Oregon 41

(2-3, 1-1 Pac-12)

Washington St 38

(3-2, 1-1 Pac-12)

5:00 PM ET, October 9, 2004

Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

1 2 3 4 T
ORE 7 7 0 2741
WSU 14 0 13 1138

Top Performers

Passing: K. Clemens (ORE) - 437 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: T. Whitehead (ORE) - 22 CAR, 166 YDS

Receiving: T. Day (ORE) - 8 REC, 152 YDS, 2 TD

Oregon 41, Washington State 38

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) -- Oregon coach Mike Bellotti thought he might have fretted too much about his team's performance in the red zone. His Ducks proved him right Saturday, scoring on six of seven trips inside Washington State's 20-yard line.

Kellen Clemens completed 36 of 55 passes for a career-high 437 yards and three touchdowns and ran for three more scores to help Oregon rally for a 41-38 victory over Washington State.

"I worry less about red zone execution, in all honesty," Bellotti said after telling reporters earlier this week his team would focus on its performance near the goal line. "I think we're a good red-zone team. I think again that we've done some things this year by missing some field goals, by shooting ourselves in the foot, that aren't characteristic of our teams."

"I am very proud of the spirit and fight of this group," he said. "I am proud that we won the game, that we came back and overcame our own mistakes."

Clemens' 13-yard TD run with 1:21 remaining gave Oregon (2-3, 1-1 Pac-10) its first lead in the game and ensured the Ducks would not start the season with two conference losses for the first time since 1997. Oregon had 646 yards of offense.

Josh Swogger threw three touchdown passes for Washington State (3-2, 1-1) which was unable to stop the Ducks, who scored 27 points in the fourth quarter.

Washington State led 38-34 with five minutes remaining, but was forced to punt with 3:25 to go, setting up Oregon's 60-yard, seven-play go-ahead drive.

Tim Day caught TD passes of 10 and 14 yards in the fourth quarter as Oregon stormed back from a 35-21 deficit. Clemens also found Marcus Maxwell in the end zone with an 11-yard scoring strike in the final period.

Day finished with eight catches for 152 yards and two TDs.

"This is the craziest I've been in, we went back and forth," the junior tight end said. "Kellen threw the ball really well. Kellen had a great game; three rushing touchdowns, threw the ball great today. He was poised in the pocket."

Clemens' second TD run in the second quarter -- a 3-yard burst -- tied the game at 14-14 at the half. Washington State had first half scores when Swogger hit Jason Hill with scoring strikes of 39 and 25 yards.

Jerome Harrison broke the halftime tie with a 1 yard TD run to cap an 80-yard drive to open the second half, giving the Cougars a 21-14 lead. Michael Bumpus broke through a scrum at midfield and returned a punt 52 yards to give Washington State a 27-14 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Terrence Whitehead was the Ducks' workhorse, rushing for 166 yards on 22 carries and catching seven passes for 71 yards. Demetrius Williams caught most of his 12 passes for 126 yards in the second half.

Oregon secured the win despite losing three of six fumbles and being flagged 13 times for 104 yards of penalties. Washington State lost its one fumble.

Cougars kicker Loren Langley hit a 34-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to complete Washington State's scoring. He missed earlier from 46 yards out.

Swogger completed 13 of 36 attempts for 231 yards. He was intercepted twice. Harrison led Cougars rushers with 117 yards on 14 carries. Swogger also threw a 6-yard scoring pass to Trandon Harvey.

"I think Oregon played a great ball game," Cougars coach Bill Doba said. "They could have folded up their tent when we were up 14 on them, but they kept battling back."

Jared Siegel missed a 49-yard field goal attempt just before the half after an Oregon drive to the WSU 9 was stalled by penalties.

"I'm disappointed with our penalty situation. It is something that has to change," Bellotti said. "Having said that, the fact that we overcame those things, that those guys did not give up, never lost faith despite some unbelievable plays and some unbelievable calls is to their credit."

"The most important thing is that we are 1-1 in the Pac-10," Bellotti said. "It's a new season for us."