Wake Forest 39, Oregon 35

Dec. 31, 1992
Shreveport, La.
Attendance: 31,337

Oregon’s third consecutive post-season game went down to the wire, but Wake Forest wound up in the winner’s photo on the strength of a fourth-quarter stretch run in the first-ever meeting between the intersectional rivals.

The Ducks appeared to be clicking on all cylinders for the game’s first 35 minutes, sprinting to a 29-10 advantage after Oregon’s defense scored for the second time during the warm afternoon. The Demon Deacons had been victimized by five turnovers and the Ducks had taken full benefit.

Even though Wake Forest needed less than three minutes to post a 7-0 lead, Oregon scored 29 of the game’s next 32 points, taking the lead when cornerback Herman O’Berry picked the pocket of tailback Ned Moultrie and dashed 24 yards for the score.

Oregon appeared to be cruising early in the second half. The Ducks realized no points from still another defensive gem by O’Berry, his seventh interception of the year, but cornerback Alex Molden duplicated it moments later and literally walked the eight yards to the end zone.

However, the shift in momentum after that was dramatic. Oregon’s offense went dry and Wake Forest cruised to scores on four straight possessions to take control.

Quarterback Danny O’Neil hit 24 of 40 passes for 227 yards, but the Ducks managed just 112 yards rushing and not many after Sean Burwell’s 40-yard scamper early in the game.

O’Berry was honored as the game’s outstanding defensive player after two fumble recoveries and an interception. End Romeo Bandison also enjoyed an outstanding performance with two quarterback sacks and two other tackles for minus yardage among his six total tackles.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Coach

Oregon

13

9

7

6

35

Rich Brooks

Wake Forest

7

3

14

15

39

Bill Dooley

SCORING
WF.......John Leach 1 run (Mike Green kick), 12:33, 1st
UO.......Sean Burwell 40 run (Tommy Thompson kick), 9:21, 1st
UO.......Herman O'Berry 24 fumble recovery (pass failed), 1:08, 1st
WF.......Green 38 FG, 11:01, 2nd
UO.......Vince Ferry 4 pass from Danny O'Neil (Thompson kick), 4:03, 2nd
UO.......Thompson 48 FG, :47, 2nd
UO.......Alex Molden 8 interception return (Thompson kick), 9:43, 3rd
WF.......Ned Moultrie 1 run (Green kick), 3:54, 3rd
WF.......Todd Dixon 30 pass from Keith West (Green kick), :45, 3rd
WF.......Dixon 61 pass from Bobby Jones (Leach pass from West), 12:02, 4th
WF.......Leach 6 run (Green kick), 5:19, 4th
UO.......Ronnie Harris 10 pass from O'Neil (pass failed), 1:05, 4th

Individual Leaders

Rushing
Leach (WF) 21-116, Moultrie (WF) 11-60,
Burwell (UO) 11-48, Whittle (UO) 7-27.

Passing
West (WF) 15-27-3-262,
O'Neil (UO) 24-40-1-227.

Receiving
Harris (UO) 6-74, Burwell (UO) 5-39,
Dixon (WF) 5-166, Mills (WF) 4-83.

Team Statistics

Oregon

Wake Forest

First Downs

17

18

Rushes / Yards

32-112

49-193

Passes

24-40-1

16-29-3

Passing Yards

323

227

Total Offense

339

516

Punting

7-35.9

4-39.5

Fumbles / Lost

0-0

3-3

Penalties

6-55

11-108