Cougs shock Ducks

I made the drive down to Eugene last weekend to shot the WSU-Oregon game. The Ducks have handled the Cougars for the past 8 years, so the Cougs were due. This is not the kind of explosive Ducks team that they have had in the past and WSU was ready to put this losing streak to bed. The Ducks appeared to have another win locked up but Luke Falk connects with Dom Williams with no time left and the Cougs were able to pull it not in overtime 45-38.

WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon
WSU @ Oregon

Ducks are Civil in Beaver beatdown

Last weekend I made the trip down to chilly Corvallis to get my taste of a new rivalry game. The “Civil War” game between the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers. The Beavers have struggled this year but the #2 ranked Ducks are on track to play for the first ever playoff for the National Championship. As with all rivalry games, you can usually throw out the team’s records because they get hyped up and come out ready to play. Or so the story goes… Oregon stormed right out of the gate and it was 9-0 before you could even blink an eye and Heisman trophy front-runner Marcus Mariota accounted for 6 touchdowns on way to a 47-19 rout of the Beavers.

Head Coach Mike Riley shares a laugh with Senior QB Sean Mannion during introductions of the Seniors.
Head Coach Mike Riley shares a laugh with Senior QB Sean Mannion during introductions of the Seniors.
Sean Mannion takes the field for the last time as a Beaver.
Sean Mannion takes the field for the last time as a Beaver.
Storm Woods (best name in college football) carves through a flock of ducks for yardage.
Storm Woods (best name in college football) carves through a flock of ducks for yardage.
Marcus Mariota rolls out to avoid the rush.
Marcus Mariota rolls out to avoid the rush.
Royce Freeman gets out in the open.
Royce Freeman gets out in the open.
Ducks are jumpin' after a score.
Ducks are jumpin’ after a score.
Danny Mattingly wraps up Jacob Wark.
Danny Mattingly wraps up Jacob Wark.
Tyler Anderson gets to the outside of the Duck Defense.
Tyler Anderson gets to the outside of the Duck Defense.
Royce on a Roll.
Royce on a Roll.
More Jumping Ducks.
More Jumping Ducks.
Devon Allen gets uprooted by a Beaver.
Devon Allen gets uprooted by a Beaver.
Mariota escaping from the OSU pressure.
Mariota escaping from the OSU pressure.
There is a Beaver buried under all those Ducks.
There is a Beaver buried under all those Ducks.
Marcus Mariota seeing through the defense.
Marcus Mariota seeing through the defense.
Woods storms through the Ducks defense.
Woods storms through the Ducks defense.
Mariota with a huge run for important yards to keep a drive alive.
Mariota with a huge run for important yards to keep a drive alive.
I know you shouldn't dwell on the shots you missed, but this one really pisses me off.
I know you shouldn’t dwell on the shots you missed, but this one really pisses me off.
Byron Marshall slips away from the Beavers...
Byron Marshall slips away from the Beavers…
...for six points.
…for six points.
The Ducks D celebrate after a stop.
The Ducks D celebrate after a stop.

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Mariota charges into the end zone for one of his touchdowns on the night.
Mariota charges into the end zone for one of his touchdowns on the night.
Sean Mannion unloads a pass.
Sean Mannion unloads a pass.
This was the only Duck that didn't make it into the end zone on this night.
This was the only Duck that didn’t make it into the end zone on this night.
Benny still kept a smile all night.
Benny still kept a smile all night.
Senior Dylan Wynnn shows his love for his team.
Senior Dylan Wynnn shows his love for his team.
Storm Woods finds his way into the end zone.
Storm Woods finds his way into the end zone.
Coaches Helfrich and Riley shake hands after the game.
Coaches Helfrich and Riley shake hands after the game.
Coach Riley congratulates Marcus Mariota after the game.
Coach Riley congratulates Marcus Mariota after the game.
Marcus Mariota talks to the media.
Marcus Mariota talks to the media.
One of the perks of a freezing cold, clear night is a good view of the moon. Not bad for hand-held.
One of the perks of a freezing cold, clear night is a good view of the moon. Not bad for hand-held.

Quack Town Smack Down

I made the trip down to Eugene this weekend for the Ducks and Huskies game. The Ducks were looking to extend their dominance over the  Dawgs to eleven straight years. The Ducks broke out some beautiful throwback uniforms to commemerate the twentieth anniversary of “The Pick” which most people believe was the point when the Oregon football team made the turn into the powerhouse that they are now. The Ducks scored early and often on way to a 45-20 victory and stay in the NCAA final 4 discussion.

Ducks take the field.
Ducks take the field.
The Pick
The Pick
Marcus Peters getting hyped for the start.
Marcus Peters getting hyped for the start.
Thomas Tyner
Thomas Tyner
Evan Hudson tells Marcus Mariota to talk to the hand.
Evan Hudson tells Marcus Mariota to talk to the hand.
Danny Shelton with the finger wag after a sack.
Danny Shelton with the finger wag after a sack.
Dwayne Washington cuts for more yardage.
Dwayne Washington cuts for more yardage.
The Ducks celebrate after a Royce Freeman score.
The Ducks celebrate after a Royce Freeman score.
Marcus Mariota stopped just short of the goal line.
Marcus Mariota stopped just short of the goal line.
Royce Freeman with the score.
Royce Freeman with the score.
Byron Marshall gets outside for a gain.
Byron Marshall gets outside for a gain.
Thomas Tyner gets tripped up.
Thomas Tyner gets tripped up.
Mariota leaps to make a pass.
Mariota leaps to make a pass.
Thomas Tyner tries to avoid Hau'oli Kikaha and Shaq Thompson.
Thomas Tyner tries to avoid Hau’oli Kikaha and Shaq Thompson.
Cyler Miles throws on the run.
Cyler Miles throws on the run.
Hau'oli Kikaha hyping up the defense.
Hau’oli Kikaha hyping up the defense.
Hau'oli Kikaha  and Danny Shelton zero in on Marcus Mariota.
Hau’oli Kikaha and Danny Shelton zero in on Marcus Mariota.
Braylon Addison runs into Husky punter Korey Durkee.
Braylon Addison runs into Husky punter Korey Durkee.
Royce Freeman looking for a hole.
Royce Freeman looking for a hole.
Marcus Mariota scrambles out to keep the play alive.
Marcus Mariota scrambles out to keep the play alive.
Byron Marshall looking for yards after the catch.
Byron Marshall looking for yards after the catch.
John Ross spins away from a defender.
John Ross spins away from a defender.
Marcus Mariota watches on from the side line.
Marcus Mariota watches on from the side line.
The Huskies heading down the tunnel for the second half.
The Huskies heading down the tunnel for the second half.
Lavon Coleman with the run.
Lavon Coleman with the run.
Cyler Miles keeps his eyes on his receivers as he scrambles.
Cyler Miles keeps his eyes on his receivers as he scrambles.
Deontae Cooper scores a touchdown for the Dawgs.
Deontae Cooper scores a touchdown for the Dawgs.
Royce Freeman eyes the end zone on this sweep.
Royce Freeman eyes the end zone on this sweep.
Darren Carrington with the cut.
Darren Carrington with the cut.
Marcus Mariota tries to escape from Hau'oli Kikaha.
Marcus Mariota tries to escape from Hau’oli Kikaha.
Hau'oli Kikaha finally gets to Marcus Mariota.
Hau’oli Kikaha finally gets to Marcus Mariota.
Hawaiian Respect.
Hawaiian Respect.
Miles tries to avoid getting tripped up.
Miles tries to avoid getting tripped up.
You know you make me want to...Shout!
You know you make me want to…Shout!
Shelton takes out two ducks in one swoop.
Shelton takes out two ducks in one swoop.
Royce Freeman dives over the pile.
Royce Freeman dives over the pile.
Deontae Cooper drives ahead for more yardage.
Deontae Cooper drives ahead for more yardage.
Backup QB Troy Williams even got to see some action at the end of the game.
Backup QB Troy Williams even got to see some action at the end of the game.
Kikaha and Mariota shake hands after the game.
Kikaha and Mariota shake hands after the game.

 

*EXTRA* My favorite on field mascot in the Pac-12 comes over to say hi...
*EXTRA* My favorite on field mascot in the Pac-12 comes over to say hi…
...and takes this great photo of me with my camera. The Duck's got skills.
…and takes this great photo of me with my camera. The Duck’s got skills.