Factors in the Oregon Game

UCLA and Oregon have an interesting history, as do UCLA's Head Coach Rick Neuheisel and Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti, who now say their feud is over. UCLA, amazingly, is 12-3 at Autzen Stadium, and Oregon has scored 40 points or more on the Bruins just once in 80 years...

-- UCLA travels to Eugene, Oregon, to take on the Oregon Ducks Saturday. The game will be televised nationally on FSN and locally on FSN Prime Ticket at 7:15, with Barry Tomkins and Petros Papadakis calling the action.

-- Oregon is 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10.

-- Oregon's victories came over Washington (44-10), Utah State (66-24), Purdue (32-26) and Washington State (63-14), while their losses came at the hands of Boise State (37-32) and USC (44-10).

-- UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon, 39-22, with the teams having split the last four meetings.

-- Amazingly, UCLA is 12-3 against Oregon in Autzen Stadium, which is one of the most difficult places to play in the country. The Ducks are 2-3 at home against the Bruins under Head Coach Mike Bellotti.

-- UCLA has only played Oregon in Eugene 8 times in the last 20 seasons, and are 5-3 in those games.

-- UCLA went ten years without losing in Eugene. Between 1990 and 2000, the Bruins only played there three times, in 1992, 1996 and 1997, but won all three games.

-- Last season, UCLA beat ninth-ranked Oregon at the Rose Bowl, 16-0, in a strange game. It was the second-to-last game of the season, UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell was a lame duck, Oregon's star quarterback, Dennis Dixon, was injured and the Ducks used three quarterbacks in the game. For UCLA at quarterback, Osaar Rasshan started the game but Ben Olson started the second half, making his first appearance in a game in two months. Walk-on running back Craig Sheppard escaped for a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the game's only touchdown. Oregon gained just 148 total yards against the Bruins.

-- Oregon is led by Mike Bellotti, who is in his 14th season as the Ducks' head coach, with an overall record in Eugene of 110-54. Bellotti took over the program in 1995, after serving as Oregon's offensive coordinator for 5 years before that. He took over a program that, in the 1994 season, won its first conference title in 37 years, having been turned around by his predecessor, Rick Brooks, who left to coach the St. Louis Rams. Bellotti kept the winning momentum going, guiding the Ducks to easily the most successful era in their football history. The Ducks' winningest head coach, Bellotti's best season was in 2001 when he guided the Ducks to a #2 ranking in the country and a Fiesta Bowl win.

-- When UCLA fired Karl Dorrell after last season, Bellotti was a potential replacement. In fact, the circumstances were a bit controversial, with many sources saying that Bellotti indicated to UCLA that he was extremely interested in taking the job, while other said Bellotti was never serious.

-- Oregon Duck fans have a particular dislike for UCLA Head Coach Rick Neuheisel, going back to incidents when he coached both Colorado and Washington. Bellotti expressed anger about a fake punt Neuheisel executed when he was the coach at Colorado late in a 38-6 win over the Ducks in 1996. The relationship grew more prickly when Neuheisel became head coach of Oregon's rival, Washington, and Neuheisel accused Bellotti and Oregon of questionable recruiting tactics. Despite the long-standing assertion that there is a feud between Bellotti and Neuheisel, the two say they're friends off the field. Neuheisel even cites Bellotti's support when Neuheisel contended with the NCAA at the end of his tenure at Washington.

-- Neuheisel has a 4-1 lifetime coaching record against the Ducks.

-- For the first time in four seasons, the Ducks coaching staff carried over intact from the previous season.

-- The Ducks have scored 40 or more points only once in 61 games against UCLA, dating back to 1928, a 41-40 win in Los Angeles in 1970.

-- Oregon, of course, was beaten by USC last week, in what was Oregon's worse loss in five years.

-- Since 1999, Oregon is 9-9 in games following a road loss.

-- Despite season lows in rushing yards and total offense last week against USC, Oregon is still atop the Pac-10 in both statistical categories.

-- In every Oregon home game this season, a different Oregon player will wear the #29 jersey to honor Todd Doxey, a Duck player who died in a swimming accident on the McKenzie River in July. Every player will also wear a "TD" on his Duck helmet.

-- Oregon is on a pretty impressive sell-out streak for Autzen Stadium, 58 home games in a row dating back to 1999.

-- Autzen Stadium seats about 54,000.

-- Oregon's uniforms have become famous – or infamous – depending upon your opinion. Having variations on home and away jerseys, pants and helmets, there are nearly 400 potential combinations. The Ducks wore a different one in every game last season and also so far this season.

-- Not one of the four teams Oregon has beaten this season has a winning record. In fact, the combined record of Washington, Utah State, Purdue and Washington State is 4-17.

-- The forecast for Eugene on Saturday is a high of 61 degrees, and mostly sunny. The temperature should be in the high low 50s by game time.


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