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Ducks Continue Rivalry Dominance Over UW

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SEATTLETravis Dye rushed for 211 yards while Oregon’s defense held Washington to 166 yards of total offense as the No. 4 Ducks beat the Huskies in cold, wet conditions on the road Saturday evening, 26-16.

After the Ducks dug themselves an early hole due to an interception and a safety, they leaned on Dye and the running game along with a suffocating defense that allowed just seven first downs. Anthony Brown put the early interception behind him with one touchdown each on the ground and through the air, while Noah Sewell paced the defensive effort with 10 tackles.

On a day when ranked teams from Michigan State, Wake Forest, Baylor, Auburn and Mississippi State all lost on the road, the Ducks (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) proved their mettle in a tight game yet again this season and remained on track for a spot in the College Football Playoff.

“Rivalry games are hard enough as it is, and especially in November,” UO coach Mario Cristobal said. “And then to have a rivalry game on the road, it’s reflected across the country how hard it is.”

The Oregon Ducks take on the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington on November 6th, 2021(Eric Evans Photography)

The game began in dubious fashion for the Ducks. Brown was intercepted on Oregon’s opening possession, and a long return set up Washington for a one-yard rushing touchdown. After Camden Lewis got the Ducks on the board with a 46-yard field goal into the wind blowing in off Lake Washington, a breakdown by the UO punt return team led to a safety that made it 9-3.

The passing game clicked for Oregon midway through the second quarter, with Brown opening a UO possession with a 22-yard completion to Jaylon Redd and capping it with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Devon Williams, who has scored in back-to-back games. That gave the Ducks a 10-9 lead at halftime.

“Without a doubt, we were really having a tough time finding our way on offense early,” Cristobal said. “It was raining sideways, just about. The passing game, we had to be smart, had to limit what we were doing. And the defense, it felt like it was three-and-out, or four or five plays and out, consistently.”

Oregon’s defense forced a three-and-out to open the second half, with freshman linebacker Jeffrey Bassa recording a sack. Dye then ran the ball on five straights plays, totaling 68 yards, to set up a two-yard rushing touchdown by Brown. Dye scored himself on the opening play of the fourth quarter, a 19-yard scamper that gave Oregon a 24-9 lead.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington on November 6th, 2021(Eric Evans Photography)

“He’s a game changer,” Cristobal said of Dye. “And he changed it in a lot of different ways.”

Washington’s offense finally found some life after that score, driving 75 yards — almost half the Huskies’ total yardage in the game — to get within 24-16. The ensuing UO drive reached the 1-yard line before being backed up by penalties, but the defense came up big again and forced a UW punt, on which the snap sailed out of the end zone for a safety that made it 26-16.

Oregon appeared to score on a rush by Byron Cardwell in the waning seconds of the game. A replay review ruled him short of the goal line, and time expired for the Ducks’ third straight win over Washington, and 15th in the last 17 meetings between the two.

Along with Sewell and Bassa, Oregon’s defensive effort was led by safety Jordan Happle, who recorded an interception despite wearing a padded club to protect the hand injury that sidelined him for the Ducks’ win over Colorado. Center Alex Forsyth also returned from an injury, one that had sidelined him for the previous four games, and his presence was particularly welcome late in Saturday’s game after Ryan Walk was sidelined by an injury that had him on crutches in the fourth quarter.


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Ducks Wrap Day Two at Gonzaga Invite

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Oregon dropped its four singles matches on day two of the Gonzaga Invitational Saturday, and will look for the doubles pair of Uxia Martinez Moral and Misaki Kobayashi to advance when they play in the semifinals Sunday. 
 
How it Happened: Martinez Moral dropped her quarterfinal match in singles play to Sally Pethybridge of Portland, 7-5, 6-4, before Allison Mulville fell in her match 6-2, 6-3 to Washington’s Zoey Weil. Oregon’s other two players dropped third-set tiebreakers, as Kobayashi lost 6-7(4), 6-4, 1-0(10) and Mia Ljubas dropped her match, 6-4, 6-7(5), 1-0(6). 
 
Singles Results (Quarterfinals)
Sally Pethybridge (UP) def. Uxia Martinez Moral (ORE), 7-5, 6-4
Zoey Weil (UW) def. Allison Mulville (ORE), 6-2, 6-3
Kianna Oda (GU) def. Misaki Kobayashi (ORE), 6-7(4), 6-4, 1-0(10)
Maria Villarejo (Montana St.) def. Mia Ljubas (ORE), 6-4, 6-7(5), 1-0(6)
 
Up Next: The Ducks finish up play at the Gonzaga Invitational Sunday. 
 

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Ducks Top Westmont In Exhibition Finale

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EUGENE, Ore. – Oregon delivered an efficient offensive performance led by five players in double figures in a 95-65 win over Westmont Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena in the second of the Ducks’ two exhibitions.
 
“Certainly offensively I thought we did some really good stuff today,” said head coach Kelly Graves. “For the most part we got pretty much what we wanted to offensively. Defensively, we struggled a little bit. We had some players playing in new spots so we kind of just had to get through that.”
 
How it Happened: Oregon got off to a bit of a slow start offensively and led 20-13 after the first quarter. The Ducks found more of a rhythm in the second quarter behind a strong inside performance from Nyara Sabally. The junior scored seven points and grabbed four rebounds in the second frame and was just one board shy of a double-double at the break, with 12 points and nine rebounds.
 
After Westmont cut the Oregon lead to 12 with just under four minutes left in the first half, the Ducks went on an 11-2 run to head into the break in front 46-25.
 
The Ducks continued to open things up in the second half, starting the third quarter on a 10-0 run to go up 58-25 with 6:25 to go. Sedona Prince got going offensively, scoring six of the team’s first eight points in the second half while connecting on her first four shots from the field.
 
The two teams traded buckets the rest of the way, with 6-foot-8 freshman Phillipina Kyei dominating inside after halftime, scoring 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the second half.
 
Who Stood Out: Sabally and Prince each posted double-doubles, with Sabally scoring 14 points while grabbing 11 rebounds in just 15 minutes of action, while Prince went for 10 points and 11 boards. Kyei led all scorers in the game with 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting to go along with five rebounds. Sydney Parrish turned in a strong shooting day, finishing with 16 points while going 4-for-7 from outside. Maddie Scherr delivered another steady performance, scoring eight points while dishing out eight assists with no turnovers. Oregon turned it over just five times as a team, including just once in the second half, while tallying 24 assists.
 
Up Next: The Ducks open the regular season Tuesday against Idaho State at 7:30 p.m. in Matthew Knight Arena.

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Moriyama, Gueant Wrap Up International Competition

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EUGENE, Ore. – Yuki Moriyama tied for 16th at the 2021 Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, while Tom Gueant helped France finish fourth at the 2021 Spirit International amateur golf championship.
                                                                                                                          
In a field of the top 120 amateur golfers from the Asia-Pacific region, Moriyama finished at 6-under 278 (71-70-65-72) at the par 71 Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He shot a 6-under 65 in the third round Friday where he carded six birdies and 12 pars.
 
At the Spirit International, played at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas, Gueant was among 80 men’s and women’s amateur golfers from 20 countries selected to compete for their country.

Tom Gueant
 
Gueant had his best round of the tournament on Saturday, a 2-over 74, to help France finish fourth at 2-under 646. Each country was represented by two female and two male golfers.
 
The Ducks return to college competition Monday through Wednesday at the Saint Mary’s Invitational to wrap up the fall season.
 
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Scandia Run 2021

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Junction City will host the 47th edition of the annual Scandia Run this summer! COVID-19 protocols will be in place to ensure participant safety. Start times will be in ten minute waves.The scenic, flat 10K run is one of the fastest 10K courses anywhere. There will also be a 5K run option. Runners and Walkers are both welcome to participate. Registration is now open!

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Stars Shine Bright On Opening Night

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The center of the track and field universe this weekend is Hayward Field, and the stars were shining brilliantly on the first night of the Prefontaine Classic.

Friday’s program featured four races at the reimagined home of Oregon track and field. Prior to the last event of the night, an official opening ceremony was held to celebrate the first year of competition at the venue, and to honor the world-class athletes both collegiate and professional who helped Eugene earn the designation of TrackTown USA.

The ceremony included all three living alums featured on the stadium’s iconic tower, including two-time 1960 Olympic gold medalist Otis Davis, who kicked off the ceremony alongside recently crowned Olympic bronze medalist Raevyn Rogers.

After dozens of Tokyo Olympians on hand for the event were introduced, along with a group of UO track and field alumni, the ceremony ended with Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton offering a formal welcome to the fans and athletes on hand celebrating the new home of track and field in the United States, and the host venue for the 2022 World Championships.

Oregon Alumni Hayward Opening Ceremony

On the track, three-time Tokyo Olympic medalist Sifan Hassan capped the evening by taking a shot at the world record at 5,000 meters. With newly implemented Wavelight technology setting the pace along the rail, Hassan crossed the line in 14 minutes, 27.89 seconds, shy of the record but faster than her gold medal-winning time from Tokyo of 14:36.79.

The evening began with Rebecca Mehra winning the women’s 1,500 meters in 4:06.75. In the international men’s mile, crowd favorite Craig Engels took the lead coming off the final turn and waved his arm in the air to call for more noise out of the fans, but he was caught in the final few meters by Geordie Beamish, who won in 3:54.86; Oregon alum Sam Prakel was fourth in 3:55.49.

Francine Niyonsaba then won the women’s 2-mile race in 9:00.75, the third-fastest time in history. Then, the venue lights went dark, the Hayward Field tower lit up in green and yellow and the opening ceremony began.

The program featured a tribute to all five icons featured on the tower, including Davis, Eaton, Rogers, Bill Bowerman and Steve Prefontaine. Then a who’s who of recent Olympians was introduced, including gold medalists such as Eliud Kipchoge and Katie Nageotte, and the new generation of American stars including Rai Benjamin, Noah Lyles, Raven Saunders and Gabby Thomas.

The meet concludes Saturday with races featuring Rogers and fellow UO alums who also raced in the Tokyo Games including Jessica Hull, Cravon Gillespie, Jenna Prandini and Matthew Centrowitz. It will be a world-class program hosted by a world-class venue, which got an opening ceremony befitting its past, present and future on Friday night.


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Pre Classic is Back in Eugene This Weekend

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EUGENE, Ore. – For the first time since 2018, the Nike Prefontaine Classic is back in Eugene at Hayward Field beginning Friday. Eight past Oregon standouts are scheduled to compete including recent Olympic medalists Jenna Prandini and Raevyn Rogers.
 
Prandini won silver in Tokyo with the United States’ 4×100-meter relay and Rogers kicked her way to a bronze medal in the 800 meters. Both will run—Prandini in the 200, Rogers in the 800—Saturday.
 
Ducks at the 2021 Pre Classic:
Friday, August 20
9:12 p.m. – men’s international mile – Sam Prakel
Saturday, August 21
1:33 p.m. – men’s 200 meters – Kyree King
1:48 p.m. – women’s 800 meters – Raevyn Rogers, Sabrina Southerland
2:12 p.m. – women’s 1500 meters – Jessica Hull
2:37 p.m. – men’s 100 meters – Cravon Gillespie
2:45 p.m. – women’s 200 meters – Jenna Prandini
2:52 p.m. – men’s Bowerman mile – Matthew Centrowitz
 
In addition to Prandini and Rogers, the list of UO Olympians competing this weekend includes Hull, Gillespie and Centrowitz.
 
How to Watch:
Friday, August 20
8:40 p.m. – USATF.tv / RunnerSpace PLUS
Saturday, August 21
1:00 p.m. – Peacock Premium
1:30 p.m. – NBC
*all times Pacific
 
Friday’s program will also feature an opening celebration for Hayward Field. After a two-year hiatus from Eugene due to stadium renovation in 2019 and the meet’s cancellation in 2020, this year’s Pre Classic represents the first opportunity since May 2018 for international athletes to compete in front of the Hayward Field faithful.
 
In less than one year’s time, Hayward Field will host the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 (July 15-24) to mark the first time the event will be held in the United States.
 
The Prefontaine Classic is the ninth stop on the Wanda Diamond League tour.
 
For more news and information about Oregon Track and Field, follow @OregonTF on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Prefontaine Classic Track & Field Meet

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The Prefontaine Classic, a premiere track and field meet and the only stop in North America on the prestigious World Athletics Tour, will return to Hayward Field in Eugene. Named for the legendary runner Steve Prefontaine, the event showcases some of the greatest athletes in the world, all of whom must be ranked in the Top 50 in the world to be eligible to compete. This will be one of the first events held at the newly renovated Hayward Field, which has been upgraded to be an elite, world-class facility for athletes and fans alike.

Tickets are on sale now at GoDucks.com.

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Explosive Opener For Ducks

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Year one of Graeme Abel‘s tenure at Oregon ended with the Ducks’ first winning record in 15 years. Year two began with the UO women’s highest scoring season opener in nearly 25 years.

What else could be in store during this new era for the program? Based on Thursday, the sky could be the limit.

Oregon exploded for five goals Thursday and posted a clean sheet defensively to beat visiting Fresno State at Papé Field, 5-0. The five goals were the most for the program in a single game since 2010, and the most by the Ducks in a season opener since 1997.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Fresno State Bulldogs at Papé Field in Eugene,Oregon on August 18, 2021. (Eric Evans Photography)

“It’s a great feeling,” said Mia Palmer, a fifth-year defender from Portland who scored the Ducks’ first goal of the season. “It’s been a while since we’ve scored five goals like this, and also to have a clean slate, it is a great feeling.”

How It Happened: Palmer got the scoring started in the 15th minute when she received a pass from Chai Cortez perhaps 30 yards away from the goal, near the Oregon bench. Palmer blasted a shot to the far post for a 1-0 lead.

The Oregon Ducks take on the Fresno State Bulldogs at Papé Field in Eugene,Oregon on August 18, 2021. (Eric Evans Photography)

Ally Cook, who led the Ducks with four goals in the spring, is already halfway to that total this fall. She slid in front of the goal to poke home a pass from Zoe Hasenauer in the 23rd minute, and nine minutes later Cook made it 3-0 when she collected a throw-in from Cortez on the left side and tucked it inside the near post.

“We came out super fast with Mia and Chai linking up and scoring an amazing goal, and that definitely just broke the ice for us,” Cook said. “Having a non-forward score was amazing, and it put the pressure on us (forwards), like, ‘Oh, now we have to figure it out.’ And our mentality was like, no matter what the score is we keep going. We’ve got to show who we are.”


 

Eden Hardy made it 4-0 eight minutes into the second half, making a brilliant run to slice through Fresno State’s back line before putting it away.

With the Ducks using every available player in the match, it was freshman Kaitlyn Paculba stuffing home a pass that Lara Kirkby chipped between two defenders for Oregon’s final goal of the night.


 

Who Stood Out: Cook scored on each of her two shots and now has 11 career goals, one shy of entering the UO career top 10. Palmer’s goal was the third of her career and her first game-winner, and Hasenauer moved into a tie for fourth in UO history with her 12th career assist. Leah Freeman made two saves in goal for the shutout, the sixth of her career.

What It Means: The Ducks scored the most goals by the program since a 6-1 victory over Butler on Sept. 19, 2010. It was Oregon’s highest-scoring season opener and largest margin of victory in an opener since a 7-2 win over San Francisco State in 1997.

Up Next: The Ducks play at San Francisco on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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Weekly Pairings Set For 2021-22 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Season

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SAN FRANCISCO — The weekly matchups and site designations for the Oregon men’s basketball team’s 2021-22 Pac-12 Conference schedule were announced on Thursday by the league office.
 
The announcement reflects the games being played and the home/away designations each week of the Pac-12 regular season. Specific dates and times for each game within a week will be announced later this summer after selections by the league’s television partners are finalized. All Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball games will be televised by either Pac-12 Network, ESPN/2/U, FOX/FS1 or CBS.
 
The league previously announced a pair of early December matchups for the Ducks, who will host Arizona State on December 5 before traveling to Stanford on December 12.
 
Following the early conference contests, the remainder of league play will resume the week of December 29 and conclude March 5 ahead of the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas (March 9-12).
 
Oregon Men’s Basketball 2021-22 Pac-12 Weekly Conference Matchups
Dec. 5
vs. Arizona State
 
Dec. 12
at Stanford
 
Week of Dec. 29 – Jan. 2
vs. Colorado/Utah
 
Week of Jan. 5-9
at Oregon State
 
Week of Jan. 12-16
at UCLA/USC
 
Week of Jan. 19-23
vs. Washington/Washington State
 
Week of Jan. 26-30
vs. Oregon State
 
Week of Feb. 2-6
at Colorado/Utah
 
Week of Feb. 9-13
vs. California/Stanford
 
Week of Feb. 16-20
at Arizona/Arizona State
 
Week of Feb. 23-27
vs. UCLA/USC
 
Week of March 2-5
at Washington/Washington State

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