No. 11 Oregon Football Travels to Play No. 14 Washington State
Oct. 23, 2001
SEEKING REDEMPTION . . . Oregon looks to remain in the thick of the race for a share of its second straight conference title while seeking answers to slowing one of the most prolific offenses in the country. With their home-field winning streak snapped, the Ducks leave home in search of a fourth straight road triumph against one of the Pac-10's two remaining unbeaten leaders. Oregon attempts to equal the longest successive stretch of success by either school in a series that has not been kind to the home team three of the last four years. The offense strives to return to form which accounted for 21 points and over 200 yards of total offense in last week's opening quarter before being shutout in the second half. One of the school's most successful quarterbacks ever remains two touchdowns shy of personally accounting for more TDs than any player in Oregon history. The Ducks hope to continue capitalizing on some positive aspects of their special teams play while refining others.
NATIONAL RANKINGS . . . After breaking into this year's pre-season rankings for the first time ever and finding themselves secured among the country's Top 10 ever since, the Ducks' setback dropped them back to 11th in this week's Associated Press poll and 13th by the coaches in the USA Today/ESPN rankings.
HEAD COACH MIKE BELLOTTI . . . Ranking third on the Ducks' all-time winningest coaching list (55-23-0), Mike Bellotti now stands as the winningest active coach in the Pac-10 based on conference winning percentage in addition to leading Oregon to more overall victories during his tenure than any other program in the league. Oregon's seventh-year head coach has accumulated a 33-19 record in Pac-10 encounters (.635), which moves him into 15th all-time among conference circles in terms of career winning percentage and 20th in career league victories. He has played a vital role in assembling better than 18 percent (94 wins) of the University's all-time triumphs (497) in his 13-year Oregon association (six as offensive coordinator and seven as head coach). Only Hugo Bezdek (72.7% -- 1906, 1913-17) has accumulated a better winning percentage than Bellotti's 70.5% among the program's mentors who have coached the Ducks a minimum of three seasons. The 50-year-old former Cal State-Chico mentor owns a 12-year career head coaching mark of 78-48-2.
WASHINGTON STATE'S MIKE PRICE . . . Leading the Cougars to more Pac-10 wins (40) than any other active coach in the conference, Mike Price has accumulated a 70-73 record in his 13th season in Pullman, Wash. The school's only head coach to lead Washington State to three bowl games, his team's 7-0 start equals that of his 1997 squad which played in the Rose Bowl. He acquired an eight-year ledger of 46-44 at Weber State (1981-88) after serving assistant coaching stints at Washington State (1969-70, 1974-77), Puget Sound (1971-73) and Missouri (1978-80).
ON THE ROAD . . . Although Oregon's success at home had been well documented, it's road endeavors have gone unnoticed. The Ducks have recorded a 22-16 mark away from home, including a 14-12 league ledger in seven years under Mike Bellotti.
TIME CHANGES . . . Each of Oregon's four remaining games have been selected to be televised across the country as part of the Pac-10's conference television package, which have resulted in changes the next three games were originally scheduled to kickoff. ABC Sports will offer regional telecasts of this Saturday's game at Washington State (4:00 p.m. PDT), the Nov. 10 game at UCLA (12:30 p.m. PST) and the Dec. 1 national telecast vs. Oregon State (1:30 p.m. PST). Fox Sports Net will transmit the Nov. 3 Oregon-Arizona State game (7:15 p.m. PST) to a national cable audience.
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