Despite another stellar performance from Mike Ladd, WSU fell to the 16th-ranked Oregon Ducks 68-61.
After dramatically opting to stay with the No. 2 Ducks a little more than a week ago, the enigmatic Kelly changed his mind and decided to take an NFL job as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Two people with knowledge of the decision confirmed Sunday night that Kelly is passing up a chance to coach in the NFL to remain with the Ducks. One person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Oregon and Kelly haven’t formally announced the decision, while the other person wasn’t authorized to reveal Kelly’s plans.
Sparked by De’Anthony Thomas’ 94-yard touchdown return on the opening kickoff, No. 5 Oregon turned the Fiesta Bowl into a track meet from the start and bolted past No. 7 Kansas State 35-17 Thursday night in what could be coach Chip Kelly’s final game with the Ducks.
Oregon (11-1) is in its fourth straight BCS bowl game under coach Chip Kelly, following a trip to the 2011 BCS championship game and two Rose Bowls, including the program’s first win in the Granddaddy of Them All in 95 years last season.
The Oregon Ducks coasted through the second half without scoring, resting many of their starters. The sub par second half performance allowed Arizona State to put up two touchdowns but it didn’t matter at that point. Oregon had done enough during its overpowering first half to beat the Sun Devils 43-21.
Oregon has two of the most dynamic running backs in the country in Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas, and a slew of talented receivers who have made life a whole lot easier for freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota.
Oregon hits the road for the first time this season, but it remains to be seen how much the Ducks trip to Seattle is truly a road game. Thousands of Oregon fans are expected to make the trip north for the matchup.
A University of Oregon player applied the Heimlich Maneuver on man choking on a piece of food.