UCLA Falls on Road to No. 18 Oregon, 30-20
Oct. 14, 2006
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -Dennis Dixon threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns and No. 18 Oregon rebounded from a humbling loss with a solid 30-20 victory over UCLA on Saturday.
Brian Paysinger had four catches for 105 yards for the Ducks (5-1, 3-1 Pac-10) while Jonathan Stewart ran for 121 yards.
Going into the game, UCLA (4-2, 2-2) led the Pac-10 and was ranked second nationally in run defense, allowing an average of just 50 yards a game. But the Ducks ran for 256 yards.
The Ducks were coming off a 45-24 loss at California, when their running game - and just about everything else - sputtered. It was the Ducks' first loss of the season and put them in a four-way tie for third in the Pac-10. UCLA, coming off a victory over Arizona, was also in that group.
The Bruins could not match the intensity of the Ducks.
Patrick Cowan started at quarterback for the Bruins in place of Ben Olson, who injured his knee during last weekend's victory over Arizona and was expected to be out up to six weeks.
Cowan, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound sophomore, completed 16 of 31 passes for 112 yards. He was intercepted once.
Kahlil Bell had two TD runs for UCLA.
Oregon was fast and efficient on its first drive, scoring on an 11-yard pass from Dixon to Dante Rosario. The point-after was blocked by UCLA's Justin Hickman, making it 6-0.
Jeremiah Johnson added a 7-yard touchdown run for the Ducks, before the Bruins made it 13-3 with Justin Medlock's 35-yard field goal.
Before the end of the first quarter, Paysinger outsprinted Bruins free safety Dennis Keyes and caught Dixon's 26-yard pass in the end zone to make it 20-3.
Medlock had a 48-yard field goal before the half to narrow it to 20-6.
James Finley caught a 4-yard TD toss from Oregon backup Brady Leaf in the second half after Dixon was hit hard earlier in the series. It was Leaf's only completion of the game.
Bell's 1-yard scoring run to open the final quarter narrowed it to 27-13.
Matt Evenson attempted a 45-yard field goal for the Ducks which fell way short, but he later made a 21-yarder that put the Ducks ahead 30-13. Bell scored on another 1-yard dash with 1:59 left in the game.
UCLA tight end Ryan Moya left the game in the first half. The team reported he had a fractured left fibula, but no additional details were immediately available. Offensive tackle Aleksey Lanis also left the game with an ankle injury.
Oregon guard Josh Tschirgi left the game with a sprained ankle.
The teams hadn't met since 2004, when UCLA won 34-26 in Autzen Stadium.