EUGENE, Ore.– Rob Moseley, Editor of GoDucks.com, joined Erik Elken on the set of Sunday Sports Extra to discuss the Ducks’ Alamo Bowl selection. Moseley and Elken also talk about what this game means for the future of Oregon football.
Courtesy: OSU Sports Information
CORVALLIS, Ore.– Oregon State University Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis and Head Football Coach Mike Riley have accepted an invitation to play in the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl. The game will feature the Beavers against the Boise State Broncos of the Mountain West Conference and be played at Hawaiian Airlines Field at Aloha Stadium, Dec. 24, 2013 at 5 p.m. PST and air on ESPN.
The Beavers finished the 2013 regular season with a 6-6 record. OSU won six straight games during the course of the season and finished the Pac-12 Conference slate with a record of 4-5. This will be the Beavers’ eighth bowl appearance with Riley, boasting a 5-2 record.
“I am thrilled that our football team has an opportunity to play another game at an exciting destination against an outstanding opponent in Boise State,” Riley said. “The Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl has a great tradition and we are excited to bring our team, which features several natives of the great State of Hawai’i, to represent the Pac-12 Conference.”
The game will feature Biletnikoff Award finalist and Pac-12 Conference First Team wide receiver Brandin Cooks. Cooks already holds the Pac-12 record for single season receptions with 120 and enters the game with an NCAA leading 1,670 receiving yards, 52 yards short of breaking the league record. Cooks will be a part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards Show Dec. 12 in Orlando, where the Biletnikoff winner will be announced.
The Beavers also feature one of the nation’s leading quarterbacks in junior Sean Mannion. Mannion ranks second in the NCAA in many passing categories and leads the Pac-12 with 4,403 yards, 56 yards short of the league’s record.
OSU’s roster also features several current and former players, as well as coaches who are from Hawai’i or have coached there. Current players include defensive end Titus Failauga from Waipahu, linebacker Manase Hungalu from Kailua-Kona, defensive end Devon Kell from Hilo, defensive tackle Ali’i Robins from Ewa Beach and starting defensive tackle Mana Rosa from Haiku. Defensive line coach Joe Seumalo, graduate assistant coach Tavita Thompson and administrative assistant Aaron Nichols are from Honolulu. Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh served in the same role for the Rainbow Warriors from 1999-2004, wide receivers coach Brent Brennan was a graduate assistant at UH in 1998 and his cousin Colt Brennan was a record-setting quarterback at UH, and defensive coordinator Mark Banker was UH’s outside linebackers and special teams coach in 1995.
This will be the Beavers’ fourth postseason appearance in Hawai’i. OSU lost to Hawai’i 23-17 in the 1999 O’ahu Bowl and defeated UH in the non-NCAA sanctioned 1949 Pineapple Bowl 47-27 and in the 1940 Pineapple Bowl 39-6.
Boise State enters the game 8-4 overall, with a record of 6-2 in the MWC. The Bronco coaching staff features two strong Beaver connections; associate head coach Chris Strausser was OSU’s wide receivers coach in 1990-91 and quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith is one of the Beavers’ top quarterbacks in the history of the program passing for 9,680 yards from 1998-2001 and leading the team to two bowl games.
This will be the eighth meeting between the two programs with OSU holding a 4-3 advantage. The Broncos won the last game Sept. 25, 2010 in Boise 37-24 and are scheduled to travel to Corvallis for the next regular season meeting Sept. 24, 2016. The Beavers will return to Aloha Stadium Sept. 6 for game two of the 2014 season against the Rainbow Warriors.
Coincidentally the men’s basketball teams from OSU and BSU are both part of the eight-team Diamond Head Classic at the University of Hawai’i Dec. 22-25.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for the Oregon State football program to represent the Pac-12 Conference at a region this University has strong ties to,” De Carolis said. “The State of Hawai’i has a strong presence on the OSU campus and this presents another opportunity to strengthen that relationship. Beaver Nation is excited for the opportunity and I anticipate a strong showing of orange and black during the bowl week festivities and at the Diamond Head Classic where Coach (Craig) Robinson’s team will be playing during the same time frame.”
Current season ticket holders will receive an email this evening with their login information to request tickets to the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl. All tickets through the Beaver Ticket Office are priced at $50 each. The allotment provided to Oregon State will include lower level seating with the best sections held. All OSU fans can order at this time and are encouraged to purchase their tickets through the Beaver Ticket Office as the bowl itself will be utilizing a dynamic pricing model and their prices may increase.
Seating will be assigned based on order priority with the priority deadline Dec. 10. It is imperative that all season ticket holders log into their accounts to receive priority.
The Ticket Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the week; due to hazardous conditions in the Corvallis area the OSU campus will be closed Monday. Tickets can be purchased online at BeaverTicktets.com starting at approximately 6 p.m., tonight and on Tuesday in person at the Ticket Office (107 Gill Coliseum) or by calling 1-800-GO-BEAVS.
Fans unable to attend the Sheraton Hawai’i Bowl can purchase a ticket that will be donated to local charities in the Honolulu area. These tickets are priced at $40 each and will be donated on your behalf. More information will be provided this week.
Courtesy: Oregon Sports Information
EUGENE, Ore. — The University of Oregon has accepted a bid to participate in the 21st annual Valero Alamo Bowl Dec. 30 in San Antonio. The No. 10 Ducks (10-2) will face Texas (8-4) from the Big 12 Conference.
Kickoff for the Monday night contest to be televised by ESPN at the Alamodome is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. PST as the two schools will face one another for the sixth time in history and first time since 2000 on the football field.
It will mark the sixth consecutive bowl appearance for Oregon and 21st in 25 seasons. The Ducks string of consecutive BCS bowl bids ends at four, one of only six teams in the BCS era to accomplish that feat.
Oregon is coming off back-to-back bowl victories, beating No. 7 Kansas State in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl (35-17) and No. 9 Wisconsin in the 2012 Rose Bowl Game (45-38). The Longhorns, which fell out of the AP Top 25 poll after yesterday’s loss to Big 12 champion Baylor, will be the Ducks’ first unranked bowl opponent since Wake Forest in the 2002 Seattle Bowl.
“It is a great honor for the Ducks to play in the Valero Alamo Bowl,” said first-year head coach Mark Helfrich. “Our team will be very excited to represent the University of Oregon and the Pac 12 Conference in San Antonio.
“Competing against an iconic Texas football program will present a tremendous challenge that will spur our preparation.”
Oregon is the third-highest ranked team to ever play in the Alamo Bowl behind No. 4 Kansas State in 1998 and No. 8 Northwestern in 2000.
The Ducks are coming off their sixth straight 10-win season, which is tied for the eighth-longest streak in FBS history. UO is the only program in the nation to finish the regular season ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press top 25 poll the past five seasons.
The following activities have been postponed or cancelled:
UPDATED 7:15 P.M. DECEMBER 8
- Oregon State University is CLOSED
- University of Oregon Closed Until 10am (exams may be rescheduled)
- Lane Community College is Closed
- Linn-Benton Community College is Closed
- Northwest Christian University Closed Until 1pm
- Umpqua Community College is Closed
- MONDAY SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSINGS
- Bethel (also Board of Director’s Meeting cancelled)
- Central Linn
- Fern Ridge
- Glide (also Glide Charter Board Meeting cancelled)
- Junction City
- Lincoln Co.
- North Douglas
- Pleasant Hill
- Santiam Canyon
- South Lane
- South Umpqua
- Sweet Home
- OTHER MONDAY SCHOOL CLOSINGS
- Albany Christian School
- Camas Valley Charter School
- Creswell Christian School
- Child Center
- Coburg Community Charter
- Days Creek School
- Drinking Gourd
- Eddyville Charter
- Eugene Creative Care
- Eugene Christian School
- Head Start of Lane Co
- Kidco Head Start Riverside Center
- Lane Co. Head Start, Early Head Start
- Life Lutheran School
- Linn Benton Lincoln ESD
- Marist Catholic High School
- Oak Hill School
- O’Hara Catholic School
- Network Charter School
- Pacific University Eugene
- Pearl Buck Center
- Pioneer Pacific College
- Private and Charter Schools
- Siletz Valley Charter
- Springfield Christian Pre-school and Kindergarten
- Springfield Beauty College
- St. Paul Parish Eugene
- St. Paul Lutheran Roseburg
- Tiller School
- Willamette Christian School Eguene
- Willamalane Pre-School and Child Care
- Willamette Leadership Academy
Plows and sand trucks have been working 24 hours a day throughout the city since the snow started falling Friday. But since the weather’s been so cold throughout the weekend, crews haven’t been able to effectively clear all the major roads in the city.
“It’s not the dry powdery stuff that’s the problem. It’s the underlying 2-3 inches of thick ice that really is only gonna be when we get a little bit of a warm up that we’re really gonna be able to get that off of there,” said Eric Jones, Eugene Public Works spokesperson.
Public works said another problem the cold has been causing is that deicer is not effective in these temperatures, making it hard to clear these roads.
“Just came out to a big old river of water on the street,” said Eugene resident Jacob Hansen.
EWEB said it had a number of water mains around town break due to the cold temperatures. “We’ve had a couple significant water main breaks this morning primarily due to the temperature,” said Joe Harwood, EWEB spokesperson.
As the water rushed down the street, neighbors had to act fast to move some cars out of the way. “Push them out of the way cause they were in the way of the geyser and we were concerned about it getting up into the exhaust systems on the cars,” said Hansen.
While EWEB worked to restore water to all those impacted, pipes inside homes were left dry. “No water, I have to go out to the street and get our water,” said Hansen.
EWEB crews worked for hours to get the water back on. “When we see the forecast, you know midweek that was coming, we made sure folks were on call and ready to go and just that little bit of preparation helped us,” said Harwood.
The utility company said it’s hoping residents take the necessary steps to avoid a pipe bursting in their home by leaving a faucet dripping all day long. “Just leave it on, just a trickle, a steady trickle and that’s all you need to do and that’ll solve most of your problems,” said Harwood.
Even though the water was quickly freezing into an icy mess, neighbors tried to find the upside of the situation. “It’ll probably be a fun ice skating rink,” said Hansen.
Fire crews responded to a house fire on the 3300 block of Willamette Street.
Officials say there is significant damage to one room and smoke damage to the rest.
The residents say all five people living in the house made it out safely and they’re glad they called for help as soon as they did.
“I was studying for finals week and I saw smoke pouring into my room. I was like, ‘that is not normal’,” said Mike Hawk, a resident.
“We obviously knew it was related to the fire place so first thing we did was grab some water to try and put the fire out in the fire place. At that point, the fire kept going into the wall so it was too late,” said Travis Regan, another resident.
The residents say they can’t stay at the house and will be at a hotel for now.
Residents in Eugene say they’re happy to stay home and avoid the roads, especially those living in the south hills neighborhoods.
Residents were outside walking and doing other snow related activities but they say that’s about all they’re going to be doing Sunday. Driving is not on the agenda.
Neighbors in the south hills say they’ve seen people park at the bottom and walk up because it’s too slippery to drive up.
Steve Bullock and his family say people have driven up and down but most neighbors they’ve spoken to say they’re opting to stay in.
He and his family say they’re all staying at his house to avoid driving, even relatives from Springfield are hanging around until the conditions get better.
“I had to drive yesterday. I had to run to the store and grab a few provisions but other than that, I stayed home,” said Steve Bullock, a Eugene resident.
“I wouldn’t drive unless you have to. I don’t even know how I’m going to get home tonight. I might be staying another night,” said Holly Coontz from Springfield.
Holly Coontz says her trip from Springfield to the south hills is usually around 15 minutes but on Saturday, it took her about 45 minutes.
Residents aren’t the only ones avoiding the roads.
Some cabs around Eugene and Springfield weren’t taking calls because of the road conditions and some were hours behind schedule.
METEOROLOGIST MARISA WOLOSZYN’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
After dropping to -7 degrees just before midnight Saturday in Eugene, we broke the old record low of -6 set back in 1972. It was the 3rd coldest night ever since 1890. We also fell to -10 degrees Sunday morning making it 2nd coldest night ever in Eugene. We didn’t break the record low temperature because, coincidentally, the coldest night ever happened on this date in 1972 where the temperature fell to -12 degrees.
Overnight lows Sunday night will be slightly warmer than Saturday night, but still be in the single digits inland and upper teens along the coast. Monday will continue to be mostly sunny with highs in the low 30s along the coast and 20s inland.
Clouds will increase Monday night into Tuesday with a weak bit of energy bringing a few light rain showers along the coast and flurries for the valley and Cascades. High temperatures will be back into the upper 30s by Tuesday, which should help begin to melt the snow.
We’ll have a better chance to see the snow melt as temperature climb into the mid 40s by the end of the week. But with the warmer temperatures comes two storms that will bring rain showers across the area.
Have a super Sunday!
Meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn
It happened near the intersection of Coburg Road and Crescent Avenue. An EWEB spokesperson says the pole broke at about 1:20 a.m. and knocked out power for 261 customers.
“I think the anchor failed, due to the cold weather,” says Scott Mehlbrech, a Line Foreman for EWEB who was on scene for the repairs. “[Then] the strain on the pole when the anchor broke, it broke the pole off,” says Mehlbrech.
Crews were able to restore power for 204 of those homes by 3:30 a.m., but the remaining 57 homes didn’t have power until just after 11:00 a.m.
EWEB reported several other outages Sunday, but says this one was one of their biggest.
“[We] have not had very many problems with this much snow,” says Mehlbrech. “And I think it’s because it’s so dry and so cold, it’s not affecting our system like it normally would if it was wet.”
EWEB says if you ever stumble upon a down power line, it’s important to stay away from it and report it immediately.