1994 Oregon Ducks football
Pac-10 champion
Rose Bowl, L 20–38 vs. Penn State
ConferencePacific-10 Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 11
Record9–4 (7–1 Pac-10)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorMike Belotti (6th season)
Defensive coordinatorNick Aliotti (2nd season)
CaptainGame captains
Home stadiumAutzen Stadium
(Capacity: 41,698)
Seasons
← 1993
1995 →
1994 Pacific-10 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 11 Oregon $ 7 1 0 9 4 0
No. 13 USC 6 2 0 8 3 1
No. 20 Arizona 6 2 0 8 4 0
No. 21 Washington State 5 3 0 8 4 0
Washington 4 4 0 7 4 0
UCLA 3 5 0 5 6 0
California 3 5 0 4 7 0
Oregon State 2 6 0 4 7 0
Stanford 2 6 0 3 7 1
Arizona State 2 6 0 3 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1994 Oregon Ducks football team represented the University of Oregon in the Pacific-10 Conference during the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Ducks were led by head coach Rich Brooks, who was in his 18th and final season as head coach, and played their home games at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.

Oregon was 9–3 in the regular season and won their first ever outright conference championship (7–1); they appeared in the Rose Bowl for the first time in 37 years.[1][2][3]

Two consecutive non-conference losses in September had many calling for Brooks' resignation.[4]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 31:00 pmPortland State*W 58–1630,505
September 1010:00 pmat Hawaii*OSNL 16–3637,214
September 171:00 pmUtah*
  • Autzen Stadium
  • Eugene, Oregon
L 16–3425,358
September 241:00 pmIowa*
  • Autzen Stadium
  • Eugene, Oregon
W 40–1829,287
October 13:30 pmat No. 19 USCPrimeW 22–744,232
October 82:00 pmat No. 17 Washington StateL 7–2137,600
October 151:00 pmCalifornia
  • Autzen Stadium
  • Eugene, Oregon
W 23–730,678
October 2212:30 pmNo. 9 Washington
  • Autzen Stadium
  • Eugene, Oregon (rivalry)
ABCW 31–2044,134
October 2912:30 pmNo. 11 Arizona
  • Autzen Stadium
  • Eugene, Oregon
ABCW 10–936,960
November 51:00 pmArizona StateNo. 21
  • Autzen Stadium
  • Eugene, Oregon
W 34–1041,693
November 123:30 pmat StanfordNo. 15PrimeW 55–2143,802
November 1912:30 pmat Oregon StateNo. 12ABCW 17–1337,010
January 21:30 pmvs. No. 2 Penn StateNo. 12ABCL 20–38102,247
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

Roster

1994 Oregon Ducks football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 10 Tony Graziani So
WR 83 Pat Johnson Fr
WR 1 Cristin McLemore Jr
QB 16 Danny O'Neil Sr
RB 12 Dino Philyaw Sr
TE 82 Blake Spence Fr
RB 14 Ricky Whittle Jr
TE 90 Josh Wilcox So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 7 Chad Cota Sr
LB 47 Reggie Jordan
DB 1 Alex Molden Jr
DB 4 Herman O'Berry 
Injured
Sr
CB Kenny Wheaton Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K/P Matt Belden Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt
Source:[5][6][7][8][9]

Game summaries

Portland State

See also: Portland State Vikings football

Hawaii

See also: Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football

Utah

See also: 1994 Utah Utes football team

Iowa

Iowa at Oregon
1 234Total
Hawkeyes 12 060 18
Ducks 7 20130 40

See also: 1994 Iowa Hawkeyes football team

USC

See also: 1994 USC Trojans football team

Washington State

See also: 1994 Washington State Cougars football team

California

See also: 1994 California Golden Bears football team

Washington

Washington at Oregon
1 234Total
No. 9 Huskies 0 1307 20
Ducks 0 14314 31
  • Date: October 22
  • Location: Autzen Stadium
  • Game attendance: 44,134
  • Game weather: Sunny

See also: 1994 Washington Huskies football team and Oregon–Washington football rivalry

In previous matchups, Oregon had their share of disappointment: Mark Lee returned a punt 59 yards for touchdown to win the game in 1979. The defense held the #9-ranked Huskies to 109 yards and 3 first downs in 1984, but still fell 17–10. This, combined with Washington's 17–4 record against the Ducks, including a five-game win streak, had many Oregon fans fearing the worst.

In the 1994 edition of the heated rivalry with the University of Washington, the #9-ranked Huskies came into Autzen Stadium with a 5–1 record, including a victory over the University of Miami, snapping a 58-game home winning streak. The game was a tough and close contest, with the Ducks clinging to a 24–20 lead late in the game. UW quarterback Damon Huard guided the Huskies to a first down on the 9-yard line with plenty of time remaining. Huard dropped back and whipped the ball to wide receiver Dave Janoski. U of O freshman cornerback Kenny Wheaton stepped in front of the pass, intercepted it and headed up the sideline for a clinching touchdown, putting Oregon ahead for good 31–20.[10][11]

Oregon won its final six games to carry them to the Rose Bowl. It's now tradition at all of the Oregon Ducks football games to play "The Pick" on the DuckVision right before the Ducks run onto the field.

Arizona

See also: 1994 Arizona Wildcats football team

Arizona State

See also: 1994 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

Stanford

See also: 1994 Stanford Cardinal football team

Oregon State

See also: 1994 Oregon State Beavers football team and Oregon–Oregon State football rivalry

Rose Bowl

Penn State vs. Oregon
1 234Total
No. 2 Nittany Lions 7 71410 38
No. 12 Ducks 7 076 20

See also: 1995 Rose Bowl and 1994 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

References

Citations

  1. ^ Downey, Mike (November 5, 1994). "LA would rather not be stuck with Ducks". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). (Los Angeles Times). p. 1D.
  2. ^ Hartman, Janelle (November 20, 1994). "Rose Bowl!". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1A.
  3. ^ Bellamy, Ron (November 20, 1994). "We're No. 1!". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1E.
  4. ^ "Sound off". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). September 25, 1994. p. 2E.
  5. ^ "Matchups". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). September 3, 1994. p. 4D.
  6. ^ "Matchups". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). September 24, 1994. p. 4D.
  7. ^ "Matchups". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). October 15, 1994. p. 4D.
  8. ^ "Matchups". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). October 22, 1994. p. 4D.
  9. ^ "Matchups". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). November 19, 1994. p. 6C.
  10. ^ Conrad, John (October 23, 1994). "The race is on". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1E.
  11. ^ "Ducks upset Huskies". Gainesville Sun. (Florida). Assiciated Press. October 23, 1994. p. 2C.

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