Oregon Football 2001....

I  rounded up my brother and a couple friends from the local Barbershop Society Chorus in Eugene (The Cascade Chorus), wrote the words to the song, brought them over to rehearse at my place one evening (Lead - Jerry Harrison, Tenor - Kevin Stephens, Baritone - Randy Stewart, Bass - Reid Stewart)...and then POOF!. A celebration was born.

This version was written and delivered in 2001 ... following the regular season and just before the Fiesta Bowl - and is probably my favorite...  We headed down to the game and while at the pre-game pep rally for the Fiesta Bowl, we were approached by a local television crew - Fox, I think.  We were very happy to deliver this 2001 version ..."The Rose Bowl in the Desert".  It was fun to get a little exposure for our fooling around.

"Rose Bowl in the Desert" sprang from the fact that Nebraska was chosen to play in the MNC (Mythical National Championship) game in Pasadena in the Rose Bowl instead of Oregon even though they had not even won their own conference and Oregon was otherwise ranked number two in both major polls at the time. ......

A side bar to that also was the Heisman race that year. Joey Harrington should have won it (unbiased opinion here...) But then a ten story tall mural on the side of a building had served it's purpose....

Oregon was just beginning it's climb into the stratosphere of Division One football......"at the Rose Bowl in the Desert and we've just begun,,,,,,It's just the beginning of Oregon Football - in the De-sert Sun.....NUMBER ONE!"

Go Ducks. WTD.


             The Schedule...(10-2)


Date Opponent Location Results
Sat, Sep 01 Wisconsin Eugene, Or 31 - 28 (W)
Sat, Sep 08 Utah Eugene, Or 24 - 10 (W)
Sat, Sep 22 USC Eugene, Or 24 - 22 (W)
Sat, Sep 29 Utah ST  at Logan, UT 38 - 21 (W)
Sat, Oct 06 Arizona at Tucson, AZ 63 - 28 (W)
Sat, Oct 13 California at Berkeley, Cal. 48 - 7 (W)
Sat, Oct 20 Stanford Eugene, Or. 42 - 49 (L)
Sat, Oct 27 Washington St at Pullman, Wa. 24 - 17 (W)
Sat, Nov 03 Arizona St Eugene, Or. 42 - 24 (W)
Sat, Nov 10 UCLA at L.A., Cal 24 - 21 (W)
Sat, Dec 01 Oregon State Eugene, Or. 17 - 14 (W)
Fiesta Bowl
Tues, Jan 01 Colorado at Tempe, AZ 38 - 16 (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!"

The DUCKS are on the ball field
And they are having fun
He's Joey the General and
He's on the run!

First there was Wisconsin
In the crazy Autzen zoo!
Just another comeback
So what else is new!

And then here comes the Trojans
And there must have been a reason
For comeback number two
And Jared Siegel saved the season!

The goal - again - a Rose Bowl
At the end of the ride,
With  Adam, Schmidt, and
Forester workin' side-by-side!

Onterrio and Mo-Mo puttin' on a show!
Making history - Y? - 2k!
That's yards, you know!

It was in the Big Apple
Where it all began!
Ten stories tall, the building shouted

The rodent game was moved
So all could see the show.
But raining sideways makes it
Hard to play you know

Everybody knew that it would
Take Just one big play.
It's Howry's punt return!
And Bauman saved the day!

And now it's the Fiesta
And the master plan
It's "Down Goes Colorado!",
In the desert sand.

At the Rose Bowl in the desert
And we have just begun.
It's just the beginning
For OREGON football
In the desert sun -- NUMBER ONE!