In a convincing performance, Coach Rich Rodriguez’s Arizona Wildcats defeated the #2 ranked Oregon Ducks in Autzen Stadium, the Ducks’ intimidating home turf, 31-24.
While some may see it as an upset, the statistical advantage clearly belonged to the still undefeated Wildcats. Arizona outrushed the heavily favored Ducks 208-144 yards, had a 29-25 first down edge, and posted a decided third-down conversion percentage dominance, 53-29 percent.
Ironically, this was the second year in a row Arizona has handed Oregon a defeat which could have serious implications for the Ducks’ national championship aspirations. In 2013, Arizona handed Oregon a 42-16 thrashing in Tucson ending any hopes the Ducks had of being in the BCS National Championship Game.
For their great effort the Arizona Wildcats victory over the Oregon Ducks has been named Game of the Week by the United States Sports Academy in its College Game of the Year Award.
Ole Miss’ 23-17 win over previously undefeated #3 Alabama was charted as the second best game of the week, while TCU’s win over #4 Oklahoma 37-33 was named third best game of the week.
A national panel of experts chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award. The eminent panel consists of former and legendary coaches and sport administrators, such as Vince Dooley, Mike Lude, and Dr. Dick Young.
Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Past winners include such memorable games as Appalachian State over Michigan in 2007, Texas Tech over Texas in 2008, Alabama over LSU in 2011, and Auburn over Alabama in 2013.
With the new FBS four-team playoff instituted this year, the promise of many more memorable games is assured.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.