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Nov. 7, 2000

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Oregon will try to continue its march to the Rose Bowl when theDucks hostCalifornia on Saturday.

The sixth-ranked Ducks (8-1, 6-0 in the Pac 10 Conference) won theirseventhconsecutive game, holding on to beat Washington State, 27-24, in overtimelastweek at Pullman, Wash. Oregon holds a one game lead in the conference overWashington and Oregon State and will be trying to make its first trip toPasadena since 1994.

Washington hosts UCLA and Oregon State is at Arizona.

Even if the Ducks lose to the Golden Bears, they can still clinch aRoseBowl berth by beating archrival Oregon State on Nov. 18 in Corvallis. ShouldOregon and Washington finish tied atop in the Pacific 10 standings, theDuckswould advance thanks to their 23-16 win over the Huskies on Sept. 30 inEugene.

However, a loss to Oregon State would eliminate Oregon from Rose Bowlconsideration due to the tiebreaker system, regardless of a victory inSaturday's game.

Oregon is led offensively by junior quarterback Joey Harington andjuniortailback Maurice Morris. Harrington passed for 212 yards and one touchdownlastweek against the Cougars, and has passed for 2,109 yards and 19 touchdownsthisseason. Morris rushed for just 48 yards against Washington State, but has963yards this season.

The Golden Bears meanwhile are looking to try and finish their seasonon apositive note. Cal was officially eliminated from bowl consideration lastweekwith a 38-32 loss to Oregon State.

Outside of a 46-38 upset of UCLA on Oct. 14, the lone highlight for Calthisseason has been the accomplishments of senior punter Nick Harris. Harrisbrokethe NCAA record for punting yardage in last week's loss and became the firstpunter in NCAA history to accumulate 13,000 career punting yards, eclipsingformer Texas Christian punter Cameron Young's 1976-79 mark of 12,947 yards.

Harris also needs just 12 more punts in his final two games to eclipseYoung's NCAA record of 320 career punts.

In the all-time series, Cal holds a sizeable 35-26-2 edge over Oregon.However, the Ducks have won the last four meetings between the schools.



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