Former Duck QBs shine Dec. 17 — the night before Oregon will take on USC for the Pac-12 championship, Ducks fans received a football gift on Thursday Night Football.
A game that featured two former Ducks quarterbacks in the spotlight ended with Justin Herbert making a second effort to stretch the ball over the goal line to give the Los Angeles Chargers a 30-27 overtime win over Marcus Mariota and the Las Vegas Raiders.
Herbert threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns and scored the game winner by reaching the ball over the goal line as he was being tackled.
Mariota, who joined the Raiders as a free agent, came on for injured Derek Carr in the first quarter. He finished 17 of 28 for 226 yards, a touchdown and interception. Mariota was the Raiders' leading rusher with 88 yards and a touchdown on nine carries
Both teams had opportunities to win it late.
Mariota had the Raiders in position for go-ahead points late in the fourth quarter but threw a little behind Zay Jones, who tipped the ball before it was intercepted by Chris Harris. Mariota made a touchdown-saving tackle on Harris at the Raiders' 33.
The Chargers ran twice and Herbert was sacked on third down before kicker Michael Badgley missed from 51 yards — his second miss of the fourth quarter.
The Raiders got the ball first in OT and Mariota led them 72 yards to a first down at the Chargers' 4. But two runs and an incomplete pass led to a Daniel Carlson field goal.
Herbert, who attempted only one pass in the fourth quarter, connected with Jalen Guyton to set up a first down at the Raider 2. It took a Las Vegas penalty and three tries to get the ball across the goal line.
The loss all but eliminates the 7-7 Raiders from the playoffs. The Chargers are 5-9, after Herbert led a game-winning final possession for the second time in five days.
College men's basketball — Oregon (5-1) won its fifth in a row, beating San Francisco (5-4) 74-64 at Matthew Knight Arena.
Eugene Omoruyi led the Ducks with 19 points and Eric Williams Jr. had 16 points and six rebounds. Amauri Hardi and Chris Duarte each had 11. LJ Figueroa had nine rebounds and three steals off the bench.
For the second game in a row, Oregon overcame poor 3-point shooting (4 of 19).
Next for the Ducks is a noon Saturday visit from the Portland Pilots.
• The Pac-12 released times for a series of upcoming men's basketball games.
Oregon will host Cal at 7 p.m. Dec. 31 (Pac-12 Network) and host Stanford at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 (none of the ESPN channels). Oregon visits Colorado on Jan. 7 (6 or 8 p.m., FS1) and Utah Jan. 10 (11 a.m., Pac-12 Network). Oregon hosts Arizona State at 6 p.m. Jan. 14 and Arizona at 7 p.m. Jan. 16 (both on one of the ESPN channels).
The Ducks face San Francisco at 5 p.m. Thursday (Pac-12 Network).
College women's basketball — Montana State closed with a 15-3 run to beat Portland 80-67 at Chiles Center.
Alex Fowler scored 31 points for the Pilots (3-3) and Haylee Andrews had 16 points, seven assists and eight rebounds (and seven turnovers). Portland had only one field goal in the final 5:29. Montana State had a 42-32 rebounding advantage and a 20-10 edge in second-chance points.
College gymnastics — Oregon State is ranked 13th in the Women's Collegiate Gymnastics Association preseason poll. The Beavers' schedule will be announced later.
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