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  Onterrio Smith and the Ducks outscored Colorado 31-9 in the final three quarters. Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Ducks did their part

Harrington passes for 4 TDs vs. CU

Behind four Joey Harrington touchdown passes and three interceptions by defensive back Steve Smith, Oregon whipped Colorado 38-16 in the Fiesta Bowl. Now the Ducks must hope for a Nebraska victory against Miami in the Rose Bowl for a possible split national championship.

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    FIESTA BOWL HEADLINES
    Jan 3 Harrington accepts Senior Bowl invite
    Jan 1 Recap: Oregon Ducks 38, Colorado Buffaloes 16
    Dec 31 Preview: Oregon Ducks at Colorado Buffaloes
    Dec 30 Fiesta Bowl Buzz: Oregon can run!

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    Record: 10-2, 8-1 Big 12 (conference champions)
    Coach: Gary Barnett (third season)
    Key players: QB Bobby Pesavento (63.6 percent completions), RB Chris Brown (946 yards, 16 TDs), TE Daniel Graham (50 catches, 731 yards), S Michael Lewis (100 tackles)
    Season summary: In one of the more amazing in-season turnarounds in recent memory, the Buffs -- 3-8 a year ago -- overcame a season-opening loss to Fresno State and a 41-7 shellacking by Texas to win the Big 12, posting an unprecedented 62-36 thumping of Nebraska followed by a 39-37 rematch victory over the Longhorns in the title game. This despite losing numerous key players to injury early, including QB Craig Ochs, former Butkus candidate Jashon Sykes and top receiver John Minardi.
     
     
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    Record: 10-1, 7-1 Pac-10 (conference champion)
    Coach: Mike Bellotti (seventh season)
    Key players: QB Joey Harrington (23 TDs, 5 INTs), RBs Onterrio Smith (1,007 yards, 7 TDs) and Maurice Morris (960 yards, 8 TDs), CB Steve Smith (6 INTs, 18 pass break-ups)
    Season summary: A 49-42 defeat at home to Stanford -- the Ducks' first loss at Autzen Stadium in four years -- stands as the only blemish in a season that saw Oregon win the Pac-10 for the first time since 1994. Harrington lived up to his "Captain Comeback" mantra in fourth-quarter wins over Wisconsin, USC and UCLA, while an explosive offense -- helped by the addition of Tennessee transfer Smith -- paced blowouts of Arizona, Cal and Arizona State. Oregon survived treacherous conditions to survive rival Oregon State 17-14 in the finale.
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