THREE QUESTIONS WITH: Oregon's Brian Paysinger

Published: September 17, 2006
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Oregon receiver Brian Paysinger caught the 23-yard touchdown pass that gave the Ducks a 34-33 win over Oklahoma.

Afterward, Paysinger met the press:

What were you thinking when (quarterback) Dennis Dixon threw the ball?

"When he threw the ball, time stood still. I knew I was wide-open.

"I needed to catch it. It was win the game or lose, so I made sure I caught that ball."

Did the magnitude of it hit you when the ball was in the air?

"It's something you always dream of doing, but you're never really prepared for. There's no way. It happens.

"When I caught that ball, all my teammates came over and greeted me. It was a great feeling all-around."

How were you so wide-open?

"I don't know. Technique? We had four verticals. We tried to spread out so one person couldn't cover two of us. They tried to play man on me. I had a safety (Nic Harris) on me. He was just sitting 5 or 10 yards. My job was just to get by him as fast as possible.

"I just tried to get open and make something happen."

By George Schroeder

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