OREGON: ROAD TO THE ROSE BOWL GAME
Oregon 34, Arizona 6
November 16, 2019 Eugene, Ore. GAME 10
The Oregon football team will play for the Pac-12 championship
later this season, and potentially a whole lot more.
The sixth-ranked Ducks extended their winning streak to nine
games with a 34-6 victory over Arizo-na before 54,219 fans in
Autzen Stadium. The win clinched the Pac-12 North division for
Oregon, which will meet the champion of the Pac-12 South on Dec.
6 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
Utah is on pace to win the South, but USC lurks a game behind
the Utes and has the head-to-head tiebreaker.
Justin Herbert was 20-of-28 passing for 333 yards and four
touchdowns Saturday night, with each touchdown pass traveling
at least 24 yards. The Ducks also held Arizona, the No. 5 scoring
offense in the conference entering the night at 32.9 points per
game, to two field goals, both in the second quarter.
The win wasn’t completely clean. Receiver Mycah Pittman didn’t
return after a first-half arm injury, the Ducks missed a field goal
and a PAT, and penalties proved particularly costly in the kicking
game. But the end result clinched a spot in Santa Clara for the
Ducks, and kept them on track for even bigger goals.
Saturday began with a bang for Oregon. On the second play
of the game, Johnny Johnson III got be-hind the secondary and
hauled in a pass from Herbert that resulted in a 73-yard touchdown.
Little did anyone know, the Ducks had the game in hand, just 32
Arizona played two quarterbacks as expected, but though dual
threat Khalil Tate in particular pre-sented some problems, the UO
defense never cracked. By the time the Wildcats kicked their two
field goals in the second quarter, Oregon’s lead was 21-0 thanks to
a rushing touchdown by Cyrus Habibi-Likio and a brilliant 53-yard
TD reception by Juwan Johnson on a reverse flea flicker.
The play began with a handoff to CJ Verdell, but he gave the ball
to Jaylon Redd on an end around. Redd got it back to Herbert,
who threw a dart that Johnson caught at full extension, before
fighting to keep his balance over the last few yards to the goal line.
Up 21-6 at halftime, the Ducks made it 28-6 in the third quarter
when Herbert’s back-shoulder pass was hauled in by tight end
Spencer Webb for a 24-yard touchdown. Oregon’s final scoring
play of the night was a 33-yard touchdown reception by Travis
Dye on a screen pass in the fourth quarter.
Oregon’s “Johnson and Johnson” receiving tandem combined
for nine receptions that resulted in 182 yards and two touchdowns.
Dye had the receiving score and also was the Ducks’ leading
rusher with 71 yards. His older brother, senior linebacker Troy Dye,
led the UO defense with eight tackles, including one of Oregon’s
six sacks on the night.