Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Ducks Rule


I may be in Michigan, but I can root for my Oregon Ducks anywhere.

Last night I got to watch the second half of the Holiday Bowl in San Diego. It was a most entertaining, hard hitting, free flowing football game between #13 Oklahoma State and #17 Oregon. When I turned on the game, it was half time and the Ducks were behind 17-7. Not a good omen, but the Ducks returned the opening kickoff to within the 5 yard line, and from there took it in on a quarterback sneak. That was the first of three Jeremiah Masoli rushing touchdowns.

Last year, the Ducks ran out to a #2 ranking in the nation behind the running and passing of Dennis Dixon. When Dixon went down the Ducks were left without an experienced play caller who could run a system designed for Dixon. That meant that their season kind of collapsed. But this year they ended up #2 in the conference and finished with a 10-3 record. Not bad for a rebuilding year, with a junior college transfer, who started out #3 on the depth chart, at the helm.

Last night Masoli ran for 106 yards and 3 touchdowns, and passed for 258 with 1 touchdown. Jeremiah Johnson, a senior tailback added over 100 yards in his final game as Duck.

Oh, and the Pac-10 is 3-0 so far in bowl games.

1 comment:

Gene said...

This does NOT bode well for the Big XII. First, Missouri needs OVERTIME to beat a mediocre Northwestern team and then Oklahoma State's defense gets creamed in the second half. If Oregon had played the first half like they did the second half, it would have been 63 - 31.