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No. 2 UCLA needs overtime to hold off Oregon

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Chris Sailer made the most of a second chance, Cade McNown overcame a stomach problem and No. 2 UCLA remained in the national title chase.

"Wow, that should be worth two wins," UCLA coach Bob Toledo said after Sailer's 24-yard field goal in overtime lifted the Bruins to a 41-38 victory over No. 11 Oregon in a battle of two of the nation's top offenses.Hampered by the strained hip flexor he suffered two weeks ago, Sailer missed a 21-yard field goal on the final play of the fourth quarter to force over-time.

But he got another opportunity after UCLA stopped Oregon on its only possession in overtime.

"I wish I could have ended it the first time," Sailer said. "I'm just glad the team gave us another chance and the coach had the confidence in me to give me another chance.

"This team's special. We know we have an opportunity here. For me to let that slip away would have been a big blow. No one got down on me, they went in there, took care of business in overtime."

UCLA (5-0, 3-0 Pac-10) extended its school-record winning streak to 15 games - the longest in the nation - but had some anxious moments after Oregon (5-1, 2-1) scored 24 straight points to take a 31-24 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The Bruins tied the game on a 2-yard touchdown run by Jermaine Lewis with 10:13 remaining and went ahead 38-31 on a 60-yard touchdown pass from McNown to Danny Farmer with 2:36 left.

But the Ducks tied the game on a 2-yard pass from Akili Smith to Damon Griffin with 22 seconds to play and Nathan Villegas' conversion. Smith kept the drive alive by completing a 19-yard pass to Griffin on fourth-and-16, putting the ball at the UCLA 23.

McNown's 53-yard pass to backup quarterback Drew Bennett, in the game at wide receiver, gave Sailer his chip shot attempt to win the game in regulation, but the kick was wide left.