EUGENE — New Oregon coach Willie Taggart won his first recruiting battle within the Ducks program Wednesday morning when running back Royce Freeman announced that he will return for his senior season with the Ducks.
CORVALLIS — This is the sort of Civil War long-time followers of Oregon State and Oregon remember all too well: one with more pride on the line than conference honors.
For the first time in what feels like forever but is really just the last 12 years, the Stanford-Oregon matchup isn’t a prime time type game.
Justin Herbert is all the rage in Eugene after giving the Oregon Ducks life on offense and quieting — a bit — the calls for coach Mark Helfrich’s firing.
One first down, one more score in regulation, or one defensive stop against Washington State in 2015 and Oregon would have played for a second straight Pac-12 championship.
Tony Brooks-James (20) scores the final touchdown of Oregon’s 53-28 victory over UC Davis Saturday at Autzen Stadium. Brooks-James rushed for 57 yards in the victory, which came in front of 53,817 fans, the first non-capacity crowd at Autzen Stadium since 1999, a stretch of 110 sellouts.
Two newcomers to the Oregon football program top the Ducks’ depth chart heading into the season-opener with UC Davis.