EUGENE, Ore., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- No. 22 Oregon held off the fifth-ranked Michigan Wolverines Saturday afternoon, 31-27, to extend their non-conference home winning streak to 21 games.
Michigan (3-1), which entered the contest leading the nation in rushing yards per game (307.3), saw its ground game shut down as it dropped its fourth consecutive road opener. Chris Perry, who was averaging a nation-best 183 rushing yards, was held to 26 on 11 carries for the Wolverines.
"We tried to run the football, but give Oregon credit," said Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr. "They completely stopped the running game."
Oregon (4-0) saw a 24-6 third-quarter lead whittled to 31-27 on a 36-yard touchdown pass from John Navarre to Steve Breaston with 2:18 left, but in the closing minute, with 4th-and-7 at the Oregon 39, Navarre's pass to Edwards hit off the receiver's hands, and the Ducks ran out the clock.
"The crowd was awesome," said defensive end Igor Olshansky, who blocked an extra point try for the Ducks. "The crowd came up today, they showed up, they were loud. They couldn't hard count that much because it was so loud. It really helped us out. The fans were awesome."
Navarre completed 25-of-55 passes for 360 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions.