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A Blount finish to the Civil War

Posted on: December 4, 2009 1:07 am
 

That wasn’t LeGarrette Blount on the field for the first time in three months.

Couldn’t be.

That wasn’t the scourge of a nation playing in crunch time with the Rose Bowl on the line.

In the Civil War of all things.

No way. No, it couldn’t have been.

But it was, as that same nation watched Blount go from The Punch to Pasadena Thursday in the War of the Roses. Remember how the 240-pound tailback’s season started? How could anyone forget?

It’s hard to believe which power was higher after Oregon’s 37-33 victory over Oregon State Thursday night. The power of redemption or the power of the Ducks’ offensive line.

Blount was inserted in the second half with coach Chip Kelly looking for a change of pace. The move worked when Blount scored a touchdown after the Ducks had fallen behind 30-21. Later, Blount’s 30-yard run also helped Oregon bleed off the final 6:09 of the clock.

Blount arrived just in time (nine rushes, 51 yards) to give his team the punch it lacked since, well, his punch in Boise exactly three months to the day on Sept. 3. LaMichael James (166 yards) had done fine as Blount’s replacement becoming the Pac-10’s second-leading rusher, but Kelly didn’t establish himself as a national coach of the year candidate by being an empty visor.

After Blount was knocked back for a one-yard loss, Oregon faced a fourth-and-3 from the Oregon State 33 with 3:29 left. Kelly called timeout, then called a pass where everything broke down. No matter, quarterback Jeremiah Masoli threw his frame six yards downfield for the first of two fourth-down conversions on the drive that ended with students mobbing the field.

The War of the Roses morphed into the return of the Blount. Suspended for the season after that night in Boise, he got a second chance with Kelly reconsidered. Blount was eligible to return in early November but didn’t see the field until Thursday.

Not bad for a third-string tailback.

Not bad for a rookie head coach.

Great for the Ducks.

They’re going to Pasadena for the first time in 15 years.

 

Category: NCAAF
Comments

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2009 12:57 am
 

A Blount finish to the Civil War

C'mon beavsrule. You sound ridiculous. Are you really trying to say we cheated by putting a person who was on the roster and suspended for 10 games on the field? When Spikes eye-gouges somebody and gets suspended for a half?

Oregon was the better team. It was a hard-fought game and no team should be ashamed.



Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2009 9:45 pm
 

A Blount finish to the Civil War

thats my boy Largarret! Hey beaver fan, why dont you just admit it?  The ducks are by far the better program and we showed it two years in a row. i think you should just keep your mouth shut you sound like a little girl trying to find a way to explain this loss.



Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2009 6:25 pm
 

A Blount finish to the Civil War

Way to inspire sportmanship between the teams.  You are such an inspiration for all us Beaver Fans to want to now root on the Ducks!



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2009 2:37 pm
 

A Blount finish to the Civil War

Must suck to be a horse-bleep program forever and then finally gets things turned around the last decade....only to have the ROSE BOWL snatched away from you twice in a row from BIG brother.   Suck on that Beavs!!!!



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2009 12:41 pm
 

A Blount finish to the Civil War

Dude, you're full of it.  Blount got a harsher punishment than he deserved.  No way should players throw punches, but this is football...and it gets heated and things happen.  That idiot from Boise showed a serious lack of sportsmanship at the end of that game.  And though it was wrong, I can understand Blount popping him.  That said, every D1 team out there is a corporate funded "tool".  Grow up.  It's a business now.  I agree that Dodd was plain dumb earlier in the year with how he thought Blount should be dealt with.  The game of football IS assault and battery.  Every play guys are cheating, trying to pound the other into the ground through questionable tactics that could end up hurting someone badly.  Get off your high horse, man.  This is football.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2009 12:38 pm
 

A Blount finish to the Civil War

Like OSU has never cheated?  Listen I believe the Boise player who taunted him should have been suspended also speaking of unsportsmanlike conduct.  Blount worked at practice, he worked in the classroom and he helped us beat OSU fair and square for a berth in the Rose Bowl.  Most folks who root for the Ducks also root for the Beavers when they aren't playing the Ducks so what's your deal?



Since: Aug 27, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2009 12:31 pm
 

A Blount finish to the Civil War

I have a hard time seeing Ohio State putting up enough points to be the Oregon Ducks......  What a great story this turned out to be.  Say what you want about what Blount did.  It is what it is.  Enough of the he should of this..... or this the this should of happened to him....  All that matters now is a win on January 1.  the Ducks have earned it!  It should be enough to inspire everyone to try a little harder.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2009 12:09 pm
 

A Blount finish to the Civil War

Wow, last year we won because Rodgers was hurt (both of them). This year we won because we cheated. Nice sportsmanship. Get over it. Perhaps we won because we are the better team. Quit making excuses. The Beavers lost. If we didn't use Blount, it would have been Crenshaw or Barner. Our offensive line was simply dominant.

Let's ignore the horrible roughing the passer call, the questionable holding calls on the 95 yard kickoff return (I've replayed the kickoff a dozen times). The hold was a collusion. There was nothing on that play.



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: December 4, 2009 10:44 am
 

A Blount finish to the Civil War

Typical Beaver fan the guy carrys the ball 6 times and you cry like a baby.If you would have stopped James you would have won the game now just go to the dot com Bowl you belong in.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2009 10:33 am
 

A Blount finish to the Civil War

If they needed a guy that is according to the University of Oregon "suspended for the year", a decision that is fully endorsed by the NCAA, to win this game, who you, Dodd said just a few months ago should have been arrested for assault and attempted battery, it just proves that the Beavers should have won if Oregon hadn't cheated like the slimy corporate-funded tools they are.


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