Ducks crush Cats

Joey Harrington and the Oregon Ducks shrugged off a lackluster performance against Utah State and humiliated the Arizona Wildcats 63-28. Harrington threw for three touchdowns and rushed for three more in the worst home loss in Arizona history.

It's hard to believe that at one point the score was 14-14. Anthony Fulcher's second quarter touchdown seemed like the last good thing to happen to Arizona. After that it was all Oregon, all the time. The Ducks rattled off 49 straight points in the rout.

Oregon moved the ball effectively on the first drive but gave the ball away inside Arizona territory. The Ducks slowly moved down the field, running eleven plays, including a fourth down conversion, before a Harrington pass bounced off of receiver Sammie Parker and into the waiting hands of Jarvie Worcester.

After trying to establish the run on the first drive, the Ducks took to the air the next time they had possession. Harrington placed a perfect pass over Parker's left shoulder for a 41-yard gain. Two plays later Harrington struck again this time connecting on an 18-yard out pattern. With the ball inside the Arizona five, Harrington utilized the play action pass to perfection, faking the dive, then suckering a backer with the threat of the run. With a backer bearing in on him, Harrington found a wide open George Wrightson in the corner of the endzone.

Gary Love fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Ducks recovered at the Arizona 17-yard line. Harrington showed why he received Heisman hype, first threading the needle between two Wildcat defenders on a 22-yard strike to Parker and then keeping on the option for the Ducks' second score, and a 14-0 lead.

Big plays and a big penalty got Arizona on the board. The Cats had only four yards going into the drive, but finished with a touchdown. Johnson hit Wade on a 30 yard strike, when the Oregon secondary froze on a pump fake. A 15-yard personal foul put the Cats inside Duck territory. Three plays later Johnson found a wide open Brandon Marshall and the crossing pattern wound up going for a 44-yard score.

Next it was Farmer's turn. Farmer took and inside handoff and raced 78 yards, aided by a great Bobby Wade downfield block. Farmer tried to cutback, but trip at the 10-yard line. Arizona tied the game when Anthony Fulcher slipped out of the backfield and Johnson hit him on an eight-yard strike. Fulcher's first career touchdown tied the game at 14.

Arizona pulled a trick out of Washington State's playbook. The Cats attempted an onsides kick, and in fact recovered it, but neglected to let the all travel a full 10 yards. The Ducks took advantage, and Harrington executed the play fake again, this time keeping the ball and giving the Ducks the lead again, 21-14.

The skies opened up, but that didn't cause the Arizona playbook to close. The Cats went to the air, despite weather conditions resembling those of Eugene. The Cats moved to the Duck 33, but Sean Keel's 50-yard field goal attempt missed to the right.

Parker ran past Anthony Banks and Harrington laid a perfect pass into his arms to give the Oregon a 28-14 lead.

Arizona had a chance to return the favor. A pass interference penalty kept the drive alive, but a Johnson long bomb bounced off of Wade's facemask ruining what looked like a sure touchdown strike. The Ducks didn't squander their next opportunity. Harrington marched the team down the field and sealed the drive with a 16-yard touchdown to tight end Justin Peelle.

A Johnson interception gave the Ducks decent field position and let Maurice Morris do the damage. Morris broke off three long runs to put the ball at the Wildcat one-yard line. He finished the drive off with a one-yard plunge, giving the Ducks an insurmountable 42-14 lead.

Cliff Watkins spelled Johnson, but a third down interception gave Oregon great field position once again. The Ducks breezed down the field and capped a four-play mini drive with an Ontario Smith one-yard score.

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