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Arizona ends Oregon’s Rose Bowl hopes

Ka'Deem Carey AP

A lot of things ended today for No. 5 Oregon when it played Arizona.

Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota’s streak of 353 passes without an interception ended on his first pass of the game. Mariota’s Heisman hopes also ended and so did Oregon’s chance at a Pac-12 title as Arizona ambushed the Ducks in Tucson, 42-16.

As it turns out, it was all downhill for the Ducks after that first play.

Arizona (7-4) used a punishing ground game to jump out to a 21-3 lead over Oregon (9-2) and never looked back. Running back Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 206 yards and four touchdowns on a career-high 48 carries as the Wildcats piled up 307 yards on the ground, holding the ball for almost 36 minutes in the process.

Meanwhile, quarterback B.J. Denker was almost flawless, completing 19 of 22 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns while also gaining 102 yards on the ground.

And though Arizona’s 42 points was a surprise, the fact that the Ducks only managed 16 was even bigger one. While Mariota threw for 308 yards and two scores (with 2 picks), Oregon really couldn’t get anything rolling on offense, gaining yards while leaving tons of points on the field.

Have the Ducks lost their mojo? There definitely seems to be something wrong with Oregon right now. Maybe the loss of Chip Kelly is starting to show.

As for the Wildcats, this is their biggest win of the Rich Rodriguez era. One thing we know is that his offenses are always going to be proficient, but it was the Arizona defense that made the difference against Oregon on Saturday. The Wildcats can secure their first 8-win regular season  since 2009 with a win over rival Arizona State next Saturday.

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29 Responses to “Arizona ends Oregon’s Rose Bowl hopes”
  1. dkhhuey says: Nov 23, 2013 7:28 PM

    Yes, another fat egg laid by the quackers!!! Every year they put up big numbers against teams and then come up against a big boy team and get their feathers paddled! Oh well, least you have all of those spiffy uniforms to remember it by!

  2. lsuzilla says: Nov 23, 2013 7:29 PM

    Go Ducks…… the Holiday Bowl!


  3. trapshoot says: Nov 23, 2013 7:35 PM

    Arizona played almost perfect football today. Best game I’ve ever seen a Wildcat team play. They were obviously up for it. Completely different team than last weeks letdown.

  4. mrlaloosh says: Nov 23, 2013 7:37 PM

    Quack Attack? Bwa-Haa-Haaaaaa

  5. mydixienormus says: Nov 23, 2013 7:38 PM

    Ha ha Dicks, I mean Ducks.

  6. blacknole08 says: Nov 23, 2013 7:40 PM

    And just think, a month ago people were saying Oregon was better than FSU.

    Gimmick offenses don’t win championships.

  7. cometkazie says: Nov 23, 2013 7:41 PM

    Thud . . . .

  8. thefiesty1 says: Nov 23, 2013 7:43 PM

    Oh NO! They’ll kill Texas in the Alamo Bowl now.

  9. normtide says: Nov 23, 2013 7:44 PM

    I have been waiting to see if the ducks could really just replace Kelly.

  10. crazyfootballfun says: Nov 23, 2013 7:45 PM

    I am a Duck fan—big time. That said, when you have 2 key guys saying the ” rose bowl” not good enough, you have a problem. coaching should have addressed this. Furthermore, all season long, those of us who like these kids knew there was a problem with discipline….when your penalties keep biting you in the butt and they only get worse as the season goes on…is coaching or arrogance or both. The haters of all things Ducks…you don’t know the kids- they are generally pretty good kids. Are they immature and big headed…probably and this is up to the coaches to tamp down, and they did not. Kids lost their focus and arrogantly decried the ” rose bowl ” not good enough. Now, no BCS game at all and Ducks will either grow from this or they will spiral down even more. Jury is out.

  11. realfootballfan says: Nov 23, 2013 7:45 PM

    The beginning of the end for this program’s dominance. Too many teams on the rise in the Pac 12 and Chip Kelly is no longer there to elevate them. This will be a Larry Coker situation repeated if the Ducks stick with the underwhelming assistant hire too long.

  12. classyjacklambert says: Nov 23, 2013 7:49 PM

    Oregon, the ohio state of the west.

  13. dcroz says: Nov 23, 2013 7:53 PM

    Wow, I knew they said they didn’t want to play in the Rose Bowl, but I didn’t think they’d take it this far.

  14. dkhhuey says: Nov 23, 2013 7:59 PM

    @assjack – no, they’d be so lucky to be in the same league as OSU!

  15. classyjacklambert says: Nov 23, 2013 8:04 PM

    Because they’d go undefeated?

  16. trapshoot says: Nov 23, 2013 8:07 PM

    Guess the Ducks weren’t all they were quacked up to be.?

  17. chachooga says: Nov 23, 2013 8:15 PM

    Are we still supposed to just trust how good Oregon and Stanford are???

    Ducks just got beat and tared by Arizona?!?

    Stanford LOST TO UTAH!!! yes UTAH!!!

    Pac12 is the most over rated conference for some reason…..I mean #5 and #9???

    what a joke.

    They are good, but not better than a handful of other teams…and obviously overrated.

  18. derekgorgonstar says: Nov 23, 2013 8:32 PM

    The Rose Bowl isn’t good enough, Oregon? You had players saying this? Really?

    Enjoy the Las Vegas bowl on Dec 21st after Oregon State polishes off your gimmicky-ass program next week.

  19. linedrivehit says: Nov 23, 2013 9:19 PM

    My question is…. do the Ducks still want Bama?

  20. lbijake says: Nov 23, 2013 9:44 PM

    dkhhuey says:
    Nov 23, 2013 7:59 PM

    @assjack – no, they’d be so lucky to be in the same league as OSU!


    you omitted the effeminate “t” in OSU. People may think you meant Oklahoma State where they are indeed a good team.

  21. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Nov 23, 2013 10:22 PM

    Oregon proves they are fraudulent jokes yet again

  22. dkhhuey says: Nov 23, 2013 10:26 PM

    @assjack – doesn’t matter tonight – I’m a huge fan of both!!!

  23. crazyfootballfun says: Nov 23, 2013 10:33 PM

    yeah right, 9-2 and 4 straight BSC bowl games—so phony. Look, they got clobbered tonight, but baby , get just a tiny bit of perspective.

  24. Anoesis says: Nov 23, 2013 10:56 PM

    crazyfootballfun has it right: Oregon seemed so depressed about losing a chance to play in the NT game that they simply seemed to give up on the rest of the season. Saying you don’t want to play in the Rose Bowl because you’ve “already done that” is a good way to make sure it happens.

    Despite all the derisive comments about the PAC12 it’s still a pretty good conference. Only a few of the teams schedule FBS schools and those are near the start of the season. They aren’t trying to pad their win total late in the year like some schools do.

    Funny how a conference like the SEC beats up on each other, but don’t drop much in the rankings because “it’s such a strong conference.” When other conferences compete well with each other they’re dropped like rocks in the standings.

    This phenomenon is explained very well here:

    An excerpt:

    Since the start of the BCS era in 1998:
    SEC vs. PAC-12 regular season: 10-12
    SEC vs. PAC-12 bowl games: 1-0
    SEC vs. Big 12 regular season: 6-10
    SEC vs. Big 12 bowl games: 21-8
    SEC vs. ACC regular season: 42-36
    SEC vs. ACC bowl games: 16-9
    SEC vs. Big 10 regular season: 7-4
    SEC vs. Big 10 bowl games: 19-19
    SEC vs. Big East regular season: 16-15
    SEC vs. Big East bowl game: 3-8

    The record is clear. In head-to-head match-ups against other major conferences, the SEC has either a combined losing record or one that’s generally only a little better than even.

    To SEC apologists who claim that the SEC’s overall winning records in bowl games is evidence of success in “games that matter” against “quality opponents,” I offer the counter-argument that because bowl game pairings are more easily manipulated than regular-season games, and because SEC teams frequently play in bowls near home stadiums, they often result in more favorable match-ups for SEC teams.

    This tilt renders postseason play a less valid measure of strength than the more random sampling of results produced by regular season games.

    In 2012, for instance, the SEC was able to even its BCS bowl record against the Big Ten at 19-19 when the Florida Gators beat Ohio State in the none-too-partisan Gator Bowl. The game was played in Jacksonville. No bowl games are played in Ohio.

    So, if the SEC plays other conferences about even, why do SEC teams keep winning national championships?

    That answer, of course, is the BCS and its corporate underwriters, who have created a reliable business model for determining national champions that is in all respects a self-fulfilling prophecy designed to protect its primary investment.

    The BCS business plan works like this: preseason rankings typically include two, three, or four SEC teams among the nation’s top ten, more than from any other conference. From the outset, this bias for SEC teams builds into the system a near insurmountable advantage.

    Start the season with two of the top four teams being from the SEC, as was the case in 2010 with Alabama and Florida, and in 2011 with Alabama and LSU, and the conference is virtually guaranteed to be represented in the title game and, this is an important point, even if neither of those two schools end up winning the conference.

    To be the best, so goes to the old sports adage, you’ve got to beat the best. But since only SEC teams are consistently declared the best, only SEC teams get the chance to prove themselves against “the best.” It’s a chicken-or-the-egg situation. Does the SEC get favorable rankings because it’s so good? Or is the SEC so good because it gets favorable rankings? I argue for the latter.

    Consider again that the BCS was created by then-SEC commissioner Roy Kramer, also known as the “godfather of the BCS,” a man who “attached plastic explosives to college football” and blew it up, according to an ESPN web post. ESPN, of course, is the commercial entity that dominates the college football landscape, and which has a near incalculable economic interest in promoting the nationwide perception of the SEC’s elite status.

    Here’s how the self-fulfilling BCS prophecy breaks down in the SEC’s favor over the course of a season:

    The preseason top twenty-five is stocked with the usual high-profile teams from across the country — teams, not coincidentally, already scheduled for heavy broadcast exposure. Thanks to its gaudy TV contracts, many of these ranked teams come from the SEC.

    Once the season is underway, if a highly ranked SEC team beats another highly ranked SEC team, the winner rises higher in the polls than it might normally, based on the fact that it’s just beaten a “top-tier” team from the country’s “elite” conference. By the same coin, the losing SEC team in this scenario doesn’t drop as far as it might otherwise, since, after all, it has lost to a presumably powerful “top-tier” team from the country’s “elite” conference.

    When “good” SEC teams suffer losses in league play, this allegedly proves how tough the SEC is from top to bottom. If an SEC leader wins all of its league games, this allegedly proves how great that team is, given that it somehow managed to go undefeated against a monster SEC schedule — ignored is the fact that SEC teams have pulled off this putative miracle for the last four straight seasons.

    For God’s sake, it’s tougher to go undefeated in the Colonial Athletic Association than it is in the SEC. If the same things happen in other conferences, however, the collective football media reverse the logic, claiming that if, say, a Mountain West Conference league leader loses to a lower-ranked Mountain West team, this merely proves how bad that losing team is, not how good the Mountain West is. In the same way, if a league leader goes undefeated in the Mountain West, the feat is said to merely demonstrate how weak the conference is, not accepted as proof of the strength of the unbeaten team.

  25. normtide says: Nov 23, 2013 11:19 PM

    That’s a manifesto.

    Why promote the SEC? Promote the PAC 12 out B1G. I fail to see how promoting the SEC would bring more money to the BCS suits.

    I also say that regular season games are far more controlled then random. Each program makes there own OOC schedule.

    That took a lot of words to just say the SEC is mediocre. You might be trying to hard. Write your local college coaches and AP sports writers and make your case to them, your neighbors.

  26. namriverrat69 says: Nov 23, 2013 11:29 PM

    How ironic it would be if the players on this Oregon team who feel the Rose Bowl is beneath them, if they never got close to a BCS game or the Rose Bowl again for a few years. That would make it o-fer for De Anthony big mouth Thomas.

    GO CATS next week against the hated Scum Devils!!

  27. beastmode5150 says: Nov 24, 2013 3:18 AM

    Teams with ZERO history day things like ” we don’t want rose bowls”


  28. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Nov 24, 2013 11:21 AM

    The SEC being overrated by the media every year still doesn’t excuse Oregon for annually being a fraudulent joke of a team that gets exposed any time the pressure is on.

  29. crazyfootballfun says: Nov 24, 2013 1:52 PM

    baby…we get it…you hate all things Ducks. Sadly, you have zero perspective, not an ounce. Lots of football teams would love to have the record the Ducks have, those fraudsters are 9-2 and won their last 2 BSC bowl games. They got clobbered last night and deserve much criticism for their words and the way they played. But….you are way over the top. Did your team get clobbered by those fraudsters? or are you a Beaver? or just a cranky old jealous dude? or 14 yrs old? or your son did not get recruited by the Ducks? something is off with your over the top response to 1 beatdown, ok 2.

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