Oregon’s opening-night loss to Boise State is a distant memory these days. The Ducks took control of the Pacific-10 Conference in Week 9 with a dominating 47-20 victory over USC, handing the Trojans their worst loss since 1997.
The panel of experts who make up the selection committee to determine the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year decisively nominated the Ducks’ overwhelming performance as the Game of the Week. Oregon was also honored in Week 4 when it routed California 42-3.
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Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli threw for 222 yards and ran for 164 more as the Ducks rushed for 391 yards against USC, which came into the game with the fifth-best run defense in the country at under 80 yards a game.
The College Football Game of the Year concept was developed by Daniel Moore, the Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year. Moore is a well-known artist in Alabama for his paintings of legendary coach Bear Bryant and the Crimson Tide.
At the end of the season and bowl games, a final review of nominations will be prepared for consideration. The winning school receives a commemorative limited edition fine art print and a $5,000 donation for its general scholarship fund.
The Academy’s expert panel includes such former esteemed coaches as Hall of Famers Vince Dooley from Georgia and Jack Lengyel, the coach at Marshall University after a plane crash claimed the lives of 75 team members and coaching staff in 1970.