3:30 PM ET, November 18, 2006
Autzen Stadium, EUGENE, OR
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Arizona is turning out to be the master of upsets in the Pac-10.
First Washington State, then mighty Cal, and finally Oregon -- and at Autzen Stadium, no less.
Arizona (6-5, 4-4) has a modest three-game winning streak and is bowl eligible after a 37-10 victory over the Ducks on Saturday. The Wildcats will likely need a win on Saturday at home against Arizona State to receive a bowl bid.
"Sometimes it's just your time, and we feel that it is ours. We feel good about the way we are playing now," coach Mike Stoops said. "We have a big game next week against Arizona State, and hopefully we'll have a lot of options in December."
Arizona, which has won three straight, is above .500 for the first time since Nov. 10, 2000. The Wildcats have not had a winning season since 1998.
Arizona was coming off a surprising 24-20 victory over then-No. 8 California last weekend, and a 27-17 upset of then-No. 25 Washington State in Pullman a week before.
Against Oregon, running back Chris Henry took over, running for 191 yards and two touchdowns and also pulling down a scoring pass.
Quarterback Willie Tuitama started for Arizona, but left before halftime after the team said he had a concussion. He completed eight of nine passes for 120 yards and two scores. He watched from the sideline after he was replaced by Adam Austin.
"It's worn off, I can tell. I spent some time talking to him and he's a lot more alert. He just took a pretty good shot helmet-to-helmet," Austin said.
Tuitama had missed two games earlier this season because of a concussion and had been fitted with a special helmet.
It was the first loss of the season at Autzen Stadium for Oregon (7-4, 4-4).
The Ducks also lost a pair of fumbles.
"We need to get better in a hurry," Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said. "Right now, we have certainly hit a plateau, or gone backward, and that's frustrating. I think it's tied to turnovers, and the play at quarterback. We have to evaluate that and make sure that it improves in a hurry."
Oregon took an early 3-0 lead on Paul Martinez's 27-yard field goal but Patrick Chung fumbled a punt return that was recovered by Spencer Larsen on the Oregon 15. Henry ran it in on the next play to put the Wildcats in front 7-3.
Tuitama hit Earl Mitchell for a 37-yard scoring pass that made it 14-3.
The Ducks answered with Jeremiah Johnson's 8-yard scoring run early in the second quarter, but Arizona extended its lead on the next series when Henry scored on a 21-yard pass from Tuitama.
Dixon was intercepted for a second time before halftime, when the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage and caught by Ronnie Parker. The Wildcats went on to score on Nick Folk's 29-yard field goal.
Nick Folk added a 28-yard field goal in the third quarter before Henry scored on a career-long 61-yard TD run. Folk kicked a 45-yard field goal early in the fourth.
"It feels really good, but it feels even better just to win," Henry said of his career day. "Just to come out and win and our offensive line. If they wouldn't have blocked, I wouldn't have been able to run. And they were blocking their tails off today."
Oregon, which had won the last six games against the Wildcats at Autzen, was coming off a tough 35-10 loss to USC, knocking the Ducks out of the Top 25.
"We're just not communicating right now. I mean, when one thing goes wrong, I think the whole offense starts to dwell on it. This game was not a good game for us," Johnson said.
Oregon plays the season-ending Civil War game on Friday at Oregon State, which beat Stanford 30-7 on Saturday.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-14||8-16|
|4th Down Conversions||0-0||0-4|
|FG||9:35||PAUL MARTINEZ 27 YD FG|
Drive info: 15 plays, 70 yards.
|TD||4:06||CHRIS HENRY 15 YD RUN (NICHOLAS FOLK KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 15 yards.
|TD||0:00||EARL MITCHELL 37 YD PASS FROM WILLIE TUITAMA (NICHOLAS FOLK KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 62 yards.
|TD||13:18||JEREMIAH JOHNSON 8 YD RUN (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||6:16||CHRIS HENRY 21 YD PASS FROM WILLIE TUITAMA (NICHOLAS FOLK KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 38 yards.
|FG||0:41||NICHOLAS FOLK 29 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 43 yards.
|FG||3:23||NICHOLAS FOLK 28 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 0 yards.
|TD||0:08||CHRIS HENRY 61 YD RUN (NICHOLAS FOLK KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 61 yards.
|FG||11:36||NICHOLAS FOLK 45 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 28 yards.