PASADENA, California (Ticker) -- For the second straight year, Oregon profited from a late miss by UCLA kicker Chris Griffith.
Jason Fife found Keenan Howry for the go-ahead 74-yard touchdown pass on the opening play of the fourth quarter and seventh-ranked Oregon held off 25th-ranked UCLA, 31-30, in a Pac-10 Conference matchup.
Griffith had a PAT blocked and missed a long field goal attempt with less than two minutes left as the Ducks (6-0, 2-0 Pac-10) extended their winning streak to a school-record 11 games. It is the nation's second-longest run behind the 28 by defending national champion Miami.
Howry also returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and registered 171 all-purpose yards.
"I looked at Jason and he looked back at me, and I knew he was going to throw the ball to me. I just caught it and took off," Howry said of the game-winning score.
Onterrio Smith broke the 1971 school record of Bobby Moore - now known as Ahmad Rashad - with his sixth straight 100-yard rushing game. Smith gained 152 yards on 25 carries as Oregon won its seventh straight road game.
Jared Siegel kicked a Pac-10 record-tying 59-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to give Oregon a 24-21 lead. He matched the mark of Stanford's Rod Garcia, which was established in 1973.
"Fifty-nine yards is at the very end of my range," Siegel said. "It took the coach a while to go for it. I just keep my mechanics in line and it went. I had no idea it was a school or Pac-10 record."
Craig Bragg had the second best receiving performance in UCLA history. He tallied 230 yards on nine catches with three touchdowns. Only J.J. Stokes registered more yards in a game with 263 against Southern California in 1992.
Bragg caught a 46-yard TD pass midway through the third quarter to give the Bruins (4-2, 1-1) a 30-24 advantage.
But Griffith's ensuing extra-point attempt was blocked by freshman Haloti Ngata.
"All week, I thought that we would have the opportunity to block a field goal or an extra point," Ducks coach Mike Bellotti said. "When it happened, even though UCLA was ahead, I thought it would be a big factor in the outcome."
The senior kicker also sent a 46-yard field goal wide left with less than two minutes remaining.
It was virtually a carbon copy of last year's ending between these teams as Griffith missed a 50-yard field goal late in the fourth and Oregon clung to a 21-20 victory over UCLA.
"I told our team that that to win on the road, we have to play better than the home team," Bellotti said. "I'm amazed that the game came down to the same ending as last year's game."
"It's tough, I hate to lose especially a game like that," said Bruins quarterback Cory Paus, who battled through three interceptions and four sacks. "I'm going to be upset for the next 36 to 48 hours, until Monday."
In a less pressurized situation, Griffith had a chance to increase UCLA's advantage to nine from 45 yards away. But curiously, Bruins coach Bob Toledo called for a fake field goal with 1:13 to go in the third.
On 4th-and-15 at the Ducks' 28, holder Garrett Lepisto completed the pass to freshman tight end Marcedes Lewis, who was tackled by Ducks cornerback Aaron Gipson seven yards shy of a first down.
"We thought it was going to be a high-scoring game and we wanted to get as many points as possible, but it didn't work," Toledo said. "Any time you try a trick play and it doesn't work, you're open to criticism. We worked on the play in practice and we thought it was there, but just didn't execute it well enough."
Gipson also recorded the first two interceptions of his college career. His first came with 8 1/2 minutes remaining in the opening quarter and extended Oregon's streak of games with an interception to 10.