Saturday, November 27, 2010
Oregon clinches BCS berth
After trailing for the first time in six games, No. 1 Oregon rolled over Arizona in the final 30 minutes.
Oregon scored 34 of the first 37 points of the second half to clinch at least a share of the Pac-10 title for the second straight year, something it hasn't done since 2000-01.
Even if they lose to Oregon State next week, the Ducks are guaranteed at least a Rose Bowl berth since they own the head-to-head tiebreaker with Stanford.
Oregon has scored 555 points this season, a school record despite two games left to play. The Oregon seniors now have 40 wins, the most in school history.
Oregon finished its season at Autzen Stadium with a bang, totaling 537 yards of offense, with 389 of those yards coming on the ground. As good as Oregon’s offense has been overall, it’s been better in front of its home crowd. The Ducks completed their home schedule with 47 offensive touchdowns while averaging more than 600 yards of total offense.
Arizona wasn’t without its strong performers. Nick Foles threw for a career-high 448 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. It was his third career 400-yard game.
But after a 7-1 start, Arizona loses its third straight.
Josh Huff’s 85-yard touchdown run to start the third quarter was tied for the third-longest run in Oregon school history. It was the longest play from scrimmage for the Ducks this season.
And the Oregon Duck crossed a milestone of his own -- doing his 2,500th push-up of the season. For the year, he's now done 2,636 push-ups during Oregon football games.
Elsewhere in college football:
Louisville and Western Michigan became bowl-eligible, beating Rutgers and Bowling Green, respectively.
Louisville is bowl-eligible for the first time since 2007, but hasn’t appeared in a bowl since 2006 (Orange Bowl).
Western Michigan is bowl-eligible this season after not going bowling last season. The Broncos last appeared in the Texas Bowl in the 2008 season.