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NCAA Game Summary - Oregon at Arizona



(Saturday, November 21st)

Final Score: (11) Oregon 44, Arizona 41 (2-OT)

Tucson, AZ (Sports Network) - Jeremiah Masoli accounted for six total touchdowns -- three throwing and three rushing -- and his one-yard scoring run on third down in the second overtime lifted 11th-ranked Oregon to a critical 44-41 win over Arizona to remain in control of the Pac-10.

Masoli completed 26-of-47 passes for 284 yards with an interception and added 61 rushing yards on 16 carries for Oregon (9-2, 7-1 Pac-10), which can secure a bid to the Rose Bowl with a win over Oregon State on December 3.

The Oregon-Oregon State game is a de facto conference championship game by virtue of Oregon's win on Saturday coupled with Stanford's loss to California.

LaMichael James added 117 yards on the ground on 19 carries, and Jeff Maehl had 12 receptions for 114 yards and two scores. Ed Dickson had five catches for 63 yards and a game-tying touchdown with six seconds remaining in regulation.

Nick Foles threw for 314 yards with four touchdowns and a pick on 30-of-46 passing for Arizona (6-4, 4-3), which would have been in the driver's seat in the conference had it won the game. Instead, the Wildcats lost their chance to advance to the first Rose Bowl in school history.

Juron Criner caught three of Foles' touchdown passes, totaling five catches and 93 yards, and William Wright added five receptions for 73 yards and a score in defeat.

In the first overtime, Oregon got the ball first, and James sprinted 21 yards on 2nd-and-10 down to the four-yard line. The next two plays combined to net no gain, and on third down Masoli rolled out to his left and floated a pass to the back of the end zone for Maehl, who made an acrobatic four-yard touchdown grab to put the Ducks ahead, 38-31.

Arizona used the running game on its turn, and Greg Nwoko gained six yards on 3rd-and-3 from the 18. After a three-yard rush by Nick Booth, he fumbled on the next play, but the Wildcats managed to recover it.

A critical face-mask penalty was called on Oregon on the next play, giving the Wildcats a 1st-and-goal from the five. Two plays later, Criner caught a three- yard touchdown pass right near the left pylon to tie the game again.

The Wildcats got the ball right back but gained only one yard on three plays, and Alex Zendejas drilled a 41-yard field goal to put the hosts ahead, 41-38.

On Oregon's ensuing possession, Masoli hit Dickson for 23 yards down the left sideline to set up 1st-and-goal at the two. Three plays later, from the one- yard line, Masoli set up in a shotgun formation and faked the handoff before taking it himself into the end zone to give the Ducks a 44-41 win.

Down by 10 early in the fourth, Oregon cut its deficit to three on Masoli's one-yard rush with 11 minutes to play. Masoli accounted for all but five of the 79 yards on the 10-play drive that made it a 24-21 game.

After Arizona went three-and-out, the Ducks went for the tie with a 43-yard field goal attempt by Morgan Flint. Flint's kick looked like it would fall short, but it bounced off the front of the crossbar and barely snuck through to square the contest with eight minutes left.

The Wildcats wasted no time going back on top, as the first offensive play on the ensuing possession went for a 71-yard screen pass for a touchdown. Foles threw short to Criner, who split two defenders in the middle of the field and raced to the end zone for a 31-24 lead.

Oregon couldn't move the ball on its next touch, and Masoli's pass on 4th- and-4 from the Ducks 45 went for a one-yard loss and a turnover on downs.

Arizona tried to run the clock out but faced a 3rd-and-16 from the 40-yard line after a false start. The Wildcats went for the dagger on the next play, as Foles threw it to the end zone, but the ball was tipped and intercepted to give the Ducks the ball back with 3:11 to play.

Oregon, still armed with two timeouts, marched down the field. A nine-yard pass to Maehl began the series, and a 13-yard completion to Jamere Holland put them on the Arizona 45 with a fresh set of downs.

Facing a 3rd-and-11 on the 46, the Ducks chose to hand the ball off to James, who weaved his way through the defense for a critical 18-yard gain and another first down. Masoli then faced 4th-and-4 from the 22, but he came through again with an seven-yard completion to Maehl with 17 seconds left.

After a seven-yard pass to D.J. Davis put Oregon at the eight-yard line, Masoli lofted a touchdown pass to Dickson that was just over the outstretched hands of two defenders with six seconds on the clock. The holder initially fumbled the snap on the extra point attempt but got it down just in time to let Flint tie the game, 31-31, and send it to overtime.

Oregon took the opening kickoff and drove right down the field, 74 yards in nine plays. Masoli finished the series with a 14-yard scramble into the end zone on 2nd-and-goal for the early lead four minutes into the game.

The Ducks took a 14-point lead early in the second. On 3rd-and-goal from the nine-yard line, Masoli hit Maehl on a pass around the three, and the receiver curled around to avoid the defenders and score the touchdown with 10 minutes until halftime.

Arizona, though, took advantage of a turnover to get on the board. Masoli was intercepted after his pass was tipped, giving the Wildcats the ball at the Ducks' 44. A 22-yard pass to Nwoko put the hosts at the three-yard line, and two plays later Foles hit Criner for a five-yard touchdown to cut the deficit in half.

Oregon got the ball back with two minutes left but went three-and-out, and Arizona added a 47-yard field goal from Zendejas as time expired for a 14-10 halftime score.

Arizona used special teams to win the field position battle and go in front. After a Wildcats punt pinned the Ducks at the one-yard line early in the second half, Oregon could move only six yards, and a 19-yard punt return set up the hosts at the opposing 31-yard line.

The Wildcats needed four plays to get into the end zone, as Booth ran it into the end zone from eight yards away for a 17-14 Arizona lead 4 1/2 minutes into the third.

On the third play of the fourth quarter, Arizona increased its lead to 10 on a Foles five-yard pass to Wright to finish a 10-play, 71-yard drive.

Game Notes

Oregon leads the all-time series, 21-14...Arizona has lost two straight games...Nwoko totaled 58 rushing yards and 39 receiving yards...The Wildcats play at Arizona State next week and finish their schedule at USC on December 5.

11/22 02:06:28 ET

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