No. 24 Oregon Falls To Indiana 30-24
Sept. 11, 2004
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Matt LoVechhio threw for a touchdown and BenjarvusGreen-Ellis ran for 91 yards and another score, to lead Indiana to a 30-24upset of No. 24 Oregon 30-24 on Saturday and its first 2-0 start since 1996.
The Hoosiers, who won only two games all of last season, opened with a 41-10rout of Central Michigan.
Indiana had not defeated a ranked opponent on the road since Nov. 10, 2001,when they beat No. 23 Michigan State in East Lansing.
The Ducks, who started the season with a bye, broke a string of 21-straightnonconference victories at Autzen Stadium dating back to Sept. 17, 1994, whenthey lost to Utah.
Oregon had 317 passing yards and outgained the Hoosiers 178 to 127 rushingyards, but couldn't capitalize on Indiana's second-half mistakes.
Oregon came within 30-24 with 8:38 left in the game on Dante Rosario's7-yard touchdown catch from Kellen Clemens.
On the next series, Indiana punter Tyson Beattie, on fourth-and-12, put hisknee down while fielding a low snap for a loss of 14 yards. Oregon got the ballon the Indiana 44, but the drive stalled at the 18 and Jared Siegel's fieldgoal attempt went wide right.
Oregon had another chance when Robby Valenzuela recovered Ymar Washington'sfumble on the Indiana 27, but a play later Clemens was intercepted byHerana-Daze Jones.
Clemens was intercepted again on the Ducks' next series, and time eventuallyran out for Oregon. He finished 24-for-44 for 317 yards, with three touchdownsand three interceptions.
Indiana easily handled the stumbling Ducks in the first half. BryanRobertson had field goals from 39 yards and a pair from 31 yards. Green-Ellishad 19-yard scoring run and LoVecchio hit Courtney Roby with an 8-yard TD pass.
After they were booed by the home crowd at the half, the Ducks finallyscored in third quarter, when Clemens found Rosario with a 35-yard touchdownpass.
Siegel added a 33-yard field goal for Oregon to narrow it to 23-10.
On the next play, Lance Bennett had a 98-yard kickoff return to score forthe Hoosiers, but Oregon came up with its own big play with Clemens' 59-yardscoring pass to Demetrius Williams.
It was just Indiana's third nonconference victory on the road since 1995.The Hoosiers won at Cincinnati in 1998 and Toledo in 1996.
Oregon is one of five ranked teams on Indian's schedule this season, alongwith Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota and Purdue.
The Ducks were the final Division I team to kickoff this season. The effortSaturday did not bode well for them as they head to Norman to play No. 2Oklahoma next week.
The game started on a somber note, as Oregon held a moment of silence forTerrance Kelly, a promising recruit from De La Salle High School who was shotto death in Richmond, Calif., just two days before he planned to report to fallpractice in Eugene.