Welcome to ATQ's inaugural Webfoot Awards. Over the next month, we'll be unveiling nominees for what we thought was the best game, what coach was above the rest, what moment had all the feels and much, much more.
The first category is for the best game of the year. Over the course of the year, we watched dozens upon dozens of Oregon sporting events. Possibly even hundreds. Who knows? We can't remember them all. But these are the ones we certainly do remember. These are the nominees for Best Game of 2014/15.
Football: Oregon vs Florida State - January 1, 2015 - Rose Bowl - Pasadena, CA
This wasn't just the Grandaddy of them All, this was the first ever College Football Playoff game in history. It was a collision between two of the best programs in all of college football. On one side, you had the Oregon Ducks and the school's first ever Heisman Trophy winner in Marcus Mariota. On the other side, you had Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles, winners of 29 straight games, which was one of the longest winning streaks in the history of college football.
The first half was competitive, with the Ducks leading 18-13 going into the break. But in the third quarter, the Ducks capitalzed on three fumbles between Winston and Dalvin Cook, outscoring the Seminoles 27-7 in the quarter, eventually winning 59-20 to advance to the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
What was the defining moment of the Rose Bowl? I'm glad you asked.
This infamous fumble was the icing on the cake for one of the most dominant Rose Bowl performances in history. The Ducks broke 10 Rose Bowl records, including most points (59) and largest non-shutout margin of victory (39).
Football: Oregon vs. Michigan State - September 7, 2014 - Autzen Stadium - Eugene, OR
In the second game of the 2015 season, the Ducks welcomed the Michigan State Spartans to Autzen Stadium for one of the biggest games of the decade for Oregon football. The Ducks came into the game ranked No. 3 in the nation with Michigan State not far behind at No. 7.
The Ducks started slow as Michigan State scored 24 points in the second quarter alone, building a 27-18 lead into the third quarter. Just as the game seemed it was starting to get out of reach, the Ducks found their stride, scoring 28 unanswered points in a 46-27 win.
Marcus Mariota threw for 318 yards with three touchdowns, while redshirt freshman Devon Allen made huge plays in the game, catching three passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns.
Basketball: Oregon vs Utah - March 14, 2015 - MGM Grand Arena - Las Vegas, NV
After a dark offseason in which Oregon lost several key players, nobody really had any expectations for this season's basketball team. However, they surprised us all year long, and there was perhaps no bigger moment than the Ducks advancing to the Pac-12 Tournament title game in thrilling fashion.
The Ducks defeated Utah 67-64 thanks to a last-second three-pointer by Joseph Young. The Oregon senior scored 25 points to lead his team into the conference tournament championship, a game few would've expected Oregon to be in prior to the start of the season.
The Utes had been one of the conference's top teams, but struggled down the stretch. Utah fought hard for a spot in the Pac-12 tournament title game, but Mighty Joe Young proved to be too much.
2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships - June 10-13, 2015 - Hayward Field - Eugene, OR
The list of nominees for Best Game wouldn't be complete without including a track meet. The 2015 NCAA Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field were one to remember as the Ducks captured national championships in both the men's and women's competition.
The men won their second consecutive outdoor title while the women won their first outdoor title in 30 years.
On the men's side, Edward Cheserek completed the sweep in the 5,000 and 10,000 to earn valuable points for the Ducks. Teammate Eric Jenkins took second in both races. In the field events, Sam Crouser took home an individual national title in the javelin with a throw of 79.19 meters.
On the women's side, Jenna Prandini won the 100 and took second in the 200 and long jump. In the 10,000, Molly Grabill and Waverly Neer finished fourth and fifth, securing unexpected points for the Ducks that played a huge role in Oregon taking home the team title. Raevyn Rogers broke two minutes in the 800, winning the race in 1:59.71.
Both Cheserek and Prandini are finalists for The Bowerman Award, track & field's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
So which game gets your vote as the best of the year? Submit your vote below and sound off in the comments on why it was the best.