Tyler Shough puts on a show at Oregon’s spring game
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — While Justin Herbert was his usual steady self at quarterback for Oregon, the Ducks' spring game gave redshirt freshman Tyler Shough a chance to show off his...
As a soon-to-be senior, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert knows this about spring football: It's a process and it's rarely smooth.
"We've just got to keep climbing. Definitely we've made a...
Herbert sparks Oregon past Michigan State 7-6 in Redbox Bowl
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Justin Herbert did just enough to keep his streak intact for consecutive games with a touchdown pass. Make it an impressive 28 and counting for Oregon's quarterback, the longest active streak in the nation among FBS schools.
That it turned out to be the Ducks lone score in their 7-6 win over Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl only emphasized why coach Mario Cristobal was smiling after Herbert's decision earlier this month to bypass the NFL draft.
Ohio State’s Haskins, Washington’s Browning offer contrasts
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Rose Bowl will be final collegiate start for Washington's Jake Browning. Whether or not it will be for Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins remains a mystery.
Haskins' future has been as much a topic of conversation as Urban Meyer's final game as the Buckeyes' coach. The redshirt sophomore finished third in Heisman Trophy voting after leading the nation with 4,580 passing yards and 47 touchdowns while directing the Buckeyes (12-1) to a Big Ten title.
Herbert’s return gives Oregon win before bowl game
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Oregon coach Mario Cristobal got a big win in bowl season even before the Ducks took the field.
Star quarterback Justin Herbert announced he's returning for his senior year, immediately turning Oregon into a playoff contender. With all 11 starters expected back next season, the Ducks (8-4) will get a big head start on 2019 when they close this season on Monday in the Redbox Bowl against Michigan State (7-5).
Oregon QB Herbert says he’ll return for his senior year
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert says he'll return for his senior season.
Herbert announced his decision Wednesday before the Ducks (8-4) left Eugene for the Redbox Bowl in Santa Clara, California. Oregon plays Michigan State on Monday.
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Redbox Bowl Matchup
Michigan State (7-5, Big Ten) vs. Oregon (8-4, Pac-12), Dec. 31, 3 p.m. EST.
LOCATION: Santa Clara, California.
Michigan State: QB Brian Lewerke threw for 1,868 yards and eight TDs but with 10 interceptions this season and was sidelined with a shoulder injury late in the year. But there is plenty of time for him to get healthy. DE Kenny Willekes is the Big Ten defensive lineman of the year.
Verdell has 5 TDs in Oregon’s 55-15 win over Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon coach Mario Cristobal says redshirt freshman running back CJ Verdell is just "scratching the surface" for what he can become.
Verdell ran for 187 yards and four touchdowns, and also caught a scoring pass as Oregon defeated Oregon State 55-15 Friday in a Civil War victory that was marred by quarterback Justin Herbert's first-half injury.
Oregon holds off late Arizona State rally to win 31-29
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Ducks made what might be quarterback Justin Herbert's final game at Autzen Stadium more of a cliffhanger than they would've liked.
Herbert threw for 262 yards and two touchdowns and Oregon held off a late rally by Arizona State to win 31-29 and knock the Sun Devils out of contention for a spot in the Pac-12 championship game.
Ducks down the Bruins 42-21 to become bowl eligible
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — After both cleared concussion protocol this week, Justin Herbert and Dillon Mitchell found a groove for the Oregon Ducks.
Herbert threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns and Oregon defeated UCLA 42-21 on Saturday in Bruins coach Chip Kelly's first game at Autzen Stadium since he left the Ducks following the 2012 season.
No. 25 Washington St hosts No. 12 Oregon in key Pac-12 game
No. 25 Washington State hosting No. 12 Oregon has more significance than many may have expected early in the season.
The game will be key in determining which program stays alive in the hunt for the Pac-12 North title, which appeared to be a race between Washington and Stanford when the season began. All four programs now seem to be very much in it at the halfway mark.
No. 25 Washington State hosts No. 12 Oregon in Pac-12 game
No. 12 Oregon (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) at No. 25 Washington State (5-1, 2-1), 7:30 p.m. ET (Fox)
Line: Washington State by 3.
Series record: Oregon leads 47-41-7.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Washington State and Oregon both seek to become bowl eligible and to keep pace with No. 15 Washington in the race for the Pac-12 North title. Washington State has a 10-game home winning streak, and is making its first appearance as host of ESPN's "College GameDay."
No. 7 Washington at No. 17 Oregon top Pac-12 game this week
Here are some things to watch in Week 7 of the Pac-12 Conference football season:
No. 7 Washington faces No. 17 Oregon in Pac-12 North clash
No. 7 Washington (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) at No. 17 Oregon (4-1, 1-1), 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC/ESPN2)
No. 19 Oregon beats No. 24 California 42-24
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Every time it seemed like California might be ready to mount a comeback, Oregon's opportunistic defense stepped up and delivered.
A week after a crushing collapse, the Ducks responded with a resilient performance for their first Pac-12 road win since 2016.
No. 24 Cal puts improved defense to test vs. No. 19 Oregon
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Improving the defense has been the top task for coach Justin Wilcox since he arrived at California in 2017.
The Golden Bears showed significant improvement in his first season and have taken another big jump forward to start this year, helping power Cal into the AP poll for the first time since 2015.
No. 24 California hosts No. 19 Oregon
No. 19 Oregon (3-1, 0-1 Pac 12) at No. 24 California (3-0, 0-0), 10:30 p.m. ET (FS1)
Line: Oregon by 2½.
Series record: California leads 40-38-2.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
The Ducks look to bounce back from a late-game collapse that cost them against Stanford and avoid falling in a deeper hole in the Pac-12 North. The Golden Bears had a week off following a perfect nonconference season and are in the AP poll for the first time since 2015.
No. 7 Stanford rallies for 38-31 OT win over No. 20 Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello watched as his overtime pass tumble in midair for an agonizing moment after it was tipped by tight end Colby Parkinson.
"I saw the ball go in the air, held my breath, and then for Colby to come down with it was pretty awesome," said Costello, who threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns.
No. 7 Stanford visits No. 20 Oregon in marquee Pac-12 game
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Two ranked teams. Two star players. The game between No. 7 Stanford and No. 20 Oregon on Saturday has plenty of hype.
And deservedly so.
The implications of the big game at Autzen Stadium could stretch beyond this weekend. It may play a part in the Pac-12 North, the league championship and — just maybe — the college football playoffs.
Oregon is undefeated but hasn't been challenged all that much with nonconference wins over Bowling Green, Portland State and San Jose State.
Game of the Week? Look no further than Stanford at Oregon
Here are some things to watch in Week 4 of the Pac-12 Conference football season:
No. 7 Stanford visits No. 20 Oregon in key Pac-12 game
No. 7 Stanford (3-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at No. 20 Oregon (3-0, 0-0), 8 p.m. ET (ABC).
AP Top 25 Podcast: Pac-12 in spotlight with Stanford-Oregon
No. 7 Stanford and No. 20 Oregon is the highlight game of the weekend in college football, but it's hard to assess the Ducks.
No. 20 Ducks dispatch San Jose State 35-22; Stanford up next
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said he spent the week telling the No. 20 Ducks the importance of focusing on San Jose State with Stanford looming next weekend.
Oregon emerged Saturday with a somewhat lackluster 35-22 victory over the surprising Spartans.
No. 20 Ducks get San Jose State tuneup before Pac-12 opener
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The challenge for Oregon is to not look past San Jose State this Saturday in preparing for Stanford next weekend.
It may not be easy given the mismatch. San Jose State is 0-2, with losses to FCS-level UC Davis and to Washington State. The Spartans rank 113th among FBS teams (out of 129) in total offense with an average of 315 yards game, and 125th in total defense, allowing 566.6 yards a game.
Herbert has 4 TDs, No. 23 Oregon beats Portland State 62-14
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Justin Herbert has thrown nine touchdown passes to six receivers through two games this season. The Oregon quarterback is just fine with spreading it around.
"I don't think we need that one go-to guy," Herbert. "I think we've got so many weapons that just getting them the ball in general is a bonus. My job is just to get them the ball and let them do the work."
No. 23 Oregon looks to keep rolling hosting Portland State
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — For his first outing of the season, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert had six touchdowns — five via pass and one on the ground. There's a possibility that against Portland State on Saturday he won't be in the game long enough to get as many.
QB Herbert and No. 23 Oregon face lower-tier Portland State
Portland State (0-1) at No. 23 Oregon (1-0), 2 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
Herbert has 6 TDs in Oregon’s 58-24 win over Bowling Green
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert completed just 10 passes, but five of them were for touchdowns against Bowling Green.
"I like that ratio," Ducks coach Mario Cristobal said. "Let's keep that going."
Herbert ran for another score to finish with six touchdowns to lead No. 24 Oregon to a 58-24 victory on Saturday night. He finished 10 of 21 for 281 yards and the five passing TDs were the most for a Duck in a season-opening game.
No. 24 Oregon opens first season under coach Mario Cristobal
Bowling Green (2-10 last season) at No. 24 Oregon (7-6), 8 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Ducks clearly need to keep Justin Herbert healthy in 2018
Just 12 months ago it was the start of the "Willie Taggart Era" in Eugene. Now it's Mario Cristobal's turn.
The team's former co-offensive coordinator is embarking on his first season at the helm of the Ducks. Taggart, meanwhile, is doing the same at Florida State after a one-year tenure at Oregon.
Oregon coach Mario Cristobal is thinking about the unthinkable.
If Justin Herbert were to get injured again this fall, the Ducks need to have a backup quarterback who is prepared to keep the ship afloat in the rough Pac-12 seas.
The Willie Taggart era got off to a 4-1 start with Herbert taking the snaps, but Oregon went 1-4 while the 6-foot-6, 231-pound starter was mending a fractured collarbone.
The student section was still swag surfing.
And former Oregon coach Willie Taggart also left behind some entertaining new players for the fans to enjoy during Saturday’s spring game at Autzen Stadium.
Wide receiver Daewood Davis and running back CJ Verdell, two talented members of Taggart’s 2017 recruiting class who redshirted last season, each scored two touchdowns during the offense’s 41-7 victory over the defense.
Quarterbacks are on display at Oregon’s spring game
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — With Justin Herbert already set as Oregon's starting quarterback, some of the focus at the Ducks' spring game was on other positions.
Like his backup. And his receivers.
The spring game was split into two sides, Team Thunder on the offense and Team Lightning on the defense. Points were awarded for different tasks, like touchdowns, and the Thunder came out on top 59-34.
Mario Cristobal didn’t manufacture an artificial quarterback competition this spring.
Justin Herbert remains Oregon’s unquestioned leader entering the spring game Saturday at Auzten Stadium (2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks).
Oregon is installing the “Pistol” into its offense, but just how often will the running back line up directly behind quarterback Justin Herbert?
“I don’t know if I can disclose that,” senior running back Tony Brooks-James said Tuesday. “It is going to be different though.”
Justin Herbert was the star of Oregon’s scrimmage on Saturday in Portland.
But the starting quarterback made most of his big throws against the Ducks’ second-team defense.
Mario Cristobal was equally pleased with the way defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt’s first-string unit performed, which had a lot to do with backup quarterbacks Braxton Burmeister and Tyler Shough’s combining to complete only 8-of-18 passes for 79 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
PORTLAND — Justin Herbert and the Ducks took the show on the road.
Oregon’s starting quarterback dominated Saturday’s 88-play scrimmage in front of an appreciative crowd at Franklin High.
Herbert completed 11-of-16 passes for 213 yards and three touchdown passes during the situational practice.
Justin Herbert finally found a statistic worthy celebrating: His grade-point average.
Oregon’s star quarterback has already passed for 3,919 yards with 34 touchdowns and only nine interceptions in 17 games over the last two seasons.
Herbert, who typically deflects praise and credits teammates for success, didn’t seem to mind stepping into the spotlight on Friday at the Jaqua Center, where he was recognized for earning first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors last year.
Demetri Burch was an all-conference quarterback who ran for nearly 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns during his final two seasons at Apopka (Fla.) High School.
Most of his recruiting interest came from college coaches who saw him play wide receiver in seven-on-seven camps.
Justin Herbert is being challenged by another new Oregon coach.
A year ago, Willie Taggart reopened the competition at quarterback during spring practice.
Herbert, the incumbent starter from the end of the Mark Helfrich era, quickly proved himself to be head and shoulder pads above the competition, prompting Terry Wilson and Travis Jonsen to transfer out of the program.
Braxton Burmeister was expecting to watch Justin Herbert put on a show from his front-row seat throughout his freshman season at Oregon.
The cozy redshirt was only going to be pulled in case of emergency.
And then coach Willie Taggart had to dial quarterback 911 after Herbert fractured his collarbone and senior backup Taylor Alie suffered a concussion during the Ducks’ costly victory over California on Sept. 30, 2017.
Oregon’s promising 4-1 start with Herbert melted down into a mediocre 5-5 record.
Oregon was explosive on offense when Justin Herbert was healthy and improved on defense during Jim Leavitt’s first season as coordinator.
But the Ducks, who finished 7-5 during Willie Taggart’s one-and-done season and are coming off a disappointing loss to Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, have one glaring issue to clean up from the 2017 season:
Oregon’s top draft prospects have televised job interviews this week.
Left tackle Tyrell Crosby, running back Royce Freeman and long snapper Tanner Carew will participate in workouts Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
The NFL Network will air all four days of the on-field drills live.
The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Crosby is projected as a second- or third-round pick after returning for his senior season with the Ducks following an injury-plagued 2016 campaign.
Mario Cristobal’s first recruiting class at Oregon is signed and sealed.
Now a handful of the new Ducks will have opportunities to deliver as true freshmen, just as cornerback Thomas Graham, defensive linemen Jordon Scott and Austin Faoliu, and wide receiver Johnny Johnson did in 2017.
Oregon returns eight starters on offense and seven on defense, but there are still plenty of holes on the two-deep for newcomers to fill this fall.
Rich Schwab, a wide receiver on Oregon’s 1963 Sun Bowl team, died on Monday night in Eugene. He was 75.
During the past two falls, Schwab took pride in watching his grandson, Justin Herbert, play quarterback for the Ducks.
“He’s very competitive,” Schwab told The Register-Guard during Herbert’s senior year at Sheldon High in 2016, just before the three-sport star signed his letter-of-intent at Oregon. “There’s a real spark in his eye when he’s playing. He just wants to win.”
We interrupt this basketball season for a return to football.
With all five Pac-12 coaching vacancies filled and the early entries for the NFL draft declared, here’s a look at how the conference’s preseason media poll might look when it comes out in six months.
Oregon’s Willie Taggart era: a lone season of what-ifs
Willie Taggart's lone season at Oregon may well be remembered for what-ifs.
The most prominent among them: What if quarterback Justin Herbert had been healthy? But also: What if Taggart had decided to stay?
What's known is that Oregon's 2017 season was disrupted by Herbert's broken collarbone that kept him sidelined for five games, during which the Ducks went 1-4. The sophomore quarterback returned for the final two regular-season games, which the Ducks won to become bowl eligible.
No. 25 Boise State looks to spoil Cristobal’s Oregon debut
Las Vegas Bowl: No. 25 Boise State (10-3) at Oregon (7-5), Dec. 16, 3:30 p.m. Eastern (ABC)
Line: Oregon by 7.
Series Record: Boise State leads 2-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Broncos will try to end a three-game losing streak against Power 5 opposition. Mario Cristobal leads the Ducks in his first game since being promoted to head coach on Dec. 8 after Willie Taggart took the Florida State job.