Nov. 12, 2005
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - Oregon backup quarterback Brady Leaf grew up in the stands of Martin Stadium, watching older brother Ryan set records for Washington State.
On Saturday, the younger Leaf was on the field, where he helped Oregon beat the Cougars while his brother watched from the sidelines as Paul Martinez made a 19-yard field goal with a second left to give No. 11 Oregon a 34-31 victory over Washington State.
"It's great to get a win out here," Brady Leaf said. "I've come to a lot of games here and dreamed about playing in this stadium since I was a little kid."
And what did his big brother, who played in the NFL and still holds several Washington State passing records, say to him?
"He told me congratulations and that he was proud of me," Leaf said. "He said that I played well."
The Ducks (9-1, 6-1 Pac-10) scored three straight touchdowns in the third quarter to come back from an 11-point deficit, before Washington State (3-7, 0-7) came back to tie it late in the fourth.
Leaf and Dennis Dixon combined for 296 yards passing and two TDs as Oregon rolled up 444 yards of offense, preserving hopes for Bowl Championship Series consideration.
Oregon coach Mike Bellotti was pleased with the efforts of his sophomore quarterbacks, who were pressed into service when Kellen Clemens' season was ended by injury.
"They both made plays and contributed to this victory," Bellotti said.
Jonathan Stewart and Cameron Colvin scored rushing TDs for the Ducks.
Washington State's Jerome Harrison carried 28 times for 143 yards, scoring TDs on a 28-yard run and a 34-yard pass from Alex Brink. Harrison set a Pac-10 record with 13 consecutive 100-yard games, passing J.J. Arrington of California, who set the record of 12 last season.
Harrison also set a Washington State record for yards rushing in a season. A 7-yard run just before halftime gave him 89 yards, surpassing the mark of 1,637 yards set by Rueben Mayes in 1984.
Brink threw three TD passes, completing 22 of 33 attempts for 283 yards. He also threw two interceptions. It was the fourth game the Cougars lost this year after being ahead or tied at the half.
"It's all been real tough," Brink said of this season. "This game meant a lot to me, personally. I wanted to get this one for me and for the seniors. It was their last home game."
Brink, a Eugene, Ore., native, threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Jason Hill as time expired in the first half to put Washington State up 14-10. Hill tipped the ball before catching it between two stunned Oregon defenders in the end zone. He finished with five catches for 81 yards.
Harrison caught a pass and ran it 34 yards to score after Washington State took the third-quarter kickoff 80 yards in just six plays to go up 21-10.
But helped by two Washington State turnovers, Oregon finished the quarter up 31-21 when Jordan Kent scored on a 68-yard pass play from Dixon. Earlier, Leaf hit James Finley on an 8-yard scoring play and handed off the Cameron, who scored on a 23-yard run.
After Troy Bienemann caught a 3-yard scoring pass from Brink, the Cougars trailed by 31-28.
Loren Langley, who missed field goal attempts of 40 and 49 yards, nailed a 45-yarder to tie it at 31 with 5:15 remaining.
Harrison scored on a 28-yard run to give Washington State a 7-3 lead with 11:35 remaining in the second quarter. Harrison earlier ran for an apparent 27-yard score, but it was called back on a holding penalty. After a false start cost the Cougars another 5 yards, Harrison duplicated his earlier draw for the score that counted.
Martinez hit a 45-yard field goal to give the Ducks their first score.
Stewart scored on a 2-yard run with 6:09 remaining in the second quarter to put Oregon up 10-7 after a roughing-the-punter penalty preserved the 72-yard drive.
The Ducks end their regular season at home next week in the annual Civil War game against Oregon State.
Washington State travels to Seattle to take on Washington in the Apple Cup.
Oregon has a 39-37-7 advantage in the series and is 7-4 against Washington State under Bellotti.
The last time the Cougars lost seven consecutive conference games was in 1998, when they lost eight straight to finish 3-8.