EUGENE, Oregon (AP) – Justin Herbert played 333 yards and four touchdowns and Oregon number 6 won his ninth straight game and secured a spot in the Pac-12 championship game with a 34-6 victory over Arizona on Saturday night.
Graduation Transfer Juwan Johnson picked up five passes for 93 yards and a score for the Ducks (9-1, 7-0 Pac-12). Oregon have not won seven consecutive conference matches to start a season since 2012, and no Pac-12 team has started 7-0 in league matches since Stanford in 2015.
The Ducks, sixth in the College Football playoff ranking and AP Top 25, have not lost any games since losing to Auburn in the season opener.
With the win, Oregon secured the Pac-12 North title and a place at the December 6 conference championship game in Santa Clara, California. The league's Southern Division Ducks opponent has not yet been determined.
The loss diminished the chances of bowl eligibility in Arizona. With 4-6 in total and 2-5 in conference, the Wildcats face 8th Utah (7th place in the PCP ranking) next Saturday, before closing the season at rival Arizona State.
J.J. Taylor had 17 charges for 74 yards and picked up six passes for 55 yards for the Wildcats.
Both teams were saying goodbye.
Arizona started freshman Grant Gunnell. Coach Kevin Sumlin said this week's performance in practice would determine whether Gunnell or Khalil Tate would start. Gunnell completed four of six passes for 28 yards.
Tate, who had started eight of Arizona's previous nine games, started the second quarter and played until Gunnell replaced him with just under 10 minutes left.
Oregon scored on their second play, from scrimmage at Herbert's 73-yard touchdown to Johnny Johnson III, Ducks' longest play this season. Oregon broadened its lead before the end of the first quarter following 1-yard Cyrus Habibi-ikio.
Herbert completed a 53-yard touchdown pass for Juwan Johnson with a reverse flicker to increase the Oregon score by 21-0.
The game was thrilled in the first half, with Oregon quarterback Thomas Graham and Arizona wide receiver Drew Dixon appearing to punch, winning unsportsmanlike penalties.
Lucas Havrisik kicked two 23- and 42-yard field goals to close the gap and Oregon led 21-6 at halftime.
Spencer Webb dodged Arizona defender Tony Fields II to overturn Herbert's 24-yard shoulder pass in the middle of the third quarter. It was Herbert's 100th career touchdown for the Ducks. It also topped 10,000 yards of total offense in the quarter.
Senior, Herbert has decided to stay in Oregon for his final year of eligibility. He must be one of the top quarterbacks available in next year's NFL Draft.
Herbert's fourth pass down was intercepted by Scottie Young Jr., who ran for Arizona 48, but the Wildcats were unable to capitalize on turnover.
On the subsequent course, Herbert's 33-yard pass to Travis Dye increased Oregon to 34-6.
Arizona: J.J. Taylor passed Mike Bell in fifth place on Arizona's career racing list. Taylor is averaging over 70 yards per game this season. … Tate ranked fifth on Arizona's all-time past yard list in the first half.
Oregon: Mycah Pittman, one of Oregon's freshmen, seemed to hurt his wrist in the first trimester and was taken to the locker room. … Former Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota was in Oregon's sideline during the game. … Travis Dye was the 19th duck to score this season. … Oregon had six bags.
Arizona: The Wildcats are Utah's number 8 hosts next Saturday. The Utes defeated UCLA 49-3 on Saturday.
Oregon: The Ducks play with Arizona's other Pac-12 team, the Sun Devils, next Saturday in Tempe. ASU fell to the state of Oregon, 35-34, in Corvallis.
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