EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Arizona is turning out to be the master of
upsets in the Pac-10.
First Washington State, then mighty Cal, and finally Oregon --
and at Autzen Stadium, no less.
Arizona (6-5, 4-4) has a modest three-game winning streak and is
bowl eligible after a 37-10 victory over the Ducks on Saturday. The
Wildcats will likely need a win on Saturday at home against Arizona
State to receive a bowl bid.
"Sometimes it's just your time, and we feel that it is ours. We
feel good about the way we are playing now," coach Mike Stoops
said. "We have a big game next week against Arizona State, and
hopefully we'll have a lot of options in December."
Arizona, which has won three straight, is above .500 for the
first time since Nov. 10, 2000. The Wildcats have not had a winning
season since 1998.
Arizona was coming off a surprising 24-20 victory over then-No.
8 California last weekend, and a 27-17 upset of then-No. 25
Washington State in Pullman a week before.
Against Oregon, running back Chris Henry took over, running for
191 yards and two touchdowns and also pulling down a scoring pass.
Quarterback Willie Tuitama started for Arizona, but left before
halftime after the team said he had a concussion. He completed
eight of nine passes for 120 yards and two scores. He watched from
the sideline after he was replaced by Adam Austin.
"It's worn off, I can tell. I spent some time talking to him
and he's a lot more alert. He just took a pretty good shot
helmet-to-helmet," Austin said.
Tuitama had missed two games earlier this season because of a
concussion and had been fitted with a special helmet.
It was the first loss of the season at Autzen Stadium for Oregon
The Ducks also lost a pair of fumbles.
"We need to get better in a hurry," Oregon coach Mike Bellotti
said. "Right now, we have certainly hit a plateau, or gone
backward, and that's frustrating. I think it's tied to turnovers,
and the play at quarterback. We have to evaluate that and make sure
that it improves in a hurry."
Oregon took an early 3-0 lead on Paul Martinez's 27-yard field
goal but Patrick Chung fumbled a punt return that was recovered by
Spencer Larsen on the Oregon 15. Henry ran it in on the next play
to put the Wildcats in front 7-3.
Tuitama hit Earl Mitchell for a 37-yard scoring pass that made
The Ducks answered with Jeremiah Johnson's 8-yard scoring run
early in the second quarter, but Arizona extended its lead on the
next series when Henry scored on a 21-yard pass from Tuitama.
Dixon was intercepted for a second time before halftime, when
the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage and caught by Ronnie
Parker. The Wildcats went on to score on Nick Folk's 29-yard field
Nick Folk added a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter before
Henry scored on a career-long 61-yard TD run. Folk kicked a 45-yard
field goal early in the fourth.
"It feels really good, but it feels even better just to win,"
Henry said of his career day. "Just to come out and win and our
offensive line. If they wouldn't have blocked, I wouldn't have been
able to run. And they were blocking their tails off today."
Oregon, which had won the last six games against the Wildcats at
Autzen, was coming off a tough 35-10 loss to USC, knocking the
Ducks out of the Top 25.
"We're just not communicating right now. I mean, when one thing
goes wrong, I think the whole offense starts to dwell on it. This
game was not a good game for us," Johnson said.
Oregon plays the season-ending Civil War game on Friday at
Oregon State, which beat Stanford 30-7 on Saturday.
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