Bralon Addison got his foot down just in time, barely missing the back line of the end zone. Arrion Springs timed his move just right, snagging an interception in the same end zone.
Two big plays on a night filled with them may have saved Oregon's season.
Addison scored on a 20-yard pass in the third overtime on a play upheld by review and Springs intercepted Mike Bercovici's pass in the end zone, lifting Oregon to a wild 61-55 win over Arizona State on Thursday night in Tempe, Ariz.
"We knew this was going to be a back-and-forth type of thing," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. "We didn't know it was going to be 61-55 back and forth."Addison appeared to touch the back line on his TD catch, but one view of the play was blocked by a camera and the officials upheld the original call upon review. After Oregon (5-3, 3-2 Pac-12) failed on the mandatory two-point conversion, Springs sealed it with an interception.
"That one hurt about as bad as any one since I've been here," Sun Devils coach Todd Graham said.
Oregon had 501 total yards and needed another big play just to get into overtime. Dwayne Stanford pulled it off, grabbing Vernon Adams' fourth-down, desperation pass for an 8-yard touchdown despite being run into by teammate Johnny Mundt.
Charles Nelson had a 100-yard kick return touchdown, and Adams threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns. Royce Freeman added 112 yards rushing and two touchdowns — one in the second overtime —in Oregon's ninth straight win over Arizona State (4-4, 2-3).
• Southern California athletic director Pat Haden is stepping down from the College Football Playoff committee after his doctors advised him to cut back on travel. Committee Executive Director Bill Hancock said Haden would not be replaced. The committee will have 12 members for the rest of the season.
• Redshirt freshman quarterback Easton Stick, who replaced injured Carson Wentz last week and became North Dakota State's first 100-yard rusher of the season in a victory over Indiana State, will start Saturday for the Bison (5-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley) at Southern Illinois, which is unbeaten at home.