A point is a point.

Oregon needed only one point to keep the lead in the Pac-10 race and with a 21-20 win over UCLA at the Rose Bowl the Ducks got what they wanted. The game came down to a 50-yard field goal attempt by UCLA kicker Chris Griffith that went right and had no chance of being good. The Ducks had lived on the edge with a bend-but-don't-break defense, giving up crucial third down plays but when it was most needed, the Oregon defense would made UCLA try to win on the long touchdown.

Joey Harrington scored the first touchdown as he squirted out of the grasp of Bruin defenders in the first quarter for a six yard touchdown. Senior running back Maurice Morris rushed for one touchdown and Harrington found fullback Josh Line in the end zone for the Ducks final score. Oregon improved it's record to 9-1 for the season and 7-1 in the Pac-10 race.

For the day Harrington was 13 for 23 and 195 yards with the one touchdown pass. Morris ended the day with 14 carries and 129 yards and a touchdown. Morris averaged nine yards per carry.

"We had to run hard," Morris told the Oregon Sports Network after the game.

Morris' running mate, Onterrio Smith ran for 44 yards including a very important first down conversion in the fourth quarter on the Ducks final scoring drive. For the most part though in the fourth quarter it was the Duck defense that had to deliver. When the Ducks fell behind early in the fourth quarter the offense came on the field and march down and scored.

"We did a nice job of coming back," said Head Coach Mike Bellotti.

For the Ducks the fourth quarter in this game proved to test the character of Oregon. All game long when it seemed the Oregon defense had the Bruin offense right where they wanted them; UCLA would find some way of converting on third downs.

"We gave up too many big plays," said Bellotti "It is frustrating."

Morris described the fourth quarter as the one that was most important and today when the Ducks needed to score they did and when the Ducks needed to make a defensive stand that too was accomplished.

Steve Smith recorded his sixth interception of the season. Rashad Bauman also had an interception.

The Ducks now have three weeks off awaiting the Civil War and Bellotti describe the team as going into a Bowl mentality. This year's game with Oregon State will have nation wide attention and any thought that the Ducks will over look the Beavers can be quickly extinguished. In the next three weeks Bellotti hopes to work the Ducks hard enough to keep their edge, and Oregon will keep in mind the loss to Oregon State last season.

" The Oregon State Beavers will have our full attention," said Bellotti.


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