Oregon Game: Facts and Factors

UCLA has some trivia going against it when it goes to Eugene to play Oregon Thursday night on ESPN. While UCLA has an edge overall in the Bruin-Duck series, its 2-7 in the last nine meetings, and its last road victory against a top ten team before Texas was 12 years ago...

-- UCLA travels to Eugene, Oregon, to take on the Oregon Ducks Thursday at 6:00 PST. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN and ESPN 3D with Rece Davis, Craig James and Jesse Palmer in the booth.

-- This week the 6-0 Ducks attained the #1 ranking in the AP and USA Today polls, and is #2 in the first BCS poll of the season.

-- The Ducks have beaten New Mexico (72-0), Tennessee (48-13), Portland State (69-0), Arizona State (42-31), Stanford (52-31) and Washington State (43-23).

-- UCLA currently has an edge in the all-time series between the two schools, 39-24. The Bruins, though, have lost the last two meetings, with its last win being in 2007 when the Bruins beat the #9-ranked Ducks 16-0.

-- That 16-0 victory was the last time the Oregon program has been shut out.

-- Last year Oregon beat UCLA 24-10. UCLA led 3-0 at half, but Oregon ran for a total of 221 yards, against UCLA's total offense of 211. It was the game, however, that included Akeem Ayers' leaping interception in the endzone for a touchdown.

-- Since 2000, UCLA is 2-7 against Oregon. In fact, it's the first decade in the last four in which UCLA has a losing record against the Ducks. In the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, UCLA went a combined 19-6 against Oregon.

-- The Bruins have lost the last two in Eugene, in 2008 (31-24) and in 2006 (30-20), but beat the Ducks in 2004 (34-26). -- UCLA owns a record of 4-10 when playing the #1 team in the AP Poll. The Bruins have lost the last six in a row when facing a #1-ranked team, going back to 1976, when the Bruins beat #1 ranked Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.

-- This is the first time UCLA has faced a Pac-10 team ranked #1 other than USC.

-- UCLA, though, has defeated four of its last seven top 10-ranked opponents.

-- The last three meetings between UCLA and Oregon in Eugene have been decided by 10 points or less.

-- Autzen Stadium holds 54,000 and has FieldTurf.

-- Oregon has sold out Autzen for 71 consecutive games, dating back to 1999. They set a state of Oregon record for the largest crowd with 59,818 when they played Stanford October 2nd.

-- Oregon has won 13 consecutive games at Autzen, including 10 straight against Pac-10 opponents.

-- In Oregon's 115 seasons of football, it's started the season 6-0 just six times. Three of those seasons have come since 2001.

-- The 326 points Oregon has scored this season so far is the most of any six-game stretch in its history.

-- Oregon is coached by Chip Kelly, who is in his second year at the helm, having served as Oregon's offensive coordinator before that since 2007. After starting off a bit rocky last season when he lost to Boise State and had his running back, LeGarrette Blount, melt down on national television, Kelly has pretty much been riding an incredible high as the Ducks' head coach. He's 16-3 overall, won the conference championship in 2009, was voted Pac-10 Coach of the Year, and now has the Ducks ranked #1 in the country. He's the first coach in Pac-10 history to win an outright conference championship in his first season. He's the architect of Oregon's now-renowned "blur offense," which plays very fast and uses short, high-percentage passes along with a very few plays but very swift, quick players.

-- In 2008, when a group of talented sophomores emerged, the Oregon faithful have been pointing toward 2010 as the year the Ducks could contend for a national championship.

-- This season UCLA will play three mid-week games (Oregon this Thursday, Washington on Thursday, November 18th, and Arizona State on Friday, November 26th). Those three games are three of only five mid-week games UCLA has played since 1993.

-- Oregon is currently favored by 24 points over the Bruins. -- UCLA's defeat of Texas September 25th was its first road victory over a ranked opponent since 2001 (Oregon State). It hasn't beaten a top ten-ranked team on the road since 1998 (Arizona).

-- UCLA receiver Josh Smith and f-back Morrell Presley are both suspended for the game for a violation of team rules.

The weather forecast calls for Thursday to be mostly cloudy with a high of 62, a slight chance of showers and lows in the 40s.

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