Saturday, November 17, 2007

Oregon Knocked Out Of Contention Along With Dixon

So much for my favorite College Football team. Then again, this is the fifth time a #2 seed lost to an unranked team, so I should have expected this to happen. Thursday night's 34-24 loss to the unranked Wildcats knocked the Ducks (8-2, 5-2) out of the national title picture. Oregon was ranked behind LSU and ahead of Oklahoma and undefeated Kansas. It gets worse, however. Oregon's QB, Dennis Dixon, had his left knee crumble as he tried to plant on an option carry with about five minutes to go in the first quarter against Arizona.

The quarterback tore his anterior cruciate ligament during Oregon's 35-23 victory over Arizona State on Nov. 3, according to coach Mike Bellotti, but he had rested it and felt as if he was ready to play Thursday night against the Wildcats.

I guess Mike Bellotti was wrong.

Dennis Dixon will have surgery on the left knee that buckled early in second-ranked Oregon's upset loss to Arizona, spoiling his chance to win the Heisman Trophy as he will sit for the rest of the season. As a senior, he completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 2,136 yards, 20 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also ran for 583 yards and nine scores.

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