Scores

Final

Idaho 10

(0-4, 0-1 Sun Belt)

Oregon 48

(1-2, 1-1 home)

3:30 PM ET, September 25, 2004

Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR

1 2 3 4 T
IDHO 3 7 0 010
ORE 27 7 14 048

Top Performers

Passing: K. Clemens (ORE) - 157 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: T. Whitehead (ORE) - 18 CAR, 115 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Labita (IDHO) - 5 REC, 62 YDS, 1 TD

Oregon 48, Idaho 10

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Even if it wasn't a victory, it was cathartic for Idaho to get back out on the field.

Starting Vandals cornerback Eric McMillan was shot in his Moscow, Idaho, apartment last Sunday and died the next day. Idaho struggled through practices during the week, then struggled on the field against Oregon.

Quarterback Kellen Clemens threw for three touchdowns as the Ducks (1-2) routed the Vandals 48-10.

"It's kind of a remedy. I think we get out there on the football field and forget our troubles," Idaho coach Nick Holt said. "We'll deal with this tragic loss. Time is a great healer."

Idaho remains winless through its first four games, but quarterback Michael Harrington said he sees the team coming together in its mourning.

"I give it up top my teammates for coming out and playing this game," said Harrington, little brother of former Ducks quarterback Joey Harrington. "We've got 12 guys on the field this year and we're going to do something special."

Oregon, coming off a 31-7 loss at No. 2 Oklahoma, quickly jumped on the outmatched Vandals and built a 34-3 lead late in the first half, topped by Kenny Washington's 2-yard scoring run.

Clemens completed 11 of 19 passes for 157 yards, including two scoring passes to tight end Tim Day. Terrence Whitehead caught three passes for 44 yards and another touchdown, and ran for 115 yards and a score.

Even before the Idaho program was struck by tragedy, Oregon was expected to easily beat the Vandals. But that did not diminish the Ducks' first victory this season.

"That win was very, very important to us. You can belittle it if you want because it was against Idaho. But we got the win and it looks the same in our win column whether it was against Idaho or Oklahoma."

Oregon kicker Jared Siegel broke the school's career points record when an early point-after gave him 273 points. However, his string of 98 straight successful extra point attempts -- 10 short of the Pac-10 Conference record -- was snapped when he missed late in the first quarter.

After Mike Barrow's 41-yard field goal for the Vandals in the first quarter, Michael Harrington hit Jimmy Labita with a 16-yard touchdown pass to close out the first half -- and Idaho's scoring for the day.

Harrington completed 20 of 32 attempts for 192 yards and Idaho's score. He was intercepted twice.

Brother Joey Harrington was a Heisman finalist and one of the most prolific quarterbacks in Oregon's history, leading the Ducks to an 11-1 record and a Fiesta Bowl victory over Colorado his senior season. He now plays for the Detroit Lions.

It was Michael Harrington's second visit to Autzen Stadium. He saw limited action when the Vandals visited in 2002.

Labita finished with five catches for 62 yards. Another first-half field-goal attempt for Barrow went wide left.

A moment of silence was held for McMillan before the game and the Vandals played with "EM" stickers on their helmets.

Harrington wore a black wristband with a No. 7 and McMillan's initials in gold. He didn't want to talk about what was said before the Vandals took the field.

"You lose a member of your family, there's no way not to think about it," said defensive end Brandon Kania. "During the game, the mental images. A guy not running back to the huddle, you don't see him making a tackle. Just flashbacks."

Warrants connected to the shooting were issued for a pair of Seattle brothers already in custody in Washington state. The shooting occurred the day after Washington State beat Idaho 49-8 in Pullman, Wash., and police were investigating whether it was related to a post-game brawl.

Oregon's football program has also experienced senseless tragedy this season. Promising recruit Terrance Kelly was shot to death in Richmond, Calif., two days before he was to report for fall practice.

Kelly was a linebacker at Northern California prep powerhouse De La Salle. The Ducks have worn Kelly's initials on their helmets this season.

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