It Must be a Dream: Oregon Shows Up in This Playoff Rose Bowl Contest!

Jon SarverCorrespondent IJanuary 2, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Kicker Morgan Flint #25 of the Oregon Ducks kicks a field goal against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the 96th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Oregon 36 vs. Miami 17

Rosw Bowl - January 1st

Mea  culpa: We watched the bowl games, too. We saw Miami lay an egg against Wisconsin, however, the Big 10 really showed something this bowl season, so it is not as unfortunate as we originally thought.

As for the Pac-10 and Oregon, we apologize! Based on the bowl results, the Pac-10 was vastly overrated, even by us! It seems like every Pac-10 team thought that a victory over a freshman led USC team made their season.  Sorry Oregon, you have to step up to earn it. Maybe a playoff would have bought out a better effort in the first and fourth quarters by the quacked out Ducks!

Now to our game...

Chip Kelly was restless. It was January 1, 2010, and he was wide awake early that morning in a cold sweat. He had just finished the most vivid dream he could remember.  He was dreaming about the Rose Bowl and the outcome and he didn't like the outcome or the matchup. 

Was it true that Ohio State was his opponent? Was it true his mighty Ducks (They sure played like they were a midget hockey team, didn't they?) were beaten by Ohio State 26-17 in a game where their offense vastly underperformed?  

No. He knew they were set to play Miami in about 14 hours in the second round of the GridIron Gauntlet Playoff. Besides he thought, "We beat USC and we know USC always wins Rose Bowls, so we will win the Rose Bowl!" And for Oregon, it is a good thing there is fantasy, because if there wasn't they would be big time losers of the 2009 Rose Bowl (Or were they?).

Anyway, in our real game, not the bad dream we previously described, Jeremiah Masoli actually had a real decent game and produced  several early first quarter plays resulting in six first downs and two early scores as Oregon raced out to an early lead 14-0 (Please Mr. Blogger, tell me this really happened because I'm not going to be able to sleep tonight if it is fantasy!).

Behind Jacory Harris, Miami closed the gap in the second quarter to 14-7, when he completed a long touchdown to Leonard Hankerson. Miami was playing better than we thought they would, and Oregon was not "mighty" they were just the Ducks, and that was "peachy."

With just minutes left until the end of the half, Jacory Harris handed off to Travis Benjamin who hit the hole and saw nothing but the endzone as the Hurricanes blew their way to a 14-14 first half tie.

It was better than a dream and because this is a playoff, you never know what will drive a team. Both teams were in the hunt for a victory (Really, you never know when you might get a No. 8 seeded Villanova (1985 College Basketball NCAA National Champions) to win the playoff. You never heard anyone wanting to give that one back!)

The second half was all Oregon, as they cruised to two field goals, a couple of touchdowns and even a safety as they closed out the scoring 36-17 and became the first Rose Bowl Champion other than Southern California in several years. 

They were on their way to play either Boise State or Florida (the way the Gators killed the Bearcats in the 2010 Sugar Bowl, you might wonder whether we messed that one up as well. You will have to check back tomorrow for the results!) in the semi-finals in Glendale, Arizona at the site of the Fiesta Bowl, in just two weeks from now.

Kelly does not live in fantasy and the Oregon Ducks are not the 2010 Rose Bowl Champs no matter what this fantasy writer says. Is Ohio state good enough to represent in the National Championship game? Join our nationwide movement and help us dump the BCS for a College Football Playoff Now!