EUGENE, Ore. -- The rivalry between the Oregon Ducks and the Washington Huskies has gone on for years and days before Saturday's big game, officials at the University of Oregon took out an ad encouraging Ducks fans to play nice.
On Tuesday, an ad signed by University of Oregon’s Athletic Director Rob Mullens appeared in a local newspaper.
It starts by calling Duck fans “electric, amazing…best in all of college football,” but when you keep reading the ad, there’s a request. The request calls for fans to “place a priority on civility.”
Long time Ducks fan, Pete Gribskov, said going to a Ducks game hasn't been the same recently.
"Unfortunately, winning brings on bad behavior sometimes and when we started to win, it also brought down some bad behavior," Gribskov said.
He said during previous games, he's noticed more "bad behavior" from fans inside Autzen Stadium.
"We see the drunken people in the stands," he said. "We've had our season tickets forever. You know, different people coming in and they're not behaving or they're standing in front of you making bad remarks about the team."
Gribskov said the ad was necessary.
"I totally agree with him (Mullens). I think that sometimes people get carried away at football games and it's kind of gone downhill for a long time. So, I think it was a good idea to remind people to behave," he said.
After the game against Stanford and Oregon, KEZI aired a video of fans throwing objects at Stanford Cardinal players after the Ducks lost.
KEZI 9 News reached out to Mullens and asked if the unruly behavior against Stanford was the reason for Tuesday’s ad, but he said it was not.
Ducks fan, Courtney Campos said the behavior after the Ducks lost to the Cardinal was embarassing.
"You know the Stanford game was heart breaker," Campos said. "I felt like we won that game and lost the game all at once. Then, afterwards, the next day to see how some of our fans acted, I was embarrassed."
Campos said she made sure to welcome Huskie fans to her tailgate before Saturday's game.
"We have some Huskie fans that camped last night a couple spots over and we asked them to come over this morning and had a good time with them," she said.
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