Oregon Football: Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in Ducks History

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Oregon Football: Top 10 Most Memorable Moments in Ducks History
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Former Oregon defensive back Kenny Wheaton just may find himself on this list.

How do you take the entire history of a football program and pick out the 10 most memorable moments?

Well, there aren't any national championships to speak of, and Rose Bowl victories have been few and far between. In fact, much of Oregon's history in football is filled with losing seasons and irrelevance.

That all began to change in the '80s, when the Ducks slowly made their rise as not only a team to be reckoned with, but as a national brand, too.

Let's be clear on the guidelines. First, memorable moments can include both single plays and entire games. They can also include the hiring of coaches or any other major decisions that influenced the direction of the program.

I'll leave off events such as the birth of the program (which would obviously be the biggest moment for any team) and the 1917 Rose Bowl, because 96 years later, exactly how memorable was that game to fans or the direction of the program compared with the other moments on this list?

Basically, I looked at how the moment shaped the program and what kind of relevance it had when it initially occurred as well as today still. In some instances, the word "memorable" can certainly be interchanged with "important."

Here are the top 10 moments in Ducks football history.

Honorable Mention: 1983 "Toilet Bowl" (0-0 tie against Oregon State in the Civil War), birth of the Washington-Oregon rivalry (if you don't know the story, look it up. Yes, Washington started it) and recruiting of Mel Renfro (one of the greatest Ducks ever).

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