Ducks win in Pullman 34-31

Pullman, Wash. – The Oregon Ducks reached 9 wins on Saturday night by defeating the Washington Sate Cougars, 34-31 in a thrilling game that came down to a 19-yard Paul Martinez field goal with just one second left on the game clock. The Ducks improved their record to 9-1, 6-1 in Pac-10 play while the Cougars dropped to 3-7, 0-7 in the Pac-10.

(PHOTO) Oregon coach Mike Bellotti, right and Jerome Boyd celebrate with the fans after No. 11 Oregon beat Washington State 34-31 at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005. (AP Photo/Joe Barrentine)



"It was a great win," said Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti. "It was another example of pride and poise and very good execution down the stretch."

The Ducks, using both Dennis Dixon and Brady Leaf to engineer drives in the game. The Scored first in the game with but the lead went back and forth and Oregon trailed the WSU at halftime, 14-10. In the 3rd quarter, Washington State extended its lead to 21-10 but then the Ducks scored 21 straight points to take the lead 31-21. Washington State then scored 10 straight points in the 4th quarter to tie the game. Oregon took control of the ball with 5:16 left in the contest and drove 73 yards in 14 plays. With just 7 seconds left on the clock and the ball on the Washington State 2-yardline, the Ducks lined up and Martinez kicked the winning margin.

Both of the sophomore quarterbacks saw action and had touchdown passes. Leaf threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to James Finley in the 3rd quarter, and Dixon threw a 68-yard bomb to Jordan Kent also in the 3rd quarter. Dixon ended up going 16-of-22 for 197 yards, and Leaf was 12-of-17 for 99 yards. Jonathan Stewart scored his seventh touchdown of the season on a 2-yard run in the 1st quarter, and Cameron Colvin scored on a reverse for 23-yards.

Finley was the leading receiver for the Ducks with 67 yards on six catches. Terrence Whitehead was the leading rusher for Oregon with 48 yards on 13 carries.

Jerome Harrison had 143 yards on 28 carries for WSU. Trandon Harvy was the leading receiver with five catches for 81 yards. Quarterback Alex Brink was 22-of-33, 283 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

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