EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- While the Oregon Ducks reveled in their
offensive efficiency for a second straight game, Arizona was mired
in a five-game losing streak and questions about a possible
Terrence Whitehead ran for three touchdowns to give the Ducks a
28-14 victory Saturday over the struggling Wildcats.
Demetrius Williams had nine catches for 153 yards for Oregon
(3-3, 2-1 Pacific-10), while fullback Dante Rosario caught a 5-yard
scoring pass from Kellen Clemens. Whitehead finished with 74 yards.
"We're getting into a rhythm right now," Clemens said.
"Terrence Whitehead is running the ball very, very effectively,
Demetrius has stepped up, (tight end) Tim Day is getting more
involved in the offense, and that has made a whole other deal for
Clemens, who threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more
in the Ducks' come-from-behind 41-38 victory over the Cougars last
Saturday, completed his first eight passes and finished 21-for-30
for 336 yards and a touchdown.
"He's a tremendous quarterback," Arizona safety Darrell Brooks
said. "When he's on his game, he can get the ball anywhwere."
With a win last week against Washington State, the Ducks have
put together back-to-back victories for the first time since last
Arizona (1-5, 0-3) dropped its fifth straight game and hasn't
won since its season opener against Northern Arizona.
The Wildcats fell behind 28-0 before scoring twice in the final
two minutes. Gilbert Harris ran for a 2-yard score and backup
quarterback Richard Kovalcheck found Brad Wood in the end zone with
a 21-yard pass.
Arizona starting quarterback Kris Heavner struggled, completing
just 9-of-24 passes for 79 yards, with two interceptions.
Kovalcheck, who came into the game in the final quarter and
helped the Wildcats avoid the shutout, was 5-of-10 for 77 yards and
a TD. He was intercepted once.
First-year coach Mike Stoops said only time will tell when it
comes to Kovalcheck's season, diplomatically handling the
"We just wanted to change things up and see what happened," he
said. "He showed some nice things."
It was Oregon's sixth straight victory against Arizona overall,
as well as the sixth consecutive win against the Wildcats at Autzen
Whitehead ran for a pair of 1-yard scores in the first half,
putting the Ducks up 14-0.
On the play just before Whitehead's first touchdown, Stoops
vehemently argued what he felt was a Wildcat fumble recovery at the
goal line -- to no avail.
"They missed it. I wanted an explanation and I knew if I got a
penalty it would only be for half a yard," Stoops said.
The Wildcats came just short of tying the game on their next
series when Heavner's fourth-down pass from the 2 to Clarence McRae
was broken up by Ducks' linebacker Jerry Matson.
The Wildcats threatened again with less than a minute left in
the half, driving to the Oregon 5, but Heavner's pass for Ricky
Williams in the end zone was tipped by Anthony Trucks and
intercepted by Aaron Gipson.
It was Gipson's second interception of the game. Heavner had
been intercepted just twice in the Wildcats' first five games.
Whitehead added an 8-yard scoring run in the third quarter, and
Rosario caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Clemens with 5:06 left
in the game.
"We feel very good about being 2-1 in the Pac-10 and a chance
to stay in the hunt," Clemens said. "There's a renewed excitement
Stoops is the younger brother of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.
Oregon, which lost 31-7 to the second-ranked Sooners earlier this
season, is the first team to face teams coached by each of the