1994 Oregon Ducks football team
|1994 Oregon Ducks football|
|1994 record||9–4 (7–1 Pac-10)|
|Head coach||Rich Brooks (18th year)|
|Offensive coordinator||Mike Belotti (6th year)|
|Defensive coordinator||Nick Aliotti (2nd year)|
|Home stadium||Autzen Stadium
|1994 Pacific-10 football standings|
|#11 Oregon $||7||–||1||–||0||9||–||4||–||0|
|#21 Washington State||5||–||3||–||0||8||–||4||–||0|
The 1994 Oregon Ducks football team represented the University of Oregon during the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. They were led by head coach Rich Brooks, who was in his 18th season as head coach of the Ducks. They played their home games at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon and participated as members of the Pacific-10 Conference.
|September 3||1:00 PM||Portland State*||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR||W 58–16||30,505|
|September 10||10:00 PM||at Hawaii*||Aloha Stadium • Honolulu, HI||OSN||L 16–36||37,214|
|September 17||1:00 PM||Utah*||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR||L 16–34||25,358|
|September 24||1:00 PM||Iowa*||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR||W 40–18||29,287|
|October 1||3:30 PM||at No. 19 USC||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum • Los Angeles, CA||Prime||W 22–7||44,232|
|October 8||2:00 PM||at No. 17 Washington State||Martin Stadium • Pullman, WA||L 7–21||37,600|
|October 15||1:00 PM||California||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR||W 23–7||30,678|
|October 22||12:30 PM||No. 9 Washington||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR (Rivalry)||ABC||W 31–20||44,134|
|October 29||12:30 PM||No. 11 Arizona||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR||ABC||W 10–9||36,960|
|November 5||1:00 PM||Arizona State||No. 21||Autzen Stadium • Eugene, OR||W 34–10||41,693|
|November 12||3:30 PM||at Stanford||No. 15||Stanford Stadium • Stanford, CA||Prime||W 55–21||43,802|
|November 19||12:30 PM||at Oregon State||No. 12||Parker Stadium • Corvallis, OR (Civil War)||ABC||W 17–13||37,010|
|January 2||1:30 PM||vs. No. 2 Penn State||No. 12||Rose Bowl • Pasadena, CA (Rose Bowl)||ABC||L 20–38||102,247|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.|
In previous matchups, Oregon had their share of disappointment: Mark Lee returned a punt 59 yards for touchdown to win the game in 1979. The defense held the #9-ranked Huskies to 109 yards and 3 first downs in 1984, but still fell 17–10. This, combined with Washington's 17–4 record against the Ducks, including a five-game win streak, had many Oregon fans fearing the worst.
In the 1994 edition of the heated rivalry with the University of Washington, the #9-ranked Huskies came into Autzen Stadium with a 5–1 record, including a victory over the University of Miami, snapping a 58-game home winning streak. The game was a tough and close contest, with the Ducks clinging to a 24–20 lead late in the game. UW quarterback Damon Huard guided the Huskies to a first down on the 9-yard line with plenty of time remaining. Huard dropped back and whipped the ball to wide receiver Dave Janoski. U of O freshman cornerback Kenny Wheaton stepped in front of the pass, intercepted it and headed up the sideline for a clinching touchdown, putting Oregon ahead for good 31–20.
Ultimately, Oregon would win its final six games to carry them to the Rose Bowl ahead of Washington. It's now tradition at all of the Oregon Ducks football games to play "The Pick" on the DuckVision right before the Ducks run onto the field.