Colorado State 32, Oregon 31

Dec. 29, 1990
Anaheim, Calif.
Attendance: 41,450

Oregon’s two-point conversion attempt with just over one minute left in the game fell inches short to prevent consecutive rallies to post-season victories in the Ducks’ first-ever consecutive bowl trips.

Mistakes haunted the Ducks throughout, exemplified by Colorado State’s five points to take the lead while limited to five yards and no first downs in the third quarter. Despite that, Oregon remained in position to win the game in the closing minutes behind the arm of quarterback Bill Musgrave, Oregon’s bowl MVP for the second straight year.

Musgrave directed a 79-yard drive with the help of third-down completions of 31 and 21 yards to Joe Reitzug, culminating when freshman tailback Sean Burwell plunged for the score with 61 seconds left. But, Musgrave’s completed conversion pass to senior flanker Michael McClellan was stopped short of the end zone.

Musgrave threw for the second-highest total in the Freedom Bowl’s seven-year history and his record-tying 29 completions were one of the game’s 15 records set or tied by Oregon, which also included McClellan’s receptions and 46-yard kickoff return.

However, the Ducks’ offense mustered only seven yards rushing and three fumbles, a muffed punt attempt and a costly penalty for roughing the passer led to 25 of the Rams’ 32 points. Oregon’s chance to win was made possible by Marcus Woods’ block of a Colorado State extra point with just under five minutes to play in front of a bowl-record 17,500 Oregon partisans.

Sophomore inside linebacker Joe Farwell led the defense, accumulating 12 unassisted tackles among his game-high 15 stops.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Coach

Colorado State

7

7

5

13

32

Earle Bruce

Oregon

7

10

0

14

30

Rich Brooks

SCORING
CS.......Mike Gimenez 1 run (Mike Brown kick), 8:36, 1st
UO.......Anthony Jones 16 pass from Bill Musgrave (Gregg McCallum kick), 2:37, 1st
UO.......McCallum 23 FG, 11:56, 2nd
CS.......Tony Alford 1 run (Brown kick), 8:01, 2nd
UO.......Sean Burwell 3 pass from Musgrave (McCallum kick), :23, 2nd
CS.......Safety, Bud Bowie recovered fumble in end zone, 7:24, 3rd
CS.......Brown 35 FG, 2:23, 3rd
UO.......Michael McClellan 44 pass from Musgrave (Burwell pass from Musgrave), 14:24, 4th
CS.......Greg Primus 49 pass from Gimenez (Brown kick), 12:21, 4th
CS.......Todd Yert 52 run (kick blocked), 4:59, 4th
UO.......Burwell 1 run (pass failed), 1:01, 4th


Individual Leaders

Rushing
Burwell (UO) 12-20
Yert (CS) 12-94, Copeland (CS) 8-44, Alford (CS) 14-42

Passing
Musgrave (UO) 47-29-0-392
Gimenez (CS) 10-5-1-73, Verdugo (CS) 5-3-0-35

Receiving
McClellan (UO) 9-148, Burwell (UO) 7-54, Reitzug (UO)
5-97, Harris (UO) 2-37, Jones (UO) 2-35, Kelemeni (UO) 2-11.
Primus (CS) 2-63, Yert (CS) 2-18, Lidner (CS) 2-17.

Team Statistics

Oregon

Colorado St.

First Downs

21

16

Rushes / Yards

26-7

49-196

Passes

29-47-0

8-15-1

Passing Yards

392

108

Total Offense

399

304

Punting

3-38.3

6-34.7

Fumbles / Lost

5-3

2-0

Penalties

7-60

5-47