Arizona makes early statement


EUGENE, Ore. -- The early returns are this one won't be easy for Oregon.

After Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas threw an interception in Arizona territory, the Wildcats drove 60 yards in 16 plays for a 7-0 lead.

They converted on third down four times and fourth down once and took 7:42 off the clock.

Of course, Oregon plays faster than I type. The Ducks just tied the score on a 38-yard TD pass from Thomas to David Paulson. It took them just 95 seconds to go 56 yards for the equalizer.

So rumors of the demise of the Ducks explosive offense may be exaggerated. But it appears Nick Foles -- 6-of-9 for 56 yards and a TD on the opening drive -- and the Wildcats offense are in sync, too.