Oregon came into Tucson in what seemed to be lackluster fashion after having lost to Stanford and looking less than stellar against Arizona State.
Jeremiah Masoli and the Ducks got off to a quick start, but it seemed that the Wildcats wouldn’t be denied this night.
Arizona shut down the Ducks in the second and third quarters, taking a 24-14 lead. The Ducks couldn’t move the ball, and didn't even get a first down for a while in the middle of the game.
After Arizona stopped the Ducks on fourth and six with five minutes left, they took the ball near midfield with all the momentum and needing only 20 yards to get in field goal range. That is where the play that changed the game occurred.
On third and long, Arizona quarterback Nick Foles dropped back and threw the ball into the endzone. Cornerback Cliff Harris had been beaten badly, but safety Marvin Johnson came over and made a great play to deflect the ball away from the receiver up into the air. The ball ended up in Talmedge Jackson’s hands and denied Arizona a scoring opportunity that would have likely ended the game.
Masoli led the Ducks 80 yards on 15 plays in just over three minutes, throwing the game-tying touchdown pass to Ed Dickson with six seconds left.
The Ducks got the ball first in overtime and scored on a great pass from Masoli to a diving Jeff Maehl in the back of the endzone on third down.
Arizona answered with a three yard touchdown pass from Foles to Juron Criner after the Ducks thought they had recovered a fumble to end the game.
In the second overtime, the Ducks defense forced Arizona into a field goal and Masoli stuck the ball in the endzone on third down from the one to give the Ducks the victory and keep their Rose Bowl hopes alive.