Oregon puts all weapons to use
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published October 1, 2006
TEMPE, Ariz. - The 14th-ranked Oregon Ducks came to the desert aiming to prove their controversial victory over Oklahoma two weeks ago was no fluke. Mission accomplished.
Oregon used a balanced attack and a relentless defense to crush Arizona State 48-13 Saturday. Dennis Dixon threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns, Jonathan Stewart ran for 142 yards and Jaison Williams caught 10 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns. The Ducks recorded six sacks and limited Arizona State to 175 yards.
It was Oregon's first game since the officials erroneously awarded them possession of an onside kick in a 34-33 victory over Oklahoma Sept. 16 - a mistake that resulted in Pac-10 suspensions of on-field officials and two replay officials.
The Ducks set up a Top 25 showdown with California next Saturday in Berkeley, Calif.
Terry Richardson returned a kickoff 100 yards for Arizona State. Sun Devils quarterback Rudy Carpenter, who led the nation in passing efficiency last season, continued his recent struggles. Carpenter completed six of 19 passes for 33 yards and threw an interception in the end zone.
Arizona State suffered its worst home loss in six seasons under coach Dirk Koetter, and its worst defeat in Sun Devil Stadium since a 59-23 loss to UCLA Nov. 12, 1994. Koetter fell to 2-18 against Top 25 opponents.
Arizona State, after being ranked 22nd two weeks ago, has been outscored 97-34 over the last two Saturdays.
After a 49-21 loss at California last weekend, the Sun Devils had pledged to shore up their defense after that humiliating loss. But Dixon was 19-for-30 for 215 yards and three touchdowns and did not throw an interception.
No. 20 California 41, Oregon State 13
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Nate Longshore threw for 341 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Marshawn Lynch, as California beat Oregon State.
Lynch finished with three touchdowns for the Bears, running 15 yards for another score.
Longshore's 39-yard TD pass to Lavelle Hawkins gave Cal the early lead. Before the first quarter was over, Longshore found DeSean Jackson with a 27-yard scoring pass and Lynch's TD run made it 21-0.
Lynch had his second touchdown reception of the season, a 27-yard pass from Longshore, midway through the second quarter.
Tom Schneider kicked a 37-yard field goal to make it 31-0, before Alexis Serna, last season's Lou Groza award winner for the nation's top kicker, hit a 58-yarder to make it 31-3 at the half.
The kick matched the school record set by Chris Mangold against San Jose State in 1982.
Lynch rushed for 106 yards, and added 59 receiving yards. It was his fourth straight game this season, and 13th overall, with at least 100 yards on the ground. He has seven touchdowns.