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TEMPE, Ariz. | Oregon 38, Colorado 16

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Joey Harrington goes deep over the middle to Samie Parker for a 79-yard touchdown (Courtesy: ABC Sports).
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Maurice Morris seems to be tackled, but stays on his feet and scores from 49 yards out (Courtesy: ABC Sports).
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A Steve Smith interception leads to an Onterrio Smith score on the shuffle pass from Joey Harrington (Courtesy: ABC Sports).
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Ducks Win and Wait
Joey Harrington finished with four TD passes and 350 yards passing.
Oregon did its part. Man, did the Ducks do their part. Joey Harrington threw four TD passes and the Oregon defense shut down the red-hot Colorado rushing attack and rolled to a 38-16 victory in the Fiesta Bowl. Now the Ducks must wait to see if Nebraska can knock off Miami Thursday to earn a share of the national title.
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Passing Bobby Pesavento 1234 Joey Harrington 2414
Rushing Chris Brown 946 Onterrio Smith 1007
Receiving Daniel Graham 753 Keenan Howry 649

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"Tell me the Oregon Ducks did not deserve to be in the Rose Bowl. How they are stuck watching and hoping for just a share of the national championship instead of playing Miami for it is unbelievable. Anyone who watched that dominating performance knows the Ducks are the best team in the country."
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ABC's analysts break down the matchup between Colorado and Oregon.

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Breakdown: Oregon-Colorado
A statistical breakdown of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl between Oregon and Colorado.


Oregon (2)38
Colorado (3)16
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Oregon played pitch and catch all day. Joey Harrington had plenty of targets in Samie Parker, who had a huge game after an early drop; Keenan Howry; and Justin Peelle, a great red-zone threat all year. Maurice Morris had a spectacular scoring run when it looked like he was down. The line did a great job of protecting Harrington, who was brilliant. After his four-TD performance, I would be hard-pressed not to put him over David Carr now as the top quarterback in the NFL draft.

Nick Alioti's defense was spectacular, shutting down a Colorado running game that had been running roughshod over teams. Colorado dominated Nebraska. Oregon dominated Colorado. So if Nebraska beats Miami, Oregon deserves at least a co-national championship.
Joey Harrington threw a perfect pass to Samie Parker, who running a deep-post pattern, that turned into a 79-yard TD. The pass, dropped perfectly over Parker's shoulder as he sprinted down the field, gave the Ducks a 14-7 lead and they never looked back.
With a special nod to the defense, that shut down the powerful Colorado rushing attack, this game was all Joey Harrington. He looked one step ahead of everyone all game, finishing with 346 yards passing and four TDs.


Mistakes and missed opportunities doomed Colorado in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.


Oregon's defense had a lot to prove heading into the Fiesta Bowl on New Year's Day. The Ducks passed the test against Colorado.

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