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Arizona gives Oregon first home loss

By TIMES WIRES
Published November 19, 2006


EUGENE, Ore. - Arizona is turning out to be the master of upsets in the Pac-10.

First Washington State, then mighty Cal, and finally Oregon - at Autzen Stadium, no less.

Arizona has a three-game winning streak and is bowl eligible after a 37-10 victory over the Ducks on Saturday. The Wildcats will likely need a win Saturday at home against Arizona State to receive a bowl bid.

"Sometimes it's just your time, and we feel that it is ours. We feel good about the way we are playing now," coach Mike Stoops said. "We have a big game next week against Arizona State, and hopefully we'll have a lot of options in December."

Arizona, which has won three straight, is above .500 for the first time since Nov. 10, 2000. The Wildcats have not had a winning season since 1998.

Against Oregon, running back Chris Henry took over, running for 191 yards and two touchdowns and also pulling down a scoring pass.

Quarterback Willie Tuitama started for Arizona, but left before halftime after the team said he had a concussion. He completed eight of nine passes for 120 yards and two scores. He watched from the sideline after he was replaced by Adam Austin.

"It's worn off, I can tell. I spent some time talking to him and he's a lot more alert. He just took a pretty good shot helmet-to-helmet," Austin said.

It was the first loss of the season at Autzen Stadium for Oregon.

Oregon's Dennis Dixon went 14-of-22 for 88 yards and threw three interceptions. He was replaced by Brady Leaf, who was intercepted on his first series. The Ducks also lost a pair of fumbles.

"We need to get better in a hurry," Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said. "Right now, we have certainly hit a plateau, or gone backward, and that's frustrating. I think it's tied to turnovers, and the play at quarterback. We have to evaluate that and make sure that it improves in a hurry."

Oregon took an early 3-0 lead on Paul Martinez's 27-yard field goal, but Patrick Chung fumbled a punt return that was recovered by Spencer Larsen on the Oregon 15. Henry ran it in on the next play to put the Wildcats up 7-3.

Henry also scored on a career-long 61-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

"It feels really good, but it feels even better just to win," Henry said of his career day. "Just to come out and win and our offensive line. If they wouldn't have blocked, I wouldn't have been able to run. And they were blocking their tails off today."

OREGON ST. 30, STANFORD 7: This time, Oregon State didn't let Stanford put a damper on its postseason hopes.

Matt Moore threw for 176 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a 1-yard score to make the Beavers bowl eligible, spoiling the Cardinal's final shot at winning a game in its fancy renovated stadium.

Yvenson Bernard carried 36 times for 168 yards - 20 of those rushes for 99 yards in the first half alone - to go over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Alexis Serna kicked field goals of 29, 31 and 18 yards for Oregon State.

Sammie Stroughter and Brandon Powers each caught touchdown passes from Moore and Oregon State's blitzing defense made things tough for Stanford quarterback T.C. Ostrander, sacked five times - all in the second half.

Richard Sherman caught five passes for 90 yards for Stanford.