The Ducks found an inspired Wildcat team ready to atone for their loss last season. It took two Onterrio Smith touchdowns and a 53-yard field goal by Jerad Siegel to finally put Oregon out in front for good. Smith ended the night with his fifth straight 100-yard game performance. Smith had 145 yards rushing with two touchdowns. In the second half Jason Fife was able to settle into a rhythm and directed the Ducks on two touchdown drives. Fife was 18 of 26 for 266 yards and two touch down passes. Fife connected with Keenan Howry and Terrence Whitehead for scores. Howry finished the night with two catches for 49 yards and the touchdown. Oregon's offensive line seemed to find their synchronization in the second-half allowing Fife time to pick out receivers and along the way open holes for Smith.
"Give credit to the line, they gave protection to Jason all day long," said Bellotti.
After the slow start in the first quarter and giving up two touchdowns, Oregon defensive effort shut out Arizona for the rest of the game. The Ducks allowed only 30 yards of rushing for the Cats. However, Arizona's prime offensive weapon Bobby Wade was spectacular catching 12 passes for 151 yards and one touchdown. Without a running game, Arizona was doomed and Oregon's defenders took advantage. The Ducks were able to rotate in seven players on the defensive line and considering that three defensive ends (Ed Wangler, Darrell Wright and Devon Long) did not make the trip to Tucson, Oregon's defense showed great growth.
"I thought our defense improved dramatically over the course of the game," said Bellotti.
The Ducks will play UCLA in the Rose Bowl next week. The game will be televised on ABC and kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.