EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- There were no fancy plays or controversies
in Oregon's victory over UCLA, only workmanlike efficiency.
The No. 18 Ducks, who were humbled at California last weekend,
put together a solid 30-20 win over the Bruins on Saturday.
Dennis Dixon threw two touchdown passe and Jonthan Stewart ran
for 121 yards for Oregon (5-1, 3-1 Pac-10). Brian Paysinger had
four catches for 105 yards and a TD.
"I think what we wanted to establish was our regular game plan
that we've had for the whole season," Stewart said.
Going into the game, UCLA (4-2, 2-2) led the Pac-10 and was
ranked second nationally in run defense, allowing 50 yards a game.
Ducks ran for 256.
"We usually have stopped the run, and we did not do that
today," UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. "When you get an offense
running and passing like that it makes it a lot harder for your
defense to attack."
The Ducks were coming off a 45-24 loss at California, when their
running game -- and just about everything else -- malfunctioned. It
was the Ducks' first loss of the season and put them in a four-way
tie for third in the Pac-10. UCLA, coming off a victory over
Arizona, was also in that group.
Patrick Cowan started at quarterback for the Bruins in place of
Ben Olson, who injured his knee during last weekend's victory over
Arizona and was expected to be out up to six weeks.
Cowan, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound sophomore, completed 16 of 31
passes for 112 yards. He was intercepted once -- and lost his voice.
"I felt I could have done some things better," Cowan said. "I
knew they had a good D-line, and they got some pressure on us."
Oregon was fast and efficient on its first drive, scoring on an
11-yard pass from Dixon to Dante Rosario. The point-after was
blocked by UCLA's Justin Hickman, making it 6-0.
Jeremiah Johnson added a 7-yard touchdown run for the Ducks,
before the Bruins made it 13-3 with Justin Medlock's 35-yard field
Before the end of the first quarter, Paysinger outsprinted
Bruins free safety Dennis Keyes and caught Dixon's 26-yard pass in
the end zone to make it 20-3.
"We wanted to make a statement early. Coach said to get after
it, get a push and get 'em down," Oregon center Enoka Lucas said.
"The more we beat them down the more they gave up."
Medlock had a 48-yard field goal before the half to narrow it to
James Finley caught a 4-yard TD toss from Oregon backup Brady
Leaf in the second half after Dixon was hit hard earlier in the
series. It was Leaf's only completion of the game.
Dixon was 10-for-17 for 144 yards and no interceptions.
Bell's 1-yard scoring run to open the final quarter narrowed it
Matt Evenson attempted a 45-yard field goal for the Ducks which
fell way short, but he later made a 21-yarder that put the Ducks
ahead 30-13. Bell scored on another 1-yard dash with 1:59 left in
Stewart credited the offensive line for Oregon's success.
"Our blocking was really good," he said. "There were holes we
could actually choose from."
UCLA tight end Ryan Moya left the game in the first half. The
team reported he had a fractured left fibula, but no additional
details were immediately available. Offensive tackle Aleksey Lanis
also left the game with an ankle injury.
Oregon guard Josh Tschirgi left the game with a sprained ankle.
The teams hadn't met since 2004, when UCLA won 34-26 in Autzen
UCLA plays next week at Notre Dame, while Oregon heads to
"Getting back home after a couple of road games, and a tough
loss last weekend, we wanted to come out and set the tone," Oregon
linebacker Blair Phillips said. "I think we did that for the most
part in the first quarter."
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Brady Leaf connected with James Finley for a 4-yard TD pass in the third quarter to put Oregon up 27-6. UCLA scored twice in garbage time to make the game appear closer than it was.
Gameball goes to... Dennis Dixon, who made up for his subpar performance at Cal by guiding the Ducks to a win. He completed 10-of-17 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns in the conference win.
Stat of the game... 90: UCLA gave up 90 yards on eight penalties -- nearly as many yards as the Bruins gained on the ground (104). Oregon also was hit with eight penalties, but lost just 56 yards.