Cirque du Soleil? More like Cirque du Sucer for the Brothers Rodgers and Beavers, as Oregon State got trounced by BYU in Las Vegas, 44-20, in the first bowl game of the postseason featuring a Pac-10 team. Let's hope Cal does the conference a solid with a win over Utah in tonight's Poinsettia Bowl. Now for your Morning Quack Fix:
- The Oregon men's basketball team improved to 7-4 on the season with a 77-71 win over Idaho State at Mac Court last night. Sophomore Malcolm Armstead had a career-high 23 points, while freshman E.J. Singler finished with 11 and a team-high 7 rebounds. The Ducks wrap up their non-conference schedule on Monday night with a home game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff before traveling to Pullman on New Year's Eve for their Pac-10 opener against Washington State.
- Oregon head coach Chip Kelly inked the first recruits of his young career yesterday with the signings of three junior college transfers. Offensive lineman Ryan Clanton, defensive lineman Isaac Remington, and tight end Brandon Williams all signed a National Letter of Intent and will begin classes in January. Each has two years of eligibility, and ESPN.com's Ted Miller suspects all three could contribute immediately.
- The Oregonian's John Hunt has a nice piece on Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti as he reflects on a successful season and prepares for his second Rose Bowl.
- Law Buckeye over at The Rivarly, Esq blew wind on the flames of the ongoing debate over the legitimacy of Oregon's defense. This post is in response to jtlight's Dec. 18 post, and the former goes into even more statistical detail than ATQ's own (as if that were even possible!). All this math is giving me a headache, so I'm sticking with the transitive property of equality. USC scored 18 on the Buckeyes, and 20 on the Ducks. Purdue scored 26 on the Buckeyes, and 36 on us. What does this mean? It means the Buckeyes' defense is an average of 6 points better than Oregon's. There, it's settled. Let's move on.
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