THE 2005 PACIFIC LIFE HOLIDAY BOWL
Oregon (10-1) vs. Oklahoma (7-4)
The Oregon Ducks came into the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl with an impressive 10-1 record and looked to take out their frustrations on a talented, but youthful Oklahoma team. The Sooners, however, would have something to say about that.
In front of a Pacific Life Holiday Bowl record crowd of 65,416, Oregon took a 7-3 after one quarter and the game turned into a defensive struggle as both defenses stopped their offensive counterparts. After a scoreless second quarter, the Ducks went into halftime with a 7-3 lead.
Oklahoma quarterback and Offensive MVP Rhett Bomar began the Sooner comeback by leading the Sooners on two touchdown drives that gave Oklahoma a 17-7 lead late in the third quarter. Bomar finished the game 17 of 30 for 229 passing yards with one touchdown pass and was named the game’s Offensive MVP.
Oregon answered back with a 78 yard touchdown that touchdown pulled the Ducks to within three points of the Sooners. Oklahoma’s next drive that only lasted three plays and 26 seconds and after a punt, the Ducks had the ball at their own 22 with three minutes to go. Quarterback Brady Leaf led the Ducks down field to the Sooners’ 19 yard line and into field goal range. It seemed as though the Ducks were poised to score a touchdown, or at the very least, send the game to overtime with a field goal. However, Oklahoma linebacker Clint Ingram picked of a Leaf pass with 33 seconds left in the game and the Sooners held on to a victory.