Oregon, Ducks Yeah!!

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  1. slim

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    The Ducks return a strong offense as Darron Thomas, Lache Seastrunk, most of the OL, and plenty of speedy wide receivers will line up for Coach Slim's offense this year. Coach Slim said "If we can give Thomas some protection and open some holes for Seastrunk I think you'll see us run a lot more balanced offense this year."

    The Ducks had little trouble scoring last year but it was the defense that struggled to keep teams out of the endzone. The defense lost their emotional leader at SS but the young players have had a year to mature. Most noticeable is the improvement in the secondary where the Ducks now sport 3 90+ OVR players and a SS with 93 speed. One area of weakness is the LB corp. Coach Slim is on record as saying he will blitz, blitz, and blitz some more to make up for the inexperienced group.
     
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    Oregon 27
    Auburn 24

    Week 2 saw the high powered #2 ranked Arkansas club travel to Eugene to meet the Oregon Ducks. Last years battle went into double overtime where a bold coach uagrad sealed the deal on a 2 point conversion. Coach Slim was quoted earlier in the week as saying "That game really hurt us last year. We dominated the first half and then let them back in and they eventually won. They definitely earned it last year but we're eager to meet them again." This year's contest started in much the same manner. In a surprising move Oregon won the toss but decided to kick off and send their new look defense onto the field. Arkansas led a methodical drive deep into Ducks territory before senior middle linebacker Dewitt Stuckey picked off a pass over the middle. The first quarter ended scoreless as both teams and coaches were feeling each other out.
    Oregon got the scoring started in the second quarter and jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind their improved ground game. Darron Thomas broke a long option run and Seastrunk looked like a flash of lightning as the Ducks offense looked to be hitting on all cylinders. The teams traded field goals before the half and the Ducks went into the half up 17-3.
    The second half started with an Oregon drive that ended in a missed field goal. Just like last year, Arkansas added two quick touchdowns to tie the game at 17. Coach Slim said "I don't how they do it but they figure something out at halftime every year. They make adjustments against us and it takes a while to figure out how to respond. I hope Arkansas fires him soon so I can hire Coach AU on my staff."
    After stops by both teams Oregon took over at their own 6 and in dire need of a spark. Oregon's offense found that spark as Thomas was able to scramble for a 40 yard gain and take his team to midfield. On the first play of the 4th quarter Seastrunk got a small crease and scooted untouched for a 47 yard touchdown.
    Never one to go away lightly, Arkansas stormed back and tied the game with a few minutes to go.
    On first down Thomas found an open WR in the flat. The WR fumbled the ball and the ball laid on the ground for what seemed like an eternity before an Oregon WR dove on the ball a split second before Arkansas was able to scoop it up. An unproductive 2nd down left the Ducks facing 3rd and long. At the snap of the ball Arkansas brought heavy pressure and Thomas was forced to throw up a prayer. The prayer was answered as Keanon Lowe caught the pass for a first down. Oregon was able to put together a few more plays and drive the ball deep in Arkansas' territory while running the clock out. With no time left Oregon hit a 30 yard field goal to send Outzen stadium into a frenzy.
    After the game Coach Slim pointed out the great team effort, "That was a total team win. Our offensive line blocked their butts off, our defense was everywhere, our skill guys made plays...our guys just played their butts off. We've got a long ways to go but this a great start to the new season. My hat goes off to Arkansas and Coach UAGrad, what a great group of guys over there."
     
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    Oregon 49
    Washington 7

    The Ducks opened up PAC 12 play against the Washington Huskies. It was an important game as Coach Slim's crew hope to return to the PAC 12 Championship game. Adding to the importance was the number of early season recruits in town to watch the Ducks. Oregon jumped out to an early 7-0 lead before the Huskies came back and tied it up 7-7. The Ducks took control on their next possession and never looked back as they steamrolled the Huskies behind their ground game. Oregon's leading rushers were Hawkins with 98 yards, Seastrunk with 93, and Cantrell with 114. The most amazing performance was Cantrell's who took his first career handoff, broke a tackle and went 86 yards for the score. After the game Coach Slim was quick to temper the excitement "That game was closer than it looked. We turned them away 4 times in the redzone and let a lot of chances slip away - dropped balls, dropped interceptions, missed tackles, missed assignments. We need to get a lot better because West Virginia is coming in next week and it's going to be a war." One concerning matter for the Ducks is Darron Thomas was injured again and most missed of the game with a foot bruise. The Ducks fans have to be frustrated with all the time Thomas has missed over the last 2 seasons.
     
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    Damn you still didnt get the name right?????

    @uagrad90
     
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    Oregon 47
    West virginia 14

    The Ducks welcomed their second top 10 opponent of the young season as the Mountaineers rolled into town. The Ducks took the opening drive and moved it all the way to the WVU 10 before turning the ball over on a fumble. Fumbling was about the only thing that would slow the offense down as the Ducks held onto the ball and jumped out to a 10-0 lead. WVU was able to claw back and take the lead on 2 long fluke passes - one tip and one wr screen where the cb fell down. The Ducks were able to add 10 points and take a 20-14 lead into the half. During the 3rd quarter the Ducks increased their lead to 25-14 before laying it on in the 4th. The Ducks scored 22 points in the 4th quarter as everything seemed to be going right. Coach Slim said "The only negatives were the 2 redzone fumbles - we've go to fix those." Coach Slim refused to answer questions about star recruit Gray who continues to struggle and dropped 3 more passes. Gray was noticeably absent from the field in the 2nd half as Murphy filled in and made some big plays.

    The Ducks battle Coach Cludgate and the UCLA Bruins next week.
     
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    Oregon 47
    UCLA 17

    The Ducks lucked out when Coach Cludgate was unable to coach due to strep throat. UCLA's players put up a good effort but it was not enough for the leaderless Bruins. The Ducks continued their offensive onslaught behind their newfound ground game. Seastrunk ran for over 200 yards on only 19 carries and Darron Thomas added a touchdown run of his own. Coach Slim said "I'm excited to finally see us running the ball well this year. Our o-line is really opening some holes and Seastunk is just a bolt of lightning." The only sore spot of the game for the Ducks was the play of Wr Gray. He dropped a big 3rd pass and then fumbled a punt. He was removed from his WR duties but remained on the field returning punts.
     
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    Oregon 47
    Stanford

    Last year the Cardinal embarrassed the Ducks and almost drove Coach Slim to quit. This year the roles were reversed as Oregon would jump out to a 13-7 lead and never look back, as the Ducks rolled 47-7. Once again the star of the offense was Lache Seastrunk who carried for well over 100 yards and ran for 2 TDS. Darron Thomas was hurt early in the 2nd quarter and missed the majority of the game with a bruised shoulder. Hawkins came in, and as usual, didn't miss a beat and ran the offense to perfection. The defense was lead by CB Harris who intercepted 2 passes, one in the endzone right before halftime to preserve a 27-7 lead. Coach Slim commented "The way our defense is playing right now we are able to get a lead and just sit back and play defense. It really takes the pressure off the offense knowing that the defense has their back." The Ducks are now 5-0 and ranked 7th in the country.
     
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    Just a Hint, U might want to Start Hawkins on out, he is a lot Tougher then Thomas. [​IMG]
     
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    yeah we use the 2 qb approach, but not by choice.
     
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    Oregon 35
    Utah 10

    Oregon traveled to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Utes. The Utes were coming off a thrashing at the hands of USC so the Ducks knew they would need to be at the top of their game this week. The game started out rather slow as Utah controlled the ball for most of the first half behind their short passing game and took a 3-0 lead into the 2nd quarter. The Ducks finally found some momentum in the second quarter in the form of Lache Seastrunk. Seastrunk would lead the Ducks down the field and Darron Thomas would sneak it in from the 4 as the Ducks took a 7-3 lead into the half. The third quarter was the Seastrunk show as he ran for touchdowns of 18 and 26 yards. The Ducks would coast in the 4th quater and add 14 more points to give them a 35-10 win. Coach Slim expressed his thoughts after the game "It was good to get in here and beat a good team but we really need to fine tune our passing game. We couldn't hit anything deep today and had to turn to our TE White to put up big numbers. I'm still really happy with our defense - that was a tough offense we went against today."
    The Ducks also picked up a mid week commit from 4 Star Athlete Craig Stevenson. At 6'5 190 pounds Stevenson will need to bulk up a little bit but with B- speed and a B+ arm Coach Slim thinks he found a sleeper. I have to credit our stuff with identifying a "sleeper." I can't believe no one else even recruited this kid. We're happy to have him on campus next year when Thomas takes his game to the pros."
     
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    Oregon 63
    Arizona 10

    Darron Thomas played his best game as Duck starting the game 13 for 13 for 278 yards. His first incompletion was a perfectly thrown 40+ yard bomb down the sideline that was dropped by WR Lowe. During the game Thomas also surpassed the Oregon record for career TD passes. Thomas would finish the game with over 300 yards passing for the first time all season but it was another player who stole the spotlight. Lache Seastrunk continued his amazing season with over 150 yards rushing and 40 receiving yards. Seastrunk averaged over 9 yards a carry as he broke long run after long run.
    Once again the Ducks defense stiffened up after yielding 10 points in the first quarter and missing lots of tackles. The defense brought constant pressure and knocked Arizona's starting QB out of the game in the 2nd quarter.
     
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    Oregon 45
    Oregon State 21

    The Civil War pitted an undefeated Ducks team against a 1 loss team Beavers squad so there was plenty of hype surrounding this game. The game started off with plenty of big fireworks as both teams led long, methodical touchdown drives. Oregon would then get help from a long forgotten player in WR Gray. Gray came in with a lot of promise but due to the dropsies had lost the confidence of Darron Thomas. Gray caught 2 long touchdown passes where he simply just ran by his defender in man coverage. The Ducks built a big lead in the 2nd quarter and simply coasted in the 2nd half.
    The Ducks were sitting on a 2 touchdown lead for most of the 2nd half and were able to coast behind the legs of Lache Seastrunk who went over 100 yards on the ground. Thomas passed for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns. Even more impressive was the play of Gray who caught his first 2 touchdown passes and matched his season output by going for over 150 yards. It was another all around impressive effort from the boys in Eugene.
     
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    Oregon 55
    Cal 7

    The game started out sloppy as the Ducks were intercepted on their first play and had a redzone fumble on their second drive. Cal took advantage of an aggressive defensive blitz and scored on a long screen pass to take an early 7-0 lead. The shock of trailing the Bears must have awaken the Ducks as they stormed back and put on an offensive display. It was the Darron Thomas to Keanon Lowe show as the connected for over 200 yards and 2 touchdowns. Coach Slim talked about his offensive game plan "We noticed early that they were stacking the box and bringing their safeties up to play the run. We decided to take advantage of that and attack them with the deep pass. Seastrunk had a tough day running the rock but Cal obviously came out here with the idea of shutting him down." It was an emotional game as Coach Slim faced his old sqaud. After the game Coach Slim talked to the press "It was tough to watch some of the guys I coached and recruited struggle like that. I'm definitely pulling for them to turn things around."
     
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    AU coach dropping in to do some scouting....
     
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    UF 34
    Oregon 17

    Coach Slim returned from a 1 game absence but it still wasn't enough to lead the Ducks to victory. The Mighty Gators proved too athletic and ruined the Ducks' chances of a national title. The Ducks were handcuffed on offense all night as their usually strong running game was non existent. coach Slim commented "We've been pretty good at blocking guys and opening holes all season. For some reason we just couldn't get a hat on their dlineman. We found a little bit of luck dumping the ball to our RBs over the middle but we were never able to consistently run the rock." The big turning point in the game came just before halftime as the Ducks were down 10-3 and in the redzone. After an injury to Seastrunk, true freshman RB Cantrell coughed up the ball and UF recovered.UF scored a TD with 20 seconds left to go up 17-3.
    Oregon would keep the game close in the 2nd half but never seriously threatened. Coach Slim commented "They have a great coach and great players. We just ran into a buzzsaw today. I was proud of our guys for not giving up but when you play a team like UF you have to play perfect football and we didn't that today."
     
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    After 3 straight embarassing losses Coach Slim has fired offensive coordinator Billy Gonzales and hired a member of Clemson's staff to bring the same offense to Eugene. Coach Slim refused to comment but from our sources you can expect to see the new offense in the bowl game
     
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    The Ducks ended the Darron Thomas era in a game that was a microcosm of his career - an up and down, injury plagued game. For the 4th straight game Seastrunk sat out (he was questionable for all of them) and Darron Thomas missed his final game with an undisclosed injury. Coach Slim angrily commented "I guess he hurt himself at the end of the USC game...I don't know. I'm a little upset right now but we need to get ready for next season. We have a wide open competition at QB next year." The Ducks passing game was non existent behind backup QB Hawkins. It wasn't until the Ducks lined true freshman Cantrell up in the I formation that teh offense got rolling. Cantrell steamrolled and outran the Vandy defense on his way to over 100 yards. The Oregon defense played commendable and held Vandy to 14 points.
     

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