Last Minute Drive Falls Short for Oregon in Holiday Bowl
Dec. 30, 2005
SAN DIEGO (AP) - It was a sight incredibly familiar to San Diego fans - a quarterback named Leaf throwing an interception.
This time it came in the Holiday Bowl, and it was by Brady Leaf, younger brother of Ryan Leaf.
With No. 6 Oregon in position to at least tie it with a field goal, Oklahoma's Clint Ingram made a leaping interception at about the 10-yard line with 33 seconds left to preserve the Sooners' 17-14 upset of the Ducks on Thursday night.
Leaf had thrown a 3-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tim Day with 3:30 left to pull the Ducks to 17-14.
Oregon's defense held, and Leaf began another drive at his 22 with 3:04 to play. He threw a 38-yard pass to Terrence Whitehead, who zigzagged to the Oklahoma 34. On third-and-14 from the 39, Leaf rolled right, was flushed back to the left, evaded one tackle before side-arming a pass to Jeremiah Johnson for a 19-yard gain.
Two plays later, Ingram got in front of Demetrius Williams for the interception.
Brady Leaf was booed when he came in for Oregon's third possession of the game, and again when a scoreboard graphic noted that he was Ryan Leaf's younger brother. Ryan Leaf, the bad-boy quarterback who played for the Chargers for three seasons, was perhaps the biggest bust in NFL history.
Brady Leaf had helped rally the Ducks (10-2) in three of their final four games.
The Sooners (8-4) have won six of seven.
Oregon led 7-3 after the lowest-scoring first half in Holiday Bowl history, but its offense was a no-show for most of the second half.
Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson heated up in the second half, finishing with 84 yards on 23 carries.
Rhett Bomar threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to fullback J.D. Runnells for a 10-7 Oklahoma lead with 9:20 to play in the third quarter.
Late in the third, Peterson's backup, Kejuan Jones, scored on an 8-yard run to make it 17-7. Peterson softened the Ducks with three bruising carries on the drive for 36 yards, including a 20-yard gain when he leveled safety J.D. Nelson.
Peterson apparently needed stitches in his forehead in the third quarter after he hit it on the back of a teammate's helmet while celebrating a big play. He was treated on the bench, and when he stood up, had a big bandage on his forehead.