A new streak begins.

Oregon started a new home win streak Saturday night against Arizona State by beating the Sun Devils 42-24 in front of 46, 064 fans on a crisp, cool night. In the process, Joey Harrington matched his career touchdown passes for a single game with six touchdown throws and Keenan Howry tied a Pac-10 record with four touchdown receptions for a single game. It was the Joey and Keenan show.

"Joey Harrington and Keenan Howry clicked in a big way," said Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti.

Click they did. Harrington threw for a total of 319 yards and was 19 for 32 in completions to attempts. Howry was his favorite target. Howry had nine receptions for 126 yards and the four scores. At times the pass and catch combination looked effortless.

"Keenan's the best I've played with," said Harrington regarding Howry. "He's polished in every area."

The six touchdown passes by Harrington is a new Autzen record and ties a school record. Harrington also climbed to number nine in the Pac-10 with career touchdown passes at 54. Meanwhile, Howry is now ranked number four in pass-receptions school history with 125 catches.

The game though was more about what Oregon wanted to do and when they wanted to do it. The Ducks balanced their air attack with another strong running game from Onterrio Smith who ended up with 152 yards rushing. Smith made his first career start in place of Maurice Morris who is nursing a sore hamstring suffered in last week's win over Washington State. Smith was a workhorse carrying the ball 36 times and also had a touchdown pass reception in the first quarter.

"Things are just clicking more now," said Onterrio Smith regarding the team's performance. "Things are being executed and we have players stepping up."

Samie Parker also had a 38-yard touchdown reception.

Bellotti looked at the win as an effort on offense that kept Arizona State off balance. The Ducks ended up with a total of 474 yards offense compared to the 335 yards of offense for Arizona State. The Ducks play selection dictated the pace of the game and the only real blemish was a long touchdown run on Arizona State first touchdown when Devon Flowers broke lose for a 54-yard touchdown run. After that run though, ASU was only able to generate 100 yards of rushing and 181 yards of passing. The Ducks were able to run their offense at will

"The key for us is to throw the ball when we want to throw the ball not when we have to," said Bellotti.

Last week the Ducks stayed on the ground and Smith and Morris were the main attraction. This week it was a combination of Harrington's passing, Howry's receiving and Smith's running.

"We've done completely different things for two weeks in a row now," said Harrington.

Defensively the Ducks did give up one big play rushing but until the fourth quarter when the game was safely out of reach Arizona State could not score.

"We had a breakdown on that first drive we were supposed to switch around and we didn't do our switching like we were supposed to," said Rashad Bauman. "But for the rest of the game everybody was able to get their checks down and we did a pretty good job."

Arizona State may look suspiciously like Oregon in many ways and no wonder with former Oregon offensive coordinator and current ASU Head Coach Dirk Koetter leading the way for the Sun Devils. The Sun Devils showed the ability to throw long but tonight the Oregon defense was up the task of keeping the game in control.

"They like go deep and we couldn't let them beat (us) deep," said Bauman.

With Oregon's win, Stanford and UCLA's loss, the Ducks are very much in control of the own destiny in the Pac-10 race.

"We're playing well right now," said Bauman. "But we're capable of playing a lot better."

The Ducks will travel to UCLA for a national televised game next Saturday and a chance to improve upon their 8-1 record. How the loss to Washington State will effect the Bruins was apparent.

"It will be interesting to see what UCLA team comes out after two losses in a row," said Bauman

Bellotti looks at next week's contest as an opportunity and knows the Ducks must play hard in order to win and said the Ducks will have to be the ‘Road Warrior' they have been so far this season.

The only injury of note was to senior safety Rasuili Webster who suffered a hamstring strain.


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