- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 2, 2002

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The dazzling Ducks of Oregon made their case for a share of the national championship and then some.
Now as far as they're concerned, it's "Go Nebraska."
In an impressive end to his college career, Joey Harrington threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns as No.2 Oregon routed No.3 Colorado 38-16 last night in the Fiesta Bowl.
"We made a statement today," Harrington said. "Thirty-eight unanswered points and shut down the hottest team in the country. We showed we deserved to be playing for a share of the national championship."
Samie Parker caught nine passes for 162 yards, including a perfect 79-yarder for a touchdown that put Oregon ahead for good in the second quarter, when the Ducks outgained the Buffaloes 198 yards to 53.
Oregon's Steve Smith set a Fiesta Bowl record with three interceptions, and the Ducks' defense ranked 81st in NCAA Division I shut down Colorado's running game and forced the Buffs to throw.
Maurice Morris ran 49 yards for another Oregon score, landing on top of a Colorado defender at the Buffaloes 21. He got back on his feet and ran into the end zone to make it 28-7 early in the third quarter.
The Pac-10 champions had a 500-328 advantage in total yards, 150-49 on the ground.
The Ducks now will root for the Cornhuskers in the Rose Bowl tomorrow, hoping they upset top-ranked Miami in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
Especially Harrington.
"You bet I will," he said. "I'll be sitting with my family and watching it closer than anyone else."
If Nebraska wins, Oregon could be voted the national champion in the Associated Press media poll. The coaches' poll automatically crowns the winner of the BCS game.
Colorado coach Gary Barnett said the Ducks deserve a share of the title if Nebraska beats Miami.
"Oregon played very, very well, with a lot of heart and a lot of speed," Barnett said. "If I could vote, I would vote for them."
It was the worst bowl loss ever for the Buffaloes, who rolled into Tempe after a 62-36 rout of Nebraska and a 39-37 victory over Texas in the Big 12 title game.
"Oregon did not get our best shot tonight … and I don't have an explanation," Barnett said.
The quick-striking Ducks (11-1) never had a touchdown drive longer than 2 minutes, 38 seconds, and they achieved the first 11-win season in school history.
The Buffaloes (10-3) took an early 7-0 lead, then watched the Ducks score 38 points.
Bobby Pesavento completed just 11 of 27 passes for 139 yards and was intercepted twice before being relieved by Craig Ochs with 11:52 to play.
Ochs' first pass was deflected and intercepted by Smith to set up Oregon's final touchdown in a victory coach Mike Bellotti called "the greatest moment in Duck football history."
Harrington must love Sun Devil Stadium. As a junior, he threw for career highs of 434 yards and six touchdowns in a 56-55 double-overtime victory over Arizona State.


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