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“Autzen was pretty loud. The fans seem very knowledgeable in comparison to other fans I have encountered (this was my second trip and have felt the same way both times.)”
However, until most of the fans are back in their seats at the beginning on the 3rd quarter, I don’t care how loud or “in your face” Autzen is, it will not live up to its potential.
This quote by this Cal blogger who was at the game says it all:
“But…when Cal took momentum at the start of the second half, at least a third and likely close to a half of the Oregon fans were in the parking lot drinking. They leave at the half, and don’t return to their seats in time for the start of the third quarter. This was downright shocking to me – Cal took control of the game and they cared more about getting a beer! In my mind, there is no way they can be considered the best fans in the Pac-10, or honestly even be in the discussion, until they stop doing this.”
We all know that the play of the game happened with less than :20 seconds remaining in the game, but I would suggest that the 2 three-and-outs the Ducks had coming out of halftime were just as big in determining the outcome of this game. Had Oregon gone down and put seven on the board (or even 14) giving them the 14-point lead (or 21-point lead), it would have put Cal in a very difficult position.
As the players emerged from the tunnel for the second half, I’m sure they couldn’t help but notice that nearly 50% of the fans were not in their seats, but rather in the parking lot. The “Autzen Energy” was not there, and I think it showed in the way Oregon came out and played those first 2 series of the second half.
So what do YOU think? Agree or disagree?
UPDATE: Autzen may be noisier, but Cal’s Memorial Stadium deemed “scarier”
Signs. Signs. Everywhere signs. And One Click Sports News was there at 5:30am Saturday morning for GameDay with our sign. Unfortunately, we did not fair as well as some of the following signs in terms of visibility or creativity.
“FECal HAPPENS”. Yes. Yes, it does.
“LONGSHORE LOVES ZIMA”. What could be worse? Appletinis?
“LONGSHORE’S CELL (661)313-XXXX”. And yes, this is his cell phone number.
I doubt it will be for much longer.
“LOU HOLTZ 4 PRETHADENT”. You just kind have to say it out loud.
“GAMEDAY’S NEVER HEARD OF CORVALLIS”. What is this “Corvallis” you speak of?
“SHOW ME YOUR O FACE”. ‘Office Space’ was on again today. There went another two hours I’m never going to get back. We really need to print up these T-Shirts.
I love this sign. 0 shame. 1 big grin. 2 big thumbs up. There were quite a few of these “Heads-on-a-Stick” signs. I was standing next to a guy with his HOAS and it looked just like Private Pyle.
“O.J. STOLE MY OTHER SIGN”. I’m pretty sure this was the sequel sign to the “O.J.STOLE MY TICKETS” sign. A two-part sign series is pretty heady stuff.
“AND THE 2006 CHAMPS ARE ??? CAL ???”. This represented another trend in the signs present at GameDay: the wrong date signs. There was another sign suggesting that Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart should be candidates for the ’08 Heisman. Even though you win the Rose Bowl the following year, you win the Heisman in the same year you played. And neither are going to be around next year.
Here are a couple other signs:
“LEE IS MY BIOLOGICAL FATHER.”
“OUR HIPPES SMELL BETTER THAN YOUR HIPPIES.”
“OUR HIPPIES CAN BEAT UP YOUR HIPPIES.”
“NEAL EVERETT LIVED HERE.”
There was another “sign” there: the WSU flag. Will someone, please, stop the madness and grab that flag and stick it up the WSU of whoever is waving it around? It has to stop. Coug that flag. Now.
What about our sign? It was there. But it’s not what you think it might have been. There was a strategy behind it, but that’s another story.
Not the best location. You don’t want to be in the wide shot. You want to be in the two-shot of Corso and Herbstreit or their single-shots.
That was our sign. Corso-Duck.com? That’s a story for another time.
Keep on checking DuckSportsNews.com for signs in the news as to how the team might respond to the loss to Cal and prepare for Washington State.
A Tough Loss. That’s about all I can say about that one. Almost the opposite of “The Pick” – one moment we think we’re back in the game, the very next we’re not.
I have to agree with the thoughts of Nick who says the Ducks still have the opportunity to do something special:
I looked through the schedules of those teams (ranked higher than the Ducks) and it’s brutal. Nine of those teams still have to play at least one opponent from that list. My point? If Oregon still wants to do something special, they can. The rankings are like a row of dominoes and they’re going to start falling. In three weeks, when USC comes to town, Oregon most likely will be ranked in the top 10.
Cal Got Away With One. And I think their fans know that. Not that they were lucky – they are a really good team who, on this day made less mistakes – but that Oregon is a solid team. Here are a few thoughts from Cal fans found on various blogs and forums:
I like Oregon, and find them to be one of the least objectionable conference foes we face. And the games against them are usually very good. I don’t think Oregon will collapse this year.
Props to Oregon: They were a solid team that never gave up even after the mistakes in the fourth quarter should have driven a stake through their heart. Not only did they not lay down, they put themselves in a position to force overtime and take the game.
This could be the toughest team Cal faces this year – including USC. We had one play go our way by mere inches and that was the break that won the game. We certainly didn’t forcibly take the game from Oregon. They had chances to beat us even with their mistakes. We have to count ourselves lucky to get out with a win.
The Ducks would also be better if they never huddled. Our defense had a lot of trouble with that.
The touchback saved us, because I don’t see how Cal would have won in overtime, given the quarterback situation and the momentum.
Dixon made a couple of critical errors late, but he is a lot better.
Oregon would be a lot better if they just eliminated all the backfield trickery. It almost always backfired. oregon was impressive and i honestly thought they should have won this one. our d looked sloppy towards the end and had it not been for that bit of luck that would have been a td and if they went for 2 they probably would have got it given how much we were choking for air. i don’t think oregon should drop much in rankings and i hope the voters agree. they played well and it was a coin toss of a game.
Earlier this afternoon, I received this email from a friend. As opposed to endless forwarding, One Click Sports News has decided to post these quotations in the hopes of sparing you endless scrolling and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Keep on checking back with DuckSportsNews.com throughout the weekend for quotes from the game that will hopefully live on for long time.
Best Quote About Autzen Ever
“Sitting in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains, Oregon’s Autzen Stadium is one of college football’s hidden jewels. Before kickoff, Autzen is as peaceful as the Willamette River, which runs through Eugene just a few minutes from the stadium. After kickoff, the fans – even the alumni – forget who they are, where they come from and what their degree is in. The audience adopts a new collective identity for the next three-and-a-half hours: the 12th, 13th and 14th man. Autzen’s 59,000 strong make the Big House collectively sound like a pathetic whimper. It’s louder than any place I’ve ever been, and that includes “The Swamp” at Florida, “The Shoe” in Columbus and “Death Valley” at Louisiana State. Autzen Stadium is where great teams go to die.” – J. Brady McCullough, The Michigan Daily.
Top 10 Stadium Lists
“I’m back to list the overall top 10 most intimidating stadiums in the nation. … For the overall top 10, it’s back to the basics — the 10 most intimidating stadiums for one game and one game only.
1. Autzen Stadium, Oregon
2. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Florida
3. Kyle Field, Texas A&M
4. Tiger Stadium, LSU
5. Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida State
6. Ohio Stadium, Ohio State
7. Lane Stadium, Virginia Tech
8. Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn
9. Notre Dame Stadium, Notre Dame
10. Memorial Stadium, Nebraska
Trust me on Autzen. Just go to the place and soak it all in. Before they throw dirt on you, take a trip to Eugene one fall Saturday. … Autzen Stadium is a zoo; there’s no other way to say it. Get inside your own 20 in a tight game, and you can forget about A.) hearing; B.) avoiding false starts and C.) success.” – Matt Hayes, SportingNews.
“Top 10 College Football Stadiums. … 10. Autzen Stadium. … You can have your cookie cutter Midwest stadiums and the beauty and pageantry of Southern traditions. We’ll take the most hostile atmosphere this side of Gainesville any day, anyway.” – MSNBC.
“Top Five most-underrated College football atmospheres: … 5. Autzen Stadium. It’s not so much the atmosphere as the noise. Wow. Just 54,000-plus fans, but the noise rattles all over the place. Night games are similar to LSU’s Tiger Stadium.” – Houston Chronicle.
“Per square yard, the loudest stadium in the history of the planet.” Keith Jackson – ABC Sports.
“The Autzen Bounce causes deafness in laboratory rats.” – Dennis Dodd, CBSSportsline.
“Q: What would you say the loudest stadiums are? Corso: I think Autzen Stadium. Per person, the Oregon stadium is the loudest stadium I’ve ever been in. The fact that it’s so low to the ground doesn’t allow the sound to escape.” Lee Corso, ESPN GameDay.
“If you’ve never been to a game at Autzen Stadium do yourself a favor and get there soon. One word for the experience. Loud. Hurt your ears loud. Make them bleed loud. The Big Ten has nothing as loud as Autzen.” – BigTenTailgate.com
“Per capita, Autzen is the loudest venue in all of college football.” J. Brady McCollough, The Michigan Daily.
“It’s very tough. The crowd there is unbelievably educated on when to be loud and when to calm down when they have the ball. It’s just a very tough environment with the noise and just trying to communicate.” – Jeff Tedford, Cal HC
“They are very difficult to beat at home. The crowd is, from every report I get, from every coach I’ve spoken with, a real factor. You have to learn to communicate without talking, because talking doesn’t do you any good.” – Lloyd Carr, Michigan HC (before playing at Autzen).
“That’s the loudest stadium I’ve ever been in.” – Lloyd Carr, Michigan HC (after playing at Autzen).
“Crowd noise is almost an unfair advantage. You can’t check plays, you seemingly have less time on the play clock and everything starts to feel really rushed.” – Troy Taylor, Cal QB
“They’re going to be loud from the first snap until the last snap. They are right on top of you and they’re just relentless.” – Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin HC.
“You can hear a pin drop when their offense is on the field, and when our offense is out there, it’s like being in a thunderstorm.” – Thomas DeCloud, Cal Safety.