There were more rain jackets and ponchos than togas, but it was still a celebration that could have made Bluto proud.

University of Oregon fans packed Memorial Quad for ESPN’s “College GameDay” before sunrise and hours ahead of Saturday’s game against UCLA. The broadcast was the first time the show has been in Eugene since 2018.

Fans started lining up in the early hours, with one loudly telling a friend she’d been at the quad since midnight. People braved the chilly rain for hours to show the nation their spirit, with one sign joking that “UCLA uses umbrellas” as very few in the crowd used one to shield themselves from what was mostly a drizzle.

“I see this wet stuff falling from the sky, but everybody knows it doesn’t rain at Autzen Stadium,” one of the analysts on the national road show proclaimed, drawing a cheer.

The morning leaned into the school’s “Animal House” connection, with UO declaring a Toga Party on the quad and fans dancing to “Shout” before sunrise.

Sabrina Ionescu takes the stage as a guest picker on ESPN’s “College GameDay” in Eugene ahead of the Ducks’ top-10 matchup against the UCLA Bruins Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022.

Other local touches included the analysts eating burgers from Bo & Vine, guest picker Sabrina Ionescu − a former Ducks basketball star who now plays for the New York Liberty − and a feature on Doug Koke, a biker who led the Ducks football team out of the tunnel on his motorcycle for more than two decades and recently passed the torch.

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