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Oregon 30, Fresno St 27 (OT)

September 1, 1996

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) _ Tony Graziani hit Josh Wilcox on a 25-yard touchdown on Oregon’s first play in overtime to give the Ducks a 30-27 victory Saturday night against Fresno State.

Fresno State had the ball first in overtime but settled for a 35-yard field goal by Armen Torigian.

Graziani, who had three touchdown passes in the game, led the Ducks on a last-minute drive from the Oregon 1 to tie the game with 42 seconds left on a 31-yard field goal by Joshua Smith. Graziani passed for 316 yards.

Oregon took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on an 88-yard pass from Graziani to Pat Johnson.

Less than two minutes later, Oregon’s Kenny Wheaton picked off Jim Arellanes’ pass and returned it 70 yards for a 14-0 lead.

Michael Pittman, who ran for 151 yards and two touchdowns, got Fresno State on the scoreboard with a 3-yard run 45 seconds into the second quarter. Fresno State had a chance to tie the game before halftime only to fumble at the Oregon 1 with less than a minute remaining in the half.

The Bulldogs did tie it 14-14 on Jamie Kimbrough’s 1-yard run early in the third quarter.

After Torigian gave Fresno its first lead of the game with a 30-yard field goal, Oregon regained the lead on a 32-yard scoring pass from Graziani to Damon Griffin.

Pittman’s second touchdown of the night on another 3-yard run gave Fresno a 24-21 lead with 12:29 left in the game.

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