Ducks Top Huskies For Fourth Win

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If Hamlet decided to turn on the tube over the weekend to watch the Pac-10 games, he might have realized that there's something rotten with the state of the conference.

That's because tragedy struck two top-ten teams in the Pac-10.

Washington (3-1, 0-1 in the Pac-10) dropped a hard-fought contest against Oregon, 23-16. The loss sent the Huskies spiralling from the No. 6 spot to No. 13 in the rankings.

USC (3-1, 0-1) was also dealt a major blow by Oregon State. The Trojans were sent packing from the No. 8 spot to No. 18 after succumbing to the Beavers, 31-21.

A top-25 squad, No. 16 UCLA, saved face by eking out a 38-31 victory over Arizona State.

With the win over visiting Washington, the Ducks (4-1, 2-0) were able to extend their home-winning streak at Autzen Stadium to 18 games - the longest of any team in the league. Coupled with last week's beheading of UCLA, Oregon has found itself sitting comfortably at No. 9.

"I knew we were going to be better than most people thought we would be," Ducks coach Mike Bellotti said. "But I thought we would surprise people."

Oregon certainly surprised Washington with a swarming defense that kept Huskies quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo frustrated in his running game and he only managed 10 yards on the ground.

"We took away the option and took away the run," Belotti said.

"Our defense played very well."

On the other side of the spectrum, the Ducks were very selfish on offense, keeping the ball for 35 minutes, 42 seconds, just a little over 11 minutes longer than the Huskies' time of possession.

Oregon scored first when signal-caller Joey Harrington, who went 9-of-22 for 119 yards, connected with tight end Justin Peele for a 13-yard score.

After Washington came back with a field goal, the Ducks poured in 16 unanswered points thanks to touchdown runs from Harrington and tailback Allan Amundson, and a field goal by Josh Frankel. By the end of the third quarter, Oregon had built itself a 23-3 cushion.

Tuiasosopo and his crew could not muster up enough offense to register a comeback for the Huskies in the fourth quarter.

"We are disappointed that we didn't play better," Washington head coach Rick Neuheisel said. "But certainly (Oregon) played very well, especially in the kicking game and on defense."

Oregon state tops Usc for first time since 1967

Oregon State defeated USC to end a 26-game losing streak against the Trojans The win helped OSU (4-0, 1-0) earn a No. 23 ranking, putting five Pac-10 teams in the top 25 standings.

Beavers tailback Ken Simonton almost single-handed took over the game with his untouchable legs, racking up a career-high 234 yards on 37 carries and three touchdowns.

"Is this a big game? Yeah," Simonton said. "Is it the biggest game? No. This is the first of many big games."

With the game knotted at 14-14, Simonton registered two scoring touchdowns in the final quarter to give the Beavers a healthy advantage en route to the win.

USC quarterback Carson Palmer had a dismal day in the air, going 19-of-38 for 282 yards and three interceptions.

After his performance Saturday, Simonton was aptly rewarded with Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors. He leads the nation in rushing with an average of 177.3 yards per game and is the top scorer at 15 points per game.

UCla escapes ASU

Around the rest of the Pac-10, UCLA avoided losing two games in a row when it managed to rally from a 21-0 deficit in the second quarter against Arizona State.

The Bruins' Akil Harris kick-started a stagnant offense by running 23 yards for a touchdown to trail, 21-7. Thereafter, UCLA put up 21 more points to take a 28-21 lead late in the third quarter.

By the time the final whistle blew, the Bruins had staged their biggest comeback this season.

"We spotted them 21 points and still came back to win the game," UCLA coach Bob Toledo said. "I wish we hadn't had so many turnovers, but the game was exciting till the end."

The Bruins committed four turnovers in the first half and lost DeShaun Foster, who suffered a broken right hand.

For Stanford, the weekend proved very unsettling.

The Cardinal (2-2, 1-1) started redshirt freshman Chris Lewis against Arizona (3-1, 1-0) in place of injured starting quarterback Randy Fasani.

Lewis and the rest of the Cardinal squad had one of their sloppiest outings of the year, committing six turnovers in a 27-3 loss at home.


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