Sunday, November 22, 2009

#11 Oregon slips by Arizona in 2OT, controls Rose Bowl destiny

Jeremiah Masoli was 9-of-13 for 77 yards and had three TDs on Oregon's last three drives (last drive of fourth quarter, both OT drives). The Ducks (9-2, 7-1 Pac-10) will earn a Pac-10 title and Rose Bowl berth with a victory over No. 20 Oregon State in a winner-take-all Civil War on Dec. 3 in Eugene.

Masoli's performance Saturday night has the Ducks (9-2) in great position to head to Pasadena. Oregon trailed 24-14 early in the fourth quarter, and that's when Masoli went to work. He ran for a 1-yard score, then engineered a drive that resulted in a field goal. Still, Oregon trailed 31-24. But Masoli was about to have his best moment yet, deftly leading the Ducks on a 15-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a game-tying touchdown pass with six seconds left to make it 31-31.

After Masoli hit Jeff Maehl for a 4-yard score on Oregon's first overtime possession, Foles hit Juron Criner with a 3-yard strike to tie it at 38-38. In the second OT, Oregon forced Arizona to settle for a 41-yard field goal by Alex Zendejas. A touchdown would win it for Oregon, and Masoli quickly produced it. He hit Dickson for 22 yards, and three plays later Masoli bulled over from a yard out.

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