5:00 PM ET, October 1, 2005
Stanford Stadium, STANFORD, CA
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Demetrius Williams entered the Oregon record books. His main concern, though, was getting rid of the bad feeling of last week's loss to top-ranked USC.
Williams caught six passes for 168 yards and Kellen Clemens threw for three touchdowns and 393 yards as the Ducks defeated Stanford 44-20 on Saturday.
"As the week went on, guys just got real hungry," Williams said. "We lost to USC and I think we came out here and gave it our all. It's always important to get a big win to boost your confidence. It also lets people know we're for real."
Williams failed to catch a touchdown pass for the first time in six games but the senior receiver did become Oregon's all-time leader with his ninth game of at least 100 yards receiving. He also moved into fifth all-time with 136 career receptions.
Clemens, who played less than three quarters, became the fourth Oregon quarterback to surpass 7,000 career total offensive yards and Mike Bellotti became the 13th Pac-10 coach to win 50 conference games as the Ducks (4-1, 1-1 Pac-10) rebounded from last week's loss.
"It feels good to win on the road," Clemens said. "But we're excited; 4-1 is pretty good right now. This is a talented group."
Clemens completed 22 of 29 passes in recording his second-best individual effort -- he threw for 437 yards against Washington State last year -- and moved into fourth on the school's all-time list for total offense. His 7,114 yards are just behind Joey Harrington's 7,121.
Clemens' 6,665 passing yards is 16 shy of Chris Miller for fourth all-time.
"The offense continued to move the football," Bellotti said. "We probably should have scored 60 points but we overcame some of our own mistakes. I'm frustrated by the penalties; there were way too many. Our kicking game needs a lot of work. That's an issue right now."
Trent Edwards, under constant pressure, threw for 156 yards and a touchdown for Stanford (1-2, 0-1).
"They were finding loopholes in our protection," Edwards said. "I need to find a way to help our guys play better. That's what the position entails."
Justin Phinisee returned an interception 86 yards for the Ducks. It's Oregon's seventh-longest interception return, and the longest without scoring a touchdown.
Clemens was intercepted for the first time all season, ending a streak of 162 consecutive passes without an interception dating to last year. It was the second-longest streak in school history, behind only his own run of 178 passes set last year.
The Ducks played without senior running back Terrence Whitehead, who rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his three previous games against the Cardinal. Freshman running back Jonathan Stewart scored his first three career offensive touchdowns helping to replace Whitehead. He returned a kickoff for a score earlier in the season.
"I didn't expect to score three touchdowns, just contribute," Stewart said. "It's a good feeling. No matter what, this was a Pac-10 game and it's a confidence builder. Kellen had a huge game."
Stanford failed to score an offensive touchdown in the second half for the second straight game, and the Cardinal offense appeared confused by the Ducks. Oregon limited the Cardinal to a mere 15 yards in the second half.
"When you pay attention to details you have a chance even against superior people," Stanford coach Walt Harris said. "We didn't do that. They have the firepower. They have good guys in their passing game. Those big wide receivers are as good a looking group as I've seen in a while."
Stewart scored twice on 1-yard runs in the third quarter and Jeremiah Johnson scored his first career touchdown on a 5-yard run in the fourth quarter. Paul Martinez added a 44-yard field goal.
Jon Alston blocked Aaron Knowles' punt at the Oregon goal line and fell on the loose ball for a touchdown with less than 4 minutes to play for Stanford.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||10-15||2-10|
|4th Down Conversions||1-2||0-0|
|FG||4:48||MICHAEL SGROI 42 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 30 yards.
|TD||2:08||JONATHAN STEWART 11 YD PASS FROM KELLEN CLEMENS (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 83 yards.
|TD||0:04||MARK BRADFORD 2 YD PASS FROM TRENT EDWARDS (MICHAEL SGROI KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 66 yards.
|TD||13:23||DANTE ROSARIO 18 YD PASS FROM KELLEN CLEMENS (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||4:41||JAISON WILLIAMS 19 YD PASS FROM KELLEN CLEMENS (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||0:06||MICHAEL SGROI 31 YD FG|
Drive info: 12 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||8:25||JONATHAN STEWART 1 YD RUN (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 60 yards.
|TD||4:48||JONATHAN STEWART 1 YD RUN (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 54 yards.
|FG||3:29||PAUL MARTINEZ 44 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, -4 yards.
|TD||8:45||JEREMIAH JOHNSON 5 YD RUN (BLOCKED XP)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 60 yards.
|TD||3:56||JON ALSTON 10 YD BLOCKED PUNT RETURN (MICHAEL SGROI KICK)||44||20|