Oregon Football 1997.....Akili Smith to Patrick Johnson

We happened to stay in the same hotel as the team this year as we were at the game. We were a few floors up and settling in on Friday afternoon; tossing pennies down into the duck-filled atrium fountain - and got reprimanded by the manager.

Suddenly, Akili Smith comes rolling out of the elevator, looking for the team meeting room. He had gotten off on the wrong floor. I took advantage of the moment to ask him if we were gonig to win tomorrow. His reply?

We are gonna SHOCK THE WORLD!



Go Ducks.


              The Schedule...(7-5)


Date Opponent Location Results
Thur, Sep 04 Arizona Eugene, Or 16 - 9 (W)
Sat, Sep 13 Nevada Reno, Nv 24 - 20 (W)
Sat, Sep 20 Fresno St Eugene, Or 43-40 (W)ot
Sat, Sep 27 Stanford Stanford, Ca 49 - 58 (L)
Sat, Oct 04 Washington St Eugene, Or 13 - 24 (L)
Sat, Oct 11 UCLA Eugene, Or 31 - 39 (L)
Sat, Oct 18 Utah Eugene, Or 31 - 13 (W)
Sat, Oct 25 USC Los Angeles 22 - 24 (L)
Sat, Nov 08 Washington Seattle, Wa 31 - 28 (W)
Sat, Nov 15 Arizona St Tempe, Az 31 - 52 (L)
Sat, Nov 22 Oregon State Eugene, Or 48 - 30 (W)
Las Vegas Bowl
Sat, Dec 20 Air Force Las Vegas 41 - 13 (W)


              The Lyrics...

Jerry Allen makes the call
Across the land on radio.
The game is heard for miles
Around on weekends.

We hear the Ducks make many plays, 
Exciting and much more.
Don't we all remember...
"Kenny Wheaton's gonna score!"

'Zona came to Autzen
Season had begun
Salladin McCullough
Proved that he's the one.

First play of the season,
Oh lordy, looky here!
Sollie had his teammates
Grinnin' ear to ear!

The team flew off to Reno
It was a brand new season.
Ups and downs - they came in waves
There had to be a reason.

The Goal again a bowl game
At the end of the round.
Independence, Roses, Cotton,
Vegas bound!

Akili Smith and Jason
Made the football sing.
Everybody loved the
Great offensive scheme.
Peter Sirmon proved
That he was all Pac-10.
Come next year
And we will do it
All again.

The Husky game - a challenge
Ducks flew on the scene.
The purple dogs would not believe
What this game means.

Eric Winn - a block that
Really saved the day
Patrick Johnson proved that
He could really play.

Now Duck Football's
Heard 'round the world
From England to Japan.
We've gained respect

 - and by the way that was the plan.

The story isn't over
And you know what we mean.
It's just the beginning
For Oregon Football...

From in Eu-gene
What a team!







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