Cougars Fall To The No. 7 Ducks

Nov. 4, 2000

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    PULLMAN, Wash. -- Josh Frankel kicked a career-best 47-yard field goalin overtime as No. 7 Oregon beat Washington State 27-24 on Saturday.

    It was the third overtime loss this season for the Cougars (3-6, 1-5Pacific-10 Conference), who also lost starting quarterback Jason Gesser to abroken left leg.

    After Frankel's kick, Jed Boice blocked Anousith Wilaikul's 39-yardfield-goal attempt to give the Ducks their second consecutive overtime victory.

    The Ducks (8-1, 6-0) trailed 17-16 at the half, but Joey Harrington threw a38-yard touchdown pass to Marshaun Tucker, then hit Maurice Morris for the2-point conversion to tie it at 24 with 9:08 remaining in the fourth quarter.

    The game was billed as a match between the top quarterbacks in the Pac-10,but Harrington was left to battle Cougars backup Matt Kegel after Gesserfractured the tibia in his left leg as he was sacked with 11 minutes remainingin the second quarter.

    Harrington completed 18 of 39 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown as theDucks moved a step closer to the Rose Bowl, with games against California andOregon State remaining.

    Kegel, who had a 1-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter, completed 10 of20 for 107 yards in relief of Gesser, who was 2-of-10 for 35 yards and aninterception.

    Washington State led 17-16 after Dave Minnich's 2-yard touchdown run thatcapped a 54-yard drive with 1:47 left in the first half. Minnich carried 25times for 108 yards and a touchdown.

    The Ducks had gone up 16-10 on a 46-yard field goal by Frankel after RashadBauman picked off Gesser's pass and ran it back 42 yards for a touchdown.

    Oregon scored on its first possession on an 8-yard touchdown pass to Morrisfrom Harrington. The touchdown was set up by a 48-yard pass play fromHarrington to Tucker on the Ducks' first play from scrimmage. Tucker caughtnine passes for 142 yards and a touchdown.

    Washington State answered with a 56-yard pass play. Gesser pitched to widereceiver Collin Henderson, who threw to Nakoa McElrath streaking down the leftsideline to the Oregon 3. Adam Hawkins scored on a 1-yard touchdown.

    Wilaikul hit a 41 yard-field goal to make it 10-7.

    The overtime win was the second this season for the Ducks, who edged ArizonaState 56-55 in double overtime last weekend.

    A storm two hours before the game left a half-inch of hail in MartinStadium. A pickup with a snowplow pushed the ice off the turf, which remainedslippery throughout the game.

    By JOHN K. WILEY
    Associated Press Writer

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