Richard Brehaut #12 of the UCLA Bruins is sacked by Kenny Rowe #58 of the Oregon Ducks causing a fumble.
Oregon did what it needed to do last night, beating down UCLA while the whole nation watched. The Ducks are now 7-0 for the first time in 77 years. It's a great time to be a Duck!
- Oregon left no doubt about their #1 national ranking, putting together their most complete performance this season. Was there anything not to like about the Ducks performance? Darron Thomas was spectacular. LaMichael James was explosive. The defense didn't give the Bruins a chance to breathe, and the special teams didn't fumble the ball.
- George Schroeder's piece today is about the national spotlight Oregon was in last night. Oregon was the only show in town, and took advantage, gaining praise from all corners of the country, including Matt Hinton, who tries to put Oregon offensive "death machine" into perspective.
- Ken Woody has his recap of the game up. While it was a great performance all around, Oregon once against stepped up in the second half. Defensively, the Ducks gave up 5.4 yards per rush on first down in the first half. In the second, UCLA got only one yard on eight attempts.
- GoDucks.com has a post-game wrap, with all sorts of fun facts. My favorite: Oregon has won 14 straight at home, where Chip Kelly still hasn't lost.
- Pac-12 expansion is now official (here's the full press conference). The division split went as expected, with the Northwest and Bay Area schools making up the north division, and the rest of the schools in the south. The California schools will be guaranteed games against each other each year, though the rest of the conference got revenue sharing. Also, the football conference championship game will be held at the highest seed's home field.
- There have been a lot of opinions on this topic flying about, though it seems like those inside the athletic department are happy with the move. I think that Oregon and the entire Pac-12 will be much better off under the new deal. Equal revenue sharing will help all of the teams, and I think the Northwest schools are in a great competitive position over the Bay Area schools. There will obviously be concern about recruiting in southern California, and that concern was also voiced by Mike Bellotti. However, the potential positives from this move outweigh the negatives, and I'm confident that our coaching staff will be able to create new recruiting opportunities.
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