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COLLEGE FOOTBALL : Huskies' Botched Field-Goal Tries Save Oregon : Pacific 10: One kick blocked, the other missed as Ducks, after taking 24-0 halftime lead, hold on for 24-22 victory.

November 05, 1995|From Associated Press

SEATTLE — Mike Bellotti, Oregon's first-year coach, felt fortunate.

"Yes, I feel lucky," Bellotti said after the No. 19-ranked Ducks withstood a second-half Washington comeback for a 24-22 victory Saturday. "But I think the good teams make a lot of their luck."

John Wales missed two field-goal attempts in the final 3:02 for the No. 15 Huskies.

"It's like somebody just stabbed me in my heart," said Rashaan Shehee, who ran for two Washington scores. "They just came into my heart and took everything."

Beating the Huskies for the second year in a row but the first time in Seattle since 1980, the Ducks, 7-2 overall and 4-2 in the Pacific 10, took a 24-0 halftime lead, sparked by Pat Johnson's 89-yard touchdown return of the opening kickoff.

Wales had a 33-yard field-goal attempt blocked with 3:02 left, but the Huskies (5-3-1, 4-1-1) got the ball back on the Oregon 20 with 2:14 to go when Ink Aleaga recovered Dameron Richards' fumble.

With 1:07 left, Wales was wide right on a 36-yard field-goal attempt, his third miss of the day. He also missed a 34-yarder in the second quarter and is seven for 17 this season. He also missed an extra-point kick after the Huskies' second touchdown.

The Ducks said they weren't worried about Wales' final attempt.

"I didn't have confidence in him making the field goal," Alex Molden said. "He missed two earlier and the wind down on the field was picking up."

The Huskies changed snappers--from Opu Seminavage to Ernie Conwell--for the final kick. That didn't help.

"You can't say the wind or that kick cost us the game," Conwell said. "We had plenty of other chances."

A disappointed crowd of 74,054 booed the Huskies in the first half, but cheered them in their second-half comeback in windy, 40-degree weather at Husky Stadium. Washington held Oregon to 86 yards in the second half.

The loss put a severe dent in Washington's Rose Bowl hopes, but the Ducks think they have a strong chance of going to the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day as the Pac-10's No. 2 team.

Washington's Damon Huard was 21 for 36 for a career-best 327 yards and a touchdown with one interception.

Oregon's Tony Graziani was 22 for 37 for 282 yards with two interceptions. Cristin McLemore caught nine passes for 155 yards.

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