Arizona upsets No. 2 Oregon again, 31-24
EUGENE, Oregon (AP) — Arizona stunned heavily-favored Oregon once again, holding off the college football’s No.2-ranked Ducks 31-24 on Thursday, with Nick Wilson scoring three touchdowns.
Terris Jones-Grisby plowed into the end zone from a yard out for the tiebreaking touchdown with 2:54 left. Wilson ran for a pair of scores and caught another for the Wildcats.
It was the second straight season and third time since 2007 that an unranked Arizona team upset an Oregon squad ranked in the top 5.
Arizona has won its first five games for the first time since 1998.
The loss silenced Autzen Stadium’s 100th straight sellout crowd and damaged the Ducks’ chances of getting a spot in college football’s first postseason playoff.
With his team trailing 24-14 going into the final quarter, Oregon’s Matt Wogan made a 21-yard field goal. Marcus Mariota then hit Keanon Lowe with a 9-yard scoring pass to tie it with 8:21 left.
With Arizona driving downfield, the Ducks sacked Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon on third-and-8, but Tony Washington was called for unsportsmanlike conduct to give the Wildcats a first down.
A pass interference call got Arizona closer for Jones-Grisby’s go-ahead touchdown.
On Oregon’s ensuing series, Mariota was sacked by Scooby Wright, who stripped the ball and recovered it himself.
Arizona then gained a clinching first down in a running play and was able to rin out the clock.