November 16, 2007

Ducks go down

Arizona made Oregon the fifth No. 2 team to lose this college football season as the Wildcats upset the Ducks 34-24 on Thursday night in Tucson.

Antoine Cason had a spectacular game with both a punt return and an interception returned for a touchdown in addition to seven tackles and five pass breakups.

Heisman candidate Dennis Dixon ran an option keep into the end zone from 39 yards out on the Ducks opening drive, and tight end Ed Dickson punched in a two-point conversion to give Oregon a quick 8-0 lead.

Jairus Byrd intercepted Willie Tuitama's first pass of the game and Oregon took it into the red zone, but Nate Ness intercepted a Dixon pass in the end zone and returned it to the 45-yard line.

The Wildcats answered back with a score as a result as Tuitama threw a quick screen to Mike Thomas, who took it 34 yards for a touchdown.

On the Ducks' next drive, Dixon made a quick cut and re-injured his left knee, rendering him unable to play for the rest of the game, giving way to Brady Leaf. Oregon's drive stalled on the next play and Matt Evensen kicked a 34-yard field goal.

Arizona took its next drive into the red zone but was unable to score with Tuitama taking multiple shots into the end zone, and Jason Bondzio came on to kick a successful 32-yard field goal.

Leaf got the Ducks moving on the their next drive, but Cason intercepted a pass just before midfield and returned it 42 yards for a Wildcat touchdown, giving them a 17-11 lead.

A few drives later, Tuitama found Thomas again 46 yards downfield for another touchdown to put the Wildcats up by 13 points at 24-11.

Cason made another huge play with 5:30 to go in the half when he returned a Josh Syria punt 56 yards for his second touchdown of the night and to put Arizona up big at 31-11.

Oregon mustered a few points before halftime on its best drive since Dixon left the game, and Evensen made a 32-yard field goal to get the Ducks three more points.

A Tuitama fumble on the Arizona 13-yard line gave the Ducks impeccable field position but a holding penalty negated a Jonathan Stewart touchdown and the UA defense tightened, surrendering only a 34-yard Evensen field goal despite the field position to bring the score to 31-17.

Next, Oregon faked a punt and Kwame Agyeman took it 40 yards downfield before Corey Hall forced him to fumble the ball, which the Wildcats consequently recovered but did not capitalize on.

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