Oregon goes down to the Rose Bowl to take on UCLA this Saturday with ESPN College Gameday on site. It’s a big game, but let’s all admit that the storyline of the Ducks facing their old coach Chip Kelly is one of the main reasons Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and company are going to Pasadena.
There were glimpses during Chip Kelly’s two years as offensive coordinator of what was coming, but nobody could have expected the success Kelly brought to the Ducks when he was promoted to replace long-time coach Mike Bellotti in 2009. Kelly’s wide-open, up-tempo offense led the Ducks to BCS bowl games in each of his four seasons, highlighted by a 2010 team that went undefeated before narrowly losing the national championship game to Auburn. Kelly won 10 or more games in every season, averaged more than 45 points per game in three seasons and set the foundation for the most successful decade in program history.
This past week former coach Mike Bellotti entered the Oregon Hall of Fame and one day, his former offensive coordinator and eventual successor might join him.
No one can deny that the Ducks took a significant jump in prominence once Kelly came to Eugene. He changed college football as a whole with his hurry-up, take no prisoners offense and Oregon used that to go to two national title games and although Kelly wasn’t there, his offense produced the Ducks’ first Heisman winner with Marcus Mariota.
In no particular order, we at Ducks Wire decided to look back at some Chip Kelly moments that Duck fans will always remember.
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