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Oregon 35, Stanford 0

10/25/2003

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- A shutout was just what the Oregon Ducks
needed to snap out of their slump.

Terrence Whitehead ran for 172 yards and two scores as Oregon
stopped a three-game losing streak with a 35-0 victory over
struggling Stanford on Saturday.

It was the Ducks' first shutout of a Pacific-10 opponent since
1992, when they beat Oregon State 7-0.

"When you shutout somebody in the Pac-10, it doesn't matter who
it is, it's a tremendous accomplishment," Oregon coach Mike
Bellotti said. "I think it puts us back on track."

Kellen Clemens completed 15 of 17 passes for 149 yards, while
fellow quarterback Jason Fife was 8-of-10 for 115 yards for the
Ducks (5-3, 2-2 Pacific-10). Fife also ran for a score, as did
Dante Rosario.

Stanford (2-4, 0-4), with its fourth straight loss, couldn't
manage to score when it got to the Oregon 1 with a first down early
in the fourth quarter. The drive ended after some back-and-fourth
and seven snaps when the Cardinal turned the ball over on downs.

"The stand at the goal line was maybe one of the greatest
things I've ever seen," Bellotti said.

Stanford used fifth-year senior QB Chris Lewis rather than
freshman Trent Edwards, who had unseated Lewis as starter after the
opener against San Jose State. But Edwards went down with a slight
concussion and a shoulder sprain last week in Stanford's 24-14 loss
to Washington State, and Lewis got the nod against Oregon.

Lewis completed 12 of 25 throws for 188 yards, but had three
interceptions, including one that was returned for a touchdown.
Mark Bradford had seven receptions for 153 yards for the Cardinal.

Clemens started and led the Ducks on an 80-yard drive that ended
with Whitehead's 3-yard scoring run, putting Oregon on top with its
first series.

The Ducks' defense then shook off any cobwebs left over from
last week's bye when Kevin Mitchell intercepted Lewis' pass meant
for Justin McCullum and ran it back 9 yards for a touchdown.

Jerry Matson reached Lewis just as he was making the pass,
throwing off his aim.

"They did a good job of disguising that defense," Lewis said.
"I thought they were going to come with the blitz, but Kevin
(Mitchell) just dropped back and he was right in the passing
lane."

Stanford had further trouble when Michael Sgroi's 39-yard field
goal attempt went wide right.

Fife made an appearance in the second quarter, and was 4-for-4
as he promptly led Oregon on a 60-yard drive, capped by a 9-yard
keeper to put the Ducks up 21-0. It was his fifth rushing touchdown
this season.

Oregon tried to extend its lead going into halftime, but Jared
Siegel's 53-yard field-goal attempt was wide right.

"I thought Oregon played with a lot of emotion," Lewis said.
"We had a lot of opportunities in the first have to put the ball
in, and that changed momentum."

Whitehead ran 44 yards for another score to open the second
half. Rosario capped scoring with a a fourth-quarter 1-yard TD dash
for Oregon, which opened the season with four straight victories
and was ranked as high as No. 10 before it went on the three-game
slide, punctuated by a 59-14 rout by Arizona State.

"We're back in action," Oregon outside linebacker David Martin
said. "We want to finish the season 9-3 and go to a bowl game."

But Oregon was hurt in the first half when cornerback Steven
Moore left the game with a strained left ankle.

The Ducks have struggled defending the pass, allowing previous
opponents an average of 289.7 passing yards a game to rank 109th
among 117 Division I-A teams.

Stanford passed for 225 yards against the Ducks.