Ducks Suffer Loss at Receiver

Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti is still very happy that his team scored the final touchdown of the game and made good on the 2-point conversion. The coach admits his team cut the time close, but he wanted to make sure there was no time left for Stanford to stage a comeback. The win did come at a price though as a promising starter is going to be sidelined for an undetermined amount of time.

Bellotti reported that sophomore wide receiver Drew Davis suffered a torn ACL during the game yesterday. Initially the coaches thought the injury was a mild sprain but Davis suffered more pain after the conclusion of the game. This morning a MRI was performed and the results revealed that the injury "looks as if it is a torn ACL." Davis had just taken over the starting job and had been playing well in practice. In yesterday's game, Davis set up a touchdown when he grabbed a Jeremiah Masoli pass and ran it down the sidelines for 45-yards. It was the longest pass play of the day.

"It's too bad," said Bellotti of Davis' injury. "You move up to the starting role, get a little bit more playing time and now you have to go into rehab mode."

Aside from Nate Costa and Remene Alston the team was in pretty good shape health wise. More examination in the next few days will determine the amount of time Davis will miss.

Jaison Williams probably will be the No. 1 candidate to start at the X position. The Stanford game was the first time this year Williams did not start. Bellotti also expects other receives may get chances to play primarily because the Oregon offense is high energy with no huddles. Bellotti indicated he hopes those players getting the chance "will make the most of it."

Williams did not record a catch yesterday but neither did tight end Ed Dickson. Bellotti said the Ducks tried to get the ball to Dickson but that he was being double-teamed and Masoli couldn't get the ball to him.

Yesterday Offensive Coordinator Chip Kelly said that inserting back up quarterback Justin Roper was not considered, however today Bellotti indicated that he thought about it. While the thought of putting Roper in crossed his mind, the head coach decided to wait a little longer and as it turned out the situation remedied itself.

Bellott described Masoli as having been erratic in throwing the ball to begin with but settled down as the game wore on. The coach said Masoli "managed the team and made plays."

Certainly no one can question the spark Masoli provided in the last drive of the game. He completed three passes and broke off a 25-yard run that put the Ducks in excellent field goal position with seconds to go and trailing 28-27. While the Ducks had three time credits left in their possession, they chose to run the clock down to prevent Stanford having any time to make a scoring drive of their own. If LeGarrette had not plowed into the endzone, the Ducks would have used a timeout so that a field goal could have been kicked. Likely Morgan Flint would have made the attempt. As it turned out though, Blount found paydirt and ran the ball in for the following 2-point conversion with six seconds left in the game.

"I was happy we got the touchdown and got the 2-point conversion," chuckled Bellotti.

Some may have noticed a rather emotional scene following the end of the game. Bellotti revealed that the late Randy Papè's three sons were with the coach after the game. Bellotti called it a very "emotional moment" for all concerned. Papè, a long time donor and alumnus of the University died last Thursday. A brief Tribute was made to Papè just before the playing of the National Anthem prior to the start of the game on Saturday.

Bellotti indicated that Randy Papè was someone that was considered a friend and feels it was "difficult losing someone like that."

Bo Thran may have kept his job for at least another week as Bellotti thought he did very well.

Finally, as the Ducks are now 7-3 for the year. Now is the time for sorting out which bowl games the Pac-10 teams will end up in. The Ducks face Arizona and Oregon State in the last two games of the regular season. What is Bellotti telling his team about the bowl possibilities?

"We're in a bowl, I don't know which one, so let's just make it the best one," said Bellotti of what he is telling his team. "Obviously we control that opportunity by what we do."


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