Willy Tate scored on an 87-yard touchdown pass play and Tommy Thompson kicked two field goals Saturday as Oregon defeated Illinois, 13-7, in a nonconference game.
Quarterback Danny O'Neil of Oregon (3-0) passed for 269 yards and worked the clock with several big third-down plays.
Working from the Oregon 13-yard-line in the second quarter, O'Neil connected with Tate at the 30 and Tate outran defenders the rest of the way.
Thompson's first field goal also came in the second quarter. The 37-yard kick ended a seven-play drive that was set up by a fumble recovery at the Illinois 23.
Illinois (0-3) pulled to within 10-7 in the second quarter on a 34-yard touchdown pass play from Johnny Johnson to Jason Dulick.
Oregon got the final points on a 28-yard field goal by Thompson in the third quarter.
Starting from its own 13, Illinois moved to the Oregon 13 with less than two minutes left. But consecutive passes failed, and the Ducks took over and ran out the clock.