2005 Oregon Ducks football team

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2005 Oregon Ducks football
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Civil War Champions
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #10
AP #10
2005 record 10-2 (7-1 Pac-10)
Head coach Mike Bellotti (11th year)
Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton (1st year)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti (9th year)
Base defense 4–3
Captain Game captains
Home stadium Autzen Stadium (c. 54,000 FieldTurf)
Seasons
« 2004 2006 »
2005 Pacific-10 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 USC   8 0         12 1  
#13 Oregon   7 1         10 2  
#16 UCLA   6 2         10 2  
#25 California   4 4         8 4  
Arizona State   4 4         7 5  
Stanford   4 4         5 6  
Oregon State   3 5         5 6  
Arizona   2 6         3 8  
Washington State   1 7         4 7  
Washington   1 7         2 9  
† – Conference champion
  • USC later vacated 12 wins (8 in conference) due to NCAA sanctions.
    Rankings from AP Poll

In 2005, Oregon had success behind senior quarterback Kellen Clemens and a new spread offense. During a game at Arizona, Clemens suffered a broken ankle. At that point Oregon was 8-1 (their only loss was to #1 ranked USC 45-13, the loss was vacated in 2010), and still in the hunt for a BCS game. Oregon won their final three games and their success led them into contention for a bid to the Fiesta Bowl. The Ducks finished the regular season with a 10-1 record, their best finish since their Joey Harrington-led, Fiesta Bowl-winning 2001-2002 team. They finished 5th overall in the BCS ranking system, which would in many years have been high enough to earn them a bid to a BCS Bowl. In 2005, however, there were no at-large bids available to Oregon. Ohio State finished just ahead of the Ducks, in 4th place, guaranteeing them one of the at-large berths (although they had an inferior 10-2 record). Notre Dame finished 6th in the BCS, also securing a BCS bid due to a pre-existing clause in the BCS contract. Many college football fans were outraged that two teams with worse records were selected over the Ducks. Moreover, for the second consecutive year, the Pac-10 conference had a team that finished with a one-loss season snubbed by the BCS (the Cal Bears finished 10-1 in 2004). It was later demonstrated that Oregon drew the highest bowl ratings in college football, calling the argument that TV ratings hurt the Ducks' BCS chances into question.[1] The situation (and others like it in recent years) has led to more calls for a playoff system to replace the BCS, which has received widespread criticism from college football fans. Instead of a BCS game, they were assigned to the 2005 Holiday Bowl versus the Oklahoma Sooners. Playing without their starting quarterback, Kellen Clemens, and combined with a strong showing from the Sooners, the Ducks fell in a close game, 17-14, finishing the season tied for the second-best in school history with a 10-1 overall record (the Southern Cal game was deemed vacated by violations in 2010).[2]

Before the season[edit]

Recruiting[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Jonathan Stewart
RB
Olympia, WA Timberline HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 221 lb (100 kg) 4.5 Jan 21, 2005 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
James Finley
WR
Compton, CA Compton CC 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.5 Dec 14, 2004 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Ed Dickson
TE
Bellflower, CA Bellflower HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.6 Jan 25, 2005 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Derrick Jones
WR
Long Beach, CA Polytechnic HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.6 Feb 2, 2005 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Palauni Ma Sun
OL
Fresno, CA Fresno CC 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 333 lb (151 kg) NA Jan 23, 2005 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Jason Turner
LB
Culver City, CA West Los Angeles CC 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.6 Jan 19, 2005 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Nick Reed
DE
Mission Viejo, CA Mission Viejo HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 234 lb (106 kg) 4.9 Jul 9, 2004 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Kevin Garrett
S
Harbor City, CA Nathaniel Narbonne HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 199 lb (90 kg) 4.7 Nov 30, 2004 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Jeremiah Johnson
RB
Los Angeles, CA Susan Miller Dorsey HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 4.6 Dec 28, 2004 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Brian Truelove
OL
Snellville, GA Brookwood HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 278 lb (126 kg) 5.1 Jul 7, 2004 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Mat Webb
OL
Vancouver, WA Heritage HS 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 295 lb (134 kg) 5.0 Jul 2, 2004 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Matt Bramow
S
Eugene, OR South Eugene HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 4.9 Nov 14, 2004 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Titus Jackson
S
Pomona, CA Diamond Ranch HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.5 Jan 5, 2004 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Chris Mulvanny
LB
Pleasant Hill, CA Diablo Valley College 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 217 lb (98 kg) 4.5 Dec 17, 2004 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Blair Phillips
LB
Perkinston, MS Mississippi Gulf Coast CC 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 242 lb (110 kg) 4.5 Jan 9, 2005 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Pat So'oalo
OL
Fresno, CA Fresno CC 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 298 lb (135 kg) NA Jan 9, 2005 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Walter Thurmond
CB
West Covina, CA West Covina HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 163 lb (74 kg) 4.5 Jan 9, 2005 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Jairus Byrd
CB
Clayton, MO Clayton HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 4.6 Jan 24, 2005 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Tucker Callahan
LB
Fairhope, AL Fairhope HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.6 Dec 1, 2004 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Levi Horn
TE
Spokane, WA John R Rogers HS 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 260 lb (120 kg) 5.1 Jan 5, 2005 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Simi Toeaina
DT
Pago Pago, AS Samoana HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 285 lb (129 kg) NA Feb 2, 2005 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Matt Dragich
K
Torrance, CA El Camino CC 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) NA Jan 30, 2005 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Mark Sunga
LB
Sherman Oaks, CA Notre Dame HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 5.2 Feb 2, 2005 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 30   Rivals: 28
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 4:00 PM at Houston* Reliant StadiumHouston, TX ESPN2 W 38–24   19,981
September 10 12:30 PM Montana* Autzen StadiumEugene, OR W 47–14   58,169
September 17 4:00 PM #23 Fresno State* Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR TBS W 37–34   58,201
September 24 4:00 PM #1 USC #24 Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR ABC L 13–45   59,129
October 1 2:00 PM at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 44–20   27,690
October 8 7:15 PM at #17 Arizona State #25 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, AZ FSN W 31–17   62,789
October 15 12:30 PM Washington #20 Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR W 45–21   58,269
October 22 4:00 PM at Arizona #15 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ W 28–21   48,052
November 5 12:30 PM #25 California #15 Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR ABC W 27–20 OT  58,309
November 12 7:15 PM at Washington State #11 Martin StadiumPullman, WA FSN W 34–31   27,595
November 19 3:45 PM Oregon State #10 Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR (Civil War) FSN W 56–14   58,525
December 29 5:00 PM vs. #23 Oklahoma* #5 Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego, CA (Holiday Bowl) ESPN L 14–17   65,416
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

Game notes[edit]

Stanford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Oregon 7 14 17 6 44
Stanford 10 3 0 7 20


References[edit]