One team's flub, is an Oregon team's treasure
Over the years there have been plenty of plays and moments that changed a game, a season, and a team in the state of Oregon.
No, we're not talking about crazy performance like Lillard's 0.9 shot, Valeri's 30-second goal in the MLS Cup, or anything like that. We are talking about when the opposing team made a blunder so bad, the Oregon team benefited in a big way. Looking at you, College World Series foul ball.
Are you ready to take a trip down memory lane?
These blunders, flubs, and misdeeds changed Oregon sports history for the better…
Oregon State saved by a foul ball
Game 2 of the CWS 2018 finals: It’s the top of the 9th with 2 outs, Arkansas is up 3-2 and all they had to do was catch a pop up foul ball?
Three Razorbacks were in the vicinity, yet they all stand and watch the ball drop to the ground.
This play results in…
Momentum swung as the Beavs rallied to even up the series at 1-1 and force a do-or-die Game 3 where they defeated Arkansas to win the third national championship in school history.
Dawkins’ dooms the Sixers
When a fight breaks out it can affect a team’s mental state. In Game 2 of the 1977 NBA Finals that’s exactly what happened.
The 76ers dominated the first two games, but Darryl Dawkins lost his cool in the final minutes of their Game 2 victory and ignited a bench-clearing brawl.
Dawkins and Maurice Lucas were both fined $2,500, and the fight (pun intended) was on for the rest of the series.
This play results in... The 76ers won the battle, but the fight lit a fire under the Blazers and they certainly won the war, winning the next four games to bring home the Larry O'Brien Trophy.
Giorgioo Tavecchio’s false starts propels The Ducks
Giorgio Tavecchio saved Oregon's 2010 season. The No.1 Ducks led the California Golden Bears 15-13 in the fourth quarter when Cal placekicker Giorgio Tavecchio lined up for the go-ahead field goal. Tavecchio drilled the kick. The only problem? He was flagged for a false start.
Cal was hit with a penalty, lined back up, and this time Tavecchio pushed it wide right. Oregon held on to win, 15-13.
This play results in... The Ducks went undefeated that season (12-0), finished second in the BCS standings, and played in the schools first National Championship Game. Had they lost, it is likely 12-0 TCU would have taken their spot.
Timbers lucky bounce
Post-post-no go. Sporting KC and Portland were locked in an epic penalty kick shootout, with the winner advancing to the Western Conference semi-finals. If Sporting KC's Saad Abdul-Salaam hit is PK, they moved on, but Timbers goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey went left, Abdul-Salaam's kick went right. Providence Park was silent, as they thought their Timbers season over. But wait a minute. The ball hit the near post, rolled parallel to the line, bounced off the far post, and back into the field of play. The Timbers season was saved.
To make it even better, Kwarasey would end up drilling the winning PK for Portland.
This play results in… Portland winning it's first, and to this point only, MLS Cup. If Abdul-Salaam 's kick were clean, the Timbers would have lost in the first round. Instead, they moved on to defeat Whitecaps, FC Dallas, and the Columbus Crew to win it all.
Utah can’t cross the line
Oh, Kaelin Clay, Oregon thanks you.
Clay scored what appeared to be a 79-yard touchdown to give Utah the 14-0 lead over a rattled Oregon team. However, Clay let go of the ball just before he crossed the goal line and an alert Joe Walker picked it up and returned it 99-yards for the score.
Utah could have been in control with a two-score lead, instead, Oregon had life and it was a tie ballgame.
This play results in… Oregon already had one loss that season, and a loss to Utah may have kept them out of the College Football Playoff picture. But that wasn't the case, and Oregon would end up playing Ohio State in the National Title game.