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Oregon runs for Roses, runs over UCLA

Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:41 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 11:43 pm
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon ran over UCLA so bad Friday night, they might have beaten the Bruins back to Los Angeles.

They'll make the trip down, to Pasadena to be precise, in a month but took care of business against an overwhelmed South representative to win the conference in the first ever Pac-12 championship game 49-31.

The Ducks will head to the Rose Bowl looking for their first win since 1917, Rick Neuheisel will head home with out a job. The recently fired head coach said the team was ready to shock the world.

They scored, shockingly, for the first time since November 19th.

UCLA lost the coin toss and, despite a few plays that gave them life, were never in the game from that point. The Pac-12 championship game was never about them however.

"We end the season with three teams in the top 10 and what looks like two BCS bowl teams for the second year in a row," commissioner Larry Scott said during his state of the conference address. "And seven bowl-eligible teams and what would have been eight."

That eighth team, USC, was the reason why UCLA "represented" the South division despite going .500 on the year . The athletic department brass didn't think too highly of their chances and applied for - and were granted - a waiver to go to a bowl game despite a 6-7 record. While the Bruins will likely end up in San Francisco for the game, the Trojans sat at home serving out the final year of their bowl ban and watched two teams they beat.

"All-in-all, I still think it's been a strong season," Scott continued. "The Pac-12 and the SEC are the only conferences to have three teams in the top 10. The conference is clearly establishing itself as a perennial, elite football conference."

The night showed off the good and bad of West Coast football. In front of a national audience, Oregon showed how good it could be. UCLA showed how far they had to go. Despite some sloppy play on both sides of the ball, the Ducks ran into the record books as easy as their running backs ran into the end zone.

LaMichael James became the first player in conference history to post three 1,500+ yard rushing seasons. He passed some guy named Marcus Allen on the career rushing list and moved into second place on the Pac-12 rushing touchdowns list. Darron Thomas became the school's career leader in touchdown passes (63) and had a career-long run. The Ducks set school records for rushing yards and touchdown passes.

Duck. Duck. Duck. Rose.

UCLA's Pistol offense was shooting blanks most of the night when it wasn't the players in the foot with turnovers. Still, they put up more points than many expected after coming in as the biggest underdog in postseason play according to Vegas insiders. There were positive plays, such as Kevin Prince flea-flicker to Nelson Rosario for a 37 yard touchdown. There were negative ones too, such as Derrick Coleman attempting to pitch the ball on a reverse despite the recipient being well past him. Oregon recovered and scored on 4th down on a Thomas touchdown pass to make it 35-14. The team fought hard but were simply outclassed by a Ducks team that seemed to be looking for style points ahead of their matchup against either Wisconsin or Michigan State the day after New Year's.

Head coach Chip Kelly made it a point to put up impressive numbers, using timeouts before halftime and going for it numerous times on 4th down. It may not have been the best show of sportsmanship but it did result in his third straight outright Pac-12 title as head coach. Winning the conference is one thing but if he wants to take the program to the next level, he'll have to get over the hump of winning a BCS game. Kelly has a .500 record against teams with two or more weeks to prepare so something will have to change.

Friday night however, nothing changed for Oregon. They ran their way to another win and in this case, plenty of roses.

Comments

Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 9:55 am
 

Oregon runs for Roses, runs over UCLA

Oregon won the game and ran over UCLA 49-31 before 59,000 fans and know they are heading to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1917 in their history of football history.Good Luck to the Ducks and whom they meet either Wisconsin or MSU.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2011 3:00 am
 

Oregon runs for Roses, runs over UCLA

Whatever.  Have fun living in the midwest.  Glad to see most teams out there changed over to artificial turf so the cheerleaders would stop grazing during games.
 

Come January, Oregon will probably lose to a midwest team... again.  


    



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:45 am
 

Oregon runs for Roses, runs over UCLA

Can't give Oregon extra chances by laying the ball on the floor.  This was actually a typical game from a team that just underachieved.  The bruins proved they could move the ball, but they are not a smart team and dumb mistakes always creep up on them.  Had to play error free ball (Neuheisal probably told them that all week) and on the 2nd play, they put the ball on the ground.    I thought Neuheisal, being home grown, would turn this program around, but what this team lacked was discipline on both offense and defense.  I hope the next coach scraps the Pistol and go back to the pro-set.

At least we covered the spread.  The game was more entertaining than I thought.  Oregon will have their hands full against Wisconsin (I think they beat MSU)



Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:01 am
 

Oregon runs for Roses, runs over UCLA

Melampus seems to be a fan of the conference, then?  That seems to be the norm nowadays.  Must be nice being able to root for 12 teams, instead of one.  I love how Tennesee fans crow about how good the SEC is, instead of how crappy their team is. 

Whatever.  Have fun living in the midwest.  Glad to see most teams out there changed over to artificial turf so the cheerleaders would stop grazing during games. 



Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:38 am
 

Oregon runs for Roses, runs over UCLA

The outcome was not the big question for the Bruins...it was whether they could score enough points to make it a reasonably entertaining game. Oregon had too many playmakers and they ran through and around the Bruin defense. Their quickness and athleticism was too much to overcome by the Bruin defense which was running out of gas as the game progressed. Nevertheless, a valiant effort by an outmanned UCLA team. Good luck to the Ducks in the Rose Bowl. Should be a great game against either the Badgers or the Spartans.



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:35 am
 

Oregon runs for Roses, runs over UCLA

I agree Quazaar51, whoever represents the Big Ten is going Duck hunting for real.



Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:13 am
 

Oregon runs for Roses, runs over UCLA

Oregon may get to keep Pac 12 trophy.  But at the end of the year, USC was the best team in the Pac.  Ducks were unimpressive tonight considering who they were playing.  I expect the Ducks to lay another Rose Bowl egg.


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