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November 22, 2009
Oregon's Masoli not one to duck a challenge
Oregon's spread offense has a knack of building early leads with the running game. But Saturday night, quarterback Jeremiah Masoli left no doubt he and the Ducks could play from behind and win games through the air.
Masoli rallied the Ducks to a 44-41 double-overtime win at Arizona, preserving Oregon's Rose Bowl hopes. Masoli finished 26-of-37 passing for 284 yards and three touchdowns; he also rushed for 61 yards and three touchdowns to earn Rivals.com National Player of the Week honors.
Masoli was brilliant in the fourth quarter and overtime after Arizona built a 24-14 lead. After the third quarter, Masoli was 15-of-25 for 147 yards and two scores. He also rushed for 21 yards and two scores.
A week after an embarrassing 31-0 loss at Rutgers, Daniels, a redshirt freshman quarterback, responded with a career day in a 34-22 victory over Louisville. Daniels was 20-of-34 for 304 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns, setting career-highs in both rushing and passing as the Bulls got their seventh victory and became bowl eligible.
Air Force quietly had put together one of the best defenses in the country, leading the nation in pass defense and allowing only one team to score more than 20 points all season (Utah had 23 in overtime). But Anae, BYU's offensive coordinator, guided a Cougars offense that passed for 377 yards and five touchdowns in a dominating 38-21 win.
David Fox is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.