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Release:  11/07/2000

Nov. 7, 2000

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BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Oregon will try to continue its march to the Rose Bowl when the Ducks host California on Saturday.

The sixth-ranked Ducks (8-1, 6-0 in the Pac 10 Conference) won their seventh consecutive game, holding on to beat Washington State, 27-24, in overtime last week at Pullman, Wash. Oregon holds a one game lead in the conference over Washington and Oregon State and will be trying to make its first trip to Pasadena since 1994.

Washington hosts UCLA and Oregon State is at Arizona.

Even if the Ducks lose to the Golden Bears, they can still clinch a Rose Bowl berth by beating archrival Oregon State on Nov. 18 in Corvallis. Should Oregon and Washington finish tied atop in the Pacific 10 standings, the Ducks would advance thanks to their 23-16 win over the Huskies on Sept. 30 in Eugene.

However, a loss to Oregon State would eliminate Oregon from Rose Bowl consideration due to the tiebreaker system, regardless of a victory in Saturday's game.

Oregon is led offensively by junior quarterback Joey Harington and junior tailback Maurice Morris. Harrington passed for 212 yards and one touchdown last week against the Cougars, and has passed for 2,109 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. Morris rushed for just 48 yards against Washington State, but has 963 yards this season.

The Golden Bears meanwhile are looking to try and finish their season on a positive note. Cal was officially eliminated from bowl consideration last week with a 38-32 loss to Oregon State.

One of the highlights for Cal this season has been the accomplishments of senior punter Nick Harris. Harris broke the NCAA record for punting yardage in last week's loss and became the first punter in NCAA history to accumulate 13,000 career punting yards, eclipsing former Texas Christian punter Cameron Young's 1976-79 mark of 12,947 yards.

Harris also needs just 12 more punts in his final two games to eclipse Young's NCAA record of 320 career punts.

In the all-time series, Cal holds a sizeable 35-26-2 edge over Oregon. However, the Ducks have won the last four meetings between the schools.