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Oregon Wins Going Away

Ducks rout Stanford, 48-10, in an early Pac-10 opener. Stewart rushes for 168 yards and two touchdowns before an injury forces him out.

September 03, 2006|From the Associated Press

EUGENE, Ore. — Jonathan Stewart promised he'd have a big season, and the Oregon running back got off to a good start against Stanford.

Stewart ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns, then left because of an injured right ankle, as the 21st-ranked Ducks beat the Cardinal, 48-10, in a Pacific 10 Conference game Saturday.

Oregon Coach Mike Bellotti said Stewart has a lateral sprain but will be ready for next week's game at Fresno State. The sophomore was wearing a boot to protect the ankle -- injured late in the third quarter -- after the game.

"I'll be fine," Stewart said. "I was cutting to the left for a first down and someone landed on me."

Stewart rushed for 188 yards in 10 games last season, and vowed he'd return with a breakout season.

Against Stanford, he had plenty of help. Dennis Dixon threw for a score, completing 21 of 30 passes for 236 yards, and ran for another.

"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."

Stanford's Trent Edwards completed 20 of 34 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown. Mark Bradford had nine catches for 108 yards.

"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 scored 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 increased the lead.

Stanford answered with Edwards' 26-yard touchdown pass to Bradford.

Stewart scored again on a three-yard run, and Paul Martinez kicked a 24-yard field goal to make it 27-10 at halftime.

Dixon's two-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 two-yard run.

Finally, Oregon blocked Zagory's 37-yard field-goal attempt in the fourth quarter, and the ball 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 Pac-10 instituted a full round-robin conference schedule, forcing Stanford to chose between 12 consecutive weeks of play 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.

The crowd of 58,450 at Autzen Stadium was a record for an opener and the fourth-largest ever.

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