Wyoming-Oregon Q&A swap

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer swap with Ryan Thorburn, who covers Oregon football for Eugene Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon, about Saturday’s game with the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Ryan Thorburn

Ryan Thorburn

Thorburn is a UW graduate and author of three books on UW sports which documents some of the most historical and important moments Cowboys football, baseball and basketball. For links to purchase those books, go to ryanthorburn.com.

Follow on Twitter: @rgduckfootball

Look for Q&As with beat writers that cover UW football opponents every week throughout the season.

At No. 2 in the country this week it is obvious that Oregon is among the nation’s elite. But what is it about the Ducks where they can seemingly flip a switch and blow open a game, like last week against No. 13 Michigan State where they scored 28 unanswered points in the second half after falling behind?

Leading up to the game, the Ducks heard about how they can’t get it done against physical teams — the so-called Stanford problem. The old narrative looked to be playing out in the third quarter when they were stuck on 18 points and trailing by nine. Marcus Mariota, who was playing on a partially torn MCL at Stanford last season, was able to make some game-changing plays on the run this time. Oregon’s defense seemed to find another gear as well, which makes this year’s Ducks even more dangerous.

How good is quarterback Marcus Mariota, and despite his obvious outstanding skill set what else makes this guy one of the nation’s best? And, is he the early favorite right now to win the Heisman Trophy in your mind?

Honestly, the kid is too good to be true. In the Register-Guard’s football special section published during fall camp, the theme was: The Mount Rushmore of Oregon quarterbacks — Norm Van Brocklin, Dan Fouts, Bill Musgrave, Joey Harrington, etc. — and what Mariota’s legacy will be. The consensus is that he is already the greatest quarterback in program history, or will be by the end of the season if he stays healthy. Yes, I think he is the favorite to win the Heisman right now because of what he did against Michigan State’s defense.

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Thorburn to hold book signing in Cheyenne

University of Wyoming graduate, award winning sports journalist and accomplished author Ryan Thorburn will have a book signing for his latest book: “Cowboy Up: Kenny Sailors, The Jump Shot and Wyoming’s Championship Basketball History” from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Barnes and Noble in Cheyenne.

This is Thorburn’s third book on UW sports. All three are wonderful reads. The other two are about UW football and the Black 14 incident and about UW baseball. To me they are must-reads for any Cowboys fan.

Thorburn also plans to attend UW’s home game with Boise State Saturday. Hope you will go out and get his books, get them signed and meet one of the finest writers around.

Another great book by Thorburn

Colleague, author and award-winning writer Ryan Thorburn is at it again.

His latest book called Cowboy Up: Kenny Sailors, The Jump Shot and Wyoming’s Championship Basketball History is at the printer’s now and Ryan thinks this is best of the three books he’s written on UW sports.

The book weaves the brilliant tapestry of the program’s rich tradition around Sailors’s remarkable story. The journey takes the readers everywhere the Pokes have been from the first national championship in the 1930s to the dazzling Fennis Dembo days.

Thorburn, a University of Wyoming graduate, is a sports writer at the Boulder Camera. He is also the award-winning author of Black 14: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of Wyoming Football and Lost Cowboys: The Story of Bud Daniel and Wyoming Baseball.

Thorburn is one of the best writers I’ve ever been around, so check out his latest book. If you haven’t read his first two, I highly recommend you do.

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To order signed copies of the book, arrange a book signing or interview, contact Thorburn at RyanThorburn.com or 303.913.3488. Orders can be placed through Ingram Books, Baker and Taylor, and Amazon.com. Also available through the publisher:

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