Minnesota 31, Oregon 30

Dec. 31, 2003
El Paso, Texas
Attendance: 49,864

The Gophers won the see-saw battle with 23 seconds left when kicker Rhys Lloyd booted a 42-yard field goal on a ball tipped by senior defensive tackle Junior Siavii at the line. The Ducks had taken a 30-28 lead on a 47-yard field goal by Jared Siegel with 4:16 to play before Minnesota (10-3) drove 55 yards on its ensuing possession to set up Lloyd’s winner.

The Ducks used two of their timeouts in the final minute to give the offense and quarterback Kellen Clemens one last chance, but the sophomore starter was intercepted with 10 seconds remaining. Clemens ended with career highs in completions (32), attempts (42) and yards (363), as well as matching one Sun Bowl record with three touchdowns and claiming another pinnacle with a 76.2% completion percentage. Samie Parker ended as game MVP after the school’s single-game record holder broke bowl records for catches (16), yards (200) and touchdown catches (two).

Minnesota, which had ranked third nationally in rushing (293.2 avg.), dominated the ground stats with 241 yards on 55 carries. Laurence Maroney led ball-carriers with 15 carries for 135 yards and a TD for Minnesota, and Thomas Tapeh added three scores.

The game opened with a scoreless first quarter, but the teams combined for a bowl-record 31 points in the second period. Clemens opened the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Dante Rosario with less than a minute elapsed. Siegel hit a season-high three field goals (30, 32 and 47) to earn top special teams honors while Siavii was honored as the game’s top lineman.

 

 

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Minnesota

0

14

14

3

31

Oregon

0

14

7

6

30

Scoring
UO — Dante Rosario 9 run (Jared Siegel kick), 14:06, 2nd
UM — Thomas Tapeh 1 run (Rys Lloyd kick), 9:50, 2nd
UO — Samie Parker 17 pass from Kellen Clemens, 8:45, 2nd
UM — Tapeh 1 run (Lloyd kick), 1:11, 2nd
UO — Siegel 30 FG, 0:00, 2nd
UO — Tapeh 6 run (Lloyd kick), 8:38, 3rd
UO — Parker 40 pass from Clemens (Siegel kick), 3:09, 3rd
UM — Laurence Maroney 22 run (Lloyd kick), 0:14, 3rd
UO — Siegel 32 FG, 9:36, 4th
UO — Siegel 47 FG, 4:16, 4th
UM — Lloyd 42 FG, 0:23, 4th

 

Individual Leaders

Rushing — Maroney15-131 (UM), Tapeh 13-40 (UM), Barber 16-37
(UM), Whitehead 6-35 (UO), Washington 6-28 (UO).

Passing — Clemens 32-42-1-363 (UO), Abdul-Khaliq 12-21-0-172 (UM), Fife 1-1-0-13 (UO).

Receiving — Parker 16-200 (UO), Hosack 6-107 (UM), Whitehead
5-42 (UO), Williams 4-49 (UO), Rosario 3-36 (UO), Day 3-31 (UO).

 

 

Team Statistics

Minnesota

Oregon

First Downs

23

25

Rushes-Yards

55-241

24-77

Passes

12-21-0

33-44-1

Passing Yards

172

376

Total Offense

413

453

Punting

3-38.7

3-29.0

Fumbles-Lost

2-1

0-0

Penalties

3-19

5-40