"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.
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.