The Ducks will have to do it without Dennis Dixon but to rely on running back Jonathan Stewart. Stewart rushed for 131 yards on 28 carries against Arizona, and has 1,273 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He ran for 121 yards on 20 carries in Oregon's 30-20 win over UCLA last year.
The Bruins were idle last week and most recently lost 24-20 at home to then-No. 9 Arizona State on Nov. 10. UCLA, which beat then-No. 10 California 30-21 on Oct. 20 for its only win in its last five contests, used its fourth quarterback of the season against the Sun Devils. Sophomore Osaar Rasshan, converted to receiver and then back to quarterback after the Bruins lost their first two quarterbacks to injuries, was 14-for-27 for 181 yards with an interception. He also ran for 41 yards on 13 carries.
UCLA averaged 32.4 points in starting 4-1, but since the injuries began to accumulate, the Bruins have averaged 18.0 points in their last five games. UCLA will try to avoid a fourth straight home loss to the Ducks, dating to a 34-29 win on Oct. 9, 1999.