There were some quality games throughout the Pac-10 season, but this one had it all: offensive displays, Rose Bowl implications, stellar individual performances and loads of drama.
The Wildcats fought back from a 14-0 deficit with 24 unanswered points, and the Ducks responded to tie the game on a touchdown pass from Jeremiah Masoli to Ed Dickson with six seconds to play. Masoli, who outdueled a four-touchdown night from Nick Foles, capped off the thriller with a game-winning one yard touchdown run in double overtime. The win was sweet revenge for the Ducks, who looked to be Pasadena bound in 2007 before falling in Tuscon.
Runner Up: Oregon 37, Oregon State 33 (Dec. 3)
Boy, ESPN sure knows how to pick 'em for Thursday nights. The network scheduled some great match-ups this season, but the 2009 Civil War may have been the best. Sean Canfield's two touchdown strikes helped the pesky Beavers take a 30-21 third quarter lead. But after a LaGarrette Blount's redemptive scoring run cut the lead, LaMichael James put Oregon ahead for good with a spectacular 52-yard scamper, as the Ducks earned a trip to Pasadena and broke the Beavers' hearts once again.
Honorable Mention: Nov. 21: Cal 34, Stanford 28
On the same night as the tussle in Tuscon, the 112th installment of the Big Game provided some much-needed excitment to a recently one-sided rivalry.
Cal rebounded from an early double digit deficit, and the Cardinal were poised to do the same in the fourth quarter before the Bears' Mike Mohammed picked off Andrew Luck near the goal line to crush Stanford's comeback hopes. The game featured brilliant rushing performances from Toby Gerhart (136 yard, four touchdowns) and Shane Vereen (a career-high 193 and three scores).