Scores

Final

Arizona 45

(6-4, 4-3 Pac-12)

Oregon 55

(8-3, 6-2 Pac-12)

6:30 PM ET, November 15, 2008

Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR

1 2 3 4 T
ARIZ 10 7 7 2145
ORE 21 24 3 755

Top Performers

Passing: J. Masoli (MISS) - 298 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: K. Antolin (ARIZ) - 20 CAR, 87 YDS, 4 TD

Receiving: R. Gronkowski (ARIZ) - 12 REC, 143 YDS, 1 TD

Masoli accounts for five TDs as Oregon holds off late Arizona rally

Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. -- Jeremiah Masoli threw for a career-high 298 yards and accounted for five Oregon touchdowns, leading the Ducks to a 55-45 victory against Arizona.

Masoli rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more Saturday, all in the first half. The Ducks (8-3, 6-2 Pac-10 Conference) then withstood Arizona's second-half rally from a 48-17 deficit.

Masoli, a sophomore, completed 21 of 26 passes, including all 11 of his attempts in the second quarter against Arizona (4-2, 6-3).

But it was Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount who sealed the victory with a 40-yard touchdown run with 3:38 to play after the Wildcats had scored 28 straight points to cut the Ducks lead to 48-45.

Blount, who tied the single-season school record with his 15th touchdown of the season, finished with 75 yards on nine carries.

Arizona's Keola Antolin rushed for 87 yards and four touchdowns and tight end Rob Gronkowski had 12 catches for 143 yards and a touchdown.

Willie Tuitama had 328 yards passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Ducks debuted their new "lights out" all-black uniforms and helmet, and that was the way they performed in the first half. Masoli scored on the third play of the game, running 66 yards on an option-keeper to put Oregon up 7-0 just 42 seconds in.

Less than a minute later, Patrick Chung stepped in front of Tuitama's pass and returned the interception 31 yards for the score.

The Wildcats (4-2, 6-3) cut the Ducks' lead to 14-10 on a 29-yard field goal by Jason Bondzio and a 2-yard run by Antolin. But Masoli hit Terrence Scott with a 44-yard touchdown pass to give Oregon a 21-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Masoli had scoring runs of 5 and 6 yards, Jeff Maehl scored on a 65-yard catch-and-run from Masoli and Morgan Flint added a 23-yard field goal to give the Ducks a 45-17 lead at the break.

Flint added a 39-yard field goal 2:14 into the second half to make it 48-17 before the Wildcats came to life and nearly came all the way back.

Tuitama and Gronkowski connected on a 7-yard touchdown at the 8:53 mark of the third quarter to make it 48-24, and Antolin followed with fourth-quarter touchdown runs of 3, 1 and 13 yards. The last came with 6:38 to play.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARIZ
ORE
1st Downs3018
Total Yards527504
Passing328298
Rushing199206
Penalties2-208-58
3rd Down Conversions10-184-11
4th Down Conversions0-30-0
Turnovers31
Possession41:4618:14

Passing Leaders

ArizonaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Tuitama29/453287.322
OregonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Masoli21/2629811.520

Rushing Leaders

ArizonaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Antolin20874.4414
Grigsby17563.3013
OregonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Masoli10898.9366
Blount9758.3140

Receiving Leaders

ArizonaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gronkowski1214311.9124
Gronkowski38428.0137
OregonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Scott68714.5144
Dickson78412.0036

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARIZORE
TD14:18Jeremiah Masoli 66 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick) 07
TD13:28Patrick Chung 31 Yd Interception Return (Morgan Flint Kick) 014
FG08:58Jason Bondzio 29 Yd 314
TD02:16Keola Antolin 2 Yd Run (Jason Bondzio Kick) 1014
TD00:25Terence Scott 44 Yd Pass From Jeremiah Masoli (Morgan Flint Kick) 1021
SECOND QUARTERARIZORE
TD11:46Jeremiah Masoli 5 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick) 1028
TD09:34Chris Gronkowski 37 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 1728
TD07:34Jeremiah Masoli 6 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick) 1735
TD03:28Jeffrey Maehl 65 Yd Pass From Jeremiah Masoli (Morgan Flint Kick) 1742
FG00:00Morgan Flint 23 Yd 1745
THIRD QUARTERARIZORE
FG12:46Morgan Flint 39 Yd 1748
TD08:53Rob Gronkowski 7 Yd Pass From Willie Tuitama (Jason Bondzio Kick) 2448
FOURTH QUARTERARIZORE
TD14:56Keola Antolin 3 Yd Run (Willie Tuitama Pass To Rob Gronkowski For Two-Point Conversion) 3248
TD08:55Keola Antolin 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3848
TD06:38Keola Antolin 13 Yd Run (Jason Bondzio Kick) 4548
TD03:38LeGarrette Blount 40 Yd Run (Morgan Flint Kick) 4555