NCAA Game Summary - Utah at Oregon|
(Saturday, September 19th)
Final Score: Oregon 31, (18) Utah 24
Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - LaMichael James and Jeremiah Masoli combined for
199 rushing yards and three touchdowns, as Oregon held on for a 31-24 victory
to end 18th-ranked Utah's 16-game winning streak.
The Utes' streak was the longest in the nation, as they had not lost since
November 24, 2007, to BYU.
"It has been almost two calendar years since we have been in this situation,"
Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham said. "We are having some growing pains as a
team; we are still trying to figure out who we are."
James picked up most of the yardage, running for 152 yards and a score on 27
carries, while Masoli had 47 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks (2-1), who
have won their last two games since beginning the season with a loss at Boise
Masoli also completed just 4-of-16 passes for 95 yards, was intercepted once
and had a fumble that Utah ran back for a touchdown.
Terrance Cain threw for 178 yards and a score on 20-of-41 completions and ran
for 68 yards and a TD for Utah (2-1) but was also intercepted twice in the
The Utes trailed by a 28-10 score after Masoli's four-yard touchdown run
capped a 68-yard drive with 8:34 left in the third quarter.
But a scoring drive and a little luck helped Utah get back in the contest.
Cain's 26-yard pass to David Reed got the Utes into Ducks territory, and they
eventually got a first down at the Oregon 12-yard line. A holding penalty
backed Utah up to the 22, and on third down from there Cain found Jereme
Brooks for the touchdown.
Brooks was in the slot and was abandoned by his defender on his route, making
his way to the end zone. Cain didn't immediately find Brooks, who was waving
his arms frantically in the end zone and ran to the middle, where Cain lofted
a pass over a crossing defender for the score.
On the first play of the ensuing Oregon drive, Masoli kept the ball on a run
fake, ran left and had the ball poked out. Utah defensive back Robert Johnson
then scooped it up and ran 28 yards into the end zone, and suddenly the Utes
were within 28-24 with 3:46 left in the frame.
But Utah didn't get any closer, as its next two drives resulted in punts.
Oregon wasn't having much success either, as Masoli's attempt to the end zone
was intercepted by Johnson, giving the Utes the ball back with 7:42 remaining
in the contest.
They got to their own 44 before a pass interference penalty backed the Utes up
15 yards, and on a 3rd-and-16, Cain was picked off by Eddie Pleasant.
That set the Ducks up at the Utah 21, and they capitalized on the situation
when Morgan Flint connected on a 31-yard field goal that gave Oregon the
seven-point lead with 3:30 to go.
The Utes threatened to tie coming down the stretch after Cain ran 11 yards to
midfield before fumbling. Utah's Matt Asiata recovered the ball at the 44, and
a sideline interference penalty advanced the ball to the 39.
But two plays later, Cain was intercepted by John Boyett, and Oregon ran the
clock down to seal the win.
"The defense played unbelievably," Oregon head coach Chip Kelly said. "They
gave their maximum effort and gave everything they got. Our secondary kept the
ball in front of them, our linebackers are all on the same page, and our
competitive depth allowed us to play a couple more people."
The Ducks took a 7-0 lead when Walter Thurmond ran a punt back 78 yards for
the score following the opening drive of the game.
However, later in the first quarter, Utah blocked a punt to gain possession at
the Oregon 19. The Utes didn't wait long to score, as Cain ran the distance
into the end zone.
Oregon went back ahead later in the frame, thanks to Masoli's 58-yard pass to
Jeff Maehl that put the Ducks at the Utah eight-yard line. James' three-yard
run across the goal line capped the drive, putting Oregon up 14-7 heading into
Masoli's 22-yard TD run with 4:39 left in the second quarter made it a 21-7
game at the break.
The Ducks had the first possession of the third quarter, but Masoli's fumble
led to a 22-yard field goal from Joe Phillips that got Utah within 21-10.
While Utah's 16-game winning streak was the longest in the nation, it wasn't
the longest in school history. The Utes won 18 in a row from Nov. 1, 2003-
Sept. 10, 2005...Reed had five catches for 48 yards for Utah...The Ducks out-
gained the Utes, 312-297...Oregon hosts California next Saturday, while Utah
takes on Louisville at home.
09/20 00:42:48 ET