DENNIS MENACED BY KNEE, DUCKS GO DOWN IN ARIZONA: For the umpteenth time this season, the nation’s #2 team stank like…well, number two.
Oregon was the latest 2nd-ranked team to taste defeat this year, falling to Arizona 34-24 in Tucson on Thursday night.Not only are the Ducks out of the national championship race, they also lost their team leader & Heisman candidate. During the 1st quarter, QB Dennis Dixon twisted his knee when his foot got caught in the turf.
The injury was serious enough that Dixon’s dad came down from the Arizona Stadium stands to join his son on the Oregon sidelines.And the injury bug was biting the Ducks all night. Running back Jonathan Stewart also left the game in the 4th quarter. And backup QB Brady Leaf - brother of NFL washout Ryan - was ineffective for most of the game when he began hobbling around.
Arizona seems to have Oregon’s number lately. The Wildcats also won their meeting last year in Eugene, the first time the Ducks lost at Autzen Stadium in 2006.
The Quack Attack follows in the failed footsteps of USC, California, South Florida and Boston College as a #2 team to fall to an unranked opponent this season.
With the Ducks’ downing, the door is now open for Mark Mangino & Kansas to slide right in. (It better be a wide door.)The 10-0 Jayhawks face Iowa State this Saturday, and the Rock-Chawkers need to be cautious. The Cyclones are on a mini-roll right now, winning their last two games against Kansas State and Colorado.