In a bid to soothe hurt feelings, the conference broke tradition and allowed the Webfoots to play in a post-season contest other than the Rose Bowl.
Oregon's Cotton Bowl game that season (a 21–13 loss to SMU with Doak Walker) was the team's only bowl appearance between the 19 Rose Bowls.
Oregon lost the 1920 Rose Bowl to Harvard University, 7–6.
In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Oregon made the first attempts to establish a nationally prominent football program by luring established Eastern coaches west, first John "Cap" Mc Ewan in 1926 from Army, then Clarence "Doc" Spears from Minnesota in 1930.
After an exhaustive search that included interviews with several established head coaches, Frei's offensive line coach, Dick Enright, was elevated to head coach for the 1972 season.
Enright was the least experienced candidate for the position, having been a high school coach until 1970, Although his 1972 team did beat Oregon State for the first time in nine seasons, Enright's teams only won six games in two seasons.
Oliver returned as head coach after the war, eventually posting a mediocre 23–28–3 cumulative record.
His 71–7 loss at Texas in 1941 on the day before the attack on Pearl Harbor stands as the most points allowed by any Oregon team, and the second largest margin of defeat.
The Ducks played in the earliest nationally televised college football game in 1953, against Nebraska in Portland, winning 20–12.
Braven Dyer of the Los Angeles Times, who had picked Ohio State to win by a 48–14 score, said: "The score of 10–7 was a complete moral victory for the underdog Ducks from Eugene who had been doped to lose by three touchdowns.
They lost, but at day's end there weren’t many fans who were willing to concede that the better team had won." " Vincent X.
Flaherty, writing in the San Francisco Examiner, said: "Len Casanova undoubtedly performed the greatest coaching feat of the season for the Rose Bowl classic...there couldn’t have been a bowl team anywhere in America yesterday that dazzled with more spectacular finesse." Casanova led the Ducks to two more bowl appearances, in the Liberty Bowl (1960 vs Penn State) and the Sun Bowl (1963 vs Southern Methodist), before becoming the second Athletic Director for the University of Oregon in January 1967, replacing Leo Harris.
Future Pro Football Hall of Fame members Mel Renfro and Dave Wilcox were players under his tutelage.
The Oregon Ducks football program is a college football team for the University of Oregon, located in the U. Known as the Ducks, the team was commonly called the Webfoots until the mid-1960s. Oregon plays its home games at the 54,000 seat Autzen Stadium in Eugene; its main rivals are the Oregon State Beavers and the Washington Huskies. Church took over the coaching position in the fall for the rest of the season.