Oregon 27, Tulsa 24

Dec. 16, 1989
Shreveport, La.
Attendance: 30,333

Junior quarterback Bill Musgrave directed Oregon to 17 points in the final 18 minutes and sophomore kicker Gregg McCallum provided the clincher with a 20-yard field goal with 3:07 remaining to rally the Ducks to victory in their first bowl appearance in 26 years.

Trailing by 24-10 late in the third quarter, Musgrave capped a 54-yard scoring drive with his second touchdown pass of the night, a nine-yard strike to junior wide receiver Joe Reitzug. The bowl’s offensive player of the game completed five of six passes for 53 yards during the key drive. Musgrave then put the finishing touches on the Ducks’ next possession with the first rushing touchdown of his career to forge a 24-24 tie.

Oregon’s defense played a major role in the comeback, limiting the golden Hurricane to 102 yards total offense in the second half and holding Tulsa on fourth down to set up McCallum’s winning field goal.

Senior cornerback Chris Oldham picked off a pair of interceptions to earn defensive player of the game honors and linebacker Mark Kearns added 11 tackles to his one fumble recovery. Sophomore defensive end Matt LaBounty secured the 14th annual Independence Bowl victory with a 26-yard quarterback sack with 2:12 remaining.

The error-prone Ducks dug themselves a 17-10 halftime deficit after Tulsa returned a blocked punt for a touchdown 22 seconds before the intermission. The Hurricane, who earlier had capitalized on a first-quarter Oregon interception, then scored on its second drive of the second half before Oregon was able to mount its resurgence in cold and windy conditions that dropped to 29 degrees at kickoff.

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Coach

Oregon

3

7

7

10

27

Rich Brooks

Tulsa

7

10

7

0

24

Dave Rader

SCORING
TU.......Brent Adams 1 run (Dave Fuess kick), 7:44, 1st
UO.......Gregg McCallum 29 FG, 1:25, 1st
UO.......Tony Hargain 20 pass from Bill Musgrave (McCallum kick), 6:56, 2nd
TU.......Fuess 26 FG, 2:15, 2nd
TU.......Derrick Williams 21 blocked punt return (Fuess kick), 0:22, 2nd
TU.......Adams 1 run (Fuess kick), 5:50, 3rd
UO.......Joe Reitzug 9 pass from Musgrave (McCallum kick), 2:05, 3rd
UO.......Musgrave 1 run (McCallum kick), 12:38, 4th
UO.......McCallum 20 FG, 3:07, 4th

Individual Leaders

Rushing
Loville (UO) 20-82, Obee (UO) 2-34.
Adams (TU) 26-72.

Passing
Musgrave (UO) 39-22-2-320,
Rubley (TU) 34-17-2-183.

Receiving
Reitzug (UO) 6-121, Hargain (UO) 5-100
McVey (TU) 4-47.

Team Statistics

Oregon

Tulsa

First Downs

16

14

Rushes / Yards

36-140

36-70

Passes

23-40-2

17-34-0

Passing Yards

320

183

Total Offense

460

253

Punting

3-23.5

5-34.8

Fumbles / Lost

2-1

3-1

Penalties

5-49

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