Sunday, October 21, 2007

Oregon 55, Washington 34

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Jonathan Stewart ran for a career-high 251 yards and two touchdowns, Andre Crenshaw added 113 yards and two second-half scores, and Oregon pulled away late for a 55-34 win over Washington. The Ducks finished with a school-record 465 rushing yards and 661 total yards. The final numbers even staggered some of Oregon's offensive linemen, who bullied Washington's defense.

Whether it was pounding runs inside or stretching the Huskies to the perimeter, Stewart and the Ducks were never stopped. Stewart rushed for 144 yards at halftime, had 198 at the end of the three quarters, and became the first Oregon back to rush for 200 yards since Ontario Smith set a school record with 285 yards against Washington State in 2001. The Seattle-area native who spurned Washington, finished with 32 carries, seven more than his previous high.

Stewart picked up some help in the second half from Crenshaw, who added 107 yards after halftime. Crenshaw's 5-yard run with 12:54 left gave Oregon a 38-31 lead and put the Ducks ahead for good. Stewart and Crenshaw became the seventh and eighth backs in the last five weeks to rush for at least 100 yards on Washington; both USC and UCLA had two 100-yard rushers against the Huskies. Teams averaged 279 yards rushing during the previous four games.

Oregon's Andre Crenshaw, center, runs between Washington's Roy Lewis (28) and Wilson Afoa in the first half

Quarterback Dennis Dixon was 19-of-30 for 196 yards, added 99 yards rushing and a 13-yard scoring run with 4:52 left for the final margin.

Washington lost its fifth straight, all to teams ranked in the top 12 at one point this season. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Locker had the best yards passing night of his young career, throwing for 257 and four scores, but Washington's defense could never slow down the Ducks potent spread offense.

Next: Most probably ranked 5th and now-National title contender Oregon Ducks vs defending National champion and then-National title contender USC Trojans. With Cal lost to UCLA, Ducks need to win this match to have a shot at the Pac-10 title, even the National title is within reach.

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