Oregon trailed the Cardinal 31-24 at the end of the 2nd quarter and Duck fans had to be a little nervous when play started in the 3rd quarter.
"It started opening up in the second half," Dixon said. "We started to stretch it out and find the open guy. I knew someone would step up and Cameron Colvin did that."
Oregon, the Pac-10 leader in scoring and total offense, was held to 48 yards during the second quarter, when they allowed 28 points to Stanford. The Ducks recovered nicely in the second half and finished with 589 yards.
"Coach said it was up to each of us," Colvin said. "We made the adjustments and executed them. We calmed ourselves down and played the way we can."
With Brian Paysinger out with a leg injury, Colvin became Dixon's favorite target. The senior receiver caught a career-high eight passes for 136 yards and a touchdown.
Jeremiah Johnson scored the go-ahead touchdown midway through the third quarter and Jonathan Stewart (pictured), who rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries, also scored as the Ducks (4-0, 1-0 Pac-10) started with four wins for the second straight season.
The Ducks, who entered the game third nationally in turnover margin, turned the ball over more in one quarter than their previous three games combined. The three fumbles in the second quarter resulted in three Stanford touchdowns. The Ducks finished with 3 turnovers compared to Stanford's 2.
ESPN Gameday in Eugene next week anyone?