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No. 10 Oregon 56, Arizona State 55 (2 OT)
Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. -- In a game as wild as college football gets, Joey Harrington threw for 434 yards and tied a school record with six touchdown passes as No. 10 Oregon staged an amazing fourth-quarter comeback to beat Arizona State 56-55 in overtime Saturday.

Michael Callier
Michael Callier forced the fumble that led to the Oregon's game-tying TD.

The Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pac-10) never led in regulation, but Harrington threw a pair of touchdown passes in the final 3:21 of the fourth quarter, the last with 27 seconds to go.

Allan Amundson, playing in place of injured Maurice Morris, ran 1 yard for the Ducks' touchdown on their second overtime possession.

Arizona State (5-3, 2-3) followed with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Krohn to Richard Williams. The Sun Devils set up for a conversion kick that would have tied it again, but it was a fake.

Krohn, who threw for 432 yards and five touchdowns, rolled right and threw to Todd Heap, but the tight end couldn't quite catch it.

Arizona State rolled up 667 yards against an Oregon defense that entered the game leading the Pac-10 and ranked 10th nationally.

The Sun Devils seemed to have sealed the victory when safety Willie Daniel tackled Oregon tight end Justin Peelle at the 1 on a pass play on fourth-and-goal from the 9 with 1:22 to play.

Arizona State tried to run out the clock, but Mike Williams, who had scored on a 59-yard run to put the Sun Devils up 49-35 with 5:47 remaining in regulation, fumbled and Oregon's Jermaine Hanspard recovered at the Arizona State 17.

On the next play, Harrington threw to Peelle for the touchdown to tie it at 49 with 27 seconds to go.

Tom Pace, a walk-on in his first collegiate start, gained 158 yards in 33 carries and caught a 69-yard scoring pass for Arizona State. Oregon's Marshaun Tucker caught 11 passes for 138 yards and three touchdowns.

Harrington completed 26 of 42 passes, and Krohn was 23-for-54.

Oregon gained 565 yards.

The 49 points were the most scored by Arizona State in two seasons and the most allowed by Oregon since the Sun Devils beat the Ducks 52-31 in 1997.

The Ducks rallied to tie four times.

Arizona State broke a 28-28 tie when, on third-and-inches from the Oregon 2, Krohn tossed a touchdown pass to fullback Steven Trejo, his first career score, to make it 35-28 with 14:38 to play.

Moments later, on third-and-14, Krohn connected with a wide-open Richard Williams, who outran the defenders on a 90-yard touchdown play that make it 42-28 with 11:52 to go. It was the fifth-longest pass play ever for the Sun Devils, and Arizona State's longest in 15 years.

Harrington's 32-yard touchdown pass to Tucker cut the lead to 49-42 with 3:18 to play, but Arizona State recovered the onside kick attempt.

The Ducks held, though, and drove down the field only to have Peelle stopped at the 1.

Harrington fumbled twice in the second quarter when he was hit by linebacker Adam Archuleta as he went back to pass. The second fumble came in the end zone, and Eric Fields recovered for a Sun Devils' touchdown to put Arizona State ahead 21-7 with 6:56 left in the half.

Oregon came back to tie it at 21 at the break on a pair of touchdown passes by Harrington in the final 3:34 of the half.

While the Ducks lost Morris with bruised ribs, Arizona State also had injury problems. Kicker Mike Barth had a sore back. He could have kicked the game-tying conversion, coach Bruce Snyder said, but the injury influenced the decision to go for 2.

The Sun Devils sorely missed cornerback Kenny Williams, who went out with a sprained knee on Harrington's 5-yard touchdown pass to Tucker that tied it at 21 with 21 seconds left in the first half.

Harrington's six touchdown passes tied the school record set by Danny O'Neill against Washington State in Oregon's Rose Bowl season of 1994.

On the first overtime possession, the Ducks' Steve Smith intercepted Krohn's pass, but Oregon's Josh Frankel missed a 42-yard field-goal try.

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 Maurice Morris busts through the Sun Devil defense for a 17-yard TD run.
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 Joey Harrington airs it out to Keenan Howry for a 26-yard TD.
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 Jeff Krohn scrambles and finds Tom Pace who takes it 69 yards for a TD.
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 Donnie O'Neal and Jeff Krohn connect for a 28-yard TD.
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 Adam Archuleta sacks Joey Harrington in the end zone, creating a fumble and TD.
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