Ducks need another road win

Tucson, Ariz. – The 15th ranked Oregon Ducks are in Tucson this Saturday looking to extend their road win streak to 4 and to better their season record presently 6-1 overall and 3-1 in Pac-10 competition. In the way are the Arizona Wildcats (1-5) hoping to stop the Ducks and end a 6-game losing streak to Oregon. The game is scheduled to kickoff at 4 p.m. and there is no live television coverage.

Oregon is 9-1 against Arizona in Mike Bellotti's tenure as the Ducks' head coach. The only loss was in 1998 when Oregon left a 38-3 loss at Arizona Stadium. Last year Oregon escaped with a 28-14 over the ‘Cats at Autzen Stadium. Running back Terrence Whitehead scored three touchdowns, while wide receiver Demetrius Williams had nine catches for 153 yards. Dante Rosario also had a touchdown pass from Kellen Clemens, who was 21-for-30, 338 yards and the touchdown.

Arizona's quarterback Richard Kovalcheck came in off the bench last year to keep the Wildcats from being shutout. Playing in the fourth quarter, Kovalcheck was 5-of-10, 77 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Kovalcheck is scheduled to be the starting quarterback in Saturday's game, however true freshman William Tuitama may see significant playing time against the high flying Ducks.

Oregon has defeated Houston, 38-24 at Reliant Stadium in Houston. The Ducks also have road wins over Stanford (46-13) at Stanford Stadium and Arizona State (31-17) at Sun Devil Stadium. At home the Ducks have beaten Montana (47-14), Fresno State (37-34) and Washington (45-21). Oregon suffered its only loss to USC (45-13) at home.

Arizona lone win was against Northern Arizona (31-12). The Wildcats have suffered losses to Utah (27-24), California (28-0) and USC (42-21) on the road. At Arizona Stadium the Wildcats lost to Purdue (31-24) and Stanford (20-16).

Mike Stoops is the Arizona head coach and is in his second year with an overall record of 3-8. Bellotti is in his 11th year at Oregon and has an overall record of 86-41 while as the Ducks' headman.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m., but there will be no live television coverage. The game will be shown on a tape-delay basis on the Oregon Sports Network at 11:00 on Comcast 14, Saturday night. KEZI in Eugene, KDRV in Medford and KDKF in Klamath Falls will show the game at 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. Joe Giansante and Anthony Newman are the announcers for the television broadcast.

The game will be broadcast on the radio over OSN with Jerry Allen, Mike Jorgensen and Bobby DeBisschop.

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