2005 Oregon Ducks football team

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2005 Oregon Ducks football
Oregon Ducks logo.svg
Conference Pacific-10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 10
AP No. 10
2005 record 10–2 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coach Mike Bellotti (11th season)
Offensive coordinator Gary Crowton (1st season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti (9th season)
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  
No. 2 USC * $   8 0         12 1  
No. 13 Oregon   7 1         10 2  
No. 16 UCLA   6 2         10 2  
No. 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.[2]

Before the season[edit]

Recruiting[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Jonathan Stewart
RB
Olympia, Washington Timberline HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 221 lb (100 kg) 4.5 Jan 21, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247SportsN/A
James Finley
WR
Compton, California Compton CC 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.5 Dec 14, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Ed Dickson
TE
Bellflower, California Bellflower HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.6 Jan 25, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Derrick Jones
WR
Long Beach, California Polytechnic HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.6 Feb 2, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Palauni Ma Sun
OL
Fresno, California Fresno CC 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 333 lb (151 kg) NA Jan 23, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Jason Turner
LB
Culver City, California West Los Angeles CC 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.6 Jan 19, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Nick Reed
DE
Mission Viejo, California Mission Viejo HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 234 lb (106 kg) 4.9 Jul 9, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Kevin Garrett
S
Harbor City, California Nathaniel Narbonne HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 199 lb (90 kg) 4.7 Nov 30, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Jeremiah Johnson
RB
Los Angeles, California Susan Miller Dorsey HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 188 lb (85 kg) 4.6 Dec 28, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Brian Truelove
OL
Snellville, Georgia Brookwood HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 278 lb (126 kg) 5.1 Jul 7, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Mat Webb
OL
Vancouver, Washington Heritage HS 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 295 lb (134 kg) 5.0 Jul 2, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Matt Bramow
S
Eugene, Oregon South Eugene HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 191 lb (87 kg) 4.9 Nov 14, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Titus Jackson
S
Pomona, California Diamond Ranch HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.5 Jan 5, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Chris Mulvanny
LB
Pleasant Hill, California Diablo Valley College 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 217 lb (98 kg) 4.5 Dec 17, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Blair Phillips
LB
Perkinston, Mississippi Mississippi Gulf Coast CC 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 242 lb (110 kg) 4.5 Jan 9, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Pat So'oalo
OL
Fresno, California Fresno CC 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 298 lb (135 kg) NA Jan 9, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Walter Thurmond
CB
West Covina, California West Covina HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 163 lb (74 kg) 4.5 Jan 9, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Jairus Byrd
CB
Clayton, Missouri Clayton HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 196 lb (89 kg) 4.6 Jan 24, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Tucker Callahan
LB
Fairhope, Alabama Fairhope HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 4.6 Dec 1, 2004 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Levi Horn
TE
Spokane, Washington John R Rogers HS 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 260 lb (120 kg) 5.1 Jan 5, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Simi Toeaina
DT
Pago Pago, AS Samoana HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 285 lb (129 kg) NA Feb 2, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Matt Dragich
K
Torrance, California El Camino CC 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg) NA Jan 30, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Mark Sunga
LB
Sherman Oaks, California Notre Dame HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 5.2 Feb 2, 2005 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/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, Texas ESPN2 W 38–24   19,981
September 10 12:30 PM Montana* Autzen StadiumEugene, Oregon W 47–14   58,169
September 17 4:00 PM No. 23 Fresno State* Autzen Stadium • Eugene, Oregon TBS W 37–34   58,201
September 24 4:00 PM No. 1 USC No. 24 Autzen Stadium • Eugene, Oregon ABC L 13–45   59,129
October 1 2:00 PM at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, California W 44–20   27,690
October 8 7:15 PM at No. 17 Arizona State No. 25 Sun Devil StadiumTempe, Arizona FSN W 31–17   62,789
October 15 12:30 PM Washington No. 20 Autzen Stadium • Eugene, Oregon W 45–21   58,269
October 22 4:00 PM at Arizona No. 15 Arizona StadiumTucson, Arizona W 28–21   48,052
November 5 12:30 PM No. 23 California No. 15 Autzen Stadium • Eugene, Oregon ABC W 27–20 OT  58,309
November 12 7:15 PM at Washington State No. 11 Martin StadiumPullman, Washington FSN W 34–31   27,595
November 19 3:45 PM Oregon State No. 10 Autzen Stadium • Eugene, Oregon (Civil War) FSN W 56–14   58,525
December 29 5:00 PM vs. Oklahoma* No. 6 Qualcomm StadiumSan Diego (Holiday Bowl) ESPN L 14–17   65,416
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Pacific Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Stanford[edit]

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

References[edit]