CORVALLIS, Oregon – “We ain’t done yet,” exclaimed University of Oregon “Ducks” quarterback Darron Thomas as his team now prepares for Auburn in the BCS national championship game Jan. 10 in Glendale, Arizona. The No. 2 Ducks blasted the home team Oregon State “Beavers” in a 37-20 win in their 114th Civil War game yesterday, that also revealed the “Ducks secret weapon” in going 12-0 and earning their best season in school history.
At the same time, almost all of Eugene and the surrounding areas were watching the game yesterday, report locals and tavern owners who note “it was one big party with a perfect ending as the Ducks won big.”
“We’ve waited all our lives for this one,” said Eugene local Chance Morgan who had a big Duck celebration party at his home.
Oregon State “distracted” by terrorism act last Sunday
In the wake of a mosque bombing that rocked downtown Corvallis last Sunday, this home to the Oregon State “Beavers” football team is still in a state of shock — say locals on this moody blue Sunday — after both losing a game that many fans say they should have won while “still dealing with an act of terrorism.”
“To say we were distracted is an understatement,” says Corvallis local Jennifer Giuffre.
According to Corvallis police, an unknown arsonist tossed a fire bomb into the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center at 610 N.W. Kings Blvd. in downtown Corvallis on the morning of Nov. 28 around 2 p.m. The FBI is still investing as of today, and local police officials say they will remain on standby until the crime is sorted out.
“What we have here is a college football game that’s in the national spotlight while also dealing with a terrorism threat in a community where the First Brother-in-law happens to live. It’s a crazy time, and we’re feeling it with dozens of media reporters roaming the town,” explained Giuffre who also noted that she saw more police at the game than “a police convention.”
The reference to the First Brother-in-law is Craig Robinson who’s the current head men’s basketball coach at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Robinson is the brother of Michelle Obama.
Ducks “secret weapon” is innovation and persistence, say experts
With the Ducks boasting their first undefeated season since 1917, there are fans on both sides of the ball who are asking “how did they do it?”
Second year head coach Chip Kelly is a master of the game, say fans.
Kelly’s also a “bit different,” says Billy Taylor, who’s a Beaver fan and a former a high school football coach.
“You look at Kelly and you see someone who’s always thinking outside the box. He’s the guy who wouldn’t allow his players to have Thanksgiving dinner because he believes consuming turkey would slow their pace. And, he’s the coach who calls in motivational speakers to give his players an edge. The Ducks secret weapon is Kelly’s innovation, and the players persistence. They just don’t give up, and that’s a valuable lesson today as we fight this recession,” explains Taylor who watched yesterday’s game from the 50-yard line.
Taylor’s reference to motivational speakers references the recent talk famed mountain climber John Dahlem game at the Ducks training camp with Kelly, his staff of coaches and a hundred or so Duck players in attendance before Saturday’s game.
Local media reports note that Kelly asked Dahlem to give his team an “inspirational boost” on the eve of their shot at a national title.
Dahlem used mountain climbing words such as – “one step at a time,” and “don’t look ahead even two steps” – during what Taylor describes as “a most unconventional way to inspire college football players on the eve of their biggest game ever. But, that’s Kelly always with the special weapon that’s inspiration.”
At the same time, the Civil War stakes have never been higher for the Ducks entering a game on Saturday that could propel them to a national championship.
“Again, Kelly used his innovation as a secret weapon and it worked,” he said.
“Basically, we needed to stop the Ducks from controlling the tempo of the game. The Beavers strong defense faltered in the second half. We also did not counter the Ducks as they shuffled their defensive players. Overall, we needed to stop the Ducks scoring pace and we blew it,” adds Taylor.
The Civil War game is a nickname for the annual college football match up in Oregon between the Oregon State Beavers in Corvallis and the Oregon Ducks from nearby Eugene. According to Oregon state history records, the first Civil War game was played in 1894, making yesterday’s duel the seventh-oldest college football rivalry game in America.