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The Pick

The visiting team from Seattle boasted a 5-1 record and #9 national ranking while riding their five game win streak into the heated rivalry. With time running down in the 4th quarter, the home team from Eugene held a 24-20 lead, but the visitors were lined up with a first and goal on the 9-yard line. As the QB unleashed a dart to the left side of the field, a freshman cornerback jumped in its path, picked off the ball, and sprinted down the sideline into the end zone for the game clinching TD. The home team won the game 31-20 and then went on to win their last 6 games, earning a trip to the Rose Bowl. This pick has become known as the play that turned a mediocre program around into a college football powerhouse. In the 30 years prior to this game, their winning percentage had been at 42%, but since this game is 71%. It is now tradition to show this play on the big screen at every home game, right before the team
runs onto the field. Playmaker: Matthew J.