Ducks Hold Off Nevada Comeback, Win 31-23
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Samie Parker caught seven passes for 162 yards and twoscores as Oregon held off a second-half rally by Nevada to win 31-23 Saturday.
Oregon (2-0) used co-quarterbacks Kellen Clemens and Jason Fife to confusethe Wolf Pack (1-1), who couldn't quite catch up after the Ducks built a 24-7first-half lead.
Clemens completed 10 of 24 passes for 154 yards and two scores, while Fifewas 3-of-4 for 57 yards and a touchdown.
With a 50-yard dash in the first half, Parker accounted for 212 yards oftotal offense.
Nevada sophomore Jeff Rowe struggled in his second career start, completingjust three of 10 passes for 31 yards and an interception. Backup Andy Heiserreplaced him midway through the second quarter and was 14-of-34 for 213 yardsand two TDs.
Clemens got the start for the Ducks, whose opening drive was marked byParker's 50-yard run after a handoff from tailback Ryan Shaw. Jared Siegel madeit 3-0 for Oregon with a 22-yard field goal.
Rowe had a shaky start on Nevada's first series when his pass to WillieJohnson was intercepted by Steven Moore. The Ducks went up 10-0 on their nextpossession when Clemens hit Demetrius Williams with a 6-yard scoring pass.
Fife replaced Clemens for the Ducks early in the second quarter and hitParker with a 43-yard touchdown pass on his first series.
Nevada finally found success late in the first half with Heiser, who hitNichiren Flowers with a 27-yard scoring pass with 1:22 left to narrow it to17-7.
Parker was alone in the end zone when he caught a 39-yard pass from Clemenswith just 5 seconds left to cushion the Ducks' halftime lead.
Heiser kicked off Nevada's second-half run when he hit Anthony Pudewell withan 11-yard TD pass to narrow the gap - but Heiser was intercepted on the nextseries by Keith Lewis, who ran nine yards for the score.
Heiser rebounded with a 35-yard pass to Pudewell, which set up ChanceKretschmer's 1-yard TD dive.
Kretschmer, who two years ago was just the second freshman in NCAA historyto lead the nation in rushing with 1,732 yards, was held to 65 yards on 17carries by Oregon.
Damon Fine added a 27-yard field goal for Nevada for the final margin.
It is the second straight week the Ducks have decided to use both Clemensand Fife. Oregon beat Mississippi State 42-34 in the opener.
Nevada edged Southern Utah 24-23 in its opener, also playing both Rowe andHeiser.
The Ducks have won 11 straight home openers at Autzen Stadium, and 19 oftheir last non-conference games there.
By ANNE M. PETERSON
AP Sports Writer
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