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Gipson was part of the comback win.
Gipson was part of the comback win.

Posted Sep 8, 2002


Fresno State's Deandre Gilbert (87) celebrates with teammate Adam Jennings (18) after his first quarter touchdown catch against Oregon defender Aaron Gipson (26) during college football action in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002. Gilbert caught an errant tipped pass for the first quarter score.(AP Photo/Don Ryan) Oregon needed all the courage and strength they could find to defeat Fresno State 28-24.

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Oregon running back Onterrio Smith, left, eludes Fresno State defenders Dee Meza (10) and Cameron Worrell (24) in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002. Smith scored two touchdowns to help Oregon beat Fresno State 28-24.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Smith ended up the day by rushing for 124 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Smith carried the ball 35 times with the longest run of the day for 13 yards.

Head Coach Mike Bellotti thought his team had learned something from having play from behind.

"I hope we learned something from that," said Bellotti. "I don't want to be in that position very often. but if put in that position we know we can win."

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Fresno State quarterback Paul Pinegar, left, tries to elude incoming Oregon defender Kevin Mitchell during college football action in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002. Oregon beat Fresno State 28-24.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Mitchell ended the game with nine tackles, four solo tackles and five assists. Mitchell also had a sack and a pass deflection.

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Oregon quarterback Jason Fife (12) fumbles the ball on the five yard line during the fourth quarter as he is gang-tackled by Fresno State's Cameron Worrell (24), Garret McIntire, right, and Mark Dailey, mostly obscured, in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 7,2002. Oregon beat Fresno State 28-24.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

"I felt pretty low, everybody was doing their job and I messed up," said Fife.

Fife dug deep into his courage and came back in the final two minutes of the game to direct the winning drive for Oregon that included two crucial passes.

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Fresno State quarterback Paul Pinegar (13) loses his grip on the ball as he is hit by Oregon defender Aaron Gipson (26) during college football action in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Gipson, making his second start recorded three tackles, all solo tackles. Gipson also was given credit for a quarterback hurry. The Duck defense dug in it's heels during the fourth quarter of the game and not allow any FSU scoring in the final 15 minutes of play.

The loss dropped Fresno State's record to 1-2 while Oreogn improved to 2-0. The Ducks face the Idaho Vandals next week at Autzen Stadium.

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Fresno State tailback Rodney Davis, left, tries to turn the corner against Oregon defender Igor Olshansky on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Davis finished the afternoon with 118 yards on 20 carries. Olshansky had three assisted tackles.

The Oregon defense drew praise from their head coach and next week against Idaho the Duck defenders will have a chance at Harrington. Michael Harrington, is former Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington's brother.


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