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A matchup with Washington State might help the Ducks stay there for longer this time.
The Ducks look to extend their home winning streak to seven when they meet the Cougars on Saturday night.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made
The Ducks, though, responded by winning three in a row and turned in a stunning victory last Saturday, beating then-No. 6
"We are fired up and want to keep going," defensive end Will Tukuafu told the team's official Web site after last Saturday's win. "We are excited to get back to practice on Monday. Everyone was saying that in the locker room after this win.
"Never giving up was a key to success after the loss at
That was definitely the case on offense, as Jeremiah Masoli completed 21 of 25 passes for 253 yards and a career high-tying three touchdowns. The junior had been criticized for poor play during the first three games, when he completed 45.3 of his passes for 379 yards and two interceptions.
The low point came against
"There's always critics - and it always falls on the quarterback," Masoli said. "You try not to think about it, because nobody on the outside really has anything to do with it.
"On offense the sky's the limit for us. "We're the only ones who can hurt us. These last couple of weeks we've been in a funk, but today we moved past that."
Ed Dickson emerged as Masoli's top target against the Golden Bears, catching a career-high 11 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns to earn conference player of the week honors.
Dickson had four receptions for 58 yards over the previous three games.
The Ducks have been equally effective on defense lately, and have forced 10 turnovers on the season after adding two fumble recoveries last week.
Thurmond's five career TDs are the most for a non-offensive player in school history.
The Cougars, losers of 15 of 16 against ranked foes, are coming off a 27-6 road defeat to then-No. 12 Southern
That prompted coach Paul Wulff to name freshman Jeff Tuel the starting quarterback this week after poor performances from senior Kevin Lopina and sophomore Marshall Lobbestael.
Tuel will become the first freshman to start at quarterback for
The Cougars are averaging 17.0 points per game, 109th in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Posted: 9/29/09 7:32PM ET