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Oregon Offense Gets "Ducky" In Rout Of Bulls

by Mike Mitchell
December 31, 2007

That's the Oregon offense everyone remembers.

Struggling since the loss of Heisman Trophy candidate Dennis Dixon in the 10th game of the season, redshirt freshman Justin Roper threw four touchdown passes as Oregon blasted USF 56-21 in the Sun Bowl. Jonathan Stewart added a career-high 253 rushing yards, including a 71-yard scoring run.

Both teams were No. 2 in the BCS Standings at some point during the season.

USF was No. 2 when the 2007 BCS Standings debuted on October 14. The Ducks were 8-1 and ranked 2nd when Dixon was lost for the season with a knee injury in a loss at Arizona. Oregon finished the regular season with two more losses to UCLA and Oregon State, and its high-flying offense under Dixon was held scoreless by the Bruins.

USF was a 1-TD favorite in the bowl game.

The score was just 25-14 in the third quarter before USF turned the ball over three times in five plays and all led to Oregon touchdowns. The 21-point burst made the score 46-14 after three quarters.

The teams combined for 202 yards in penalties, a record for the 74-year-old Sun Bowl.

South Florida was making its third bowl appearance since becoming a FBS program in 2001. The Bulls beat East Carolina in last year's PapaJohns.com Bowl for their first bowl victory. USF had never fielded a team on any level until 1997.

The win snapped an 8-game bowl losing streak for Oregon which improved to just 8-13 all-time in bowl games.