2001 RECORD: 11-1 (7-1,1st in Pac-10)
FINAL RANKING: No. 2 AP, No. 2 coaches' poll
Catches needed by Keenan Howry to break the Ducks' record of 162. Howry is 830 yards shy of the team mark of 2,744 receiving yards.
An opposing coach's view
The defense has to buy time for a rebuilding offense
"Tailback Onterrio Smith is very quick and extremely tough to defend. They'll lean on him while the offense gets adjusted to new quarterback Jason Fife.... Over the last few years they got by with an average defense. But without 30-plus points per game from the offense, the defense will have to be better than that—and it will be. Defense could be the team's strength.... Middle linebacker Kevin Mitchell will be the guy everything revolves around. He's always in the right place at the right time."
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