Arizona 14, Oregon St. 14
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) _ Mark Olford ran four yards for a touchdown, then leaped across the goal line for the 2-point conversion with 1:47 to play Saturday to give Oregon State a 14-14 Pac-10 tie with Arizona.
Steve McLaughlin missed a 44-yard field goal attempt with 21 seconds to play that would have given the victory to Arizona (1-1-1 overall, 0-1-1 in the Pac-10).
Oregon State (1-1-1, 0-0-1) drove 73 yards in 13 plays to tie the game after trailing throughout.
Olford, the Beavers’ 5-foot-8 quarterback, ran 22 yards on fourth-and-two from Oregon State’s 45 to set up the score. The Beavers had punted the ball but decided to go for the first down when Arizona was offside on the play.
Olford also ran two yards for a first down on fourth-and-one at the Wildcats 13.
Rather than accept the tie, Oregon State, a 10 1/2 -point underdog, tried an onside kick, but Arizona’s Kevin Gosar recovered at the Beavers 42.
George Malauulu, who ran for two first-half touchdowns, completed a 13-yard pass to Terry Vaughn to move the ball to the Oregon State 29. Three running plays advanced it to the 26, and McLaughlin’s field goal try was wide to the left.
Arizona scored on its first possession, going 57 yards in seven plays. Malauulu completed four of four passes in the drive, then ran two yards for the score.
William Ephraim’s interception and 37-yard return set up Jamie Burke’s 47- yard field goal that cut the lead to 7-3 with 3:15 left in the first quarter.
Arizona held the ball for 6 1/2 minutes and went 66 yards in 18 plays for its second touchdown. Malauulu scored on a 7-yard run to make it 14-3 with 11:41 remaining in the half.
Oregon State drove from its own 42 to the Wildcats 11 before settling for Burke’s 27-yard field goal that cut the lead to 14-6 with 1:48 left in the half.
A 39-yard run by Arizona’s Ontiwaun Carter moved the ball to the Oregon State 36 midway through the third quarter but Michael Hale’s interception stopped the threat.
The Beavers’ only serious scoring threat in the final two quarters came on the game-tying drive.