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Oregon Weekly Football Release - Arizona State
Release Date: 10/15/2012
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National Television: ESPN with Rece Davis (pxp), Jesse Palmer (analyst), David Pollack (analyst) and Samantha Steele (reporter). Local Radio: Oregon IMG with Jerry Allen (pxp) and Mike Jorgensen (analyst). Satellite Radio: Sirius 91, XM 91.

•The all-time series between Oregon and Arizona State is tied, 16-16, but the Ducks have won seven straight and 11 of the last 14, dating to 1998. UO has also taken the last four meetings in Tempe, averaging 43.8 points per game in the process.

•Oregon is No. 3 in the initial BCS Standings released Sunday, UO's second-highest debut in the BCS (No. 2 in 2010). The Ducks now have 70 all-time appearances in the BCS Standings, the most of any Pac-12 school and tied for seventh overall with Michigan.
•UO's string of nine consecutive wins is second nationally to Alabama's 10 straight victories.
•Oregon has won 11 straight games on the road, which leads the country - Alabama is second with seven. The Ducks' last road loss occurred on Nov. 7, 2009, at Stanford (51-42) - the only conference road setback in Chip Kelly's 3+ year head coaching career.
•UO has scored 30 or more points in 19 straight games, the longest streak in the FBS. The Ducks are 38-2 when scoring 30-plus in the Kelly era.
•Oregon has scored 42 or more points in nine straight games, including eight of 49 or more, and own the longest current streak in the nation of 40-plus points.
•The Ducks have never lost a game from Week 2 through Week 8 (26-0) in Kelly's tenure as a head coach.
•Brothers and fellow running backs Byron (Oregon) and Cameron (ASU) Marshall will be facing each other for the first, and possibly only time, as collegians. Byron, a true freshman, has run for 258 yards and three touchdowns in four appearances, while senior Cameron has 262 yards and five scores over six games.
•The Ducks are 6-0 for the seventh time in 117 seasons, but second time in the last three.

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 40-6 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 28-2 in league play, his .870 overall winning percentage is the highest in school history and his .933 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.

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).

UO is 6-0 for the third time in three years, but only the seventh time in 117 seasons. The school record for most consecutive victories to start a season is 12 by the 2010 squad.

The Ducks' defense has allowed opponents only nine touchdowns in 25 trips inside the red zone this year, including only four TDs in 16 trips inside the 20-yard line in Pac-12 play. Oregon denied Arizona all six times it penetrated the red zone while posting its first shutout in conference play since 2003. Through the first three Pac-12 games, the UO defense has allowed just six Red Zone scores overall (37.5%), which is the best percentage in the FBS among teams that have played three or more conference games.

Six games may be a relatively small sample size, but it's hard not to be impressed by the early play of FR QB Marcus Mariota. 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. Ranking second in the Pac-12 and 23rd nationally in passing efficiency (156.43), Mariota is completing nearly 68% of his attempts on the season (114 of 168) while accumulating totals of 1,301 yards, 15 TDs and five interceptions. He is the first freshman to start a season at quarterback for the Ducks since Danny O'Neil in 1991.

Of Oregon's 39 drives resulting in touchdowns this season, 24 have lasted less than two minutes and 14 have taken 60 seconds or less.

Despite a No. 2 ranking in both of the human polls that are components of the BCS formula (USA Today, Harris), Oregon came in at No. 3 in the initial BCS Standings released Sunday, Oct. 14, behind SEC programs Alabama and Florida. The Ducks' average computer ranking was sixth. The No. 3 slot was UO's second-highest debut in the BCS (No. 2 in 2010). The Ducks were ranked as high as No. 4 in the BCS last season and had a final rank of fifth

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 last game vs. Washington, giving the Ducks four on the year, which ties the school record from 1991. Oregon is tied with Fresno State for the FBS lead in pick-sixes and leads the nation in interception return yards with 274.

The first quarter has been Oregon's most productive from a scoring standpoint, with the Ducks accumulating 112 points in the opening 15 minutes of their first six games. However, Oregon has outscored its last four opponents in the second half, 109-28.

While SR RB Kenjon Barner is tied for 13th in the country in scoring (10.0 avg.) for the second-highest scoring team in the country (52.3 avg.), he is the only Oregon player dating back through at least the 1965 season to score a touchdown via the run (26), receiving (5), punt returns (1) and kickoff returns (1).

Oregon has scored 39 offensive touchdowns through its first six games this season - running backs Kenjon Barner (10) and De'Anthony Thomas (9) have combined for almost half of them (19).

Thirty-seven different defensive players have made tackles for Oregon after six games this season, with seven players posting 20 or more tackles. Leading the way are linebackers Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay, who are both averaging a minimum of 6.0 tackles per game

The Ducks are 12-5 against AP top 25 teams in the Chip Kelly era, including a 2-0 mark this year. At home, Kelly's troops are 9-1 vs. the top 25. Oregon is 2-1 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.

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.

With a standing room only crowd of 58,792 at Autzen Stadium on Oct. 6 vs. Washington, the Ducks ran the nation's fourth-longest sellout streak to 87 consecutive games (cap. 54,000), dating to 1999.

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 35-4 at Autzen, averaging 46.8 points per home game.

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.

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

JR LB Boseko Lokombo scored three touchdowns in 2011 to give him four during his career. He tied for the national lead in "pick six" interceptions with two, including a 40-yard return and score after intercepting a pass from 2012 NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick Andrew Luck of Stanford.

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 18 such plays this season, eight of which have gone for touchdowns.

80 - Barner rush vs. WSU*
59 - Thomas rush vs. TT*
55 - Addison rec. vs. ARIZ* (Mariota)
51 - Thomas rush vs. FS*
49 - Thomas rec. vs. TT (Mariota)
48 - Lyerla rec. vs. UW (Mariota)
39 - Thomas rush vs. FS*
35 - Lyerla rec. vs. ARIZ (Mariota)
34 - Huff rec. vs. UW* (Mariota)
33 - Forde rush vs. TT
33 - Barner rush vs. FS
33 - Thomas rush vs. ARKST*
32 - Marshall rush vs. UW
30 - Barner rec. vs. WSU* (Mariota)
29 - Murphy rec. at WSU
28 - Mariota rush vs. FS
27 - Marshall rush vs. TT
26 - Brown rec. vs. TT (Mariota)

* indicates touchdown

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.

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.

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).

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.

-Apple Green-Yellow
-Carbon Fiber-Yellow-Steel
-Yellow-Apple Green-Black

A running tally of weekly accolades for Oregon Football:

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

Kenjon Barner, Sr., RB
•Maxwell Award (player of the year)
•Doak Walker Award (running back)
•Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player)

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

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

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

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

Marcus Mariota, Fr., QB
•Maxwell Award (player of the year)

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

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

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

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