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Final

(18) Utah 24

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Oregon 31

(2-1, 2-0 home)

Coverage: ESPN

3:30 PM ET, September 19, 2009

Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR

1 2 3 4 T
#18UTAH 7 0 17 024
ORE 14 7 7 331

Top Performers

Passing: T. Cain (UTAH) - 178 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. James (ORE) - 27 CAR, 152 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Brooks (UTAH) - 4 REC, 28 YDS, 1 TD

Boyett's late pick seals Utah's first loss in 16 games 

Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. -- Kyle Whittingham wishes that Utah's ride would have gone on forever. The Ducks were more than happy to bring it to a screeching halt.

LaMichael James rushed for a career-high 152 yards and a touchdown, and Oregon overcame four turnovers and an abysmal performance by quarterback Jeremiah Masoli to beat the No. 18 Utes 31-24 and snap the nation's longest winning streak.

Fast Facts

• Oregon handed Utah its first loss of the season, snapping the nation's longest active win streak at 16 games. The loss also snapped a nine-game road win streak for the Utes and a five-game win streak against BCS-conference opponents.

• Oregon has won three straight home games against Utah.

• LaMichael James led the way for Oregon with 156 rushing yards, his first career 100-yard game.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Utah (2-1) had won 16 straight games, including their stunning 31-17 upset of heavily favored Alabama in the Sugar Bowl last January. Their last loss was on Nov. 24, 2007, in the regular-season finale against BYU.

"It's been almost two calendar years since we've been in this situation," Whittingham said. "Twenty-two months or whatever the time frame is. You know we all wish this could've gone on for infinity, but that wasn't the case."

Masoli ran for two touchdowns, but had two fumbles and an interception in the second half that allowed Utah to rally from a 21-7 deficit to within 28-24 by the end of the third quarter.

An interception by linebacker Eddie Pleasant set up a 31-yard field goal by Morgan Flint with 3:30 left in the game, giving the Ducks (2-1) a 31-24 lead. The Utes drove to the Oregon 37 with under two minutes to play, but John Boyett picked off a pass from Terrence Cain at the 5 to preserve the victory.

Cain finished 20 of 41 for 178 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also had 68 yards on the ground, but didn't get much help from an offense that struggled to move the ball all game. Matt Asiata managed only 54 yards on 15 carries.

"Our defense played unbelievable," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said.

The offense, however, was a mixed bag. While Masoli struggled, James recorded his first 100-yard game and his first touchdown. The redshirt freshman, making his first start, led an Oregon ground attack that netted a season-best 217 yards.

"It's exciting when you do something good for the team," he said.

Oregon's Walter Thurmond III returned a punt 78 yards following a three-and-out on Utah's opening drive to put the Ducks ahead 7-0 at raucous Autzen Stadium. It was Thurmond's fifth career touchdown and second of the season, after the defensive back scored on an interception return last week against Purdue.

Utah tied it at the 6:34 mark of the first quarter on a 19-yard run by Cain, the drive set up by a blocked punt on fourth-and-20 at the Ducks 24. Elijah Wesson, a reserve wide receiver, appeared to get a hand on Jackson Rice's kick, then snatched the deflected ball out of the air.

One play later, Cain scored his first rushing TD of the season.

The Ducks went back ahead 14-7 with 57 seconds left in the first quarter on a 3-yard run by James, two plays after Masoli hit Jeff Maehl on a 58-yard completion. The lead swelled to 21-7 on a 22-yard run by Masoli with 4:39 left in the first half.

The Utes had a chance to cut into the lead before the half, driving to the Oregon 2 with two seconds left. Instead of going for the short field-goal attempt, Wittingham opted to go for the touchdown and Cain's fade pass to the corner of the end zone was batted away by Thurmond.

Utah didn't make the same mistake on its first drive of the second half, when Joe Phillips kicked a 22-yard field goal after the Utes' drive stalled at the Oregon 5.

The Ducks answered with 68-yard drive that ended with a 4-yard scoring run by Masoli to put Oregon up 28-10 with 8:34 left in the third quarter.

A 22-yard pass from Cain to Jereme Brooks on a third-and-20 made it 28-17 with 4:03 left in the third quarter, and on the Ducks' ensuing possession, Masoli was stripped of the ball and Robert Johnson scooped up the loose ball and ran 28 yards for the touchdown.

That's as close as the Utes would get.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UTAH
ORE
1st Downs1515
Total Yards297312
Passing17895
Rushing119217
Penalties10-1006-45
3rd Down Conversions5-183-14
4th Down Conversions0-20-2
Turnovers24
Possession33:2826:32

Passing Leaders

UtahC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cain20/411784.312
OregonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Masoli4/16955.901

Rushing Leaders

UtahCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cain16684.3119
Asiata15543.609
OregonCARYDSAVGTDLG
James271525.6145
Masoli12473.9222

Receiving Leaders

UtahRECYDSAVGTDLG
Reed5489.6026
Smithson5336.6011
OregonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Maehl15858.0058
Holland12727.0027

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUTAHORE
TD12:46Walter Thurmond III 78 Yd Punt Return (Morgan Flint Kick) 07
TD06:34Terrance Cain 19 Yd Run (Joe Phillips Kick) 77
TD00:57LaMichael James 3 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERUTAHORE
TD04:39Jeremiah Masoli 22 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick) 721
THIRD QUARTERUTAHORE
FG11:20Joe Phillips 22 Yd 1021
TD08:34Jeremiah Masoli 4 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick) 1028
TD04:03Jereme Brooks 22 Yd Pass From Terrance Cain (Joe Phillips Kick) 1728
TD03:46Robert Johnson 28 Yd Fumble Return (Joe Phillips Kick) 2428
FOURTH QUARTERUTAHORE
FG03:30Morgan Flint 31 Yd 2431