Ducks' quick strike puts Beavers on their heels

December, 3, 2009
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EUGENE, Ore. -- Explosion plays kill you. Even more so on third-and-long.

Just when Oregon State seemed poised to gain a good dose of early momentum, Oregon struck with a 73-yard touchdown pass from Jeremiah Masoli to Jeff Maehl on a third-and-9 play.

Maehl just flat out beat cornerback James Dockery's press coverage at the line of scrimmage.

So, instead of forcing a three-and-out and getting the ball back with a 10-7 lead, the Beavers now trail 14-10.

The Beavers responded with a three-and-out and shanked the ensuing punt 15 yards.

The momentum swings to the Ducks.

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