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article imageCollege football: 2 Duck fans win tickets to BCS Championship Special

By Jenna Griffith     Jan 9, 2011 in Sports
Eugene - Now that the Oregon Ducks have flown south, excitement builds for fans everywhere, and for two native Eugene residents and lifelong Duck fans, the trip of a lifetime begins.
Eugene natives Dave and Tate Kjosness won a local drawing last month for two tickets to the BCS National Championship between Oregon and Auburn this Monday.
Both father, Dave, and son, Tate, have been avid Duck fans and season ticket holders for the last 10 years. Tate says he hasn't missed a game in that time, his father has only missed two. “It keeps our father and son relationship strong,” says Tate.
The grand prize consisted of 2 tickets to the game and $2,500. The drawing was sponsored by The Junior League of Eugene – a committee of women in the community promoting voluntarism dedicated to helping the underprivileged and youth in the area.
Tate recalls the attitude of the members of the Junior League of Eugene when they came to claim their prize, “They said they were really glad we'd won. We were more excited and enthused than a lot of the other entrants.”
Kjosness said he and his father felt blessed to win. The two bought only six raffle tickets out of the possible 2000 – a 0.3% chance of winning. Kjosness claimed he “knew” he and his father were going to take the prize, drawn on Monday, December 6.
“I kept telling my dad we were going to win two weeks before. He never really believed it, just laughed it off,” chuckles Kjosness.“I even called him before he knew we'd won the day of the drawing and asked if they'd called yet.”
That evening, Kjosness received a text message that simply read, “We won!” from his father Dave. “He couldn't even call, he had to send a text because he was crying. My friend saw my face after I got it and said she couldn't wait to know what it was about!”
It's no surprise that two such Duck fans should be excited. Oregon is #1 in scoring in the nation and #2 in offensive yards per game. Their players, including the winner of the Doak Walker Award and one of the best RBs in the nation, LaMichael James, have promised to keep going strong, and, in Tate's opinion, surely won't disappoint. “We're going to outscore them 14-0 in the 4th because our defense is going to shut them out to win the game.”
Tickets were oversold due to a recent mistake at StubHub, an online platform for people to buy and sell tickets from one another, making the tickets Kjosness and his father won are even more valuable. The incredible experience, however, is worth much more, says Kjosness.
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