, I’m married to one. And related to several others. So i know to cheerleaders are from Oregon. I think what your seeing us the used-to-be Washington and Arizona fans who flocked to the ducks after the ducks got really believable.

  30. gatorfan1 says: Nov 6, 2012 12:09 PM

    strauhal:

    You were right concerning using the word “aye”. I was wrong but intelligent people learn from other people and move on. Try it sometime. My ego’s not so big that I cannot admit mistake.

    Please keep posting and make this personal. It will be fun!

    And while you at it pirate, since you think you’re so much smarter and clever than everyone else, please review your own work.

    I didn’t post anything at 2:57. Not so clever after all, I guess.

    But make sure after the NC game, if the Ducks make it in, you’re still posting.

  31. strauhal says: Nov 6, 2012 12:14 PM

    How about this, man. When post about the gators, email me a link and will become more knowledgable about them as I know next to nothing about that team. Sound good? Sorry for picking on ya? Are the gators that like the Florida gators? My email is pstrauhal@gmail.com.

    And yes I am very smart. But there are many many things I could be schooled in-one of which is college football.

  32. strauhal says: Nov 6, 2012 12:18 PM

    Two other things I apparently need to be taught more on are grammar and how to read the time stamp on previous posts.

  33. warpphillip says: Nov 6, 2012 1:13 PM

    Strauhal,

    Wasn’t commenting about you being a hater. Seems that SEC Fans have nothing better to do with their time but badmouth other conferences. Alabama is indeed a forboding team, and I would wager that they could probably beat any NFL team with the way they play and the size of their players!

    Something to be said for the Ducks though. Over the last three years, under the Kelly coaching phenom, they have been fully consistant regardless of what players are out on the field! The players are good, but I think it is the program that is causing the wins.

    I appreciate what all of these teams have to offer just for entertainment reasons, but I hate that people get on these forums and spew hate and dissention when they aren’t the ones out on the field actually playing the games.

  34. warpphillip says: Nov 6, 2012 1:18 PM

    Oh,

    When I am looking for a good game on Saturdays, I am usually flipping between PAC12 and SEC games.

    Notre Dame has too many weird rules and inconsistancies to be taken seriously until the very end of the season. (See Notre Dame BCS Rule)

    I have a feeling that when some of these larger players that the Tide have on their team start to graduate, Saban is going to try and use the “huddle-less” offense with some smaller faster players.

    And of course, I dare not flip channels when my beloved fowl are playing!

  35. strauhal says: Nov 6, 2012 1:36 PM

    I agree with you regarding chip and their wins. The players are great but that’s after discipline and structured practice and play calling. I don’t agree with you on Alabama and the nfl though.

  36. gatorfan1 says: Nov 6, 2012 9:42 PM

    First off let me state something. I’m actually a big fan of Oregon and love watching them play.

    However, I just believe that SEC defenses make the difference in these bowl games.

    Since teams get a month or more to get ready for the NC game nowadays, teams like Alabama and some of the other SEC teams get plenty of time to discipline themselves against teams like Oregon.

    If the SEC had to face an Oregon team 1 or 2 weeks after the season, I believe that would change the equation greatly. But give Saban 35 days to get ready, that’s a tough thing to do.

    One thing to take into account is that you get more time to get ready for a NC game than you do for fall practice and get ready for the season. I could be wrong, but I believe you get 20 practices in August. So in all honesty, you can almost start from scratch and focus 35 days on one team’s offense. Also, I believe what hurts Oregon is that it’s easier to practice defense than a timing offense like Oregon. It’s hard to replicate offensive timing for 35 days against your own team.

    I think the reason fans of the SEC get upset is because they feel that their teams or the conference get the credit they deserve.

    I too was changing back and forth this past Saturday from both games, and because of Oregon’s offense I spent more time watching that game. I agree it is more fun to watch them play!

    Finally, no one who is a Gator fan will ever forget what Nebraska did to Spurrier’s high flying offense in the Fiesta Bowl. Their defense destroyed us, and believe me, no one in Gator Nation ever thought that would happen!

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