Mike Riley left the door open for the Ducks with a fatal error of clock management. They scored too quickly on the fly sweep with the ball and a chance to run out the clock for a last-second field goal. 1st and ten at the Oregon 25 trailing 30-29 with 1:44 to go, with a running game Oregon hadn't stopped all game, many coaches would have pounded it off tackle, ground out one or two more first downs, and set up a chip shot for the win (Huffington Post, AP photo).
Instead, the Beavers scored in one play, a 25-yard carry by receiver Victor Bolden, into the same end zone and on the very same play that James Rodgers scampered for a score in 2007. The quick td gave the Ducks a crucial window of opportunity, and Huff, Mariota and company capitalized on the last-gasp chance.
Until that 8-play, 83-yard touchdown drive with just 1:38 to play, the game looked to be a bitter referendum on a disappointing season, with turnovers, missed chances, disorganization and a porous and ineffective defense. The win salves the concerns but doesn't eliminate them.