2009 Oregon Ducks

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  1. Mallard Muscle

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    2009 Oregon Ducks

    "We just need to come out and play smart, hard, and fast." Newly appointed Oregon head coach Chip Kelly is always as modest as he is simplistic when it comes to his philosophy on football. According to opposing defensive coaches, defending his spread option attack is anything but simplistic. The 2009 Oregon Ducks eagerly awaited the challenge of improving already impressive school scoring records set by Kelly's offense in the previous two seasons.

    Week 1 - #12 Oregon @ #14 Boise State

    Before we get into this seasons week one match-up with Boise State I'd like to take you back to September 21, 2008 when the Broncos played the Ducks at Autzen Stadium.
    (Authors note: I was at this game.)The Broncos came in with a chip on their shoulder feeling that they had something to prove against an upper echelon Pac-10 opponent. The Broncos more than held their own in that game by beating the Ducks and stunning the Oregon faithful, but they left a sour taste in the mouths of the Oregon players and coaches with some questionable hits on defense.

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    A lot can be said for the Broncos preparation and execution in the game at Autzen, but at the same time the Ducks were already on their third string Quarterback going into that game, their third game of the season. This year, with a healthy and experienced Jeremiah Masoli running the show, these Ducks were out for revenge.

    After quickly stopping the Broncos on their first possession the Ducks established a solid drive only to be halted by an incredible deflection-to-interception by the Broncos. However, Oregon would not be deterred by their opening drive as they managed to punch it in for six on the following possession.

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    Heading into the second quarter Coach Kelly wanted to see more consistency out of his offense and he emphasized making the right play. It didn’t take long for the Ducks to put up touchdowns on consecutive possessions and increase their 2nd quarter lead to 21-0. Yet when Broncos coach Chris Petersen switched the offense to a no-huddle attack as the 2nd quarter wound down he elected to forgo a 50 yard field goal and attempt a run up the middle on 4th down. The run was stuffed by standout defensive lineman Will Tukuafu. Coach Kelly saw this as an opportunity to strike for the fatal blow just before halftime.

    “Before I ran out to the field Coach Kelly told me to just take what they give me. I think he told me four times to not force a pass and turn the ball over,†explained Masoli. The Broncos gave him exactly the look he was hoping for and hit Jamere Holland for a 64 yard bomb that stunned the Boise State fans. The Ducks carried the momentum from the huge play into the locker room leading 28-0.

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    Given the success of the Ducks offense in the 2nd quarter most thought Chip Kelly would pull back the reigns a little on the aggressiveness. If you were to ask him, he thinks he did. “At halftime I told our linemen that the game was theirs to lose. We were going to pound the football on the ground and tire their defense as much as possible.†The strategy may have worked a little too well when Masoli, after five straight running plays executed a perfect triple option-pass, once again connecting with Holland for a 33 yard touchdown.
    (Authors note: This is definitely the sweetest non-glitch play I’ve pulled of in NCAA 10. From the first fake hand-off to the maneuver behind the block by Blount to the catch by Holland. Perfectly executed all around.)

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    At this point, with a 35-0 lead, the Ducks started playing a few reserve players to finish off the Broncos with an impressive 41-17 win, snapping the Broncos 49 game home winning streak.

    Key Statistics:
    Total offense: Oregon - 511, Boise State - 288
    Rush yards: Oregon - 186, Boise State - 60


    Game Ball
    Quarterback, Jeremiah Masoli 16-18, 309 yards, 3TD, 1INT - 10 carries, 34 yards, 2TD

    Running Back, LaGarrette Blount 20 carries, 119 yards - 5 rec, 105 yards

    Linebacker, Casey Matthews 9 tackles, 2TFL, 1 sack
     
  2. Mallard Muscle

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    Week 4 - #14 Oregon vs. California

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    The Ducks were determined to shake off the blowout upset handed to them by Colorado by taking it to Pac-10 foe California in week 4. Oregon had not beat the Bears since 2005 and they knew that if they wanted to keep their season on track they'd have to come out with an excellent game.

    The Oregon offense played with incredible balance racking up 255 yards rushing and 270 yards passing. Senior Running Back LaGarette Blount lead the way rushing with 204 yards and 3 touchdowns on 35 carries. Overall, the Ducks ran the ball 50 times against the Bears which allowed them to maintain possession for nearly 11 minutes more than the visitors. After taking a solid 21-7 lead into the locker room at halftime Blount broke the Bears back with a powerful touchdown in the 3rd quarter.

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    The Ducks defense also came to play in this crucial league game.
    Oregon was unable to come up with any turnovers but the game was won by holding the Bears potent rushing attack to just 27 yards on 11 carries. All-American candidate Javid Best had no where to run as the Ducks defense smothered him from all angles.

    Overall Coach Kelly was pleased with the total effort from his team after a miserable performance in week 3. He'd like to see less mental errors on offense that created opportunities for the Bears and kept them in the game when it should have been over at halftime. At the end of the day he's not going to be too upset with a 41-28 win over a talented California team that has had the Ducks number in recent years.


    Key Statistics:
    Time of Possession: Oregon - 19:28, California - 8:32
    Rush yards: Oregon - 255, California - 27


    Game Ball
    Running Back, LaGarrette Blount 35 carries, 204 yards 3TD - 4 rec, 25 yards
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  3. Mallard Muscle

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    Week 5 - #14 Oregon vs. Washington State

    The Ducks felt great after a solid win over California in week 4 and carried that momentum into their week 5 match-up against the Washington State Cougars. The Cougars knew they were in for a long day when Oregon Senior Cornerback Walter Thurmond III took an interception to the house on the first play after the opening kickoff. Stingy defense and a strong ball control offense put this game away for the Ducks at halftime with Oregon leading 31-0. The backup players played most of the second half leading to a couple of great runs by Washington State, but it wasn't enough as the Ducks came away with a solid 41-14 victory over the Cougars.


    Key Statistics:
    Time of Possession: Oregon - 20:14, Washington State - 9:19
    First Downs: Oregon - 22, Washington State - 7
    Turnovers: Oregon - 1, Washington State - 4


    Game Ball
    Running Back, LaGarrette Blount 27 carries, 118 yards 1TD - 1 rec, 21 yards

    Sorry I don't have any videos or pictures for this one. I was in a rush to finish the game and forgot to save some. There really wasn't much to get excited about anyway. Sorry about slacking on the game reports too. I'll be on it much more now that my summer session ends tomorrow.
     

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