Great Individual Performances: 2009

Posted: September 2, 2011 in Memorable Games

Okay, I admit it: life finally caught up to me this week and I fell behind a little bit. Perhaps achieving my lofty bloggin’ goals would be easier if I quit my job…

Anyway, 2009 is gonna wrap up this series a bit earlier than originally scheduled, but I will still commemorate 2010 in some way before Saturday’s game. But see, that’s the beauty of being the quackmaster: I make all the rules, dammit!

ED DICKSON – Sept. 26, 2009

The Ducks undressed #6 California 42-3, handing them their most lopsided loss under coach Jeff Tedford, a former Oregon offensive coordinator. The highly overrated Bears hit a 47-yard field goal early, after the home team fumbled on the opening kickoff return. But they would not score again. Meanwhile, Oregon tight end Ed Dickson went on a scoring rampage, catching all three of Jeremiah Masoli’s TD passes (26, 9, and 36 yards) and finishing with a career-best 148 receiving yards.


They called it “Fright Night,” and the home fans were clad in black t-shirts emblazoned with special duck-and-crossbones logos. The Halloween night game between #5 USC and #10 Oregon was billed as the biggest game of the Pac-10 season and Autzen Stadium was rocking. The Trojans had won or shared the previous seven conference titles, and had appeared in seven straight BCS games. Simply put, they were the lords of college football. But the Ducks hungered to usurp the throne. And that they did, completely overwhelming So-Cal’s fifth-ranked rush defense (80 yards a game) and racking up 391 yards on the ground (613 total). “It was a real mess for us tonight,” said USC coach Pete Carroll, whose team had not lost a game by more than a touchdown since his first season at the helm. Jeremiah Masoli led the high-powered Oregon offense, accounting for 222 yards and a TD through the air, as well as 164 additional yards (on only 13 carries) and another TD on the ground. Redshirt freshman LaMichael James also had a monster game, toting the rock for 183 rushing yards and a score. “I don’t know if we made a statement,” Masoli said, “this is just what we planned on doing.”

JEREMIAH MASOLI – Nov. 21, 2009

The Arizona Wildcats had a 10-point lead over the Ducks late in the game, and as time ticked away, the UA students poured out of the stands and surrounded the field in anticipation of the upset. As they got ready to rush the field, Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli kept his cool. “I wasn’t really worried about it,” he said. “I saw it and I actually smirked. It was kind of funny.” After struggling early in the face of relentless pressure by the Wildcats’ defense, he was unstoppable late in the game. He completed 9 of 13 passes for 77 yards and three TDs on Oregon’s last three drives (final drive of regulation and both OT drives). He was responsible for 6 touchdowns overall (three passing and three rushing) as the Ducks rallied from a 24-14 deficit to win 44-41 in double overtime.


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