Countdown to kickoff: 101 things I love about the Oregon Ducks
On September 3, the Oregon Ducks will begin their 2011 football season. To get through the dog days of summer, I’m listing 101 cool, random things I love about the Ducks, one per day until kickoff in Dallas. In no particular order.
#9: Oregon 41, UCLA 40 — October 10, 1970
This one had it all. A big comeback, bad coaching, controversy, and an onside kick. It was like a precursor to the 2006 Oklahoma game.
Dan Fouts and Bobby Moore (you might know him best as Ahmad Rashad) led Oregon to a 21-17 halftime lead at the Rose Bowl. But the second half was all UCLA, as the Bruins streaked to a 40-21 lead with just 4:38 to play.
The comeback was ignited by backup quarterback Tom Blanchard, who tossed a TD to Moore to pull the Ducks within 12. For some reason, UCLA coach Tommy Prothro decided that the game was in hand and that his starting QB need some rest and on came Jim Nader who promptly fumbled the ball back to Oregon.
Moore scored his third TD of the day on a 40-yard toss from Blanchard with just over two minutes to play. Now it was 40-35 and time for an onside kick.
On the ensuing drive, Blanchard suffered a separated shoulder but stayed in the game. One play after the injury—beast mode: activated—Blanchard hit Leland Glass at the UCLA 11-yard-line. One problem: Glass and a UCLA defender, Jerry Jaso, were both holding on to the ball. The officials ruled in Oregon’s favor, and the Ducks were in business.
The next two plays were a disaster. Oregon lost four yards, and Blanchard’s injury forced him out of the game. So back comes Dan Fouts, and on 3rd and 14 he found Greg Specht for the go-ahead score with just 30 seconds left in the game.
After a failed two-point conversion, the Ducks picked off a Hail Mary to secure one of the greatest comebacks in their history.