Oct. 12, 2001
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Finally looking like the team touted to be a contender for the national championship, Oregon will try to sustain its momentum Saturday against California.
The Ducks (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10) jumped two spots to fifth in the latest Top 25 poll following a 63-28 road win at Arizona. Joey Harrington threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns while adding three more on the ground for Oregon, which is trying to go 6-0 for the first time since 1964.
"It was fun. We had fun for the first time in a long time," Harrington said. "We didn't worry about what people were saying. People were talking in the papers about how we didn't deserve to be ranked where we were. We just went out and had fun and put a game together."
It was a balanced domination by the Ducks as tailbacks Onterrio Smith and Maurice Morris both topped 100 yards. Smith finished with 131 yards on 15 carries, while Morris netted 110 on 21 attempts. Oregon also forced five turnovers.
Harrington has completed 59.5 percent of his passes for 1,226 yards and 11 touchdowns against just three interceptions. Smith and Morris have combined for 803 rushing yards as Oregon has averaged 460 yards of total offense per game.
California (0-4, 0-2) has been brutal on defense this season, giving up at least 31 points in every game and 170 overall. The Bears had last week off but played perhaps their best game of the season in a 31-28 loss to then-No. 13 Washington on Sept. 29.
Kyle Boller threw for 265 yards and a career-high four touchdowns for Cal, which squandered a 21-10 first-half lead in starting 0-4 for the first time since 1980.
"I think there's a ghost over Cal or something - something that's preventing us from winning," Boller said.
Boller has completed 55.5 percent of his passes for 829 yards and seven touchdowns. His top wideout is Charon Arnold, who has 21 receptions for 249 yards.
California leads the all-time series 35-27-2, but Oregon has won five straight. The Ducks rallied to a 25-17 home victory last year, and the Bears have not won in the series since rallying from a 30-0 deficit to record a 42-41 triumph in 1993.