Yet even a civil war—as the rivalry between Oregon and Oregon State is known—has its moments of détente. In June, Harrington and Smith rode together in the back of a Pontiac convertible, greeting 350,000 screaming Portlanders as the grand marshals of the Rose Festival Starlight Parade. They talked about family and school and golf. And the strangest thing happened. "It was a really fun deal," says Harrington. "Jonathan is a nice person, and it was good to see him outside the football atmosphere."
A pregnant pause follows. "Of course," says Harrington, looking ahead to when he and Smith are scheduled to meet on the field, "on December 1 that's out the window."
RECORD AT OREGON: 25-3
BOWL RECORD: 3-0
CAREER PASSING YARDS: 6,911
TD PASSES: 59
IN HIS senior season, Harrington threw for 2,519 yards and completed 58.8% of his passes, leading the Ducks to an 11-1 record capped by a Fiesta Bowl win. Oregon wound up No. 2 in the country, and Harrington finished fourth in Heisman voting.
AGAINST Oregon State that year, Harrington threw for just 104 yards on 22 passes but led the Ducks to a 17-14 win to clinch their first outright Pac-10 title since 1994.