Oregon's 2005 Football Schedule

<center> Media Release</center><br><br>EUGENE -- A Thursday night season-opening national television appearance at the University of Houston as well as conference home dates against defending national champion USC, Washington and Oregon State highlight the University of Oregon's 2005 football schedule as announced Monday by Director of Athletics Bill Moos.

The Ducks will open the season against the Cougars on Sept. 1 in Reliant Stadium -- home of the NFL's Houston Texans -- in a game that will be televised nationally by ESPN, beginning at 6 p.m. (PDT).

The game is a replacement for the previously scheduled opener at Indiana, which had requested to cancel the return game with Oregon after it traveled to Eugene to open the 2004 season.

As part of the home-and-home agreement, Houston is scheduled to return the game in Autzen Stadium on Sept. 1, 2007. The only previous meeting between Oregon and Houston occurred in Eugene in 1983, with the Ducks prevailing, 15-14.

Oregon opens its six-game home schedule with a three-game stretch in Eugene, beginning with Montana on Sept. 10, followed by a Sept. 17 meeting vs Fresno State.

The Grizzlies, who have advanced to the Division I-AA playoffs a NCAA-record 12 consecutive years, finished last year with a 12-3 mark after losing to James Madison, 31-21, in the national championship contest.

Houston posted a 3-8 record last season while Fresno State finished at 9-3 with a 37-34 overtime win over Virginia in the MPC Computers Bowl.

USC returns to the schedule following a two-year absence as the Trojans come to town on Sept. 24. It will mark the first time a reigning Heisman Trophy winner has ever played in Autzen Stadium with the anticipated appearance of quarterback Matt Leinhart, and the second time in as many years the Ducks have squared off against a previous recipient of college football's most prestigious honor. Oregon faced 2003 award winner Jason White when it traveled to Oklahoma during the 2004 season.

One of the Ducks' most attractive home schedules in recent memory concludes with the hosting of Washington on Oct. 15, California Nov. 5 and Oregon State Nov. 19. The games against the Huskies and Beavers mark the first time Oregon has hosted both of its rivals in the same season since 1983.

Oregon's conference road schedule includes games at Stanford (Oct. 1), Arizona State (Oct. 8), Arizona (Oct. 22) and Washington State (Nov. 12).

Six of the Ducks' 11 2005 opponents advanced to the post-season during the 2004 campaign. The Ducks will not play UCLA this season as part of the Pac-10's rotating eight-game conference schedule.

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