No.2-Ranked Football Travels to Tempe for Tostitos Bowl
Dec. 26, 2001
GAME 12 - Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Oregon (10-1/7-1) vs. Colorado (10-2/7-1)
- Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1:30 p.m. (PST)
- Tempe, Ariz., Sun Devil Stadium (73,471)
Oregon Sports Network, 12:30 p.m. PST (Jerry Allen, Mike Jorgensen, Brian Bushlach)
LIVE NATIONAL TELECAST
ABC Sports, 1:30 p.m. PST (Brent Musburger, Gary Danielson, Jack Arute)
ESPN Radio (Steve Levy, Todd Christensen, Dave Ryan)
POST-SEASON REMATCH . . . Oregon seeks to complete an unprecedented 11-win season when the Pacific-10 Conference champions face a familiar foe it has met in post-season play twice in the previous six years. The Ducks make their first appearance in the 31st annual affair, with a defense awaiting its stiffest challenge of the year and an offense countering behind the arm of a Heisman Trophy finalist and the legs of one of the nation's most prolific rushing tandems. Thirteen Oregon seniors close out their collegiate careers as the winningest class in school history, with one doing so in the same metropolis where he also ended his high school run. Two teams with similar motivations collide for the 15th time with the hopes that the winner could have a lot more at stake two days later. Oregon shoots for its third-consecutive bowl victory under a coach who has led the program to as many post-season appearances (6) during his brief head coaching tenure as the school accumulated in the 93 years prior to his 1989 arrival.
NATIONAL RANKINGS . . . Breaking into the nation's pre-season Top-25 for the first time ever this year, the Ducks have found themselves out of the Top-10 only one week (Oct. 21) this season. Since then, Oregon has gradually ascended back up the ladder to its highest national rankings ever -- second in the country by both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls. Colorado is ranked third in the country by both services. The Buffaloes represent the highest ranked opponent Oregon has faced since suffering a 41-38 overtime loss at No. 2 UCLA in 1998.
HEAD COACH MIKE BELLOTTI . . . Ranking third on the Ducks' all-time winningest coaching list (59-23-0), Mike Bellotti now stands as the winningest active coach in the Pac-10 based on conference winning percentage, in addition to leading Oregon to more overall victories during his tenure than any other program in the league. Oregon's seventh-year head coach has accumulated a 37-19 record in Pac-10 encounters (.661), which moves him into 11th all-time among conference circles in terms of career winning percentage and a tie for 18th in career league victories. He has played a vital role in assembling better than 19 percent (98 wins) of the University's all-time triumphs (501) in his 13-year Oregon association (six as offensive coordinator and seven as head coach). Only Hugo Bezdek (72.7% -- 1906, 1913-17) has accumulated a better winning percentage than Bellotti's 72.0% among the program's mentors who have coached the Ducks a minimum of three seasons. The 51-year-old (12/21/50) former Cal State-Chico mentor owns a 12-year career coaching mark of 82-48-2.
BACK-TO-BACK CHAMPIONS . . . Chosen as pre-season favorites for the first time in the Pac-10/Pac-8 poll's 41 years, Oregon undoubtedly lived up to expectations. Securing a share of its seventh league title ever (and third in the last eight years), the Ducks have claimed back-to-back conference championships for the first time in school history. It marks the first time a Pac-10 school has won shares of consecutive crowns since UCLA did so from 1997-98.
BOWL HISTORY . . . Prior to 1989, Oregon had made only six post-season appearances in the first 93 years of the program's history. Since then, the school has accumulated 10 bowl invitations in the last 13 seasons -- an accomplishment surpassed by only 13 Division I schools in the country. The Ducks sport a 6-9 record in games following the regular season, but have been successful in their last two bowl appearances and three of their last four opportunities. The school's first Fiesta Bowl appearance also marks the program's seventh New Year's Day bowl invitation. Under head coach Mike Bellotti, Oregon has compiled a 3-2 post-season ledger.
SERIES RECORD . . . Colorado leads the all-time series which originated between the two schools in Eugene in 1949, 8-6-0. Although each school has evenly split the 12 regular-season meetings (with the latest occurring in 1987), the Buffaloes hold a 2-0 edge in post-season play. Colorado was victorious in Oregon's last New Year's Day bowl appearance in the 1996 Cotton Bowl, 38-6, before holding on against the Ducks in the 1998 Aloha Bowl, 51-43.
THE LAST TIME . . . Oregon's 22-point fourth-quarter rally was not enough to overcome a 37-14 halftime deficit and a season-high six turnovers as Colorado posted a 51-43 win in the 1998 Aloha Bowl. Quarterback Akili Smith overcame a sluggish eight-for-21 (166 yards) first-half performance to throw for the fourth-most single-game total in school history, completing 24 of 46 passes for 456 yards and two touchdowns. The Ducks limited the Buffaloes to only 130 yards total offense and 14 points in the second half, however they were unable to overcome the victor's big plays. Colorado scored on a 93-yard kickoff return, a 52-yard returned fumble and a pair of touchdown passes in excess of 58 yards each.
A SECOND CHANCE . . . Six different players on the current Oregon roster experienced varying degrees of playing time the last time the Ducks met Colorado in 1998, led by senior Rashad Bauman. The starting cornerback was on the field for 70 plays while recording three tackles. Also receiving playing time were defensive tackle Zack Freiter (2 tackles), Wesly Mallard (1 tackle), Justin Peelle, Ryan Schmid and Steve Smith.
VS. THE BIG 12 . . . Oregon's meeting with the University of Colorado will mark only the third time it has officially faced a member of that revised conference that began play in 1996, with the Ducks sporting a 1-1 record. However they have managed to accumulate a record of only 10-23-1 against the 12 schools that currently comprise the league, although they have not faced any of its members during the regular season since 1992 (Texas Tech).
NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS . . . Oregon has accumulated a 22-4 ledger in non-conference encounters since Mike Bellotti assumed control of the program prior to the 1995 season. Included among his victims have been Air Force ('97 Las Vegas Bowl), Minnesota ('99 Sun Bowl) and Texas ('00 Holiday Bowl) while his non-league setbacks have occurred to Colorado (2), Michigan State and Wisconsin.
POST-SEASON ELITE . . . It wasn't that long ago when Oregon and bowl games weren't necessarily uttered in the same breath, yet that certainly has changed within the last 13 years. In fact, the Ducks find themselves among only 17 programs in the country to play in at least 10 bowls over the last 13 years. In addition, only 13 schools can boast of more post-season prosperity during than Oregon during that same span. Listed below are the nation's most frequent bowl participants since 1989.
13 Bowl Games in the Last 13 Years
12 Bowl Games in the Last 13 Years
11 Bowl Games in the Last 13 Years
10 Bowl Games in the Last 13 Years
NATIONALLY-RANKED FOES . . . Oregon has posted a 14-11 record against Top 25-ranked opponents in the Mike Bellotti era, including wins in its last four confrontatons and nine of the last 11 opportunities since 1999. That ledger breaks down to a 3-5 mark against teams ranked among the nation's Top 10 since 1995.
CLOSE CALLS . . . As a testament to the composure Mike Bellotti has handed down to his players throughout the years, Oregon has compiled a 30-9 record in games decided by a touchdown or less since the start of the 1995 season. The Ducks are 14-2 in games at home that have come down to seven points or less and 16-7 under the same circumstances on the road. Eleven of the last 17 Oregon games have been decided by that thin margin, with the Ducks reigning victorious in 10 of them.
26 of 29 . . . Since the Ducks closed out the 1999 season with six straight wins to go along with their 20-3 ledger over the past two seasons, only two other Division I programs in the country have posted more victories over that same two-and-a-half years than Oregon. Miami's 11-0 record this year has given the Hurricanes 27 wins in their last 29 games compared to the Ducks' 26 triumphs in 29 outings. Nebraska also has won 27 contests during that same tenure but like Oregon, has also lost three times after already playing 12 games this year. The current 29-game stretch stands as the most successful in the history of the Oregon football program.
ON A ROLL . . . While Oregon has posted nine wins or more on only eight occasions in the program's 106-year history, four of them have come under the guidance of head coach Mike Bellotti (10-1 in 2001, 10-2 in 2000, 9-3 in 1999 and 9-3 in 1995).
ARIZONA HOMECOMING . . . The Ducks boast of three players with ties to the state of Arizona. Four-year starting cornerback Rashad Bauman and reserve defensive back Jason Jenkins are both products of South Mountain High School in Phoenix, while offensive guard Josh Jones hails from Glendale, Ariz.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON . . . Colorado's All-America tight end Daniel Graham is the son of former Oregon linebacker great Tom Graham, who lettered for the Ducks from 1969-71 during an era that included Dan Fouts and Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashad). The elder Graham, who was a Pac-8 Conference all-league pick as a junior and seven-year NFL veteran, still holds Oregon's single-season and career records for tackles, accumulating 206 (1969) and 433 tackles, respectively. He was inducted into his alma mater's Athletic Hall of Fame last September.
MORE COLORADO CONNECTIONS . . . Oregon junior defensive end Quinn Dorsey (Denver/Manual HS) ranks as the Ducks' lone former Colorado prepster, with the five-game starter accumulating three quarterback sacks and one forced fumble among his 17 tackles . . . Senior offensive lineman Ryan Schmid was born in Fort Collins on March 15, 1979 . . . Former Oregon standouts Andy Maurer (1978), Ernest Jones (1998) and Derek Loville (1998-99) all played in Super Bowls for the Denver Broncos during seasons indicated in parenthesis . . . Former Oregon quarterback Bill Musgrave (1987-90) is generally credited with elevating the school's football program to the next level, leading teams to the 1989 Independence Bowl and '90 Freedom Bowl following a 26-year post-season absence. The Grand Junction native and current Virginia offensive coordinator was the last Oregon player to quarterback a win over the Buffaloes in 1987 (10-7) . . . Longtime NFL assistant and Denver Broncos' scout Jerry Frei, who died at his Denver home last February, served as Oregon's 25th head coach for five years (1967-71) among his 17-year coaching career with the Ducks.
OREGON ALL-STAR APPEARANCES . . . Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti as well as a quartet of his players will take to the all-star circuit in the next month, with Bellotti chosen as one of the head coaches for this year's 77th annual East-West Shrine Game Jan. 12 in San Francisco's Pacific Bell Park. The game will mark Bellotti's fourth all-star game appearance and his second in the Bay Area's Shrine showcase. He served as an assistant coach in the 1999 contest. He will be joined on the sidelines by cornerback Rashad Bauman, quarterback Joey Harrington and tailback Maurice Morris. Listed below are the Ducks' players who have indicated their intentions at this time:
East-West Shrine Game (Jan. 12 in San Francisco)
Senior Bowl (Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala.)
Hula Bowl (Feb. 2 in Kahului, Maui)
BELLOTTI FINALIST FOR BEAR BRYANT AWARD . . . Oregon's Mike Bellotti has been named as one of seven finalists for the Paul 'Bear' Bryant Coach of the Year Award. The 44-year old honor, sponsored by the Houston (Tex.) Division of the American Heart Association is voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, will be awarded at a Houston dinner Jan. 17. The remaining finalists for the award include Gary Barnett (Colorado), Larry Coker (Miami), Ralph Friedgen (Maryland), Nick Saban (LSU), Frank Solich (Nebraska) and Ron Turner (Illinois).
CRADLE OF COACHES . . . One of the few drawbacks of success is that those responsible for it become hot commodities to emulate that success elsewhere. Forty percent of the head coaches in the Pacific-10 Conference next year will have drawn on their experience as former Oregon offensive coordinators. Joining the list of those who stepped up which includes Mike Bellotti, who served in that capacity for the Ducks from 1989-94, is Jeff Tedford (1998-01), who will assume the reigns at California immediately following the Fiesta Bowl. The rest of the list includes UCLA's Bob Toledo (1983-88) and Arizona State's Dirk Koetter (1996-97).
'THE GENERAL' . . . Whether it is the respect he has earned in mounting numerous comebacks or his knack for raising the level of performance from those players around him, the moniker is one of several synonymous with Joey Harrington. Possessing the demeanor of a point guard on the basketball court, the Portland, Ore., native doesn't care who receives the credit for the team's success. Just so long as he is able to distribute the football into the hands of players to make plays. Only nine times in his career has he completed 20 passes or more in a single game. Five times he has thrown for over 300 yards in one day. Only four times has he thrown for four touchdowns or more in one outing. What he does rely on is an understanding of the game as well as an intellect which fuels his desire to win. In his 29 collegiate appearances of significance, players have rushed for 90 yards or more on 21 occasions while receivers have hauled in passes for 100 yards or more 17 times. And offenses have averaged 31.5 points (914) and 416.5 yards (12,079) per game (although he came on for second-half relief in his first two major appearances of his sophomore year).
CAPTAIN COMEBACK . . . Joey Harrington has brought the Ducks back from fourth-quarter deficits 10 times during the past three seasons, accumulating a 11-2 ledger in games decided in the final 15 minutes. (Oregon never trailed in the fourth quarter vs. Texas in its Holiday Bowl win.) His latest heroics occurred in the team's latest outing in a 17-14 win over Oregon State. True, it was Keenan Howry who ran back a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown to provide the Ducks a 10-6 advantage they would never relinquish. However it was Harrington who engineered an 80-yard scoring march on the ensuing drive to provide a 17-6 cushion which led to a three-point victory. The Portland, Ore., native wasted little time in creating an identity for himself, coming off the bench to direct come-from-behind wins over Arizona and Arizona State in 1999. Those performances helped earn him the starting nod in Oregon's final four games his sophomore year, in which he repeated his magic in the Sun Bowl win over Minnesota. While receiving major playing time in six games two years ago, Harrington directed comebacks in three of them. He duplicated his fourth-quarter magic last year vs. Arizona State, Washington State and California. He added this year's wins over Wisconsin, USC, UCLA and Oregon State to his list of heroics. His only appearances when Oregon allowed a fourth-quarter lead to slip away was in last year's loss at Wisconsin and this year vs. Stanford. Listed below are some of Harrington's most notable comebacks:
TOUCHDOWN STRING . . . Joey Harrington saw his string of consecutive games throwing at least one touchdown pass broken at eight four games ago in Pullman, Wash., and he completed the regular season without accounting for a touchdown in the win over Oregon State. However he returned with a vengence with six TD aerials following the Washington State week against Arizona State. He now has completed at least one scoring toss in 16 of his last 19 games and 23 of his last 29. In the six games he failed to do so, he ran for a TD in three of them. Also snapped was his consecutive string of games personally accounting for a touchdown (run or pass) at 20 vs. Washington State.
UNSELFISH IN WINS . . . Not since the fifth game of last season has Joey Harrington's stats appeared so 'ordinary' when he threw for 119 yards (9-22) against Washington during the 2000 season. That's the same number of yards he passed for eight games into this season at Washington State (14-26). His 104 passing yards in this year's regular-season finale vs. Oregon State represented his lowest total since throwing for 66 yards in mop-up duty his third game as a sophomore. But that's exactly the substance behind Harrington as he puts his team's success ahead of all personal attention. Joey has thrown for under 200 yards in 14 of his 29 appearances of significance. The Ducks have come out winners in all of them!
MOVING UP THE CHARTS . . . Joey Harrington's 1,403 yards passing over the last five weeks a year ago along with his 2,414 yards this year has helped move him past such Oregon notables as Dan Fouts, Akili Smith, Bob Berry and George Shaw on the school's career passing and total offense charts. He now needs 121 yard passing and 71 yards total offense to pull ahead of Chris Miller on the school's all-time ledgers.
HARRINGTON WINS II . . . Former Oregon quarterback Bill Musgrave (1986-90) is generally acknowledged as the Ducks' most successful signal caller in terms of generating victories, accumulating a 25-10 record (.714) in games he started and finished. Yet Joey Harrington's winning percentage as a 24-3 starter (.889) remains unmatched in school history.
TOUCHDOWN JOEY . . . With his 23 touchdown passes this season, Joey Harrington has moved into third on Oregon's all-time list and ninth on the Pacific-10 Conference career TD passes chart. Among those he has surpassed in recent weeks were former Ducks' standout Akili Smith (45, 1997-98), as well as California's Pat Barnes (54, 1993-96), USC's Rodney Peete (54, 1985-88), Stanford's Jim Plunkett (53, 1968-70), Washington's Brock Huard (51, 1996-98), Washington State's Drew Bledsoe (46, 1990-92) and UCLA's Troy Aikman (41, 1987-88).
RECORD-SETTER . . . No other quarterback in school history can match Joey Harrington's penchant for finding the end zone, with the Portland senior accounting for more points scored than any other player in school history. Accumulating seven rushing touchdowns this season as well as 18 in his collegiate career, he surpassed the Ducks' previous record for most career scores by a quarterback (12), held by Reggie Ogburn (1979-80). Now he has added the school mark for most touchdowns accounted for by one player. Including his TD reception in last year's Holiday Bowl, Harrington has personally accounted for 74 touchdowns (55 passing, 18 running, 1 receiving) in 32 career appearances. Previous record holder Danny O'Neil (1991-94) totalled 67 touchdowns (school-record 62 passing, five running) in 40 games.
MERE MORTAL . . . On only five occasions this year has Joey Harrington's completion percentage fallen below 59 percent and only once (vs. Wisconsin) did it dip below 50 percent (47.9%). Yet his biggest improvement this season has come from a decrease in mistakes. Throwing only five interceptions all season, Harrington has inched within eight pass attempts and three completions of equalling his longest stretch without an errant pass of his his collegiate career from his junior season. Earlier this year, Harrington managed to endure 95 consecutive pass attempts (60 completions) before throwing an interception at Arizona. That fell shy of his current longest error-free stretch of his tenure when he attempted 120 passes (63 completions) without an interruption a year ago. He has extended his current string of attempts without a miscue to 112 (60 completions) as he has survived his last four games without being victimized.
CHRONICLING THE COMEBACKS . . . Listed below are brief synopsis of the Ducks' 11 victories decided in the final quarter during the Harrington era:
- Oregon 17, Oregon State 14 (Dec. 1, 2001)
Keenan Howry returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown (with 14:36 remaining to play) to overcome a 6-3 deficit, and Maurice Morris capped an 80-yard drive with an 8-yard plunge to provide a final margin of victory. Morris accumulated 52 of his game-high 102 yards during the 12-play drive while quarterback Joey Harrington connected on all three pass attempts for 38 of his 104 passing yards during the winning 7-minute, 45-second stretch.
Oregon 21, UCLA 20 (Nov. 10, 2001)
Responding to the Bruins' 7-minute touchdown drive early in the final period, Joey Harrington countered with an eight-play, 70-yard march, capped by a 1-yard scoring pass to fullback Josh Line on fourth down with 9:56 remaining to play. During the winning drive, Harrington completed all three pass attempts for 52 yards.
Oregon 24, USC 22 (Sept. 22, 2001)
Trailing 22-21, Oregon gains possession on its own 24-yard line with 56 seconds and one timeout remaining. Harrington connects on five of six passes for 61 yards on the final drive, which ended with a 32-yard field goal with 12 seconds left from Jared Sigel.
Oregon 31, Wisconsin 28 (Sept. 1, 2001)
Harrington caps 78-yard, nine-play drive in 2:34 with 2-yard TD run with 4:03 remaining in game. During the drive, he completes two of three passes (48 yards), runs for seven yards, converts one third-and-10 situation, and scores on fourth-and-one.
Oregon 35, Texas 30 (Dec. 29, 2000 - Culligan Holiday Bowl)
With game tied 28-28 with 9:25 remaining, Harrington led eight-play, 68-yard drive which consumed 3:39. He completed all three pass attempts for 51 yards on the winning drive while ending the game throwing two TD passes, catching one and running for one.
Oregon 25, California 17 (Nov. 11, 2000)
Harrington completed two passes for 81 yards on the 79-yard drive (team lost two yards rushing), culminating with a 29-yard TD strike to Keenan Howry with 12:38 to play. The Ducks added insurance on Harrington's 1-yard run with 4:48 to play.
Oregon 27, Washington State 24 OT (Nov. 4, 2000)
Trailing 24-16, Oregon needed only two plays to digest 40 yards in 48 seconds to tie the score on Harrington's 38-yard aerial. He also completed the two-point conversion with 9:08 remaining before the finishing touches were applied with a 47-yard field goal in OT.
Oregon 56, Arizona State 55 2OT (Oct. 28, 2000)
Trailing 49-35 with 5:47 remaining to play, Oregon drove 83 yards in 10 plays, capped by Harrington's 32-yard TD pass at the 3:21 mark. (He completed six of eight passes for 76 yards on the drive.) The Ducks' following drive ended on the ASU 1-yard line, but ASU fumbled the ball back on its own 17 with 33 second left. Six seconds later, the Ducks tied the score at 49-49 on a 17-yard pass to Justin Peelle. Harrington completed an 18-yard pass and ran for another six yards to set up Allan Amundson's winning 1-yard plunge.
Oregon 24, Minnesota 20 (Dec. 31, 1999 - Wells Fargo Sun Bowl)
With Minnesota holding a 20-17 advantage, Oregon mounted its winning drive from its own 13-yard line with 7:28 remaining. Harrington completed five of six passes for 51 yards, including the winning 10-yard strike to Keenan Howry with 1:32 left to play.
Oregon 20, Arizona State 17 (Oct. 30, 1999)
ASU grabbed a 17-13 lead with 1:04 to play before Harrington began at his own 21 with 58 seconds left. The reserve connected on five of eight passes (79 yards) vs. the league's best pass defense, including the winning 10-yard pass with nine seconds remaining.
Oregon 44, Arizona 41 (Oct. 23, 1999)
Making his first significant Oregon appearance, Harrington led a 3-minute, 55-yard drive to tie the score at 41-41 with 6:08 to play. The next 37-yard drive was capped with a winning 32-yard FG with 1:04 left, aided by Harrington's 4-yard run for a first down.
CONSISTENCY THE KEY . . . On the surface, it's difficult to detect a difference between Joey Harrington's 2000 and 2001 seasons. He led the Ducks to 9-1 records through the first 10 regular-season games both years, engineered a trio of fourth-quarter comebacks during identical stretches each season and was among the conference leaders in TD passes in each of his final two collegiate campaigns. Yet the primary deviation from a year ago has centered around his avoiding the highs and lows of the past. Although he completed a career-high 28 passes last year at USC, he also connected on 10 or fewer passes three times his junior year. This year, his output has centered between 11 and 23 completions. He endured three games without throwing a touchdown pass while suffering interceptions in eight of 12 games in 2000. This year, he has failed to deliver a scoring pass only twice while throwing interceptions in only three contests. Harrington completed less than 50 percent of his passes in six games last year -- his lone sub 50-percent effort this year occurred in the 2001 season opener.
NUMBERS DOWN, PROFICIENCY UP . . . Carrying out the philosophy of an offense that diminishes the importance of statistics while emphasizing point production, he has thrown for an average of 27.8 yards less per game this year while catapulting from 48th in the country in passing efficiency (123.01) to 25th (141.23) this year. The result has led to the Ducks scoring an average of 4.7 more points a game this season compared to a year ago.
ON THE GROUND . . . In addition to running for three touchdowns (added to three TD passes) earlier this year at Arizona, Joey Harrington's single-game best 56 yards rushing at California included a collegiate-long 41-yard gallop. Just as impressive is that he has only been sacked nine times all year, including three takedowns behind the line of scrimmage in the 10th game this year at UCLA.
NATURAL PEDIGREE . . . Joey Harrington wasn't the first quarterback in his family nor will he be the last. His father, John, lettered for the Ducks from 1967-69 while primarily serving as a backup signal-caller for three years. He completed 81 of 203 passes for 1,130 yards and eight touchdowns. Joey's younger brother, Michael, is a first-year freshman quarterback at Idaho.
HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST . . . Few scenarios could have painted Joey Harrington's accension into the national limelight more accurately than his emergence in the Heisman Trophy race throughout his senior season. Considered a longshot, at best, at the start of the season, he completed the year as Oregon's highest finisher for the nation's pretigious award in the 67-year history of its presentation. Accumulating 364 points and a fourth-place finish, he became the school's first player to place in the top 10 in the Heisman voting since George Shaw (QB) finished eighth in 1954, and the Ducks' fourth player ever to land among the top-10 vote-getters. In addition, Harrington became the Pac-10's first player to garner the most support among the Far West Region's voters since USC's Marcus Allen won the Heisman Trophy in 1981.
PLEASANT MEMORIES . . . The Ducks return to the scene of one of their most improbable victories as they scored a 56-55 double-overtime win a year ago in Sun Devil Stadium after trailing 49-35 with 5:47 remaining to play. Furthermore, Oregon was stopped on Arizona State's 1-yard line with 1:22 remaining in the game and trailing by seven points before an ASU fumble opened the door for the Ducks' comeback. Joey Harrington finished the game completing 26 of 43 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns. In three appearances in the state of Arizona as a collegian (two in Tucson, one in Tempe), Harrington remained unbeaten, completing 47 of 78 passes (60.3%) for 857 yards and 10 touchdowns while throwing two interceptions.
HARRINGTON THE FIRST . . . Three Oregon quarterbacks have each made appearances in two bowl games (Bill Musgrave, Danny O'Neil and Akili Smith), but Joey Harrington will become the school's first to play in three post-season contests. Already directing the Ducks to more bowl wins than any other player in school history (2-0), Harrington would become only the second quarterback in conference archives to ever lead his team to three post-season victories with an Oregon win over Colorado. Arizona State's Danny White directed the Sun Devils to Fiesta Bowl wins from 1971-73.
IN SUN DEVIL STADIUM . . . Oregon only has accumulated a 3-7 record in Sun Devil Stadium, however the Ducks have been successful in three of their last six visits to Tempe since Mike Bellotti's arrival in 1989.
TURNOVER BENEFICIARIES . . . Mike Bellotti has stated there is no statistic more telling of Oregon's success than turnover margin, as the Ducks are tied for fifth in the country with +1.27 more takeaways per game than turnovers. Offerring support for that theory is the fact that the nation's top five ranked teams in that all important category -- 1. Miami (Fla.), 2. Fresno State, 3. Bowling Green, 4. Maryland, T5. Oregon and USC -- have accumulated a record of 56-12 (.824). Oregon suffered from five interceptions and only six lost fumbles all season to lead the country in the fewest number of turnovers (11). Never giving the football away more than twice in any one game (two vs. Wisconsin, California and Stanford), the Ducks played error free on three occasions. Conversely, Oregon had three or more takeaways in four games -- converting 12 of the season's 25 gifts into points, including eight of the last 15 for TDs.
HARRINGTON'S INTERCEPTIONS . . . Only three players in the country finished the year with a better interception percentatge than Joey Harrington, with Oregon's senior signal-caller averaging only one interception (5 total) per 64.4 passes attempted. Fresno State's David Carr led the nation with 68 attempts between picks (7), followed by Marshall's Byron Leftwich (67.1 avg.) and Middle Tennessee's Wes Counts (64.8 avg.). In the process of posting a24-3 career record as the Ducks' starting quarterback, Harrington has led Oregon to a 24-1 record when throwing fewer than three interceptions in a game and an 0-2 mark when he has thrown three or more errant passes.
1,000-YARD RUSHING DUOS . . . The NCAA lists 26 Division I teammate combinations of players from the same team each rushing for 1,000 yards or more in the same season. Oregon came within 40 yards of making it 27. Senior Maurice Morris and sophomore Onterrio Smith combined for a school-record 1,967 yards rushing this season to nationally rank only behind Nebraska's Dahrran Diedrick (1,299) and Eric Crouch (1,115) for most yards rushing by two players in 2001. Smith became the Ducks' ninth 1,000-yard rusher (1,007) with 30 yards in the regular-season finale vs. Oregon State. Morris (960) would have undoubtedly joined him had it not been for a hamstring strain suffered during the eighth game of the year at Washington State that forced him to miss the following week vs. Arizona State. Morris ran for 138 yards through three quarters in Pullman, Wash., before pulling up lame in a game where Oregon ran for 151 of its 446 yards in the fourth quarter.
100-YARDS SQUARED . . . Not since Oct. 15, 1994 had the Ducks sported more than one player rushing for 100 yards or more in the same game. That's when Ricky Whittle and Dino Philyaw racked up 177 and 137 rushing yards vs. California. After falling two yards shy of the mark at Utah State on Sept. 29 of this year, Onterrio Smith and Maurice Morris have become the first duo in school history to each rush for 100 yards in the same game twice in one season. After combining for 131 and 110 yards rushing, respectively, at Arizona, Smith and Morris ran for 285 and 138 yards at Washington State. Needless to say, the duo of Smith and Morris represent the Ducks' best one-two rushing punch of all time. In fact prior to this year, only nine times in school history had an Oregon player ran for more yards in one season than this year's second-leading rusher (Maurice Morris, 960 yards). Together the duo has accumulated eight 100-yard efforts this year (Morris five), with the most games surpassing the century mark by an individual in one season being eight (Saladin McCullough, 1997).
CAREER RUSHING CHART . . . Senior Maurice Morris rushed for more yards than any other player in school history during a two-year Oregon tenure. Accumulating 2,148 yards rushing in only 22 games in his Division I career, Morris also finds himself one of seven players in school history to run for more than 2,000 yards as a collegian. In addition, Morris ranks third in school history in average yards per game over the course of his career -- only trailing his two immediate predecessors, Reuben Droughns (128.6 ypg, 1998-99) and Saladin McCullough (106.7 ypg, 1996-97).
MUCH-NEED RELIEF . . . A year ago, Maurice Morris established a single-season school record with 286 rushing attempts (23.8 carries per game). The unfortunate result was that Morris was beaten down the latter third of the season due to the pounding he absorbed, although he did play in all 12 games. This year he has been able to share the load with Onterrio Smith, carrying the football only 169 times (16.9 avg.). Smith carried the football 161 times in his first year with the Ducks. The result in addition to a relatively healthy Morris by season's end was Maurice averaging 5.7 yards per carry compared to a 4.2-yard average last year.
LAND RUSH . . . Oregon's 196.5-yards rushing average marked the school's best output on the ground since 1980, as well as the first time it ran for more than 2,000 yards (2,162) in one season in 21 years. The Ducks, who last led the league in running the football in 1955, finished second in the Pac-10 in rushing in 2001 behind Stanford after accumulating only 105 yards vs. Oregon State.
UNSUNG HERO . . . While Maurice Morris and Onterrio Smith have racked up the yards along with the accompanying notoriety, there is little question none of it would be possible without the contributions of fullback Josh Line. The former walk-on who has started Oregon's last 23 games has served as one of the linchpins for the team's offensive success despite carrying the football for the first time this year in the regular-season finale vs. Oregon State (3-yard gain). Yet what he does provide is a blue-collar attitude that is ideal as a blocker to provide Joey Harrington an added second to throw the football or pave the way for Morris and Smith through the line of scrimmage. Yet when he does get his hands on the football, he usually makes the most of his opportunities. Accumulating career totals of 42 rushing yards and 173 yards in receptions, Line has averaged 6.9 yards every time he has touched the ball. Indicative of his contribution was an 18-yard reception which helped set up the Ducks' first touchdown in last year's Holiday Bowl. The lack of personal glory doesn't appear to bother the 26-year-old senior much as he has more important things on his mind these days. His wife, Tiffany, gave birth to a son, Griffin, one day following the conclusion of the regular season on Dec. 2.
CREDIT THE 'O' LINE . . . The Ducks have led the Pac-10 in fewest quarterback sacks allowed each of the past three years, allowing an average of only one sack per game (11) in 2001. In fact, the offensive front wall allowed starting quarterback Joey Harrington to be sacked in only six of 11 games this year and more than once against only USC (2 times) and UCLA (3). While only eight teams in the country gave up fewer sacks per game than Oregon, only six of them (Miami, Utah, Missouri, Air Force and Army) enjoyed a lower sacks/pass attempts ratio than Oregon's 1/31.5 attempts.
IT STARTS UP FRONT . . . It's no secret the synchronization of Oregon's offense began with the jelling of its offensive line. Although the Ducks did not incorporate the same starting quintet in consecutive games until the sixth game of the season, it's evident the pieces came together as witnessed by the line's performance the latter half of the year. As a result, the Oregon offense accumulated over 400 yards total offense six of the last eight games and over 200 yards rushing four of the past eight outings. The Ducks had not eclipsed the 200-yard rushing plateau in four of five games since they put together four consecutive games of 288 yards or better during the 1962 season. Ranking 25th in the nation in rushing, Oregon led the Pac-10 and was ninth in the nation in average yards per carry (5.17 avg.). Not bad for a group unable to land any of its offensive linemen on one of the first two all-league units.
SENIOR SALUTES . . . Thirteen seniors accumulating more wins during the past five years (37-10) than any other class in school history will make their final appearance in an Oregon uniform. Although the numbers represent one of the Ducks' smallest classes in recent memory, few could argue the quality will be hard to replace. In addition to 11 players considered as departing starters, 11 of the seniors are expected to receive their undergraduate degrees by the end of the summer term. Players making their final appearance include OL Jim Adams, CB Rashad Bauman, DT Zack Freiter, QB Joey Harrington, FB Josh Line, OLB Wesly Mallard, FS Gary McGraw, TB Maurice Morris, TE Justin Peelle, OL Ryan Schmid, CB Steve Smith, DT Chris Tetterton and OLB Ty Tomlin. Bauman, Freiter, Mallard, Peelle, Schmid and Smith are expected to see action in their fourth bowl game, with Bauman becoming the second player in school history to start in four post-season contests.
A-PEELLE-ING . . . Few positions have made a greater impact on Oregon's long-term success then at tight end, with no fewer than five former Ducks making their way into the NFL during the decade of the 90s. Jeff Thomason (1988-91), Willy Tate (1991-93), Josh Wilcox (1993-96), Blake Spence (1994-97) and Jed Weaver (1996-98) all were beneficiaries of a system which relied on the tight ends much more than as an additional blocker. (Thomason and Weaver remain in the NFL with Philadelphia and Miami, respectively.) Senior Justin Peelle is the latest in the line of standouts to come Oregon's way. In addition, he has exceeded last year's total for touchdown catches with eight, working his way into the end zone in six of 11 games (including twice vs. both Wisconsin and USC). However, he has been shutout of the end zone since Oct. 20 vs. Stanford. Living up to the tag line on his billboards around town -- 'Clutch' -- 18 of this year's 29 receptions (and 40 of 58 career catches) have resulted in either touchdowns or first downs. Posting the best numbers by an Oregon tight end in three seasons, his 13 career scoring catches fell two shy of Wilcox's school best 15 TDs by a player at that position.
SURE-HANDED RECEIVER . . . Keenan Howry proved last season he was more than capable of stepping into the role as his team's primary target. This year, he has his sights set on something greater. Already on pace to become Oregon's career receiving leader after his first two years (81 catches, 1,232 yards and 10 touchdowns), the former Biletnikoff Award hopeful has caught at least one pass in each of his last 34 appearances. That consecutive receptions streak is tied for the eighth-longest in the country. Having eclipsed 100 yards in receptions six times during his collegiate career (three in 2000), he finished the year sixth in thePac-10 in receptions per game (4.45 avg.).
100 CAREER CATCHES . . . Keenan Howry became the 16th player in school history to latch onto 100 receptions in his Oregon career. Only Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashad) was able to reach that plateau faster, doing so in his 23rd appearance (vs. Nebraska in 1971). Howry managed to do so this year in his 28th collegiate contest (vs. Utah State). The Ducks' career receptions leader, Cristin McLemore, wasn't able to reach that 100-catch pinnacle until his 33rd collegiate appearance (at Utah in 1995). At his current career pace, Howry would be on track to grab 178 passes for 2,579 yards. before he completes his Oregon tenure.
PUNT RETURN LIST . . . It wasn't until a year ago when Keenan Howry took a liking to the specialty, yet he has caught onto the craft quickly, earning third-team All-America recognition by the Associated Press as a kick returner. Averaging 7.8 yards per punt return a year ago on 36 attempts, the potential was apparent although he didn't break a return for a TD until this year. With his crucial 70-yard return for a score in the final quarter of the season finale, he became the Ducks' first player in three years (Michael Fletcher, 1998) to return two punts for touchdowns in the same year. In addition, not since 1986 has an Oregon player (Cliff Hicks) finished the year averaging better than 13 yards per punt return, with Howry's 14.5-yard average the Ducks' best since 1956 (Jim Shanley, 17.6 avg., Leroy Phelps, 17.0 avg.).
ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS . . . Not only is quarterback Joey Harrington proficient on the football field, he's not bad in the classroom either. Harrington was one of two Oregon players voted to the Verizon first-Team Academic All-America Team, as selected by the nation's university sports information directors. He owns a cumulative 3.23 gpa and completed requirements for a degree in business administration (sports marketing emphasis) following the fall term. Also receiving academic All-America honors for a second year in a row was offensive lineman Ryan Schmid (3.95 business admin.). Schmid became the football program's first multiple academic All-America recipient ever as Oregon was one of three Division I schools to boast of more than one first-team honoree (along with Clemson and Dayton).
THE RED ZONE . . . A year ago, the Ducks were able to score better than 78 percent of the time they worked their way inside the 20-yard line, with 80 percent of those scores resulting in TDs. Oregon led the league in red-zone efficiency this year after failing to score only once in the last eight games inside the red zone.
APPROPRIATELY NAMED . . . There isn't any other school where Wesly Mallard would have felt more at home than with the Ducks, yet the senior outside linebacker has proven to be a perfect fit at Oregon for reasons far beyond any name association. Possessing the speed of a defensive back, the toughness of a linebacker and the strength of a defensive lineman, the special teams standout has quickly made the transition as a first-year defensive starter from the line of scrimmage. Oregon's leading tackler (98) tied for second in the Pac-10 in takedowns, owns his first two pass interceptions of his collegiate career this year, tied for fifth in the league with two fumble recoveries and has pried two additional footballs out of the arms of opposing ball carriers. Leading his team in tackles three of the last eight weeks, Mallard refused to relinquish his role on special teams despite being ticketed for more extensive duty, also leading the team in the specialty (17) where he first attracted coaches attention as a former walk-on.
PUT TO THE TEST . . . Receiving most of the brunt for an All-America occupying the opposite side of the field is cornerback Steve Smith, with the opposition often throwing his way as the lesser of two evils. Accumulating honorable mention all-league honors the last two years, Smith has certainly been up to the challenge, picking off six passes (three vs. USC) to tie for seventh in the country while breaking up a league-leading 18 others. Tied for ninth in the country a year ago (22 passes defended), he tied for third in the country in passes defensed this year (24).
RECORD PACE . . . To say the Ducks have performed on record pace as of late would be an understatement. Individual and team standards have been rewritten three of the last five games on both the conference and school levels. No better example can be found than Keenan Howry seeing his name alongside former Oregon immortal Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashad) before Onterrio Smith pushed him aside (most all-purpose yards) the following week. Below is a list of marks that have fallen or equalled:
New School Records
Individual - Game
Individual - Career
Team - Game
SCORING DRIVES . . . Only 17 of Oregon's 53 offensive scoring drives have lasted longer than three minutes, with nine of them extending less than one minute. The average time of the Ducks' offensive scoring drives has lasted 2:36.
TIME OF POSSESSION . . . Despite the presence of an explosive offense, that hasn't always worked to Oregon's benefit. The Ducks' two kick returns for TDs vs. Stanford paid immediate dividends but did nothing toward allowing a worn defense to catch its breath. Although Oregon trails the opposition by an average of 54 seconds per game in time of possession, the Ducks have maintained control of the football longer in only six of 11 games this year.
COMING TO ITS DEFENSE . . . With the return of only four defensive starters from a year ago, Oregon's defense was viewed as a major question heading into this season. Although it has given up its share of yards, the bottom line remained intact in terms of points allowed. All facets came together at Washington State as the Ducks held the nation's third-ranked offense 100 yards and 27 points below its averages. Four of 11 opponents have been held under 100 yards rushing this season while only Arizona has exceeded 200 yards on the ground. Although the Oregon defense is allowing 406.5 yards of total offense per game (9th in the Pac-10), it ranks third in the conference (33rd nationally) in scoring defense (21.8 avg.), with only Stanford eclipsing 28 points against the Ducks.
IT'S THE SIZE OF THE HEART . . . Oregon linebacker Kevin Mitchiell is a realist -- he knows it's not often a 5-10, 212-pound linebacker is going to intimidate opponents just by looking at him. And it's just a coincidence that his tatooed arms and bald head would look more at home riding down the street on a Harley-Davidson with his Rottweiler than on a football field in Orange County in California. But then again, the Pac-10's fourth-leading tackler (94 tackles) never was one to let first impressions get in the way of him completing his assignments. Especially if it meant tackling the ball carrier. Yet it's still not easy to reason how a player of his stature is able to record a game-high 17 tackles in the Ducks' regular-season finale vs. Oregon State or 15 against Stanford earlier in the year. Just call it instinct as well as possessing that linebacker's mentality. At any rate, Mitchell promises to be right at home playing against a Colorado team ranked eighth in the country in rushing that is sure to challenge Oregon's defensive philosophy of needing to stop the run in order to encounter success. Not only did Mitchell record almost twice as many tackles for losses (21) than any other of his teammates (also tying for fourth in the Pac-10), he broke up more passes (8) than any other Oregon defender except its top two cornerbacks.
AMUNDSON RETURNS . . . One of the most overlooked weapons among the Ducks' arsenal may be junior tailback Allan Amundson. He is generally regarded as Oregon's third-best tailback behind Maurice Morris and Onterrio Smith, although he is the fastest. He has scored only three touchdowns in his Oregon career (none in 2001) yet has setup countless others (refer to last year's Holiday Bowl win over Texas). Perhaps he's most visible as the kickoff returner who ranked 24th in the country last season after averaging 23.9 yards per return. Returning from an ankle injury for the first time Oct. 27 following a four-week hiatus, his 27.2-yard kickoff return average ranks 13th in the country this year. Onterrio Smith would rank ninth in the country in kickoff returns (28.2 avg.) if he did not fall two returns shy of meeting the required minimums. As a result, the Ducks rank No. 7 in the nation in kickoff returns as a team.
GAMES TO REMEMBER ARE PLAYED IN NOVEMBER (OR LATER) . . . Mike Bellotti has been quick to emphasize that it's not how well you start a season as much as how you finish. Under Oregon's current head man, the program has accumulated a 21-5 record in games occurring after Oct. 31. Among the five setbacks, two of them were absorbed in post-season play against Colorado while a third occurred at Arizona State (1997).
WALK-ON WONDERS . . . While a lot has been made about the effects the 85-player scholarship limits has had on creating parity among the collegiate football ranks, one aspect that becomes forgotten has been the opportunities it has created for non-recruited players. The Ducks boast of no fewer than six players (five starters) among their two-deep who began their Oregon careers without the benefit of athletic financial assistance. Opening-day offensive starters who fit that bill include Josh Line (FB), Dan Weaver (C) and Jason Willis (WR), as well as defenders Wesly Mallard (OLB) and Chris Tetterton (DT).
CAREER STARTS . . . (2001 starts/career starts/consecutive starts) Offense -- OL Jim Adams (10/30/7), OL Cory Chambers (10/15/10), OL Phil Finzer (2/2/0), OL Joey Forster (11/20/14), QB Joey Harrington (11/27/27), WR Keenan Howry (10/29/6), FB Josh Line (11/23/23), TB Maurice Morris (10/22/2), WR Samie Parker (3/3/2), TE Justin Peelle (11/27/27), OL Ryan Schmid (11/30/23), TB Onterrio Smith (1/1/0), OL Adam Snyder (1/1/0), OL Dan Weaver (10/10/8), WR JasonWillis (9/11/0).
Defense -- CB Rashad Bauman (11/46/23), DE Quinn Dorsey 5/5/0), DT Zack Freiter (10/15/3), MLB Garret Graham (1/2/0), FS Keith Lewis (10/10/4), OLB Wesly Mallard (11/13/12), DE Seth McEwen (11/18/12), FS Gary McGraw (1/1/0), ILB Kevin Mitchell (11/13/11), MLB David Moretti (10/10/9), DT Igor Olshansky (2/2/0), CB Steve Smith (11/22/21), DT Chris Tetterton (10/10/1), DE Ed Wangler (1/1/0), DE Darrell Wright (5/5/1), ROV Rasuli Webster (11/21/21).
WORKING OVERTIME . . . No team in the county has been involved in more overtime nail-biters than Oregon, which has accumulated a 5-3 record in such scenarios since the rule went into effect during the 1996 season. In addition, only Mississippi has been able to win as many overtime outings as the Ducks, with the Rebels also prevailing in five of its eight opportunities. Unless the Fiesta Bowl is forced into an extra period, 2001 would mark the first year Oregon has not been involved in an overtime thriller.
AUTZEN STADIUM MAGIC . . . Although Oregon saw its consecutive home winning streak snapped at 23 games by Stanford, Autzen Stadium has proven to be no less easier of a place to play for its opponents. Capturing the league record for consecutive Pac-10 wins at home (14), Oregon has accumulated a 112-79-5 ledger (.582) in its 35th year in Autzen Stadium. However the winning ways have improved to the tune of 83.3 percent (35-7) under the direction of Mike Bellotti.
ACADEMIC PROFICIENCY . . . In the latest NCAA graduation report which covers incoming classes which began their studies during the 1994-95 academic year, Oregon fared quite well. Tracking athletes and non-athletes who received their degrees within a six-year span, 66 percent of the Ducks' scholarship athletes successfully earned their degrees, which compares to a 58-percent rate for all University of Oregon students. In addition, 70 percent of the school's football players graduated within the allowable span. In addition, Oregon stands as the only school in the conference to exceed 70 percent graduation rate of its football team each of the past two years in a separate study by the American Football Coaches Association.
AUTZEN STADIUM EXPANSION . . . The University is in the midst of construction of Autzen Stadium designed to add more than 12,000 seats and 32 luxury boxes to the structure, with the seats to be in place for the start of the 2002 season. The continuation of the $90 million project will increase the official seating capacity to approximately 53,800, with the luxury suites, a new press box and a 22,000-square-foot club facility underneath the south-side expansion projected to be complete in time for 2003.
#17 Rashad Bauman -- 5-8, 185, Sr. ., CB, Phoenix, Ariz.
#3 Joey Harrington -- 6-4, 210, Sr.., QB, Portland, Ore.
#15 Keenan Howry -- 5-10, 165, Jr., WR, Los Alamitos, Calif.
#16 Keith Lewis -- 6-1, 190, So., FS, Sacramento, Calif.
#18 Wesly Mallard -- 6-2, 215, Sr., OL, Columbus, Ga.
#39 Kevin Mitchell -- 5-10, 212, So., ILB, Orange, Calif.
#44 David Moretti -- 6-1, 235, Jr., MLB, Pleasanton, Calif.
#9 Maurice Morris -- 6-0, 208, Sr., TB, Chester, S.C.
#84 Justin Peelle -- 6-5, 245, Sr., TE, Dublin, Calif.
#2 Onterrio Smith -- 5-11, 200, So., TB, Sacramento, Calif.
#6 Steve Smith -- 6-1, 190, Sr., WR, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
SEASON REVIEW . . . A 2-yard scoring plunge from Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington with 4:03 remaining to play as well as two defensive stands proved to be enough to overcome 22nd-ranked Wisconsin, 31-28. The Ducks' defense allowed Badger quarterback Jim Sorgi to complete only one of his last six pass attempts in addition to forcing one fumble over the final seven minutes of the game. . . . . The Ducks broke free from a 10-10 deadlock with 1:16 remaining in the first half and sealed the win with a fourth-quarter score to defeat Utah, 24-10. Despite possessing the football more than 10 minutes less than the Utes, Oregon's defense limited the visitors to only 37 yards rushing in the second half while holding them scoreless four times into Oregon territory during the final 30 minutes . . . . . A 61-yard drive in 44 seconds provided the backdrop for Joey Harrington's eighth fourth-quarter career comeback as the Ducks rebounded for a 24-22 win over USC. Oregon watched its 21-6 advantage slip away into a 22-21 deficit as three plays accounted for 213 of the Trojans' 451 yards of offensive output . . . . . The school's top rushing total in three years and four interceptions proved enough to pace Oregon's first road win of the season and a 38-21 victory over Utah State. Maurice Morris rushed for a single-game high 175 yards and Joey Harrington completed 17 of 24 passes for 261 yards and two scores while cornerback Steve Smith picked off his fourth pass in two weeks . . . . . Oregon accumulated its highest total offensive output in three years (607 yards) and converted all five turnovers into touchdowns to go on and defeat Arizona, 63-28. Joey Harrington threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more as the Ducks boasted a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game for the first time since 1994 . . . . . Oregon converted its first three drives into touchdowns while yielding a season-low 322 yards of total offense to spearhead a 48-7 win over California. Quarterback Joey Harrington didn't attempt a pass in the second half and the defense came up with five turnovers for the second week in a row to allow the fewest points in a league game in six years . . . . . A blocked Oregon punt, a recovered onside kick and an interception led to 21 fourth-quarter points and Stanford's 49-42 win, snapping the Ducks' 23-game home winning streak. Special teams returns for touchdowns by Keenan Howry (punt) and Onterrio Smith (kickoff) were not enough to help Oregon overcome only 132 yards of total offense in the second half . . . . . Oregon utilized a record-setting rushing attack while thwarting a final-minute Cougar drive to hold off Washington State, 24-17. The Ducks threw for a season-low 119 yards but limited the nation's No. 3 offense to 394 yards total offense while running for 446 yards on a defense which came into the game allowing a per-game average of only 93.1 yards . . . . . The Ducks took to the air behind 319 yards and six touchdowns passing from Joey Harrington to race to a 42-24 verdict over Arizona State. Keenan Howry was the recipient of four scoring strikes while Onterrio Smith rumbled for better than 100 yards on the ground for the second week in a row, with Oregon's defense holding the Sun Devils 14 points and 120 yards below their season averages . . . . . Oregon responded to a 20-14 deficit by capping a 70-yard scoring drive with a Joey Harrington-to-Josh Line 1-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter to post a 21-20 win over UCLA and its first win in the Rose Bowl in six years. The Ducks benefitted from Maurice Morris rushing for 103 of his 129 yards in the first half while the defense held the Bruins to only three points on consecutive second-quarter drives inside the Oregon 15-yard line before UCLA misfired on a 50-yard field goal try in the final seconds . . . . . Keenan Howry's 70-yard punt return for a score 24 seconds into the fourth quarter and Oregon's 80-yard touchdown drive that ate up almost 8 minutes of the final period proved to the decisive scoring punch needed to propel the Ducks to a 17-14 win over Oregon State. Although Oregon was held below 300 yards total offense for the first time all year, superior special teams played a key role in the winner's first 10 points while the defense allowed the Beavers only 14 points from six trips inside the Ducks' 35-yard line.
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