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OREGON 42, MISSISSIPPI ST 34

8/31/2003

STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Oregon coach Mike Bellotti
may stick with his two-quarterback approach for at least another
week.

Kellen Clemens and Jason Fife combined to pass for 358 yards and
four touchdowns as the Ducks held on for a 42-34 victory over
Mississippi State in the season opener for both teams.

Clemens completed 14-of-21 passes for 247 yards and three
touchdowns and Fife was 8-of-8 for 111 yards and a score.

The Ducks scored on their first four possessions to build a 28-0
lead in the first quarter before Mississippi State closed
within 28-21.

Oregon responded as Clemens threw a 12-yard pass to Matt Floberg
and Fife scored on a six-yard keeper to make it 42-21 with 24
seconds left in the third quarter.

Kevin Fant completed 23-of-40 passes for 285 yards and three
touchdowns for Mississippi State, which scored twice in the
fourth quarter to make it close.

However, the Bulldogs, coming off two straight three-win
seasons, hurt themselves with three turnovers.

Clemens, who completed seven of his first eight passes for 183
yards, threw TD passes of 55 yards to Jamie Parker and 86 yards
to Demetrius Williams in the first period.