Oregon outlasts Arizona

Associated Press

Jeremiah Masoli threw for a career-high 298 yards and accounted for five Oregon touchdowns, leading the Ducks to a 55-45 Pacific 10 Conference victory Saturday against Arizona at Eugene, Ore.

Masoli rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more, all in the first half. The Ducks (8-3, 6-2) 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 (6-3, 4-2).


But it was Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount who secured 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 in 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.

Arizona State 31, Washington State 0 -- Rudy Carpenter threw for 213 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Sun Devils (4-6, 3-4) over the Cougars (1-10, 0-8) at Tempe, Ariz.

Carpenter, a senior, has 80 career touchdown passes, third-most in Pac-10 history.

The Sun Devils have won consecutive games and kept their slim bowl hopes alive. Arizona State posted its first shutout since a 19-0 victory over top-ranked Nebraska on Sept. 21, 1996, a span of 152 games.