EUGENE, Ore. -- When the Oregon Ducks look back at their lone loss of the season, sure theres lingering disappointment, but not a lot of second-guessing. Instead, some players have pointed to the Arizona loss as the turning point of their season, when they woke up and revived for their march to the national championship. I think we learned a lot in terms of having that loss early in the year and kind of experiencing failure a little bit, quarterback Marcus Mariota said a few games afterward. Now that we have had our backs against the wall, guys feel the need to fight, play loose and play with high intensity. Lesson learned, Oregon will play for the national title next Monday night against Ohio State in Arlington, Texas. The second-seeded Ducks (13-1) defeated Florida State in college footballs first playoffs to advance, while the fourth-seeded Buckeyes (13-1) upset Alabama. Back in early October, Oregon was undefeated and ranked second in The Associated Press poll. The Ducks were boosted by a key victory earlier in the season over Michigan State and looking to avoid the pitfalls that had thwarted them the season before, when late-season losses against Arizona and Stanford took them out of a BCS bowl game for the first time since 2008. The Wildcats were also undefeated, but unranked and 24-point underdogs. And the game was at Autzen Stadium, where the Ducks hadnt lost since 2012. Oregon led 7-3 at halftime before Arizona freshman Nick Wilson ran for a pair of touchdowns and caught another to build a 24-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The Ducks rallied with a field goal and Mariotas touchdown pass to Keanon Lowe to tie the game with 8:21 left. With Arizona driving downfield, Tony Washington was called for unsportsmanlike conduct to give the Wildcats a first down. Then a pass interference call paved the way for Terris Jones-Grigsbys go-ahead 1-yard touchdown. On Oregons ensuing series, Mariota was sacked and stripped of the ball by Scooby Wright, giving the Wildcats the 31-24 win. Afterward, senior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, who decided to stay at Oregon for a final year in part to give a national championship one more shot, was the voice of reason. Every loss is a test of our character to see how we respond. Not every team in college football is going to go undefeated so everyone has to learn from their losses and get better, he said. There was talk that Mariota hadnt been 100 per cent in the loss, which he shrugged off as typical football stuff. In the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks typical even-keel style, a week afterward he -- and the rest of the Ducks -- had refocused. Theres no sense of panic or anything like that, Mariota said at the time. I think guys are understanding weve just got to take it one game at a time. Taking that cue from their unquestioned leader, it was a sentiment the Ducks carried through the rest of the season. The loss was a big part of it. Thats not something that we do, so we just reassessed everything, went back to the drawing boards and came back more physical. We were able to bounce back and knew we had to play more physical and play a lot harder than we have been, running back Byron Marshall said. On Monday, the Ducks held a media day back home in Eugene, where theyll practice before heading to the Dallas area on Friday in preparation for the title game. Coach Mark Helfrich was asked about the Arizona loss, and how the Ducks overcame that disappointment. He chalked it up to the process. We believe very much in what were doing. Our guys believe very much in what were doing and how were doing it, Helfrich said. Theres always -- from the medias perspective or the fans perspective -- second-guessing. In our world thats evaluation. 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The Devils are just 1-5-4 overall, and the only things keeping them out of last place in the newly formed Metropolitan Division are the similar slow starts by the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. "Not a very good one by me," Schneider said. "Just two real bad goals that cost a point. We shouldve never went to a shootout. No disrespect to Vancouver, I thought I kind of gave them two goals there. (Luongo) made some big saves in the third, they hung around and won the shootout. "So, its my fault we lost the point tonight." The Devils took a 1-0 lead just 5:05 into the game when Andrei Loktionov found Elias for a shot from the left circle that resulted in his third goal. Elias had missed the previous two games because of illness. Ryan Kesler tied it at 6:07 with his fifth goal as the Canucks won for the second time in three nights. New Jersey went back in front with a power-play tally 3:34 later on Eric Gelinas first NHL goal. Gelinas was called up from Albany of the AHL on Wednesday. Vancouver tied it at 2 with 7:23 left in the second when Daniel Sedin netted his fourth of the season. Sedin fired a slap shot off a dump-in that found its wway under Schneiders right pad.dddddddddddd Luongo made 28 saves before the shootout. Schneider stopped 19. "I thought we were the better team, obviously for 65 minutes," Elias said. "Unfortunately, you know how we end up after overtime. I think we should put a little more into overtime, but we had plenty of chances to end the hockey game." Vancouver coach John Tortorella -- back in the New York metropolitan area this week after being fired by the Rangers this summer -- was victorious in his return to the Prudential Center, where he and New York lost the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals in Game 6 to New Jersey. The Devils, a year removed from missing the playoffs, are now 0-5 vs. the Western Conference. "We played great, we deserved to win. Those guys worked their butts off and played mistake-free hockey," Schneider said. "I made two mistakes and they both end up in the back of the net. Its unacceptable on my part. So, I know Im better than that, I have to be better than that, and if I play like that again, then, Ill be better (next time). It starts with everyone pulling their weight, and tonight, I was probably the one guy who didnt carry his load. "It cost the team a point." ---- NOTES: Canucks centre Henrik Sedin, who had two assists, played in his 641st consecutive game since March 21, 2004, the sixth longest streak in NHL history. St. Louis Blues D Jay Bouwmeester is the only active NHL player to appear in more games, dressing for 642. ... Elias goal was his 11th against Luongo in 20 games. ... Devils D Bryce Salvador missed his second game and was designated as a non-roster player due to a death in the family. ... Gelinas played in his second NHL game. He made his debut last season on April 25 against Pittsburgh. 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