Ducks Will Open 2011 Against LSU

EUGENE – The University of Oregon will open the 2011 football season Sept. 3 vs. LSU in a nationally-televised match-up to be played in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, according to an announcement Tuesday by the two schools, Cowboys Stadium and ESPN, Inc.

The contest will represent the Ducks' fourth meeting with the Tigers and their first since 1977, as well as Oregon's first regular-season neutral-site contest since the 1985 season (USC in Tokyo). Oregon won the first meeting between the two schools in 1932, 12-0, but has lost its last two confrontations in 1934 (14-13) and 1977 (56-17).

The game is scheduled to be televised by either ESPN, ESPN2 or ABC.

"Obviously this will be a big game for us as we also look forward to playing in a facility such as Cowboys Stadium," Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said. "I like games like this as they help prepare you for the conference schedule."

It will mark the Ducks' first visit to the state of Texas since the 2007 Sun Bowl and their first appearance in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since the 1996 Cotton Bowl.

Currently, Oregon lists seven players from Texas on its roster – all underclassmen – including sophomore running back LaMichael James and quarterback Darron Thomas.

The specifics surrounding ticket sales for the event will be announced at a later date.

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