EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Jonathan Stewart gave Oregon a look at what
he promised for this season. He also gave the Ducks a scare.
The sophomore who vowed to breakout this year rushed for 168
yards and two touchdowns and No. 21 Oregon defeated Pac-10 rival
Stanford 48-10 on Saturday.
That was before he hurt his ankle and left the game. Coach Mike
Bellotti said later that Stewart had a lateral sprain and would be
ready for next week's game at Fresno State.
"I got the rock and did whatever I did to win," said Stewart,
who was wearing a boot after the game.
Last season, Stewart rushed for 188 total yards in 10 games.
In addition to Stewart, Dennis Dixon threw for a score and ran
for another in the rare conference matchup to open the season.
Dixon, who has the starting job all to himself after rotating
with Brady Leaf last year, completed 21 of 30 passes for 236 yards
as temperatures at Autzen Stadium zoomed into the 90s.
"We got a whole lot of people here, and a whole lot of
weapons," Dixon said. "But there's only one ball to go around."
Stewart injured his right ankle late in the third quarter. He
walked off the field unaided but did not return to the game.
"I'll be fine for Fresno State," he said. "I was cutting to
the left for a first down and someone landed on me."
"This was a real humbling experience. We need to go back to the
drawing board," Bradford said. "I expect more out of this
Stewart burrowed in from a yard out to make it 10-3 for the
Ducks early in the second quarter. Dixon's 15-yard scoring pass to
Jaison Williams upped the lead.
Stanford answered with Edwards' 26-yard TD pass to Bradford.
Stewart scored again on a 3-yard run and Paul Martinez added a
24-yard field goal to make it 27-10 at halftime.
Dixon's 2-yard keeper put Oregon up 34-10 midway through the
Aaron Zagory missed a 32-yard field goal attempt that would have
narrowed it, before the Ducks scored on Jeremiah Johnson's 2-yard
Finally, Oregon blocked Zagory's 37-yard field goal attempt in
the fourth quarter and it was scooped up by linebacker A.J. Tutele,
who ran it back 72 yards for the score.
"That hurts, it makes it look worse," Stanford coach Walt
The game was originally scheduled for October, but the
Pacific-10 Conference instituted a full round-robin conference
schedule, forcing Stanford to chose between 12 straight games or
the opener at Oregon.
Later, the Big Game against California was rescheduled for Dec.
2, giving the Cardinal a late bye.
Oregon had not opened against a conference opponent since 1997.
Stanford opened against Washington State in 2000.
Oregon finished 10-2 last season, its best record since 2001.
The Ducks were second in the Pac-10 behind Southern California with
a 7-1 mark and suffered their only regular season loss to the
Trojans. The Ducks lost 17-14 to Oklahoma in the Holiday Bowl.
Oregon got a big game on defense from the player replacing
All-American defensive tackle Haloti Ngata.
Juco transfer Jeremy Gibbs recorded a sack, a blocked kick and
caused a fumble.
The Cardinal, coming off their fourth straight losing season,
are 43-26-1 in the all-time series with Oregon, but the Ducks have
won the last five games, including a 44-20 victory last season.
The victory was Bellotti's 91st as coach at Oregon, tying him
with Rich Brooks as winningest Ducks coach.
The crowd at Autzen on Saturday numbered 58,450, a record for an
opener and the fourth-biggest attendance ever.
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