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2003 Football: A New Beginning for the Ducks.

2003 Football: A New Beginning for the Ducks.

In 2001, Oregon football was on top of the world as far as Duck fans were concerned. Oregon finished their best season ever with a win over Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl and a No. 2 national ranking. Everywhere one looked there was talk that the Ducks had finally reached the status of a football power. Heading into last season, hopes soared as the Ducks were on the receiving end of national respect. At one point in September, Oregon found itself ranked No. 9 nationally. Then the bottom fell out.

Oregon started the season off with six straight wins, but considering the quality of the opponents and margin of victory, Duck fans felt uneasy about their team. Oregon beat Mississippi State in the opener 36-13, but the next week struggled to defeat Fresno State 28-24 at home. Two lop-sided wins over Idaho (58-21) and Division I-A Portland State (41-0) and winning two road games at Arizona (3...

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