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Duck fans rally in Arizona

by: JAIME VALDEZ - The duck from the University of Oregon high fives fans during their Fiesta Bowl pep rally.SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - With the Fiesta Bowl game between Oregon and Kansas State little more than 24 hours away, fans continued to crank up the enthusiasm.

The big stop on Wednesday for Ducks fans was the official pep rally at the Salt River Flats. Oregon rooters filled a baseball stadium to hear music, along with statements by such illuminaries as Ducks public address announcing legend Don Essig, football color commentator and ex-UO quarterback Mike Jorgensen and former Duck star-turned-Emmy Award winning broadcaster Ahmad Rashad.

The band played, the cheerleaders cheered, and video messages from the likes of football coaches Chip Kelly, Mark Helfrich and Nick Aliotti relayed a message - that the fans are great.

The team's turn comes Thursday, with kickoff at about 5:30 p.m. PT in Glendale.