October 22, 2010 - 10:21 AM
Like a few teams already have this season, the UCLA Bruins left Autzen Stadium defeated, with their tails between their legs, ready to make the long trek back to Los Angeles.
The Ducks once again trounced their opponent in a game that no one expected to be close. Putting up 60 points, the Ducks have still managed to score more than forty points in every game, and the only person that seems to be tired is the Duck himself. Considering that the Duck does pushups after every single score, it would take me way to long to try to calculate how many pushups he did last night. No other mascot in the nation has endured the intense pectoral workout that Puddles the Duck has this season.
With the exception of the game vs. the number nine ranked Stanford Cardinal, every game that Oregon has played at home this season has seemed to have already been won by half time. Don't get me wrong, I would never want anything to happen that might bump the Ducks down in any of the polls, but it might be nice to watch the Ducks win a nail-biter from time to time. I repeatedly caught myself yawning on the sidelines during the third quarter last night. It's hard to stay into the game when everyone in the stadium knows the game is already over.
This weekend the Oklahoma Sooners, who currently sit at number one in the BCS standings, have to go play on the road against a Missouri team that is ranked number 11. I personally feel that Oklahoma is the better team, but at this point in the year, no road game is ever a guaranteed win. The outcome of this game has relatively no impact on the Ducks. If we keep winning we will be in a perfect position. That said, it might be nice to see the Sooners go down and watch the Ducks move to number one all across the board. Given that last night's game was played on a Thursday, the Ducks now have even more time to prepare before taking on the Trojans of USC on Halloween Night.
Last night, I did something that very few Oregon fans can ever say they have done: I caught my first career pass in Autzen Stadium. How you ask? During the middle of the second quarter the Ducks were driving down towards the end zone that is right in front of the Oregon student section. Right below the student section and just to the right of the end zone is where the marketing crew is supposed to stand when there isn't any work to be done. On one play, Darron Thomas snapped the ball and after realizing that no one was open, he chucked it out of bounds, past the end zone, right into my hands. I thrust the ball into the air and received a few cheers from the students who could see me. I was even told by a co-worker that his little brother saw us both on T.V after I made the snag. In my University of Oregon career I have a 1.000% percent completion percentage for a grand total of about 30 yards...I'll take it. When Thomas has to scramble, he's always got a guaranteed catch with the marketing department!