The Oregon Ducks were stunned by the Arizona Wildcats, 31-24, to put a huge dent in their national title hopes as Arizona improved to 5-0.
No. 2 Oregon appeared primed to make a run at the national title as they started 4-0 with a signature win over No. 10 Michigan State, but they were upset at home by Arizona, who improved to 5-0.
The Wildcats played solid defense on the Ducks throughout the game, and they trailed 7-3 at halftime. At the end of the third quarter, an upset appeared to be on the horizon after they took a 24-14 lead.
However, the Ducks tied the game at 24 with just over eight minutes remaining. The Wildcats took a 31-24 lead with just over two minutes remaining as running back Terris Jones-Grigsby scored a touchdown.
The Ducks attempted to tie the game, but quarterback Marcus Mariota fumbled the ball before it was recovered by Wildcats linebacker Scooby Wright.
Wildcats quarterback Anu Solomon finished with 287 yards and a touchdown with one interception on 20-of-31 passing. Jones-Grigsby rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries. Jones-Grigsby added four receptions for 95 yards in the passing game.
Fellow running back Nick Wilson rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
The Ducks’ offensive line struggled once again, allowing Mariota to get sacked five times. Although his Heisman campaign has been dented, Mariota had a solid game with 276 yards and two touchdown passes on 20-of-32 passing.
Royce Freeman rushed for 85 yards on 19 carries, and Devon Allen caught five passes for 78 yards and a touchdown.