Ducks Knock the Fog Out of Cats in 1st Half

Eugene – Jeremiah Masoli heard no boos in the first half as he brilliantly led the Oregon Ducks to 45-17 lead going into the lockerroom. The Duck sophomore did it with his feet and by reintroducing the forward pass to the Oregon offense.

Jeremiah Masoli opened things up by breaking off a 66-yard run for a touchdown on the first series. No sooner had the Duck fans sat down and Arizona had the ball on its first possession when Wildcat quarterback Willie Tuitama found Oregon's Patrick Chung for a 31-yard interception.

Trailing 14-0, Arizona managed to salvage a field of 29 yards by Jason Bondzio. The Cats put on nine play, 37 yard drive ending up with Keola Antolin plunging in from the 2 for a touchdown.

With the score 14-10 and time running out in the first quarter Masoli hit Terence Scott in stride and 44 yards later the Ducks were up 21-10.

Masoli rushed for his second touchdown just after the start of the second quarter capping off a six play, 34-yard drive when he ran in from the 5. Arizona mounted its own 73-yard drive when Tuitama hit Chris Grownkowski for 37 yards, cutting the score to 28-17. Oregon scored 17 straight points when Masoli picked up his third rushing score then hit Jeffery Maehl for 65 yards that crossed the goal line, plus a 23-yard Morgan Flint field goal.

Masoli ended the first half with statistics that rival many full games as he was 17-of-19, 274 yards, two touchdowns. He also rushed for 87 yards and scored three more times running the ball.

Scott was the leading receiver with four catches for 69 yards. Ed Dickson had three receptions for 72 yards while Maehl had the one catch for 65 yards. Jaison Williams got into the act with three catches for 28 yards.

LeGarrette Blount was second leading Oregon rusher to Masoli with 30 yards on five carries. Jeremiah Johnson had two attempts for 30 yards.

Tuitama was 12-of-20 for 117 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Gronkowski was the leading receiver with four nabs for 39 yards.

Nick Grisby had 56 yards on 15 carries.

Overall, Oregon had 411 yards of offense compared to Arizona's 188.


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