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Oregon Weekly Football Release - BCS Championship
Release Date: 12/29/2010
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For the complete release with full notes, statistics, award lists, etc., please view the PDF.

Kickoff for the 2011 BCS Championship Game is scheduled for 5:30 PT at University of Phoenix Stadium with a live telecast on ESPN and ESPN 3D. A live radio broadcast will also be available across the Oregon Sports Network and on XM and Sirius satellite radio.

• The Ducks and Tigers will be meeting for the first time.
• UO is 4-4 all-time against schools from the Southeastern Conference, but has won the past three meetings vs. the SEC. Oregon defeated Tennessee, 48-13, earlier this season in Knoxville, and beat Mississippi State twice - 36-13 at home in 2002 and 42-34 in Starkville in ‘03.

• In capturing it’s second consecutive Pac-10 title, UO became the first conference team to go undefeated in Pac-10 play since the start of round robin play in 2006 and the first to ever win nine league games.
• The Ducks’ 12-game winning streak is the longest in school history, besting an 11-game win streak in 2001-02.
• UO defeated Colorado, 38-16, in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl - its only other postseason trip to Arizona.
• The Ducks have won three straight games in the Grand Canyon State with wins over Arizona State in Tempe in 2008 and ‘10, and one against Arizona in Tucson in ‘09.
• SO RB LaMichael James needs 40 rushing yards to equal Jonathan Stewart’s UO season record of 1,722, set in 2007, and 68 yards to tie Derek Loville for first on the career list with 3,296.
• Oregon has not trailed in any game this season entering the final quarter and are 16-0 when leading after halftime under Chip Kelly.

Oregon’s 30th head coach, who in 2009 became the first in Pac-10 history to win an outright conference title in his first season at the helm, followed that feat with a second conference crown while securing the program’s first trip to the BCS Championship Game. The Manchester, N.H., native has guided his team to more wins (22) in his first two years in the Pac-8/10 than any coach in conference history. Recognized as Pac-10 coach of the year for the second time in as many seasons, Kelly has been named the recipient of four national coach of the year awards this year: AP, Eddie Robinson, Sporting News and Walter Camp. He’s overseen the team’s first 12-win season and has the Ducks riding a school-record 12-game winning streak heading into the title game. In his first head coaching job at any level, Kelly has a mark of 22-3, 17-1 in Pac-10 play. His .880 overall winning percentage is the highest in school history and his .944 percentage in conference play is the best in Pac-10 history.

The Ducks lead the nation in scoring offense (43.3) and punt returns (18.2). Oregon also ranks among the top 5 in total offense (2nd, 537.5), turnovers gained (2nd, 35), rushing (4th, 303.8), opponent 4th down pct. (4th, 23.8%), red zone defense (5th, 67.6%) and sacks allowed (5th, 0.67). Individually, SO RB LaMichael James is first in rushing yards per game (152.9) and scoring (12.0), and seventh in all-purpose yards (168.1); SO CB Cliff Harris is first passes defended (1.67), second in punt returns (19.5) and tied for 14th in interceptions per game (0.42); SR DE Kenny Rowe is tied for fifth in fumbles forced (.33); SR LB Casey Matthews and FR LB Boseko Lokombo are tied for 11th in fumbles recovered (0.25).

After the conclusion of college football’s regular season, Oregon leads the Pac-10 in 11 of 33 statistical categories: Scoring offense (43.3), total offense (537.5), rushing offense (303.8), rushing defense (117.6), pass efficiency defense (101.7), punt returns (18.2), first downs (26.8), opponent 3rd-down conversions (33.5), opponent 4th-down conversions (23.8%), on-side kicks (1-1, 100%) and on-side kicks against (0-1, 0%). Individually, SO RB LaMichael James is the top rusher (152.9), scorer (12.0) and all-purpose runner (168.1) in the Pac-10; SO CB Cliff Harris leads the conference in passes defended (1.67) and punt return average (20.9), and is tied for the lead in interceptions (0.42); SO FS John Boyett is tied for the lead in interceptions (0.42); SR DE Kenny Rowe is tied for first in fumbles forced (0.33); SR LB Casey Matthews and FR LB Boseko Lokombo are tied for the lead in fumbles recovered (0.25).

Since 1999, the Ducks are 9-9 against top 10 opposition, including wins in five out of the last seven. Oregon is 3-1 against the top 10 under Chip Kelly, with the lone defeat coming against No. 8 Ohio State in the 2010 Rose Bowl.

The Ducks are 3-0 against top 25 teams this season. Last year, Chip Kelly’s first as Oregon head coach, the Ducks were 4-2 against top 25 competition. UO’s only loss to a non-ranked team during the Kelly era came at Stanford on Nov. 7, 2009. The Cardinal became ranked the following week as a result of their victory.

SO RB LaMichael James became Oregon’s first unanimous All-America after being selected to the first team of all five teams formally recognized by the NCAA - AFCA, AP, FWAA, Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation. James was one of 10 players to earn the unanimous distinction this year and the only skill player on offense other than Oklahoma State wideout Justin Blackmon. UO’s only consensus All-America players prior to 2010 were halfback Mel Renfro in 1961 and defensive tackle Haloti Ngata in 2005.

SO RB LaMichael James won the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back, more than meeting the award’s criteria of making extraordinary contributions to his team while exhibiting characteristics of sportsmanship and fair play associated with the former SMU All-America and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner. James is the first Oregon player to win the Doak Walker and fourth Pac-10 back in award’s 21-year history.

SO CB Cliff Harris was named a consensus All-America as a punt returner/all-purpose player after being named first team All-America as a returner by the FWAA and Sporting News, and second team as a cornerback by the AP. He is just the fourth consensus pick all-time at UO and the first to earn All-America accolades as a specialist

After initially being left off the watch list for both of college football’s major quarterback awards, SO QB Darron Thomas was named one of ten finalists for the Manning Award, presented by the All-State Sugar Bowl. The annual award honors the top quarterback in college football including the bowl season. Thomas, who is unbeaten as a starter, also made the semifinalist cut for the Davey O’Brien Award. The Manning Award will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 19, in New Orleans.

Second-year head coach Chip Kelly was named AP Coach of the Year on Dec. 21, his fourth such national honor of 2010. Already this season’s recipient of the Eddie Robinson, Sporting News and Walter Camp national coach of the year awards, while earning his second Pac-10 coaching honor in as many seasons, Kelly is also still a finalist for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Award and Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year.

With one game left to play, the 2010 Oregon Ducks have already set a new school standard for scoring by putting up 592 points. The previous mark was 545 set in 2008.

Of the Ducks’ 71 scoring drives resulting in touchdowns, 35 have taken five plays or less and 24 have lasted 56 seconds or less.

While Oregon is enjoying its most successful season on the field, the same can be said for the 2010 Ducks off it. A program-record 58 players achieved a 3.0 or higher grade point average for the recently completed fall term. Individually, SO RB LaMichael James and JR TE David Paulson are two of just four Pac-10 players to win both All-Pac-10 and Pac-10 All-Academic awards this season.

The Ducks were the first team in the Pac-10 to become bowl eligible in 2010, a feat they accomplished for the sixth straight year. In Glendale, Oregon will visit its 18th bowl in 22 seasons, the eighth-most appearances in college football over that time span and more than any other Pac-10 team.

With 41 wins since the start of 2007, this year’s seniors have surpassed the 1998 to 2001 group (38 wins) as the winningest class in 115 years of Oregon Football. Heading into the BCS National Championship Game, the class has an overall mark of 41-10, 29-7 in Pac-10 play.

Five seniors, part of UO’s record-setting class, will play in their 52nd game on Jan. 10, equaling former TE Ed Dickson - now a member of the Baltimore Ravens - for the most games ever played in an Oregon uniform. The five are DT Brandon Bair, CB Talmadge Jackson III, WR Jeff Maehl, LB Spencer Paysinger and DE Kenny Rowe. Jackson, Maehl and Rowe are true seniors, while Bair and Paysinger utilized a redshirt season in 2006.

The Ducks climbed to No. 1 in the nation for the first time in school history on Oct. 17, when they earned the top spot in the AP Top 25, USA Today (coaches) and Harris polls. Still No. 1 in the coaches poll, Oregon has now spent 13 straight weeks in the top 5, which is its longest stretch ever.

UO is 12-0 for the first time in school history, setting a new single-season winning streak and overall streak (last 5 of 2001, first 6 of ‘02) in the process.

Quarterback sacks, for and against, have been a big statistic for the 2010 Ducks. Oregon is third in the Pac-10 and tied for 19th nationally, averaging 2.58 sacks per game, while allowing only eight sacks all season, good for 5th in the NCAA. 11 different players have gotten in on the action and all have multiple sacks, led by SR DE Kenny Rowe with 6.0.  Rowe’s 22.5 career sacks are good for sixth all-time at UO.

With 3,646 rusing yards to date, Oregon has bettered the previous school standard of 3,641 set in 2008. The Ducks also set a new single-game record, rolling up 528 yards in the win over Portland State to crush the previous mark - 465 yards at Washington in 2007 - by 63 yards.

After gaining 134 rushing yards at Oregon State Dec. 4, SO RB LaMichael James has now eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark a UO-record 18 times in his career. He has surpassed the 100-yard pinnacle nine times this season and 15 times in 18 career Pac-10 games.

SO RB LaMichael James has broken the 200-yard rushing barrier three times this season, rolling up 227 vs. Portland State, 239 at USC and a Pac-10 season-high 257 vs. Stanford. His performance against the Cardinal ranks second on the UO single-game ledger, while his efforts vs. the Trojans and Vikings are sixth and seventh, respectively, on Oregon’s all-time list. James is second in career 200-yard games behind Reuben Droughns (1998 (3), ‘99 (1)), who holds the school record with four, and tied Droughns’ mark of three in one season. The 200-yard mark has been topped only 17 times in program history.

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It only took LaMichael James 16 career games to reach 2,000 rushing yards for his career, going over the milestone Sept. 25 at Arizona State. Seven games later - Nov. 26 vs. Arizona - James passed the 3,000-yard marker, becoming only the second player in UO history to accomplish the feat. Now with 3,228, the sophomore from Texarkana, Texas, stands 68 yards shy of Derek Loville’s (1986-89) Oregon record of 3,296.

Now with 1,682 rushing yards on the season, SO RB LaMichael James set a new career high to rank second on the all-time season rushing list. He needs 40 yards in the season finale to match Jonathan Stewart’s Oregon record of 1,722, set in 2007.

SO RB LaMichael James has scored at least one touchdown in 10 of 11 games this season and has 36 scores in 24 career games (35 rush, 1 rec). His 21 rushing TDs on the season broke LeGarrette Blount’s former record of 17 in 2008, and his 35 career scoring totes are second all-time behind Derek Loville’s 41 from 1986-89. James has 132 points on the year, good for first on the UO single-season record list after passing former kicker Nathan Villegas, who had 117 in 1998. On the Oregon career scoring list, the back ranks fifth with 216 points.

Perhaps lost a bit due to LaMichael James’ All-America caliber season is the fact that SR WR Jeff Maehl is having one of the best years of any receiver in Oregon history. With a game left to play, Maehl has already set an new UO single-season record with 12 receiving touchdowns and he set the longest touchdown streak by an Oregon receiver with a scoring grab in nine straight games, breaking Steve Bunker’s former mark of seven set in 1965. His 68 receptions are the most since Jaison Williams had the same number in 2006, and he is within range of Samie Parker’s Oregon record of 77 in ‘03. With 943 yards, Maehl is on pace to become only the eighth Duck ever, and the first since Demetrius Williams in ‘05, with 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

Season Receiving Touchdowns
1. Jeff Maehl, 12 (2010)
2. Demetrius Williams, 10 (2005)
    Tony Hartley, 10 (1998)
    Cristin McLemore, 10 (1993)
    Bobby Moore (aka Ahmad Rashad), 10 (1969)

Career Receiving Touchdowns
1. Jeff Maehl, 24 (2006-10)
    Keenan Howry, 24 (1999-02)
    Cristin McLemore, 24 (1992-05)
4. Tony Hartley, 22 (1996-99)

If you based a quarterback’s ability exclusively on wins and touchdowns, it could be argued that SO QB Darron Thomas is having the greatest season of any signal caller in Oregon history. Having already surpassed Joey Harrington’s 11 wins in 2001, Thomas ranks second all-time in TD passes for a season with 28 and overall touchdowns with 33.

Season Passing Touchdowns
1. Akili Smith, 32 (1998)
2. Darron Thomas, 28 (2010)
3. Joey Harrington, 27 (2001)
4. Jason Fife, 24 (2002)

Season Total Touchdowns
1. Akili Smith, 36 (4 rush), 1998
2. Darron Thomas, 33 (5 rush), 2010
    Joey Harrington, 33 (6 rush), 2001
4. Dennis Dixon, 29 (9 rush), 2007
    Joey Harrington, 29 (7 rush), 2000

SO RB LaMichael James became the fastest Oregon player to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark for a season in terms of games played, passing the marker in his seventh game. It took him 140 attempts to do it, which ranks second all-time behind LeGarrette Blount, who hit 1,000 in 137 carries (13 games) in 2008. Three players previously eclipsed the mark in eight games.

On his 42-yard touchdown run in the second quarter at USC, SO RB LaMichael James became the third UO player with two 1,000-yard seasons in a career, matching Onterrio Smith (2001, ‘02) and Maurice Morris (2000, ‘01).

Oregon has recorded its third straight and sixth overall season of double-digit wins in school history - all since 2000. The Ducks are have set a new record for victories in a season at 12, as well as wins over two-year (22), three-year (32), four-year (41) and five-year (48) spans.

Through 12 games, the Ducks have 53 plays from scrimmage of 25 yards or longer, 22 of 40 or more yards, eight of 60 or more yards and four of 70-plus yards. Of the 53 big plays, 27 have resulted in touchdowns.

85 - Huff rush vs. UA*
84 - James reception (Thomas) at WSU*
76 - James rush vs. STAN*
72 - James rush at UT*
66 - James rush vs. PSU*
64 - Clay rush at OSU
61 - Paulson reception (Thomas) at ASU
60 - Barner reception (Thomas) vs. UNM*
57 - Huff reception (Thomas) at USC
55 - James rush at WSU
54 - Huff reception (Thomas) at ASU*
52 - James rush vs. PSU
47 - Maehl reception (Thomas) vs. PSU*
45 - James rush at USC
45 - Maehl reception (Thomas) at USC*
43 - Costa rush at WSU
42 - James rush at USC*
42 - Alston rush vs. UCLA
42 - Maehl reception (Thomas) vs. UCLA
41 - Huff reception (Thomas) vs. STAN*
41 - Barner rush vs. UNM*
40 - James rush vs. ASU*
39 - Maehl reception (Thomas) vs. UNM
38 - Paulson reception (Thomas) vs. UA*
38 - Davis reception (Thomas) vs. UW
38 - Alston rush vs. UNM
37 - James rush vs. UA
36 - Alston rush vs. UA
36 - Reed rush vs. PSU
35 - Thomas rush vs. PSU
35 - James rush vs. PSU*
34 - Thomas rush vs. UW*
34 - Maehl reception (Costa) at WSU*
33 - Tuinei reception (Thomas) at USC*
31 - James rush at OSU
30 - Barner rush vs. UW*
30 - Maehl reception (Thomas) at USC*
30 - Paulson reception (Thomas) vs. UNM*
29 - Maehl reception (Thomas) vs. Cal*
29 - Maehl reception (Thomas) vs. STAN*
29 - Reed rush vs. PSU
29 - Tuinei reception (Thomas) at UT*
29 - B. Williams reception (Thomas) at UT
28 - Maehl reception (Thomas) vs. PSU
28 - James rush vs. PSU
27 - James rush vs. UCLA
27 - Paulson reception (Thomas) vs. UT*
26 - Maehl reception (Thomas) at OSU
25 - Maehl reception (Thomas) at OSU
25 - Barner rush vs. UA
25 - James reception (Thomas) vs. UCLA
25 - Davis reception (Thomas) vs. STAN*
25 - Barner rush vs. UNM*
* indicates TD

Oregon is second among FBS schools with 35 takeaways on the season (20 INT, 15 FR), which is one off the school record of 36 set in 1968.

UO players have received weekly or national awards after all but four games this season (Portland State, Washington, Arizona and Oregon State). The latest was SO CB Cliff Harris being selected Pac-10 player of the week (special teams) and CFPA national punt returner performer of the week after returning a punt 64 yards for a touchdown, giving the Ducks their first lead and one they would never relinquish in a road victory over Cal Nov. 13. Harris joined Dennis Dixon in 2007 as the only Ducks to win the conference’s weekly honor three times in one season.

Pac-10 Player of the Week
Kenjon Barner (offense); Cliff Harris (special teams)
CFPA Performer of the Week
Cliff Harris (punt returner)
Paul Hornung Performance of the Week
Kenjon Barner

Pac-10 Player of the Week
Jackson Rice (special teams)
CFPA Performer of the Week
Kenjon Barner (punt returner)
Paul Hornung Performance of the Week
Kenjon Barner

CFPA Performer of the Week
LaMichael James (running back)

Walter Camp National Player of the Week
LaMichael James (offense)
Pac-10 Player of the Week
LaMichael James (offense); Cliff Harris (defense)
CFPA Performer of the Week
LaMichael James (running back)

CFPA Performer of the Week
Cliff Harris (punt returner)

CFPA Performer of the Week
David Paulson (tight end)

Pac-10 Player of the Week
Jeff Maehl (offense)

Pac-10 Player of the Week
Cliff Harris (special teams)
CFPA Performer of the Week
Cliff Harris (punt returner)

After the first couple of days of preseason camp, it was evident that true freshman receiver Josh Huff had too much talent not to play immediately. That’s saying something, considering he would be coming into a team returning nine starters on offense, including all three wide receivers. The former USA Junior National Team member has scored five touchdowns and ranks second on the team with 1,051 all-purpose yards. Among his big plays are an 85-yard rushing touchdown, a 54-yard touchdown catch and an 80-yard kick return.

The first Pac-10 start by SO QB Darron Thomas produced one of the best games of his young career. Thomas set then-career highs of 260 passing yards, 19 completions and 33 pass attempts in the win at Arizona State. He also tossed a pair of touchdowns and ran for another score.

With 68 receptions on the season, SR WR Jeff Maehl has broken into the top 10 on Oregon’s all-time list. Maehl now has 169 career receptions, good for fourth all-time, and as caught at least one pass in 33 consecutive games. The true senior from Paradise, Calif., has played the last 41 games at receiver - all starts - after spending the first 10 of his career at safety.

SR RB Remene Alston Jr. and SO RB Kenjon Barner etched their names in the UO record book by each surpassing 100 yards rushing for the first time in the win vs. New Mexico Sept. 4. Alston set career highs with 21 carries and 110 yards, as did Barner, who rushed 17 times for a net of 147. SO QB Darron Thomas joined the club Oct. 2 vs. Stanford with 117 yards on 15 carries and FR WR Josh Huff became Oregon’s fifth different 100-yard rusher of the season with his career-best 103 yards on three carries vs. Arizona Nov. 26.

SR QB Nate Costa injured his right knee in the win over Washington Nov. 6 and will miss the remainder of the season. Costa, a team captain who lost his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons due to injury and overcame three knee surgeries, battled back to play in 21 straight games as the backup QB and primary holder the past two years. His hold of a bad snap on a game-tying PAT at Arizona in 2009 earned him Pac-10 player of the week honors on special teams (the first ever awarded to a holder) and kept Oregon’s Rose Bowl run alive. He also started and helped the Ducks to a key road win at UCLA during their ‘09 Pac-10 championship season. Earlier this season, he came off the bench for an injured Darron Thomas at Washington State and completed 13 of 15 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown, while running  for 84 yards and another score in the road victory. Already a UO graduate with a degree in Sociology, the Hilmar, Calif., native finished his career with a 70.4 percent completion rate (50 of 71), 556 passing yards and two touchdowns against one interception, and 195 yards and three scores on the ground.

ESPN College GameDay produced its weekly college football preview show from the University of Oregon prior to the Stanford game, marking the fifth appearance in Eugene by the popular show which features Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and Erin Andrews. Oregon has a 4-1 record when hosting GameDay and has won three straight dating to 2007. Additionally, the GameDay stop at USC Oct. 30 involved the Ducks as did the Dec. 4 Civil War in Corvallis.

The 72-0 result vs. New Mexico Sept. 4 was the Ducks’ first shutout since blanking Stanford 35-0 on Oct. 25, 2003. With another shutout of Portland State (69-0) Sept. 18, the Ducks recorded multiple shutouts in a single season for the first time since 1964.

Oregon’s 2010 defense was billed as a swarming, deep crew during preseason camp and that description has proven to be spot-on. The Ducks saw 29 players make a tackle vs. New Mexico, with 20 of those guys recording multiple stops, and 26 players credited with stops at Tennessee. Against Portland State, 32 players made the defensive stat sheet with 30 making at least one tackle.

At the start of last season, UO had 18 returning players with starting experience. This year, 27 such student-athletes came in with at least one starting assignment under their belts. Last year’s returners totaled 174 career starts while this year’s returners totaled 279, an average of 12.7 per man on the 2-deep depth chart.

SO RB Kenjon Barner equaled UO’s modern scoring record with 5 touchdowns (4 rush, 1 rec) vs. New Mexico Sept. 4, tying Saladin McCullough, who ran for five scores vs. Arizona, Nov. 9, 1996. Barner scored all 30 of his points before halftime, surpassing his 2009 season total of 24 (3 rush TD, 1 ret TD).

Just 23 games into his college playing career, SO RB Kenjon Barner has already climbed onto Oregon’s career list for kick return yardage, ranking sixth with 1,226 yards. The Riverside, Calif., product also ranks ninth all-time in punt return average (12.6) and has already surpassed 2,000 all-purpose yards to date (2,518).

The 80-yard punt return for a touchdown by SO RB Kenjon Barner at Tennessee tied for the eighth-longest such return in school history.

SO CB Cliff Harris has made the most of his 20 appearances in an Oregon uniform. Brought out of a potential redshirt midway through last season, the former U.S. Army All-American is the team leader among active players in career passes defended with 29 (6 INT, 23 PBU). Add to that his first “pick 6” on a 76-yard return at Tennessee, and a Pac-10 record-tying four punt returns for touchdowns this season, and you have a player with a career’s worth of big plays in less than two full seasons.

JR TE David Paulson, who had three grabs for a team-high 48 yards in the win vs. Arizona Nov. 26, has 33 career receptions - all but six resulting in either a first down or a touchdown. He ranks second on the team in receiving yards this season with 370 and is averaging 16.8 yards per catch for his career.

The Ducks have won 16 straight games at Autzen Stadium, dating to 2008, which is the second longest streak in stadium history. UO won a record 23 straight between 1997 and 2001. Oregon has won its last 13 Pac-10 contests at home since falling in overtime against Oregon State in the 2007 Civil War.

With six sold out crowds in as many games this season, including a State of Oregon record 60,017 vs. Washington on Nov. 6, Oregon has sold out Autzen Stadium (cap. 54,000) for 74 consecutive games, 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 23-3 at Autzen, averaging 45.2 points per home game.

Oregon’s 72-0 rout of New Mexico on Sept. 4 produced a fair number of school records, including 720 yards of total offense to best the old mark of 694 at Oregon State in the 2008 Civil War. The Ducks equaled the program’s modern scoring record with 72 points while setting a new modern record for scoring margin (also 72 points), the most since a 72-10 victory vs. Nevada, Sept. 18, 1999. It was UO’s most points overall since a 97-0 win over Willamette (Ore.) in 1916.

With 668 yards of total offense against Portland State, Oregon has recorded two of its three most prolific offensive games in history this season. The yardage against the Vikings ranks third in school history behind 720 vs. New Mexico and 694 at Oregon State in 2008.

Only three new starters took the field in Oregon’s season opener vs. New Mexico, led by SO QB Darron Thomas as the only first-time starter for the offense. On defense, JR DE Terrell Turner and SR DT Zac Clark made opening assignments for the first time. True FR K Eric Solis handled kicking duties in his first-ever game at Autzen. Others to make their first career starts this year are FR DT Wade Keliikipi, and SO DE Dion Jordan, both vs. UCLA, and FR WR Josh Huff vs. Arizona.

Of the many records set in Oregon’s lopsided 72-0 victory over New Mexico to start the season, none may hold up longer than the mark set by SO CB Cliff Harris, who became the first UO player to return two punts for touchdowns in a single game. The Fresno, Calif., product replaced regular returner SO RB Kenjon Barner, who was given the rest of the day off with UO on top 42-0 in the second quarter, and fielded the first two punts of his career, taking one back for 61 yards and the next for 64. Harris, who now holds Oregon’s season and career records for punt return TDs with four, tied the conference single-game record, which was last accomplished by USC’s Mike Garrett in 1965 vs. Cal (also Sam Brown, UCLA vs. Stanford, 1954).

After claiming its third Pacific-10 Conference championship to conclude the first decade of the 21st century (T-’00, ‘01 and ‘09), Oregon set its sights on and claimed a ninth league title in 2010.

An overlooked facet of Oregon’s success has been the continuity of its coaching staff. Although second-year head coach Chip Kelly is only in his fourth season as part of the Ducks’ program, the core of the staff has remained intact over the course of three different head coaches. Running backs coach Gary Campbell is in his 28th year on the Oregon staff, which equals the longest tenure of any Oregon assistant football coach in school history. In addition, offensive line coach and running game coordinator Steve Greatwood has spent a quarter century on the Ducks’ coaching staff, linebackers coach Don Pellum is in his 23rd season, while defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti has 21 seasons at Oregon over three separate stints.

The Ducks had nine of their 12 regular-season games nationally televised as part of the Pac-10’s network television contract. Starting with the Sept. 11 road opener at Tennessee on ESPN2, other TV games included Arizona State (Sept. 25, FSN), Stanford (Oct. 2, ABC/ESPN2), UCLA (Oct. 21, ESPN/ESPN 3D), USC (Oct. 30, ABC), Washington (Nov. 6, ABC), at Cal (Nov. 13, Versus), Arizona (Nov. 26, ESPN) and at Oregon State (Dec. 4, ABC). In addition, televised home games vs. New Mexico (Sept. 4) and Portland State (Sept. 18), and a road game at Washington State (Oct. 9), were picked up for regional broadcasts by the Oregon Sports Network via Comcast SportsNet Northwest.

The University of Oregon received the top spot in the Pac-10 preseason media poll. The defending Pac-10 champions garnered 15 first-place from the 35 West Coast media members who participated in the poll. The Ducks earned the top spot for just the second time since the poll began in 1961. Oregon was also a preseason favorite in 2001, going on to win the Pac-10. The media poll has correctly selected the Conference Champion in 27 of 50 previous polls, including 10 of the last 11.

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