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Strong 4th quarter from No. 3 Oregon spoils Wildcats’ upset bid

Sep 25, 2021, 11:29 PM
Tayvian Cunningham #11 of the Arizona Wildcats is tackled by Trikweze Bridges #11 of the Oregon Duc...
Tayvian Cunningham #11 of the Arizona Wildcats is tackled by Trikweze Bridges #11 of the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on September 25, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)
(Photo by Tom Hauck/Getty Images)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Anthony Brown threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 3 Oregon handed Arizona its 16th straight loss with a 41-19 victory on Saturday night.

Oregon extended its winning streak at Autzen Stadium to 15 games. The Ducks are the lone undefeated team left in the Pac-12.

Despite being winless this season, the Wildcats closed to within 24-19 late in the third quarter on Drake Anderson’s 1-yard touchdown run.

Oregon extended its lead with Camden Lewis’ 43-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, then added Brown’s 18-yard scoring pass to Spencer Webb to make it 34-19 with 8:26 left.

The Ducks put it away on Bennett Williams’ 68-yard interception return for a touchdown on Arizona’s ensuing series.

The Ducks got off to a quick start, with Brown’s pass to Jaylon Redd for a 63-yard touchdown just more than a minute into the game. Then Oregon intercepted Arizona starter Jordan McCloud on the Wildcats’ first series.

Arizona’s depth chart this week included all three quarterbacks as possible starters.: Will Plummer, Gunner Cruz and McCloud.

Plummer started last weekend’s loss to Northern Arizona, throwing for 191 yards and a touchdown. McCloud was inserted in the fourth quarter, throwing for 66 yards and a score.

It was clear from pre-game warmups that Plummer was nursing an injury. McCloud started and threw for 233 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted five times.

Lewis gave the Ducks a 10-0 lead with a 21-yard field goal, and Arizona answered with McCloud’s 11-yard scoring pass to tight end Bryce Wolma.

CJ Verdell scored on an 11-yard run for the Ducks before the opening quarter was over. Brown’s 9-yard scoring pass to Terrance Ferguson gave the Ducks a 24-7 lead.

Lucas Havrisik’s 28-yard field goal made it 24-10 with 4:24 left in the half.

Mo Diallo’s safety and Anderson’s touchdown run narrowed the margin in the third quarter.

Oregon was favored by more than four touchdowns in the game, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. But Arizona had surprised the Ducks before: The Wildcats’ last victory over a ranked opponent was in 2018, when they routed No. 19 Oregon 44-15. In 2014, Arizona beat No. 2 Oregon 31-24 in Eugene.

Arizona’s losing streak is the longest currently in FBS.

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