EUGENE, Ore. - Kenny Wheaton's 1994 interception against Washington has been called the play that changed Oregon football history, but as great as that play was it's only part of the bigger story that was the 1994 season.
Oregon was missing Danny O'Neil, Herman O'Berry, and Rickie Whittle when they opened up PAC-10 play against USC at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum; a place the Ducks had not won since 1971.
Oregon linebacker Rich Ruhl put it best, "No one who is a Duck fans likes the Huskies." A back and forth game at Autzen Stadium all came down to the 4th quarter where Oregon senior quarterback Danny O'Neil was asked to do something he had never done before; lead the Ducks on a game winning drive.
Coming into the 1994 season the Arizona Wildcats were the preseason pick to win the PAC-10. The suffocating "Desert Swarm" defense, led by junior linebacker Tedy Bruschi, even graced the cover of Sports Illustrated at the beginning of the season. Something the Ducks and the "Gang Green" defense didn't forget.
One game was all that stood between Rich Brooks and the Ducks making their first Rose Bowl since 1958, but Jerry Pettibone's Beavers wanted nothing more than to ruin Oregon's New Years Day plans.