Archive for Friday, November 16, 2007

Arizona stuns Oregon

November 16, 2007


— The curse of No. 2 claimed another victim.

Second-ranked Oregon lost Heisman Trophy candidate Dennis Dixon to a knee injury and never recovered in a 34-24 upset by Arizona on Thursday night.

Oregon (8-2, 5-2 Pac-10) became the fifth No. 2 team to lose since Oct. 6, following USC, California, South Florida and Boston College. The Ducks' defeat could open the door for third-ranked Oklahoma in the Associated Press Top 25, and for No. 3 Kansas in the Bowl Championship Series standings.

Dixon, Oregon's gifted starting quarterback, hurt his left knee in the first quarter, about seven minutes after he ran 39 yards for a touchdown. Dixon crumpled to the turf without being touched and took Oregon's national championship hopes with him.

"My foot got planted in the ground, and my knee went the other way," Dixon told ESPN toward the end of the game.

Antoine Cason returned a punt 56 yards for a touchdown and an interception 42 yards for another score as the Wildcats shook up the national title race on a cool night in the desert. Red-clad students poured out of the grandstand as the Wildcats (5-6, 4-4) ambushed a ranked team in Arizona Stadium for the fourth straight season under coach Mike Stoops.

Brady Leaf, who replaced Dixon, completed 22 of 46 passes for 163 yards and threw two interceptions. Dixon finished 5-of-8 for 62 yards and threw an interception. He carried twice for 34 yards.

Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama completed 21 of 39 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns and was intercepted once. Mike Thomas caught two touchdown passes for the Wildcats.

Oregon's Jonathan Stewart carried 28 times for 131 yards.

Early on, Oregon appeared to be on cruise control with Dixon running its potent offense, which came in averaging 42.8 points per game, fifth in the nation.

The Ducks opened the game with a brisk seven-play, 70-yard scoring drive. On fourth-and-three at the Arizona 39, Dixon froze the defense with a fake to Stewart, burst through a hole in the right side and ran untouched to the end zone. Ed Dickson ran for the two-point conversion to put the Ducks ahead 8-0.


lunacydetector 10 years, 6 months ago

most people who support the chiefs / royals live in kansas. i imagine KU will have the majority of fans in the stands.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 10 years, 6 months ago

I told my wife last week "Arizona COULD beat Oregon" Sweet.

oldvet 10 years, 6 months ago

And another one gone, and another one gone Another one bites the dust

Let's get our points on the board against Iowa State and get the starters off of the field... no injuries and move on to Arrowhead...

ralphralph 10 years, 6 months ago

'Hawks oughtta arrive at #2 right on schedule, for the whooping by 'Zou.

Linda Aikins 10 years, 6 months ago

We have to be sure and get past Iowa State first, i.e.,Ohio State-Illinois; Oregon-Arizona, K-State-Nebraska. One game at a time...

justanothertaxpayer 10 years, 6 months ago

In a season of upsets, one must not underestimate Iowa State. They really don't have anything to lose and they will play just to upset Kansas. Same goes for Oklahoma and Texas Tech. As did Arizona and Oregon. Non-ranked teams are dying for their chance of an upset over a powerhouse team.

Go Hawks, Go Sooners! BIG 12!

Laura Watkins 10 years, 6 months ago

first of all missouri was expected to do well this season-- weren't the ranked 26th or so in the pre-season? wasn't ku ranked 60th or so? i guess missouri fans are bitter because they lost a game but seriously, don't be such a jerk because you are jealous that you aren't the cinderella story this year.

secondly, this will be the one and only time that i will ever cheer on k-state.

KUDB99 10 years, 6 months ago

KU really shouldn't assume a victory over Iowa St. We have the better team and we should win, but I've been a KU fan for so long, I know to not take anything for granted.

Anyone else a little scared about going in to the game against Mizzou as #2 in the country? #2's haven't fared very well this year!

Not that it matters, it feels like I'm playing with house money at the casino. We could lose the next 3 games, and I couldn't be more proud of this football team, and these Jayhawks.

Thanks guys for such a great year!

Prydain 10 years, 6 months ago

I don't want Mizzou to lose until KU plays them. If MU loses to KSU its hurts their BCS ranking and wouldn't be as strong of a win for KU.

staff04 10 years, 6 months ago

I agree Prydain...the whole argument the naysayers are using is the tired "they haven't played anybody yet." All a KSU win over MU would do is allow that to continue for another week.

IF KU beats two top-10 teams in the last two weeks, then we can confidently say that the naysayers were just wrong.

ranger73 10 years, 6 months ago

KU-final home game, senior day, 11-0 on the line, BCS bid on the line... ISU-2 game win streak, nothing to lose, strong defense and now the offense is starting to move...

If the collective KU sphincter (sp.?) doesn't tighten up, they should win-

KU 31- ISU 17

Go Hawks!

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