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COLLEGE FOOTBALL : Pacific 10 Roundup : Oregon Holds On and Upsets 16th-Ranked Washington, 29-22

October 04, 1987|From Times Wire Services

Rich Brooks and the Oregon Ducks waited a long time for this day, and the final 1:43 seemed to take an eternity.

But when the clock ran out, the Ducks had a 29-22 upset victory over 16th-ranked Washington in a Pacific 10 Conference game Saturday at Eugene, Ore.

"It would have been the greatest injustice I've seen in my coaching career if we had lost," Brooks said.

"It appeared to be a game totally in control by us, and they almost came back to pull it out."

The Ducks (3-1 overall, 1-0 in the Pac-10) built a 29-14 lead, but Washington (3-2, 1-1) rallied in the final minutes.

Washington quarterback Chris Chandler hit Brian Slater on a seven-yard scoring pass with 1:43 left, but the Huskies missed on a two-point conversion try and trailed, 29-20.

Washington recovered its onside kick, but Chandler's pass was intercepted by Brett Young on the Oregon one-yard line. However, Russell Lawson was tackled for a safety by Bob Willig and Washington pulled to within a touchdown.

The Huskies drove to the Oregon 32, but Chandler's pass was intercepted by Ron Gould in the end zone with four seconds left.

"I am extremely impressed with Washington's team, but I think somebody ought to give us some credit," Brooks said. "Maybe we're a pretty good football team. Our only loss is to highly ranked Ohio State."

The victory was the first for the Ducks over Washington since 1980 and only the second in the last 14 years. The last time the Huskies lost in Eugene was 1973.

Once again, red-shirt freshman Bill Musgrave led the Ducks, completing 17 of 23 passes for 282 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kirk Dennis added three field goals.

Chandler passed for 317 yards and 2 touchdowns but completed just 20 of 48 passes and was intercepted twice. He missed on his first 10 passes in the final period.

Oregon took the lead for good, 17-14, on the last play of the first half when Dennis kicked a 37-yard field goal. The Ducks raised their lead to 23-14 by the end of the third quarter on field goals of 43 and 53 yards by Dennis.

Musgrave's 31-yard scoring pass to Lawson on the second play of the fourth quarter made it 29-14.

Tennessee 38, California 12--Freshman Reggie Cobb scored three touchdowns in the first half and the 10th-ranked Volunteers trounced the Bears at Knoxville.

The Volunteers (4-0-1) scored on their first five possessions to build a 31-0 lead. Cobb, who rushed for 94 yards, scored on runs of 1 and 14 yards and caught a 25-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Francis.

The Bears (1-4) scored on two touchdown passes by Troy Taylor, a 37-yarder to Michael Ford and a 23-yarder to Ernie Rogers.

Francis completed 21 of 26 passes for 220 yards, and Taylor was 20 of 41 for 254 yards.

Arizona 45, Bowling Green 7--Freshman quarterback Ronald Veal ran for three touchdowns and the Wildcats routed the Falcons at Tucson, Ariz.

Veal, who became the starting quarterback when Bobby Watters suffered a broken thumb last week against UCLA, rushed for 134 yards in 23 carries and scored on runs of 1, 2 and 7 yards.

The Wildcats (2-2) ran up 505 total yards and held Bowling Green (1-4) to 106. The Falcons scored on a four-yard pass from Eric Smith to Reggie Thornton.

Arizona State 35, Texas El Paso 16--Sophomore tailback David Winsley rushed for two touchdowns in his second collegiate game, and fullback Channing Williams also scored twice as the 13th-ranked Sun Devils beat the Miners in a nonconference game at Tempe.

The Sun Devils, 3-1 overall, built a 21-10 halftime lead en route to beating the Miners (3-1) for the 23rd time in their last 24 meetings.

UTEP had just 19 total points and had not given up a touchdown in the second half in its first three games this season.

Arizona State quarterback Daniel Ford completed just 2 of 6 passes for 48 yards with 1 interception before being replaced late in the first half by Paul Justin, who completed 4 of 6 for 52 yards.

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