Friday, September 21, 2007

Oregon at Stanford

#13 Oregon Ducks vs Stanford Cardinals
Saturday, 22 September 2007, 10pm ET
Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA

Behind a high-powered offense led by Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart, Oregon cruised through its non-conference schedule. The 13th-ranked Ducks look to continue their early success and avoid the Pac-10 struggles that plagued them last season when they open league play against Stanford on Saturday.

With a fast spread-option offense, Oregon (3-0) leads the conference with 46.3 points per game and ranks third nationally in rushing with 977 yards. Each of its three games has been decided by at least 21 points. The Ducks have accumulated at least 300 rushing yards in each game this season, including 307 in their 52-21 win over Fresno State last Saturday.

Dixon had two passing touchdowns while running for 59 yards and another TD against the Bulldogs, and has already accounted for 10 TDs this season. The senior quarterback had 368 yards of total offense and four touchdowns -- three through the air -- in Oregon's 39-7 victory at Michigan on Sept. 8. Dixon has yet to throw an interception and tops the Pac-10 with a 182.6 passer rating. Stewart, who scored on an 88-yard TD run last Saturday, has 276 yards and three touchdowns on 32 carries in his last two games.

With last Saturday's victory, Oregon moved up six spots in the latest AP rankings. This is the highest the Ducks have been ranked since being No. 11 last Oct. 2, though they would like to avoid a fate similar to what they suffered a year ago. Oregon won its first four games before losing six of its final nine, capped by a 38-8 defeat to BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.

The Ducks look to keep their winning streak intact with their sixth straight victory over the Cardinal (1-1), whose last win in this series came on Oct. 20, 2001. Stewart had a career-high 168 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in Oregon's 48-10 win over Stanford last year. Dixon passed for 236 yards, threw for one touchdown and ran for one.

The Cardinal are coming off a 37-0 victory over San Jose State last Saturday, their first win in seven tries in newly renovated Stanford Stadium. In their first six games there, the Cardinal were outscored 210-50 and never held a lead after the first quarter. Stanford gained 506 yards of offense - its most since amassing 548 against Arizona State on Sept. 22, 2001 - as sophomore Toby Gerhart had 140 yards and a TD on 12 carries. Two weeks after allowing 624 total yards - seventh-most in school history - in a 45-17 season-opening loss to UCLA, the Cardinal held the Spartans to 163 yards and recorded their first shutout since a 38-0 win over Michigan State in the 1996 Sun Bowl.

97% of Yahoo! College Pick'em users predict Oregon will win the game.

Go Ducks!


K i a H R o N g G e n G said...

la ini yg ko update?ingat nak citer pasal tmn meru...

DeLiNn said...

Go Ducks!

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