Common Opponents - Arizona
Sunday, November 29, 8:00 a.m. PST
In the eight days leading up to the Civil War, Duck Feed is serving up a comparison of how the Ducks and Beavers have fared against their eight common opponents this season. We've discussed WSU, Washington, Arizona State and UCLA - next up the standings is Arizona.
Oregon State's first Pac-10 loss came at the hands of the Wildcats, 37-32, on Sept. 26 at Reser Stadium. Oregon's most recent game was against Arizona, a 44-41 overtime victory Nov. 21 in the desert.
How it Went Down
The two sides traded first-half scores in Corvallis with the Beavers holding a 17-14 edge at the break. Arizona quarterback Nick Foles had a huge second half and the UA defense made a pair of interceptions and iced the game with a safety.
Like their rivals to the north, Oregon held a slim halftime lead against Arizona (14-10) before Foles awoke. The 'Cats QB tossed three of his four touchdowns after the break and had the home squad in position to win, up 31-24 with just over three minutes to play. The rest is history as Jeremiah Masoli led the Ducks on a 15-play, 80-yard game-tying touchdown drive before throwing and running for TDs in OT.
In the Beaver game, Arizona corner Trevin Wade's third-quarter interception inside OSU territory set up Foles' 1-yard TD run and a 21-17 UA lead. The 'Cats did not trail again.
Take your pick in the Oregon game, but the ultimate play was likely Nate Costa's hold after handling an errant snap, allowing Morgan Flint to secure OT with his successful PAT. Without that play, there is no Civil War for the roses.
For the Beavs, James Rodgers had eight grabs for 119 yards and also had 115 yards in returns.
Masoli had a hand in a Pac-10 season-high six touchdowns (3 passing, 3 rushing), totaling 345 yards of offense.
The Beavers attempted 49 passes, the Ducks 47. The Wildcats ran 33 times for 134 yards at OSU, and 35 times for 127 yards against UO.
The Ducks netted 175 yards on the ground on 37 carries. Oregon State ran 30 times for 104 yards. Oregon forced two turnovers, the Beavers committed two turnovers.
Arizona is a very good Pac-10 team as evidenced by the fact that it's still in the hunt for a share of second place. They caught an OSU team still working out the kinks early in the season, and would have likely downed the first-place Ducks if not for epic performances by Masoli, Jeff Maehl and company.