Week 2 - Fresno State at Oregon
Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
23Trip End Nov 26, 2012
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Now for the ratings.
Stadium - Autzen Stadium has a reputation for being very loud
Tailgating - We got a sweet tailgating spot near the soccer stadium thanks to Kevin and Dee, Trent's in-laws. And the spread put on by Trent and Dee was fantastic! The frame of reference for tailgating is Penn State for Jason and Florida State for Janell, so all tailgating will be compared to those to schools in the mid-90's. Oregon gets pretty good marks. Rating: 7 of 10.
The Game - Not much was expected from a game against Fresno State, but it was actually a bit closer than expected, at least through 3 quarters. Several Ducks turnovers gave Fresno State some hope. But, the juggernaut that is the Oregon offense was no match for the Bulldogs. Oregon simply has too many weapons, and the game wasn't within reach the whole 4th quarter. Rating: 4 of 10.
The Band - This is a tough one to rate
Fans - For the most part, the fans were very knowledgeable and respectful as individuals. There was one jerk in our section that yelled at the refs and players the whole game, but he was definitely the exception and not the rule. There were some Fresno State fans hanging out with Trent's brother-in-law, and they said that the Oregon fans were all very nice to them. One interesting thing was that the Oregon fans expect to score a touchdown on every drive. I remember three occurrences when Fresno State pinned them within the 20-yard-line, and I heard Oregon fans say something like they "would just have to go 85 yards" instead of 60 or 70. The one thing that was a bit distasteful is that as a group there was a LOT of booing when the refs made a call that went against Oregon
Best Player - If this award had been given in the first half, it clearly would have gone to De'Anthony Thomas with his 2 touchdowns and electric running style. However, as the game wore on, it became more and more clear that Kenjon Barner was the player of the game. The final stat-line of 222 yards from scrimmage and 3 touchdowns pretty much says it all.
Overall Rating - This definitely get a boost due to the hospitality of the Knodes and the Rollings and the great tailgating atmosphere. A stronger opponent would have made for a better game, which would have boosted the rating, too. Overall, it was a great weekend. Rating: 7 of 10