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Oregon Weekly Football Release - Oregon State
Release Date: 11/21/2012
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National Television: Pac-12 Networks with Ted Robinson (pxp), Glenn Parker (analyst) and Ryan Nece (reporter). Local Radio: Oregon IMG with Jerry Allen (pxp) and Mike Jorgensen (analyst). Satellite Radio: Sirius 134, XM 202.

•Saturday's game marks the 116th meeting of the Ducks and Beavers in the Civil War, the longest-running college football rivalry west of the Rocky Mountains.
•The Ducks hold a 59-46-10 advantage in the all-time series and have a 27-9-1 (.743) mark vs. the Beavers since 1975.
•Oregon is 27-18-5 against OSU in Corvallis and have won two straight at Reser Stadium.
•UO's 59 wins over the Beavers are the most against any opponent (52 vs. Idaho is next).

•Oregon has won 14 consecutive non-neutral site away games, which is the longest streak in the nation. The next closest team is No. 2 Alabama at nine games.
•FR QB Marcus Mariota's completion percentage of 69.8% is currently ahead of Sam Bradford's NCAA freshman record of 69.5% for Oklahoma in 2007.
•SO RB De'Anthony Thomas is one of two players nationally, along with Western Kentucky's Antonio Andrews, with 200 or more yards rushing, receiving, punt returning and kick returning.
•Oregon State SR WR Markus Wheaton is the cousin of legendary Oregon cornerback Kenny Wheaton and Beavers' SO RB Terron Ward is the younger brother of standout Duck and current Cleveland Browns' safety T.J. Ward.
•Oregon is the only program to play in a BCS bowl game each of the last three seasons and is just the sixth program to ever accomplish that feat.
•SR RB Kenjon Barner is one of three finalists for the Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation's top running back. Barner's selection marks the third straight year an Oregon player has been selected as a finalist, following in the footsteps of LaMichael James, who won the award in 2010 and was a finalist last season.

In five short seasons, Chip Kelly has threatened to redefine the 116-year history of football at the University of Oregon. It started in 2007 in his first year as the Ducks' offensive coordinator and has carried into his fourth season as the University's head coach. Throughout the duration has been the emergence of a program among the nation's elite behind the architect of one of the most prolific offenses in the country that has transformed the standard of college football. No other coach in school history has guided the football team to three consecutive undisputed conference championships - a feat surpassed only twice in league history. And although nine coaches have accumulated more league titles than the Manchester, N.H. native, only USC's John Robinson succeeded in doing so as a first-year head coach. In the process of accumulating a 44-7 ledger in his three-plus seasons at the helm, the two-time conference coach of the year sandwiched a pair of Rose Bowl appearances around the 2011 BCS National Championship Game. Accentuating the success was last year's 45-38 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. In addition to accumulating a mark of 32-3 in league play, his .863 overall winning percentage is the highest in school history and his .914 percentage in conference play is the best in league annals.

The 2012 Oregon Ducks return 52 letterwinners, including 12 players who were starters last season - five on offense and seven on defense. UO also welcomes back every specialist with the exception of punt returner LaMichael James.

The season opener vs. Arkansas State saw 23 players make their Oregon debut, including 11 redshirt freshmen and two junior college transfers. The seven true freshmen to take the field were WR Bralon Addison, DE Arik Armstead, TE Pharaoh Brown, DE DeForest Buckner, TE T.J. Daniel, RB Byron Marshall and WR Dwayne Stanford. DT Alex Balducci became the eighth true freshman to play this year when he took the field in Week 11 at Cal.

With conference crowns in each of the past three seasons, Oregon became just the second team to win three straight outright Pac-12 championships since the conference expanded to ten teams in 1978, joining USC from 2003-05 (‘04 and ‘05 titles since vacated).

Less than one full season into his college career, FR QB Marcus Mariota has set the Pac-12 freshman record for touchdown passes and proven to be the perfect fit to lead Oregon's vaunted offense. After emerging as the starter at the end of an offseason competition with SO QB Bryan Bennett, the 6-4 signal-caller from Honolulu has impressed with his poise, leading the Ducks on nine consecutive touchdown drives to start his career over the first two games. In Week 3, Mariota became the first freshman QB in Oregon history to pass for 300 yards in a game, completing 21 of 28 attempts for 308 yards and four touchdowns. At Arizona State in Week 8, Mariota became the first Duck since Joey Harrington in the 2000 Holiday Bowl vs. Texas with touchdowns passing, rushing and receiving in the same game. Included against the Sun Devils was an 86-yard touchdown run - the longest ever by a UO quarterback and fifth-longest rush in school history. Over a two-week stretch in early November, the Hawaiian signal-caller has as many touchdowns (10) as incompletions, lighting up then-No. 18 USC for 304 yards and four scores on 20 of 23 passing before tossing six TDs at Cal (27 of 34, 377 yards). All told, Mariota amassed 819 combined yards of total offense against the Trojans and Bears. Ranking sixth nationally in passing efficiency (168.01), Mariota is completing nearly 70% of his attempts on the season (201 of 288) while accumulating totals of 2,371 yards and 29 TDs and six interceptions. He is the first freshman to start a season at quarterback for the Ducks since Danny O'Neil in 1991.

Saturday, November 3, 2012. A date that will likely live on in record books for as long as Oregon and the Pac-12 Conference sponsor the sport of football. That's the day SR RB Kenjon Barner became the first Oregon back to eclipse 300 rushing yards in a game and ran for a conference record-tying five touchdowns in the Ducks' 62-51 dismantling of USC. Barner finished with 321 yards, now the fifth-highest total in Pac-12 history, as UO set the school mark for total offense with 730 yards. Barner's personal totals and the Ducks' team yardage and points scored were the most ever by a USC opponent in the Trojans' storied 124-year history.

Of Oregon's 73 drives resulting in touchdowns this season, 41 have lasted less than two minutes and 22 have taken 60 seconds or less.

The Nov. 17 loss vs. then-No. 16 Stanford snapped the longest winning streak in program history at 13 games.

Despite a No. 4 ranking in both of the human polls that are components of the BCS formula (USA Today, Harris), Oregon is No. 5 in the sixth BCS Standings released Sunday, Nov. 18, behind Notre Dame, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. The Ducks' average computer ranking was seventh. Oregon now has 75 all-time appearances in the BCS Standings, the most of any Pac-12 school and seventh-most of any program in the country. UO has been ranked in every BCS Standings (30) since Chip Kelly became head coach in 2009, including 27 appearances in the top 10.

Oregon's current stretch of three consecutive appearances in BCS bowl games is the most of any team in college football. Only three teams have qualified for more than three straight BCS bowls since the series' inception: USC (7), Ohio State (5) and Miami (4).

SR LB Michael Clay had one of the most impressive performances by an Oregon defender in the past 30 years Nov. 17 vs. Stanford, finishing the game with 20 tackles (10 solo) in the Ducks' overtime defeat. The true senior from San Jose, Calif., had 14 stops by halftime and his total ranked as the third-most tackles at UO since 1983.

Single-Game Tackles (Since 1983)
1. Lerry Wilson, 22 (3-19) vs. HOU, 9-24-1983
2. Dan Ralph, 21 (3-18) vs. OSU, 11-19-1983
3. Michael Clay, 20 (10-10) vs. STAN, 11-17-2012
    Joe Farwell, 20 (7-13) vs. OSU, 11-23-1991
5. Chris Vandiver, 19 (13-6) vs. STAN, 9-26-1998
    Scott Whitney, 19 (8-11) vs. ASU, 10-29-1988
    Todd Welch, 19 (12-7) at OSU, 11-17-1984

It took until the fourth game of the season, but the Ducks returned not one, but two interceptions for touchdowns in the win over Arizona. SO CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu went 49 yards for a score on his second pick of the game, and SO CB Troy Hill sprinted 29 yards for his end zone visit. SO S Avery Patterson added his first career TD return (34 yards) the following week against Washington State and scored again from 43 yards in UO's Week 6 game vs. Washington, giving the Ducks four on the year, which is tied for third nationally and equals the school record from 1991. Oregon is second in the FBS in total interceptions with 20 and leads the nation in interception return yards with 469.

Oregon has scored 76 touchdowns through its first eight games this season and running backs Kenjon Barner (20) and De'Anthony Thomas (13) have combined for 42% of them (33). The two explosive backs are the only Oregon players, dating back through at least the 1965 season, to score touchdowns rushing, receiving, punt returning and kickoff returning in a career.

Oregon has won 14 straight road games, which leads the country Alabama is second with nine. The Ducks' last road loss occurred on Nov. 7, 2009, at Stanford (51-42) - the only conference road setback in Chip Kelly's three-plus years as head coach.

The Ducks are 13-6 against AP top 25 teams in the Chip Kelly era, including a 3-1 mark this year. At home, Kelly's troops are 9-2 vs. the top 25. Oregon is 3-1 in road games against ranked foes and 1-3 at neutral sites under Kelly. UO's only loss to a non-ranked team during Kelly's tenure came at Stanford on Nov. 7, 2009. The Cardinal became ranked the following week as a result.

Oregon is 5-3 against the AP top 10 under Chip Kelly, including a 2-1 mark in 2011 with wins at No. 3 Stanford and vs. No. 9 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Two of the defeats have come in BCS bowl games - vs. No. 8 Ohio State in the 2010 Rose Bowl and No. 1 Auburn in the 2011 BCS Championship - and the other vs. No. 4 LSU in the 2011 Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas.

Head coach Chip Kelly made his sideline debut at Autzen Stadium Sept. 12, 2009 (W 38-36 vs. Purdue) after spending the prior two seasons calling plays from a booth high above the field as the team's offensive coordinator. Since Kelly's arrival in 2007, the Ducks are 36-5 at Autzen, averaging 46.6 points per home game.

With a standing room only crowd of 58,792 at Autzen Stadium on Nov. 17 vs. Stanford, the Ducks ran the nation's fourth-longest sellout streak to 89 consecutive games (cap. 54,000), dating to 1999.

Fifty-three different players have made tackles for Oregon after ten games this season, with 16 players posting 20 or more stops and 11 with 30 or more. Leading the way are senior linebackers Michael Clay and Kiko Alonso, who are averaging 8.2 and 6.8 tackles per game, respectively.

Oregon's all-time leading rusher LaMichael James may be gone, but the Ducks' current roster features four players who have etched their names on a prestigious rushing list. FR QB Marcus Mariota, RB De'Anthony Thomas, JR WR Josh Huff and SR RB Kenjon Barner own four of the longest runs in school history. Thomas' 91-yard touchdown run in the 2012 Rose Bowl Game is the second-longest at Oregon, Mariota ranks fifth with his 86-yard score at ASU - the longest rush in the Pac-12 this season, Huff is tied for sixth with an 85-yard TD vs. Arizona in 2010 and Barner is tenth with his 84-yard score at Colorado last season.

Oregon's Sept. 22 shutout of Arizona (49-0) was the third clean sheet during Chip Kelly's three-plus seasons at the helm. The game marked UO's first conference shutout since a 35-0 win over Stanford on Oct. 25, 2003, although the UO defense held Colorado scoreless in last season's 45-2 victory at Colorado, which scored by recording a safety on an Oregon punt return.

Since 2000, Oregon is 34-6 in regular season, out-of-conference contests, earning notable victories against the likes of Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Michigan (x2). During that stretch, the Ducks are 3-1 against the SEC, 5-2 vs. the Big Ten, 1-1 vs. the Big 12, 4-0 against the Mountain West, 12-2 vs. the WAC, 2-0 against Conference USA and 6-0 vs. FCS sides.

An often overlooked facet of Oregon's success has been the continuity of its coaching staff. Fourth-year head coach Chip Kelly, now in his sixth season on staff, is a relative newcomer in Eugene compared to his core group of assistants, who have remained intact over the course of three different head coaches. Running backs coach Gary Campbell is in his 30th year on the Oregon staff, which is the longest tenure of any Oregon assistant football coach in school history. In addition, offensive line coach and running game coordinator Steve Greatwood enters his 26th season at UO, linebackers coach Don Pellum is in his 20th campaign, while defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti has spent 20 full seasons at Oregon over three separate stints. Oregon is the only school in the FBS that has seen zero turnover on staff over the past three seasons.

In 2011, Oregon accumulated 69 "explosion plays" of 25 yards or more from scrimmage. Of that number, the Ducks returned eight players in 2012 who accounted for 35 of those "big plays," including 11 by SO RB De'Anthony Thomas and eight by SR RB Kenjon Barner. A staple of Oregon's "blur" offensive attack, Oregon has 39 such plays this season, 15 of which have gone for touchdowns.

86 - Mariota rush at ASU*
80 - Barner rush at WSU*
77 - Mariota rush vs. STAN
71 - Barner rush at ASU*
59 - Thomas rush vs. TT*
58 - Mariota rush at USC
55 - Addison rec. vs. ARIZ* (Mariota)
51 - Thomas rush vs. FS*
49 - Thomas rec. vs. TT (Mariota)
48 - Barner rec. vs. CU (Mariota)
48 - Lyerla rec. vs. UW (Mariota)
44 - Thomas rush vs. CU
42 - Barner rush vs. CU
41 - Barner rush at USC
39 - Huff rec. at CAL* (Mariota)
39 - Thomas rush vs. FS*
36 - Huff rec. at USC* (Mariota)
35 - Huff rec. at CAL* (Mariota)
35 - Lyerla rec. vs. ARIZ (Mariota)
34 - Lyerla rec. at CAL (Mariota)
34 - Huff rec. vs. UW* (Mariota)
33 - Forde rush vs. TT
33 - Barner rush vs. FS
33 - Thomas rush vs. ARKST*
32 - Lowe rec. at USC
32 - Kelley rec. vs. CU (Bennett)
32 - Marshall rush vs. UW
30 - Huff rec. at USC (Mariota)
30 - Bennett rush vs. CU
30 - Barner rec. at WSU* (Mariota)
29 - Murphy rec. at WSU (Mariota)
28 - Lowe rec. vs. STAN* (Mariota)
28 - Mariota rush vs. FS
27 - Barner rush at USC*
27 - Marshall rush vs. TT
26 - Thomas rush vs. CU
26 - Brown rec. vs. TT (Mariota)
25 - Thomas rec. at CAL (Mariota)
25 - Marshall rush at ASU
* indicates touchdown

When FR RB Byron Marshall ran for 125 yards in Oregon's Sept. 15 win vs. Tennessee Tech, he became the third UO true freshman in as many seasons to hit the 100-yard mark in a single game, joining Josh Huff (103 vs. Arizona in 2010) and De'Anthony Thomas (155 vs. Wisconsin in 2011).

With the Oregon offense piling up 63 points in Week 3 vs. Tennessee Tech, the Ducks' defense took the opportunity by going deep on the depth chart to get reserves ample snaps. The result was 34 different players registering at least one tackle, including JR Ben Butterfield, a one-time WR, getting his first licks in at safety.

ESPN College GameDay produced its weekly college football preview show from the University of Oregon Nov. 17, marking the seventh appearance in Eugene by the immensely popular show which features host Chris Fowler along with analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and reporters Samantha Steele and Tom Rinaldi. The live broadcast originated from the Lillis Business Complex on campus. Oregon has a 5-2 record when hosting GameDay with defeats coming vs. No. 18 Stanford in overtime this season and against No. 6 Cal, 31-24, in 2007. Last season, the No. 9 Ducks beat No. 18 Arizona State, 41-27. Other home wins in front of GameDay were a 52-31 victory over No. 9 Stanford in 2010 (UO was No. 4), a 47-20 Halloween upset of fourth-ranked USC in ‘09 (UO was No. 10), a 35-23 win vs. No. 6 Arizona State in ‘07 (UO was No. 4) and a 29-10 upset of No. 6 UCLA in 2000 (UO was unranked).

The Ducks are taking the field this year wearing the fully integrated Nike uniform system that debuted at the 2012 Rose Bowl. The new uniform incorporates pinnacle performance innovation and design while providing enhanced thermoregulation and more durability with the inclusion of Nike Chain Maille Mesh - a lightweight ultra-breathable material - used in both the jersey and pant.

1-Yellow-Apple Green-Yellow
2*Carbon Fiber-Yellow*Steel
6-Yellow-Apple Green-Black
7-Carbon Fiber-White-Steel
8-Carbon Fiber-Black-Black
11-Carbon Fiber-Black-Steel

Kenjon Barner, Sr., RB
•Doak Walker Award Finalist (RB)
•Walter Camp Award Semifinalist (POY)
•Maxwell Award Semifinalist (POY)
•Paul Hornung Award WL (most versatile player)

John Boyett, Sr., S
•Bednarik Award WL (defense)
•Bronko Nagurski Trophy WL (defense)
•Jim Thorpe Award WL (defensive back)

Michael Clay, Sr., LB
•Rotary Lombardi Award WL (lineman/LB)

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, So., CB
•Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist (DB)

Hroniss Grasu, So., C
•Rimington Trophy WL (center)

Dion Jordan, Sr., DE
•Butkus Award Semifinalist (linebacker)
•Bednarik Award WL (defense)
•Rotary Lombardi Award WL (lineman/LB)
•Bronko Nagurski Trophy WL (defense)
•Ted Hendricks Award WL (defensive end)

Marcus Mariota, Fr., QB
•Davey O'Brien Award Semifinalist (QB)
•Maxwell Award WL (player of the year)

Jackson Rice, Sr., P
•Ray Guy Award WL (punter)

De'Anthony Thomas, So., RB
•Maxwell Award Semifinalist (POY)
•Walter Camp Award WL (player of the year)
•Paul Hornung Award WL (most versatile)
•Jet Award WL (return specialist)

Carson York, Sr., OG
•Rotary Lombardi Award WL (lineman/LB)
•Outland Trophy WL (interior lineman)

A running tally of weekly accolades for Oregon Football:

Week 12 - Stanford
Michael Clay, Sr., LB
Honorable Mention CFPA LB of the Week
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, So., DB
Honorable Mention CFPA DB of the Week

Week 11 - California
Josh Huff, Jr., WR
Honorable Mention CFPA WR of the Week
Colt Lyerla, So., TE
Honorable Mention CFPA TE of the Week
Marcus Mariota, Fr., QB
CFPA National Performer of the Week
CFPA QB of the Week
De'Anthony Thomas, So., RB
Honorable Mention CFPA AP of the Week

Week 10 - USC
Kiko Alonso, Sr., LB
CFPA Linebacker of the Week
Kenjon Barner, Sr., RB
Walter Camp National Player of the Week
Pac-12 Player of the Week (Offense)
CPFA Running Back of the Week
Josh Huff, Jr., WR
Honorable Mention CFPA WR of the Week
Marcus Mariota, Fr., QB
Manning Award National Player of the Week
Honorable Mention CFPA QB of the Week
Capital One/ESPN Impact Player of the Week
Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week

Week 9 - Colorado
De'Anthony Thomas, So., RB
CFPA Punt Returner of the Week
Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll

Week 8 - at Arizona State
Kenjon Barner, Sr., RB
Honorable Mention CFPA RB of the Week
Avery Patterson, So., S
Honorable Mention CFPA DB of the Week

Week 6 - vs. Washington
Kiko Alonso, Sr., LB
CFPA Linebacker of the Week
Colt Lyerla, So., TE
Honorable Mention CFPA TE of the Week
Marcus Mariota, Fr., QB
Hon. Mention Davey O'Brien QB of the Week
Honorable Mention CFPA QB of the Week
Avery Patterson, So., S
Honorable Mention CFPA DB of the Week

Week 5 - at Washington State
Kenjon Barner, Sr., RB
CFPA Running Back of the Week

Week 4 - vs. Arizona
Michael Clay, Sr., LB
Pac-12 Player of the Week (Defense)
Honorable Mention CFPA LB of the Week
Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, So., CB
Jim Thorpe Award DB of the Week
CFPA Defensive Back of the Week
Kiko Alonso, Sr., LB
Honorable Mention CFPA LB of the Week

Week 3 - vs. Tennessee Tech
Marcus Mariota, Fr., QB
Hon. Mention Davey O'Brien QB of the Week
De'Anthony Thomas, So., RB
Honorable Mention CFPA AP of the Week
Honorable Mention CFPA PR of the Week

Week 2 - vs. Fresno State
Kenjon Barner, Sr., RB
Honorable Mention CFPA RB of the Week
De'Anthony Thomas, So., RB
Honorable Mention CFPA AP of the Week

Week 1 - vs. Arkansas State
Marcus Mariota, Fr., QB
Honorable Mention CFPA QB of the Week
De'Anthony Thomas, So., RB
Honorable Mention CFPA AP of the Week


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