Tripped at the start, No. 6 Oregon prevails



EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s 2011 season was characterized by the team’s unwavering ability to push aside adversity: From the season-opening loss to LSU, to LaMichael James’ elbow injury, to an ongoing NCAA investigation and a late-season stumble again USC.

In the end, the Ducks prevailed to finish 12-2 and prove they could win a big game on a big stage with a 45-38 victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

Coach Chip Kelly said the win shows the Ducks are resilient and have faith — but that their success is built on preparation.