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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Oregon 55 -Stanford 31

Not the prettiest game the Ducks have played this year but the Oregon defense stepped it up in the 2nd half after allowing Stanford 31 points in the first half, most of them coming in the 2nd quarter when Oregon turned the ball over 3 times.

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.

Oregon faces Cal next week at home. The Ducks will need to play solid defense for all 4 quarters and limit their turnovers if we want to keep an undefeated record. The Bears won yesterday and are 4-0 after beating Arizona 45-27.

ESPN Gameday in Eugene next week anyone?

GO DUCKS!

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