DUCKFIGHTER ILLUSTRATED

IN THIS ISSUE: - Bruin nation saved from ruination - Bye week then Duck Hunt - Beavers open defense of NW Cup - Cougars choke on cup cakes - Ducks bounce back against Stanford - Troy shows no sympathy for Devils

Haven't we suffered enough?
Race Bannon

There might be a small piece of my heart tucked away somewhere that hasn't been ripped out and stomped on yet. We will find out the next time the Huskies tee it up to play a game of college football.

Deciding that it had gotten old to humiliate their fans with blow out losses, the Huskies have changed course and are now taking years off their fans lives by tantalizing them with visions of long sought victory only to pull the rug out at the last moment with a dazzling array of self inflicted disaster. The team did so many good things Saturday night that they really had to work hard to do enough bad things to lose.

The story at the Rose Bowl Saturday night was the way that the previously maligned Husky lines stood toe to toe with the superior Bruin forces and whipped their So Cal foes all over the legendary field. The Huskies out rushed UCLA 213 yards to 65. They held Maurice Jones/Drew to under 40 yards. They held UCLA to less than 400 yards total. In fact they held UCLA to only 20 more yards than Jones/Drew got all by himself last year.

They lost.

The Huskies grabbed an early lead and control of the ball game. They maintained the lead for the duration keeping the potent Bruin offense in check while winning the time of possession.

They lost.

Louis Rankin capped off a career night with a dazzling 50 yard touchdown run that put the game out of reach.

It was called back.

In the end we must give the credit to our Bruin masters for making the plays to win the game that we didn't make. For the scoreboard is the final authority in any sporting endeavor.

The Huskies are left to endeavor to persevere once again.

This grizzled yet skeptical scribe is once again impressed with the results of Camp Tyrone on the formerly Charmin soft Husky toughs. The amount of hitting seen Saturday night has not been seen in quite some time around these parts. Gone is the talk of midgets and recruiting failures, replaced with a fresh hope that actual coaching can make these losers winners.

Even more important, the gang seemed to enjoy playing real football and we can hope that they will not be discouraged by failure but use it as a burning flame to purge by fire the losing ways that have plagued our fair community.

We have a bye week to lick our wounds and feel sorry for ourselves, and then we get right back to work believing that the Oregon Ducks will taste the full wrath of the mighty Purple Gang. Actually Coach Willingham won't even allow them a minute to feel sorry for themselves. There is too much to be done.

We will have full preview coverage next week of Coach Willingham's return to the scene of his greatest glory, the big win over Jeff Tedford's Fiesta Bowl champs.

We give a DFI salute to Coach Ty and the players for leaving it all on the field Saturday night. Now let's get a win or 4.
Beavers lead NW Race
Benny B. Leaver

The OSU Beavers spotted America's Third Wimpiest Team a big lead then slapped them out of their cupcake induced coma and beat their tails all over newly remodeled Reser Arena.

The defending NW champs showed that they won't give up the Cup without a fight. The Wimps jumped out to a big early lead but were unable to hold on as they turned the ball over and allowed the hungry Beavers to blow by them on the way to a 44-33 defensive classic.

The reed thin Wimps lost all DUI linebacker Will Derting to injury and all everything receiver Jason Hill as well. Alex "Season on the" Brink topped off his record 561 passing yards with 4 interceptions. That would've made Derek Anderson proud.

It only goes downhill from here for WSU as the mighty giants of Stanford come to Martin P. Vandal Stadium. 3-1 headed to 4-7 for the Wimps.

Prediction: Stanford – 28, WSU – 27

Meanwhile, the Beavers stay alive in the Pac 10 race and have a bye week to prepare for the Holiday Bowl elimination game against Cal in two weeks.
Trojans and Bruins remain on collision course
Troy "Cubby" Wadsworth III

Once again the USC Trojans toyed with an opponent on the road before turning on the after burners and running away with another Pac 10 victory over a Pac 10 pretender.

This time it was the ASU Sun Devils and their frothing fans that were silenced by the machine that is SC Football. LenDale White is a Heisman Candidate at any other school besides SC. As a Trojan back up he makes a nice change of pace for all universe Reggie Bush.

The oft maligned Trojan defense appears to be just fine. It is mistakes and special teams that allow the home standers to enjoy brief dreams of glory. Those dreams quickly turn to nightmares under the relentless Trojan onslaught. Imagine this team with its starting secondary intact.

Next up is a breather over another Stoops.

Prediction: USC – 56, UA – 10

The UCLA Bruins were said to be Holiday Bowl bound but looked more like Las Vegas material as they struggled with Pac 10 bottom feeder Washington. Next up is an all important Holiday Bowl elimination game with Cal and their wonder coach Jeff "Jesus" Tedford.

This game gives Cal its best chance to play in the Rose Bowl this year. Karl Dorrell is always one game away from the hot seat, and his Bruins will have something to prove against the one team that has stood up to USC over the last three years.

This has instant classic written all over it. Look for the Cal running game and run defense to make the difference.

CAL – 34, UCLA – 24
Ducks rebound with win over Giants
Mallard N. Moore

The Oregon Ducks rebounded form their controversial defeat at the hands of Pac 10 officials last week with a rousing win over the Stanford Giants, 44-20.The Ducks cranked up their running game and, led by Jonathon Stewart's 9 yards on 5 carries, amassed 132 rushing yards.

Kelly "Don't call me Clerence" Clemmons threw for nearly 400 yards and denied rumors that he threatened to transfer to Washington if Dennis Dixon started the game. He also denies rumors that he's quit playing the saxophone.

It was a milestone 50th Pac 10 win for Mike Bellotti who must have around 50 losses to go with them.

Editor's note: A struggle ensues. A scream is heard. Mallard is gone! A new voice appears, echos booming from the loud Autzen PA system.

"This is the Voice of Oregon Ministry of Propaganda. Remain calm and your in depth coverage of Duck Football will continue."

G'bye Mallard, hello V-O-M-P.

"It is a milestone for me and for all of the great fans who really helped us win the game this week," noted a relieved Mike Bellotti as he looked ahead to a meeting with Spawn #2 this week. "I take a lot of unwarranted criticism and that will stop right now if we have to root out and jail every reporter in this state."

The Oregon ASU series is an odd one and often features massive amounts of offense. This should be no exception, but give the Devils their due with a better defense and a win in the Spawn Bowl.

Prediction: ASU – 55, UO – 35
All the Rest: Cal beat up on Arizona to tune up for the big game at the Rose Bowl…Texas finally gets their chance for glory this week against Oklahoma…the Sooners beat up the cup cake gorged KSU squad to tune up…Mack can't lose this one, buy it on pay per view, it is can't miss TV…Alabama returned to the big time by crushing the Boy Wonder and FloridaGeorgia visits Tennessee this week…Ohio State takes on suddenly improved and unbeaten Penn State….The Rose Bowl dream died for Vandy in a loss to Middle Tennessee…Todd Turner was fired…Notre Dame crushed Purdue…Major League Baseball is giving tickets to storm survivors…in the words of Beano Cook, haven't they suffered enough?...plenty of football on tap to keep you busy during the bye week.

Thanks for reading – Race

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