No. 16 Football Hosts Stanford In Third Consecutive Home Game
Oct. 29, 2002
OLD NEMESIS . . . Oregon looks to snap its longest skid in three seasons against a foe which has caused it more problems in recent years than any other Pac-10 opponent when it looks to salvage the final game of a three-game homestand. The Ducks seek to secure a seventh win for an unprecedented sixth-straight season as one of the league's best rushing defenses will be tested by the conference's top rushing offense. Oregon searches for answers of how to regain the momentum following the intermission while hoping to continue its success as it nears the goal line. One of the nation's leading rushers continues his assult on the record books while its placekicker remains on All-America pace as the Ducks strive to reverse a trend that has witnessed Stanford win eight of the past 11 meetings.
NATIONAL RANKINGS . . . Finishing last season second in the country in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, Oregon has dropped to 19th and 16th, respectively, after escalating as high as sixth in the country in both rankings.
HEAD COACH MIKE BELLOTTI . . . Ranking third on the Ducks' all-time winningest coaching list (66-25-0), Mike Bellotti has led the program to more overall wins during his tenure than any other school in the Pacific-10 Conference. He stands as the winningest active coach in the Pac-10 based on conference winning percentage (65.0), and 14th all time. Oregon's eighth-year head coach has accumulated a 39-21 record in Pac-10 encounters, ranking him 18th in career league wins. Bellotti has played a vital role in assembling more than 20 percent (105 wins) of the university's all-time triumphs (508) in his 14-year Oregon association (six as offensive coordinator and eight as head coach). Only Hugo Bezdek (72.7 -- 1906, 1913-17) has accumulated a better winning percentage than Bellotti's 72.5% among the program's mentors who have coached the Ducks three seasons or more. The 51-year-old former Cal State Chico mentor owns an 89-50-2 13-year career collegiate head coaching mark.
STANFORD'S BUDDY TEEVENS . . . Now in his 24th-year in the collegiate coaching ranks, the 46-year-old Pembroke, Mass., native is guiding his fourth college program after spending the last three years tutoring different facets of the offense at the University of Florida. Accumulating a 52-81-2 ledger in his 13th collegiate head coaching campaign, the former Maine mentor (1985-86) led Dartmouth to a pair of Ivy League titles during his five-year stint (1987-91) and recruited most of the team which secured a perfect 11-0 campaign at Tulane (1998). After serving as offensive coordinator at Illinois for two seasons (1997-98), he migrated to Gainesville, Fla., where he served as the Gators' running backs coach (1999), passing game coordinator (2000) and assistant offensive coordinator (2001).
GAMES TO REMEMBER ARE PLAYED IN NOVEMBER . . . Mike Bellotti has been quick to emphasize that it's not how well you start a season but how you finish. If past history is any indication, it would appear the Ducks are in good shape. Under Oregon's seven-year head coach, the program has accumulated a record of 17-3 during (normally) the final month of the regular season. (That record does not include last year's Oregon State game on Dec. 1.) Two of those losses were administered by the Beavers (1998, 2000), while the other occurred at Arizona State (1997). In November, Oregon is 10-0 under Bellotti at home.