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Oregon hockey gearing up to #TakeBackTheCup

Friday, Oct. 17, the Ducks hockey team will face Washington, the team’s biggest rival in the league, in the home opener at Lane Events Center. Each year, both teams square off in a brutal four-game series for the I-5 Cup.

Last year, Washington won in a shootout after splitting the series 2-2. The year before, Oregon took it home for the first time in four years after an overtime victory.

“We don’t play Oregon State in hockey,” senior goaltender Trevor Peterson said. “This is really our biggest rival. We have the I-5 Cup and that’s our thing, our big game.”

Unsatisfied with its brief time with the cup, the team has spent the last month releasing Youtube videos with the hashtag #TakeBackTheCup to pump up fans, and themselves, for the start of the regular season.

The video idea came from the broadcast’s commentator Isaac Rosenthal and its director/executive producer Dylan Lee. After last year’s debt crisis, the two knew they had to get people to fill the stands. Rosenthal produced the ideas for sketches while Lee filmed. The process went a lot smoother than planned.

“You know, we thought it was going to be difficult to get people on the team to do them, but Isaac came in with the ideas and they were stoked,” Lee said. “Right from the get go they were like, ‘Okay, let’s do it.’ They were super excited to get out there, and they’re funny guys so it was nice to see them shine in that aspect as well.”

Currently, the videos range from preparing food in the off-season to playing basketball; the latter being Peterson and Patrick Sgarlata missing basket after basket while shooting hoops.

“I’d like to say that it (missing baskets) was faked, and some of it might’ve been, but they definitely tried to take a few and they definitely missed them,” Lee said, laughing. “They farmed it up a bit to make it funnier, but not much.”

“I am actually terrible at basketball so that was all legit,” Peterson said.

Even one of the hockey moms, Tracy Cockriel, was incorporated into a video with her son, Danny. While he played NHL 2k15 in his goalie mask, she cheered on his team as she would at a regular game – loudly and passionately. She also did the entire thing in a single cut.

“That video was hilarious,” Peterson said. “Same with my monologue (from a separate video), she was screaming like that for at least a good 10-15 minutes.”

Yet, there were times when she nearly lost her composure.

“I was trying not to laugh,” she said. “My daughter was sitting there off to the side…and she looked mortified.”

“I’m still waiting for my Oscar, though,” she joked.

It’s safe to say that more videos can be expected as fans on the team’s Facebook page like the videos and the players enjoying making them.

“We have a few ideas,” Lee said. “We’re working on getting some well-known aspects of Oregon hockey some people and regulars in there. We’ll leave it at that.”

November 19 – Eugene, Springfield and Lane County Headlines

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Marcus Mariota Throws for Three Scores Despite Limited Mobility

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Nobody would give a straight answer as to exactly how much Marcus Mariota’s mobility was limited, but it was clear the Ducks sophomore quarterback wasn’t exactly looking to run.

Mariota officially had four rushes for -18 yards, but three of those carries were sacks for losses of three, 9 and 11 yards. On his one actual carry, Mariota picked up five yards before getting out of bounds.

Marcus Mariota drops back for a pass in the Ducks' blowout win over Utah |  Photo by Walt Grondona/Eugene Daily News
Marcus Mariota drops back for a pass in the Ducks’ blowout win over Utah | Photo by Walt Grondona/Eugene Daily News

Some of that had to do with the way the defense was playing, with defensive ends forcing Mariota to hand the ball off on read options, but some of it can also be attributed to a gameplan designed to keep the Heisman hopeful safely in the pocket.

“I think he was a lot healthier going into this game than he was a week ago,” offensive coordinator Scott Frost said. “I think he’s close but we still didn’t want to put him in too many positions where things were designed for him to run.”

But that may not have been entirely different even if Mariota was at 100 percent.

“(Utah) does a great job of accounting for the quarterback in their scheme anyways,” Frost said. “Not a lot of people have had a lot of luck running the quarterback on designed runs.”

For his part, Mariota acknowledged some discomfort but stressed multiple times that he wasn’t about to use his knee as an excuse.

“They’d have to pull me off the field for me not to play,” Mariota said.

The quarterback added three more touchdown passes to his highlight reel and continued his remarkable streak of games without an interception, bringing the number to 353 pass attempts without an interception. Of the top 135 quarterbacks by yardage in the NCAA this season, only Mariota is yet to throw an interception.

“I almost want him to throw one to start a game–just lob it up to the free safety,” Helfrich said. “It’s bizarre…there were a couple tipped balls last week and a couple this week that for whatever reason found the turf–it’s phenomenal. That’s an 11 man deal.”

Mariota completed 19 of his 26 attempts on the night, none bigger than the 57 yard pass to Bralon Addison  on the Ducks first play from scrimmage after Utah cut the lead to 10-7.

“The corner bit on a flat route and I was able to stick it behind the corner and let Bralon run on to it,” Mariota said.

Addison finished as the Ducks leading receiver in a very balanced effort offensively. Addison, Josh Huff and De’Anthony Thomas all had four catches each, Daryle Hawkins added three and the tight ends combined for four receptions for 81 yards with Pharaoh Brown making two catches for 42 yards, Evan Baylis getting 25 yards on his only reception and Johnny Mundt finding the endzone for the fifth time this season.

The Ducks travel to Tuscon to take on Arizona next week, and there’s a good chance Mariota’s knee will be strong enough for him to go without the knee brace, but the Ducks will cross that bridge when they come to it.

Missed Opportunities Likely Cost Oregon Ducks Shot at National Title

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That felt awfully familiar.

Stanford dominated the Ducks in the trenches and ate up nearly three quarters of clock time while blanking the Ducks for the majority of the game. For coach David Shaw and the Cardinal – who now have the Rose Bowl in their sights again – it was a case of executing their gameplan.

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Bralon Addison misses a sure first down pass and a chance to continue a long drive | (Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

“If you control the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball you can beat these guys,” Stanford coach David Shaw said.

Even when everybody in the stadium knew what was coming, Stanford got just enough yards on the ground to extend their drives. Meanwhile, the Cardinal derailed Marcus Mariota‘s Heisman campaign by bringing pressure and making life difficult for the Ducks.

“They dominated the line of scrimmage tonight, something I’m sure our guys are not happy about,” Nick Aliotti said. “But the bottom line is they dominated the line of scrimmage and wer able to keep the ball, keep our offense off the field.”

But for all of the Cardinal’s success, Oregon still shot themselves in the foot, making a few crucial mistakes on offense.

“When we look at the film, there will be a lot of would haves, should haves, could haves, but unfortunately, you don’t get do overs,” Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said.

With the Ducks down 14-0 the offense finally started clicking, and Oregon marched into the red zone when De’Anthony Thomas was stripped by Shane Skov, cutting the drive short.

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Oregon’s Pharaoh Brown and Bralon Addison fight for position against a Stanford DB | (Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

It was already the second time in the game the Ducks came up short on fourth and goal earlier when Mariota missed Bralon Addison on a fade route.

“It was go all the way,” starting left tackle Tyler Johnstone said. “We’re not a field-goal kicking team, everybody knows that. We like to run the ball, throw the ball, we’re going to score touchdowns. Three points isn’t enough for us.”

On the ensuing drive after the Thomas fumble, Stanford was held to 3rd and 6 in their own territory and the Ducks got to Kevin Hogan in the backfield only to see the Cardinal quarterback salvage a first down on the play.

Stanford would drive down the field and eat the remainder of the first half clock before kicking a field goal–with no time left on the clock, thanks to a defensive pass interference on Troy Hill – to take a 17-0 lead into the locker room.

The Ducks would nearly make a unbelievable comeback late, with a rally sparked by Rodney Hardrick‘s second big special teams play in as many weeks, but it wasn’t to be.

For the second straight season the Cardinal ended the Ducks hopes of a national title, but if Oregon wins out a BCS berth is still on the table.

“It is tough and it is hard because a lot of these guys have really worked hard,” Mariota said. “It ain’t over. It happens. We’re going to come back stronger than ever and we’re just going to take it in stride.”

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2013 Pac-12 Pick’em: Week Eleven

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Pac-12 football is back and we at EDN Sports will do a weekly Pac-12 Pick’em. Each week we’ll give you our picks and track how we’ve done so far.

Season Pick’em Standings:

  • Alex Shoemaker: 57-11 (4-0 last week)
  • Ryan Beltram: 53-15 (3-1)
  • Isaac Rosenthal: 53-15 (3-1)
  • Corey Buchanan: 52-16 (3-1)
  • Franklin Bains: 50-18 (2-2)
  • David Saez: 50-18 (3-1)* editor’s note below

Thursday

No. 3 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) at No. 5 Stanford (7-1, 5-1) 6 p.m., ESPN (Comcast 35)

All eyes will be on Palo Alto Thursday night for the showdown between the Ducks and Cardinal, two BCS experienced teams with huge national title game implications. The Ducks sit at No. 3 in the BCS standings behind Florida State and need a victory to stay in the hunt for the coveted crystal football.

X-factor: Trent Murphy vs. Byron Marshall. The rushing battle between these squads will determine the outcome. Both Marshall and Stanford’s Tyler Gaffney rank among the nation’s best ball-carriers, but with Stanford end Ben Gardner out, the task falls solely to Murphy who has possibly the tougher task in taking down the surging sophomore and his sturdy line.

Alex: Oregon  Isaac: Oregon   Corey: Oregon   Franklin: Oregon   RyanOregon

Saturday

USC (6-3, 3-2) at California (1-8, 0-6) 12 p.m., Fox (Comcast 5)

Following a disastrous start to the season, the USC Trojans are winners of three of their last four games and on the outside looking in at a potential Pac-12 title game appearance should they run the table. Meanwhile for the Bears, this season is lost beyond recovery. With the worst record in the conference, an upset win could spark some momentum for next season.

X-factor: Chris Harper vs. USC Secondary. The battle in the defensive backfield is Cal’s opportunity to strike as they are heavily overmatched in this one. The Bears will need freshman Jared Goff on point, but more importantly their receivers to work into open space, to have a chance against the Trojans that they haven’t beaten in nine years. There have been a lot of good Golden Bear teams in that time; Sonny Dykes and co. will need to take some chances in this one — this isn’t one of them.

Alex: USC  Isaac: USC   Corey: USC   Franklin: USC   RyanUSC

No. 22 Arizona State (6-2, 4-1) at Utah (4-4, 1-4) 1 p.m., Pac-12 Network (Comcast 420)

Utah has been one of the difficult teams in the Pac-12 to figure out all season. With impressive performances against Stanford and UCLA, this team has shown promise of being one of the best second-tier teams. But bad losses to Arizona and USC the past two games, this team could be on the verge of crumbling. However, a bye week to prepare for the Pac-12 South leading Sun Devils could be exactly that they need to turn this season around.

X-factor: Utah Defensive Front vs. ASU O Line. Utah’s first seven on defense are a quality bunch and they can get some damage done up front, especially against an ASU line that hasn’t really been tested. Utah has been known to keep games interesting this season and that won’t change this week if the Ute linebackers keep spark plug Marion Grice in front of them.

Alex: ASU  Isaac: ASU   Corey: ASU   Franklin: Utah   RyanASU

Colorado (3-5, 0-5) at Washington (5-3, 2-3) 5 p.m., Pac-12 Network (Comcast 420)

The Washington Huskies appear to have stopped the bleeding after three straight losses to Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State with last weekend’s win over Cal. Not that a win over Cal really says much at all. While it wouldn’t be nice to cal the Bu

X-factor: Keith Price vs. CU Secondary Depth. Colorado HB Michael Adkins and DB Kenneth Crawley have missed practice this week and early on it was unclear whether they would be able to play Saturday. They returned late Tuesday, but how much will that drama affect an already questionable Buffalo defense? Knowing Sankey will get his yards (look for him to outgain Byron Marshall’s 122 by a distance), Price and the receivers should take advantage of the second level.

Alex: Washington  Isaac: Washington   Corey: Washington   Franklin: Washington   RyanWashington

No. 19 UCLA (6-2, 3-2) at Arizona (6-2, 3-2) 7 p.m., ESPN (Comcast 35)

Besides Oregon at Stanford, this game is clearly the matchup of the week for the conference. Both UCLA and Arizona are a game behind ASU in the South and a loss will more than likely spoil any chances of competing in the Pac-12 title game, baring complete anarchy. Both of these teams have backloaded schedules. UCLA faces Washington, ASU and USC following this game while Arizona has games against Washington State, Oregon and ASU. Neither team can afford to lose again.

X-factor: Ka’Deem Carey vs. Anthony Barr. Can anyone stop Carey? If anyone, it’ll probably be Barr, one of the country’s best defensive players. In a battle between an unstoppable force and an immovable object, the immovable object that happens to wear the same colors as Brett Hundley will have an advantage. The Arizona rushing game is something else this year, but it likely won’t be enough against UCLA’s cabal of linebackers led by fearsome Anthony. But if they have a chance it all goes through Carey.

Alex: UCLA  Isaac: UCLA   Corey: UCLA   Franklin: UCLA   RyanArizona

Note: David Saez is no longer with EDN and no longer participating in our weekly Pac-12 Pick’em. EDN is sad to see such a good writer go, but wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.

2013 Pac-12 Pick’em: Week Ten

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Pac-12 football is back and we at EDN Sports will do a weekly Pac-12 Pick’em. Each week we’ll give you our picks and track how we’ve done so far.

Season Pick’em Standings:

  • Alex Shoemaker: 53-11 (5-0 last week)
  • Ryan Beltram: 50-14 (5-0)
  • Isaac Rosenthal: 50-14 (4-1)
  • Corey Buchanan: 49-15 (4-1)
  • Franklin Bains: 48-16 (4-1)
  • David Saez: 47-17 (3-2)

Thursday

Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) at Washington State (4-4, 2-3) 7:30 p.m. (ESPN 35)

Both teams have a lot riding on this game. With a win the Sun Devils maintain ts one-game lead over Pac-12 South foe UCLA. For the Cougars, a win moves them closer to bowl eligibility – needing six wins to reach that mark. ASU has dominated this series of late, winners of eight of the last nine. But this Cougs offense might just have enough fire power to keep it close.

X-factorConnor Halliday. Halliday and Mike Leach can start to breath deeply. After taking a 24-17 lead against Oregon State, the Cougs saw the full power of the Beaver State’s secondaries and threw 7 interceptions over the course of the next 5 quarters. Now they get a Thursday date with the Sun Devils and can put some distance between themselves and Steven Nelson, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Terrance Mitchell. That’s not to say that Halliday can’t throw picks to the Sun Devil defense, just that it’s not as likely as it would be against the Beavs and Ducks (first and second, respectively, in the conference in interceptions).

Alex: Arizona State  Isaac: Arizona State   Corey: Arizona State   Franklin: Washington State   David: Arizona State   RyanArizona State

Friday

USC (5-3, 2-2) at Oregon State (6-2, 4-1) 6 p.m. (ESPN2 36)

Friday’s showdown between the Trojans and Beavs is the best game of the week in the Pac-12 by most analysts. Oregon State looks to bounce back from a hard-fought loss to No. 5 Stanford on Saturday, while USC is 2-1 since the firing of then head coach Lane Kiffin and only a four-point loss away from being undefeated in that stretch. While neither one of these teams is out of the running for a conference title, it’d take a great stretch of luck in November. A win on Friday is a must.

X-factorOSU O-Line vs. USC D Front. Oregon State’s offensive line hasn’t exactly impressed through nine weeks. The holes haven’t been there for Storm Woods and so while the rushing game has gone away, the passing game has flourished. That’s not to say, however, that Sean Mannion hasn’t been running for his life at times. He has been. And USC has the athletes throughout the forest of its front 7 to get in Mannion’s head. For OSU to win, they’ll need their own forest to step up and protect.

Alex: USC  Isaac: Oregon State   Corey: Oregon State   Franklin: Oregon State   DavidOregon State   RyanOregon State

Saturday

Arizona (5-2, 2-2) at California (1-7, 0-5) 12:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network 420)

The Golden Bears and Arizona Wildcats have had one of the most competitive matchups in the league for years. At 14-14-2 all-time and 2-2 over the past four meetings, it wouldn’t be crazy to expect a close game. However, this may be the worst Cal team in a decade while the Wildcats are winners of their last two games and have an outside shot of winning the Pac-12 South. This could be close early, but Rich Rodrigues’ high powered running attack should tear apart the Bears’ defense.

X-factorB.J. Denker. The senior QB has the same amount of rushing and passing TDs (8) this year, and is starting to come into his own as the Wildcats field general. Against the Cal rushing defense though, his job early will be just to hand off to the conference’s best RB in Ka’Deem Carey. If the conference’s worst team by a margin makes a push for its first FBS win this season though, Denker has the ability to tuck and run and will use it.

Alex: Arizona  Isaac: Arizona   Corey: Arizona   Franklin: Arizona   DavidArizona   RyanArizona

Colorado (3-4, 0-4) at No. 20 UCLA (5-2, 2-2) 4:30 (Fox Sports 1 408)

On paper, the top-25 Bruins should have every advantage against a still rebuilding Buffaloes squad still looking for its fist conference win. However, with the Bruins looking to keep up energy after two loses to Stanford and Oregon its hard to say just what mindset the team will be in. This has textbook upset alert written all over it.

X-factorBrett Hundley. The last two weeks haven’t exactly been kind to the sophomore quarterback. Stanford (219) and then Oregon (136) held him to his lowest total yardage output of his career. Before the Stanford game, he had never been held to less than 250 yards in a game, and in 10 of 19 career games, he recorded over 300 yards. Colorado has nothing to lose this week, but they also don’t have the athletes to compete with UCLA’s skill position players.

Alex: UCLA  Isaac: UCLA   Corey: UCLA   Franklin: UCLA   DavidUCLA   RyanUCLA

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2013 Pac-12 Pick’em: Week Nine

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Pac-12 football is back and we at EDN Sports will do a weekly Pac-12 Pick’em. Each week we’ll give you our picks and track how we’ve done so far.

Season Pick’em Standings:

  • Alex Shoemaker: 48-11 (4-3 last week)
  • Isaac Rosenthal: 46-13 (6-1)
  • Corey Buchanan: 45-14 (3-4)
  • David Saez: 44-15 (3-4)
  • Franklin Bains: 44-15 (3-4)
  • Ryan Beltram: 45-14 (4-3)

Utah (4-3, 1-3) at USC (4-3, 1-2), 1 p.m., Pac-12 Network (Comcast 420)

USC and Utah meet as equals in an odd way. USC has improved from a pitiful start that forced Lane Kiffin’s exit, but seem to at least have found their way. Utah, however, stands among its conference opponents after a couple mediocre years to start their membership in the Pac-12, having toppled Stanford two weeks ago. Look for this one to come down to which team can establish the run.

X-factor: Travis Wilson’s Status. Wilson indicated he will try to play Saturday against the up-and-down Trojans, and he’s the biggest key to any game the Utes play this season. But especially now, as they take to the road against an angry USC team, Wilson will need to hit Dres Anderson and the other above average skill players to stay together against the streaky Trojans. The Utes front lines are underrated and they’ll test Silas Redd and Tre Madden, especially with USC missing the talents of Marqise Lee.

Alex: USC  Isaac: Utah   Corey: USC   Franklin: Utah   DavidUtah   RyanUSC

No. 12 UCLA (5-1, 2-1) at No. 3 Oregon (7-0, 4-0), 4 p.m., ESPN (Comcast 35)

Oregon’s first big test will come a week after UCLA’s initial exam. Where the Bruins failed theirs, the Ducks are in prime position to excel. The Bruin defense might have a tougher task than the offense here, as stopping the Ducks — the Cardinal proved last year — takes a task of bringing the Oregon offense back down to earth. Brett Hundley and Marcus Mariota will impress occasionally, but the defenses should pitch an impressive battle in this one.

X-factorDerrick Malone vs. UCLA Running Game. UCLA needs a strong push with its running offense to get the wheels spinning against the Oregon defense. If they can hold the ball and keep it moving without opening up chances against the Duck secondary — eager after some success in the INT category last week — they’ll have a chance to stay in the game, but the Ducks are just too good to be slowed down, even by the best linebacker in the country.

Alex: Oregon  Isaac: Oregon   Corey: Oregon   Franklin: Oregon   DavidOregon   RyanOregon

Arizona (4-2, 1-2) at Colorado (3-3, 0-3), 5 p.m., Pac-12 Network (Comcast 420)

Arizona is impossible to predict this year, which makes their game against the confusing Buffs all more confusing. B.J. Denker is a solid enough option threat, but that’s about it as USC proved his downfield threat pretty moot. Arizona has the athletes to put Colorado away, but Colorado has the excitement factor that might bring this one down to the wire.

X-factor: Ka’Deem Carey. The last time Carey played this team, he ran for a career high and 366 yards. This is a different Colorado team than it was a year ago, but it’s still one that’s giving up yards in bunches to FBS teams and that’s not going to work well against the nation-leading back (161 yards per game). Colorado has a couple good young linebackers, but they’ll be run over by the Arizona run game.

Alex: Arizona  Isaac: Arizona   Corey: Colorado   Franklin: Arizona   DavidArizona   RyanArizona

No. 6 Stanford (6-1, 4-1) at No. 25 Oregon State (6-1, 4-0), 7:30 p.m., ESPN (Comcast 35)

A top-10 opponent, strolling into Corvallis to improve on their national championship hopes, while an angry Beaver squad is licking its chops. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. It’s a popular pick for everyone’s upset bids this weekend, and for good reason. The Beavers can score in bunches, but have some sneaking suspicions on defense and that ominous FCS loss hanging over them. Don’t be surprised if Brandin Cooks starts knocking on the door of 1,500 season receiving yards as he enters the weekend with a ridiculous 1,176.

X-factorEd Reynolds vs. Sean Mannion. Let’s state some things that are facts: Oregon State’s near-league-worst rushing is not going to be effective against Stanford’s near-league-best rush defense. The Cardinal’s rushing attack is going to be very effective against the Beavs’ tacklers. Kevin Hogan is not a good quarterback. This game will come down to how many times (not if) Mannion can connect with his All-American split end Cooks. If Reynolds can keep the ball in front of him, Stanford can choke out the confusing Beavers.

Alex: Stanford  Isaac: Stanford   Corey: Stanford   Franklin: Stanford   DavidOregon State   RyanStanford

California (1-6, 0-4) at Washington (4-3, 1-3), 8 p.m., Fox Sports 1 (Comcast 408)

One of these things is not like the other. Despite the fact that Washington is looking a four-week losing streak straight in the face, the chances of them blinking against the winless-against-the-FBS Cal Golden Bears is not likely. Washington still has the athletes, still has the prestige, but now they have the anger and something to prove that should give them the edge over conference-worst Cal. (Psst, Sonny Dykes, you can’t draft Andrew Wiggins after the season in college football.)

X-factorBishop Sankey. Sankey did not have a very good week last week as the Huskies got pounded for their third loss in a row — the second-straight by at least 21 and third of the season. After scoring the first points of the game, putting the Huskies up 7-0, Sankey added just 13 more rushing yards and one catch for 26 yards. Washington needs a big statement against a bad Cal team to avoid continuing to swirl the drain in the direction of a seven-win season. That starts with a big day for Sankey.

Alex: Washington  Isaac: Washington   Corey: Washington   Franklin: Washington   DavidWashington   RyanWashington

Connor Halliday Sets Passing Record in Blowout Loss

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Washington State isn’t what one would call a balanced offense, but what happened on Saturday night at Autzen Stadium was, well, different.

Mike Leach‘s team ran the ball 12 times for two yards on the night but picked up 557 more through the air. Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday threw the ball an NCAA record 89 times and tied an NCAA record with 58 completions.

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Connor Halliday | (Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

Impressive though Halliday’s 55-of-89, 557 yard performance may be, it comes in a loss–and it’s hard to say what a record for passing attempts even means.

“I’m kinda stunned by the fact that he would keep his starting quarterback and crew in there,” Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said, “and still be throwing the ball with twenty seconds left, but he did. They wanted stats, they got stats, but we got the most important stat.”

The Ducks countered Washington States throw-the-ball-on-every-down approach by tempting Halliday into making poor throws, and Oregon’s defensive backs were all only too happy to play centerfield.

The difference in the game, once again, turned out to be the Ducks second half adjustments as Oregon turned a 10 point halftime lead into a 24 point victory that wasn’t as close as the scoreboard indicated.

Terrance Mitchell
Terrance Mitchell | (Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

“I was very pleased with the way we came out in the third quarter,” Aliotti said. “I thought in the third quarter we really took over the game and then in the fourth quarter he’s still throwing probably when most guys would try to end the game and go home.”

Oregon intercepted Halliday four times in the game, one in the second quarter, and three in the second half, returning one for a touchdown.

“We saw on film that (Halliday) takes chances and throws the ball up,” free safety Avery Patterson said. “That’s something we kind of keyed on, and we were able to capitalize.”

Perhaps most amazingly, the Ducks secondary defended 89 pass attempts without committing a single pass interference penalty. In fact, no flags were thrown for pass interference against either team despite over 120 pass attempts between the two teams.

“There were zero,” Alioti said. “In 121 passes. That’s almost impossible. Think about it.Think about that.”

Asked if that statistic had anything to do with his complaints about officiating in the past, Aliotti could only laugh.

“I can’t take full credit,” he said, “but I’ve never seen a game where you throw 121 passes and there’s not one pass interference call, so we’ll work on something else next week.”

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Dominant Passing Game Leads Oregon to 10th Straight Over Arch Rivals

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Oregon was tested for the first time on Saturday, and they passed with flying colors.

Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota | (Alex Shoemaker/Eugene Daily News)

Playing in the fourth quarter for just the fifth time as a starter, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota had perhaps his most complete game of his Oregon career, completing 24-of-31 passes for three touchdowns and–most importantly–no interceptions.

“You can’t say enough about how he played,” Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich said. “But at the same time it’s an 11-man offense.”

Mariota’s performance was enough to earn high praise from even the opposing coach.

“I don’t have a Heisman vote but if I’d be hard pressed to say we’ll see a better quarterback this year,” Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “That dude is special.”

It was an afternoon when the Ducks needed production from a lot of different guys with Colt Lyerla‘s recent decision to leave the program and De’Anthony Thomas due to injury–despite the fact that Thomas was dressed for the game.

“A bunch of guys made a bunch of plays,” Helfrich said. “Bralon (Addison) was huge, Josh Huff made a ton of plays. Both tight ends contributed. I thought Thomas Tyner grew up today by making a couple of plays that were veteran.”

Addison’s performance–which came on his birthday–was especially key for the Ducks as Huff went down with an injury early in the first. In his absence Addison would make four catches in the first half for 95 of his 157 yards on the night.

Bralon Addison
Bralon Addison | (Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

The Ducks hit the locker room at halftime not knowing Huff’s fate for the second half–but nobody was surprised when the wideout was ready for the second half.

“That guy’s a fighter,” Addison said. “he came to the sideline in pain, we were all praying for him. Coach Helfrich came by, everybody said, ‘we’re playing this game for Josh.’ When we went in at halftime, he was walking around in the locker room, jogging around.”

Huff said he didn’t have to do much begging for the training staff to clear him to return.

“They told me to make some cuts, and I made some cuts and it felt good,” Huff said.

When Huff did return to the game in the second half, he made an immediate impact, pulling in a 65 yard touchdown reception after Washington marched down the field and scored to open the half and cut the lead to 21-14.

The Ducks had an incredibly balanced game on the ground as well, with Mariota keeping the ball 13 times, Tyner running it 12 times and Byron Marshall continuing to grow into his role as a featured back, earning 106 yards on 19 carries.

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2013 Pac-12 Pick’em: Week Seven

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Pac-12 football is back and we at EDN Sports will do a weekly Pac-12 Pick’em. Each week we’ll give you our picks and track how we’ve done so far.

Season Pick’em Standings:

  • Alex Shoemaker: 40-6 (4-1 last week)
  • Corey Buchanan: 38-8 (2-3)
  • David Saez: 37-9 (3-2)
  • Franklin Bains: 37-9 (4-1)
  • Isaac Rosenthal: 37-9 (4-1)
  • Ryan Beltram: 37-9 (4-1)

Thursday 
Arizona (3-1, 0-1) at USC (3-2, 0-2) 7:30 p.m. Fox Sports 1 (Comcast 408)

The USC Trojans welcome in new head coach Ed Orgeron in a must-win game against Pac-12 South foe Arizona. With Lane Kiffin now slumming on the beaches of Southern California, what differences will there be with the Trojan offensive attack? The defensive guru Orgeron isn’t likely to implement anything completely foreign from Kiffin’s operation, but with a new play caller running the offense we might not see a screen pass on every play.

X-factor: Kadeem Carey vs USC Run Defense. The Wildcats struggle to throw the football. It’s pretty simple. Arizona ranks 121st in the country with just over 111 yards per game. However, on the ground they dominate with Carey and the running abilities of quarterback B.J. Denker. If the Wildcats are able to run the football and aren’t forced to go to the air, they’ll have a chance to pull off the upset.

Alex: USC  Isaac: Arizona   Corey: Arizona   Franklin: USC   DavidArizona   RyanArizona

Saturday

No. 2 Oregon (5-0, 2-0) at No. 16 Washington (4-1, 1-1) 1 p.m. Fox Sports 1 (Comcast 408)

Not only the game of the week in the Pac-12, but the border war between the Oregon Ducks is the best game for week seven in the entire country. These two rivals will square off Saturday afternoon in a game that could be crucial for the Pac-12 North race. Both ranked in the top-25, Washington has a legitimate chance to break the Ducks’ current nine-game winning streak in the rivalry. Check HERE for predictions by EDN’s experts.

X-factor: Oregon Offense vs. Washington Crowd. While the Ducks have road wins against Virginia and Colorado, neither opponent has posed nearly the challenge that Washington does this weekend. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota hasn’t faced a more hostile crowd in his collegiate career, and you can take it to the bank that Husky fans will be geared up for the game.

Alex: Oregon  Isaac: Oregon   Corey: Oregon   Franklin: Oregon   DavidOregon   RyanOregon

No. 5 Stanford (5-0, 3-0) at Utah (3-2, 0-2) 3 p.m. Pac-12 Network (Comcast 420)

Both of these teams are coming off of close games the week before. Stanford a a three-point win over the Huskies and Utah a tough loss at home to the UCLA Bruins. While the Cardinal are favored by double digits, road games after close wins can be very dangerous.

X-factor: Will Stanford have a letdown week? After a, physical, draining, nail-biter against the Washington Huskies last week how will the Stanford Cardinal come out and perform? Will the Cardinal be up for an inferior opponent and give a 100% effort? While coaches and players can regurgitate “Win the day” or whatever mantra they may choose to use, no one really knows if this team is recovered enough for another football game.

Alex: Stanford  Isaac: Stanford   Corey: Stanford   Franklin: Stanford   David: Stanford   RyanStanford

Colorado (2-2, 0-2) at Arizona State (3-2, 1-1) 7 p.m. Pac-12 Network (Comcast 420)

Offenses should take center stage as the Buffs take to the road once more after taking tough defeats the last two weeks against Oregon and Oregon State. The Sun Devils are going to be angry as well, dropping a tough late game to Notre Dame last week. ASU is among the conference’s best in scoring offense this fall, but nowhere to be found in the defenses — an odd spot for usually defensively solid Arizona State. So this should be a pretty even offensive matchup, and whoever develops a stronger running presence will have an advantage.

X-factor: Colorado Run Game vs. Will Sutton. Paul Richardson proved last week that he can pick up yards no matter who the opposing defense is, cresting 600 season receiving yards against Oregon. If Christian Powell and the other Buff rushers can get going, Colorado might be a popular, and wise, upset pick.

Alex: ASU  Isaac: ASU   Corey: ASU   Franklin: ASU   DavidASU   RyanASU

California (1-4, 0-2) at No. 11 UCLA (4-0, 1-0) 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 (Comcast 36)

The UC showdown this year probably couldn’t be more lopsided. Jared Goff leads a talented Bears offense, but Cal — without an FBS win to their name — takes to the Rose Bowl to face a UCLA team on top of the world. Anthony Barr and the UCLA defense is more than enough to keep the Bruins ahead, as Brett Hundley and co. should be able to follow Oregon’s blueprints to run straight through Cal’s line.

X-factor: Jared Goff. The true freshman quarterback is really Cal’s only opportunity to stay close as Barr should keep Brendan Bigelow and the Bear running game neutralized fairly easily. Goff finding Harper and Treggs for big chunks of the field will give Cal a puncher’s chance.

Alex: UCLA  Isaac: UCLA   Corey: UCLA   Franklin: UCLA   DavidUCLA   RyanUCLA

Oregon State (4-1, 2-0) at Washington State (4-2, 2-1) 7:30 ESPNU (Comcast 411)

It’s probably a must-win for both teams as the Beavers take north to Pullman. Mike Leach’s team could come within one game of bowl eligibility with a win here, but they’re up against Mike Riley’s squad, who’ve been an electric bunch since dropping the opener to Eastern Washington. Don’t count on a lot of running from either team, as the OSU rushing game has been struggling for weeks and Wazzu prefers to air it out anyway.

X-factor: Connor Halliday vs. OSU Secondary. Oregon State’s defense has gotten eaten up through the air in several contests this year. Their biggest challenge this year will come in the Cougar offense that hasn’t struggled to reach its targets early and often in the fall. If the Beavers hope to stop the aerial attack, the proven method of success is attacking Halliday. The Coug cabal of receivers is too successful and speedy to slow down, and it will take opportunistic takeaways to give Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks the advantage in a shootout.

Alex: Washington State  Isaac: Washington State   Corey: Oregon State   Franklin: Washington State   DavidOregon State   RyanOregon State

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