Oregon 24, No. 12 Minnesota 20 

Dec. 31, 1999
El Paso, Texas
Attendance: 48,757

Joey Harrington completed a 10-yard scoring pass to Keenan Howry with only 1:32 remaining to play to lead Oregon to the Pac-10’s lone post-season triumph in five tries.

No. 12 Minnesota grabbed a 20-17 advantage on the first play of the final period with its third touchdown pass of the afternoon before the Ducks came from behind in the closing minutes for the fourth time this season. Harrington, who remained unbeaten in his fourth career start, waited until 7:28 remained on the clock before engineering Oregon’s longest scoring drive of the season, capping a 12-play, 87-yard drive in 5:56 with his lone touchdown toss of the day. The Portland sophomore, who had previously run for a pair of scores, connected on four of five aerials on the decisive series, including a fourthdown strike for 23 yards to Tony Hartley to keep the drive alive.

Yet it wasn’t until a Dietrich Moore quarterback sack and Saul Patu fumble recovery that the Ducks could breathe easier. The Ducks’ defense limited the nation’s 11th-ranked rushing offense to only 96 yards, while the Oregon offense wore down the opposition that tied for eighth in the country in scoring defense.

Peter Sirmon led all Oregon defenders with 16 tackles while Moore and Matt Smith each took part in two quarterback sacks. Michael Fletcher picked off one of two interceptions and added a 16-yard punt return to set up Oregon’s 37-yard field goal.

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Coach

Minnesota

7

0

6

7

20

Glen Mason

Oregon

0

7

10

7

24

Mike Bellotti

SCORING
UM.......R. Johnson 1 pass from B. Cockerham (Nystrom kick), 3:52, 1st
UO.......Joey Harrington 5 run (Nathan Villegas kick), 1:11, 2nd
UM.......Arland Bruce 38 pass from Cockerham (kick failed), 12:42, 3rd
UO.......Harrington 1 run (Villegas kick), 8:04, 3rd
UO.......Villegas 37 FG, 3:11, 3rd
UM.......Johnson 7 pass from Cockerham (Nystrom kick), 14:56, 4th
UO.......Keenan Howry 10 pass from Harrington (Villegas kick), 1:32, 4th


Individual Leaders

Rushing
Droughns 21-95 (UO), Ho-Ching (UO) 9-56,
Hamner (UM) 20-64, Cockerham (UM) 12-26.

Passing
Cockerham (UM) 19-37-2-257,
Harrington (UO) 20-430-232.

Receiving
Hartley (UO) 7-113, Howry (UO) 3-54.
Johnson (UM), 7-54, Leverson (UM) 6-126.

 

Team Statistics

Minnesota

Oregon

First Downs

19

22

Rushes / Yards

35-96

39-156

Passes

19-37-2

20-43-0

Passing Yards

257

232

Total Offense

353

388

Punting

7-46.1

8-40.6

Fumbles / Lost

1-1

2-1

Penalties

5-58

4-25