I got home from my son's basketball practice about 9:25 p.m. and flipped on the Mitsubishi and tuned in to ESPN. After a commercial, the Oregon-Arizona game resumed and the score was flashed ... Arizona 31, Oregon 11 late in the second quarter.
Heisman Trophy leading candidate Dennis Dixon is done for the night with a knee injury. If the score holds up, the national championship game opens up for the Big 12 -- Kansas, Oklahoma or Missouri.
Strange? Yeah. But it's not that big a surprise. For Oregon, this was a trap game. No. 2 ranking, road game, Thursday night national telecast, facing a team on a roll celebrating Senior Night.
Check back after the game for an assessment of what an Oregon loss means.
-- Wendell Barnhouse