The Year in Photos
Wednesday, January 20, 12:00 p.m. PST
The 2009 Oregon Ducks put on quite a show from Sept. 3 to Jan. 1, one that likely sets up the most anticipated season in school history come this fall. But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let's take a look back at Oregon's Pac-10 championship campaign.
LeGarrette Blount's season, and that of the Ducks, didn't exactly begin as planned.
A light moment on the season's darkest day.
The Ducks' lone touchdown in Boise put them in position to get back into the game despite going more than half the game without a first down.
Week 2: Introducing LaMichael James.
Javes Lewis is gonna score!
Morgan Flint's 28-yard field goal gave UO its first lead of 2009.
Walter Thurmond III's second TD in as many games - this time vs. Utah on a punt return - was one of many potential season-altering moments.
This shot helps sum up the team's defensive approach.
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It's no accident these two guys shared team MVP honors at the end of the year.
The Ducks finally put it all together in Week 4, crushing Cal and beginning their Rose Bowl run in earnest.
Looking for unsung heroes? Look no further than true freshman Michael Clay.
For the first time since 2006, Nate Costa lines up behind center.
Ed Dickson celebrates one of his three touchdowns on the day against the Bears.
Autzen Stadium was far from a homecoming for Beaverton HS product Kevin Reilly.
Duck Feed's favorite uni combo of the season may have been the Killer B's ensamble.
LaMichael James had two first-quarter scores in the blowout win over Washington State.
Jide Shinaba saw the field for the first time in his UO career, running for 16 yards on four carries.
With Masoli out due to injury, Costa comes through on the road in his first Pac-10 start.
Kenjon Barner makes a Rose Bowl play at the Rose Bowl (where else?). Barner had 383 all-purpose yards in two trips to Pasadena.
True frosh Cliff Harris wasted little time showing why he was a top prep recruit, making the most of his collegiate debut.
For the second time in three years, the Ducks ran wild at Husky Stadium.
Washington native David Paulson sticks it to the Dawgs.
Jeremiah Masoli answered questions about his knee injury with a pair of TD runs.
Halloween morning and Chip Kelly is in costume for ESPN's College Game Day.
D.J. Davis and the Ducks stayed rather traditional on Halloween night, including the recent tradition of sending USC home from the State of Oregon with an "L."
Barner flashes a sign of the times.
An Autzen record that would stand until Dec. 3.
Masoli was on against Stanford, but it wasn't enough in UO's lone Pac-10 setback.
LaMichael James went for 60 on this TD run, part of Oregon's 570 yards of total offense on The Farm.
Toby Gerhart could not and would not be stopped, leading the Cardinal to the upset.
After the wakeup call at Stanford, the Oregon defense took out its frustration on Arizona State.
Kiko Alonso came on as a key special teams player over the second half of the season.
Another endzone visit for James.
Has there ever been a harder-fought comeback than we saw in Tucson?
Ed Dickson celebrates in front of some UA fans who were on the field preparing for a celebration of their own.
Coach Stoops keeps calm, but the expressions on the sidelines tell the story.
The Six-Touchdown Man was college football's top player on this day.
The War for the Roses was civil at the start.
and Lightning finally on display at Autzen.
Jeff Maehl extended his Civil War touchdown streak to three with this 73-yard reception.
Kenny Rowe and the D-Line broke through in the second half and helped shutout the Beavers in the fourth quarter.
Pow! Masoli's late fourth-down run all but sewed up the Pac-10 title for the Ducks.
How sweet it is.
Quite an iinaugural football season for first-year Oregon president Richard Lariviere.
Barner did all he could in the Granddaddy of Them All.
Jeremiah Masoli hopes to be in a similar postseason position next year with a different result.
Max Forer was at center for Oregon's TD drive to open the third quarter, here blocking downfield for Barner.
Could we see a Ducks and Bucks repeat in the near future? You never know.