Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Fifty is nifty for the Ducks
By Chris Fallica
Fresh off a 53-point effort in a win at USC, which followed a 60-13 rout of UCLA the previous week, the point-a-minute Oregon Ducks will look to continue their high-scoring ways against the Washington Huskies Saturday afternoon (3:30 ET on ABC/ESPN2).
If they can reach the 50-point mark again, it will be a fairly significant milestone. Only five times in the history of the AP Poll has a No. 1 ranked team scored at least 50 points in three straight games during a season.
The last team to do it was the team Oregon just hung 50 on – USC. The 2005 Trojans tallied at least 50 points in consecutive blowout wins against Stanford, Washington State and Washington.
In 2003, Oklahoma had a stretch of four straight 50-point games, including a 65-point explosion against rival Texas. What's the common denominator between those 2005 Trojans and the 2003 Sooners? Each finished with 12 wins but lost in the BCS Championship Game.
Prior to Oklahoma, you have to go back to 1983 to find a team with a stretch of at least three straight 50-point games. Nebraska had four straight games with at least 50 points, but just like USC in 2005 and Oklahoma in 2003, they failed to win the national title.
Two other undefeated national champions also accomplished this consecutive 50-point scoring feat – USC in 1972 and Army in 1944. In fact, the 1944 Cadets outscored their opponents 204-7 during that three-game stretch!