3:30 PM ET, September 2, 2006
Autzen Stadium, EUGENE, OR
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 offense."
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 third quarter.
Aaron Zagory missed a 32-yard field goal attempt that would have narrowed it, before the Ducks scored on Jeremiah Johnson's 2-yard run.
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 Harris said.
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.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Dennis Dixon lead a 44-yard drive, capped by a 15-yard TD pass to Jaison Williams to put Oregon up 17-10.
Gameball goes to... Jonathan Stewart. The sophomore RB rushed for 168 yards and tallied two touchdowns before spraining his ankle.
Stat of the game... 337, 535: Defense wasn't the name of this game. The Ducks generated 535 yards of total offense. Stanford was no slouch; the Cardinal put up 337 yards.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||3-14||7-10|
|4th Down Conversions||2-4||0-0|
|FG||11:52||PAUL MARTINEZ 35 YD FG|
Drive info: 13 plays, 62 yards.
|FG||2:37||AARON ZAGORY 34 YD FG|
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yards.
|TD||13:36||JONATHAN STEWART 1 YD RUN (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 46 yards.
|TD||9:59||JAISON WILLIAMS 15 YD PASS FROM DENNIS DIXON (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 44 yards.
|TD||6:52||MARK BRADFORD 26 YD PASS FROM TRENT EDWARDS (AARON ZAGORY KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 82 yards.
|TD||3:19||JONATHAN STEWART 3 YD RUN (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 67 yards.
|FG||0:08||PAUL MARTINEZ 24 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yards.
|TD||6:57||DENNIS DIXON 2 YD RUN (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 11 plays, 88 yards.
|TD||11:04||JEREMIAH JOHNSON 3 YD RUN (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 58 yards.
|TD||9:32||A.J. TUITELE 72 YD BLOCKED FG RETURN (PAUL MARTINEZ KICK)||10||48|