Ducks Down Sun Devils when Little Piggies Go Unnoticed
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Or maybe replay review doesn't.
Or maybe everyone should just accept that one play -- no matter how definitive -- is simply a lone factor in a game where an abundance of other opportunities to win exist.
And if that's the premise, no wonder the Pac-12 didn't include it in the highlight package of Oregon's 61-55 triple overtime point parade over Arizona State:
All the TV cameras covering this game, and we get are grainy repros. All that's missing is a dude on the grassy knoll:
Still, Sun Devils kicker Zane Gonzalez missed three field goals -- including a 26-yarder -- and in a classic example of flaunting history, OC Mike Norvell dialed up the same sort of goal-line pass play that made the ending of Super Bowl XIX live in Seattle Seahawks infamy.
As a result, the team that made the most of its overall opportunities prevailed and thus survived in a conference that is the very essence of parity:
|Stanford ...||5-0||6-1||Utah ...||3-1||6-1|
|Washington St ...||3-1||5-2||UCLA ...||2-2||5-2|
|Oregon ...||3-2||5-3||USC ...||2-2||4-3|
|California ...||2-2||5-2||Arizona ...||2-3||5-3|
|Washington ...||1-3||3-4||Arizona St ...||2-3||4-4|
|Oregon St ...||0-4||2-5||Colorado ...||1-3||4-4|
As it should be.