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Washington State 7, (9) Oregon 53

1 2 3 4 T
WSU (2-5) 0 0 7 0 7
#9 ORE (5-1) 17 23 10 3 53


3:30 PM ET, October 13, 2007
Autzen Stadium,
Eugene, OR

Oregon gets back on track, but Colvin, Johnson go down

Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Oregon scored 40 points in the first half. Most will argue it was over long before then (even a 17-0 deficit is tough to come back from). But 40 points is the definition of insurmountable.
Gameball goes to... Dennis Dixon. Hello, Heisman race. Dixon has been under the radar, but his 303 total yards, three passing TDs and another rushing score put him on the map.
Stat of the game... 551. Oregon put up some massive yardage -- 551, to be exact -- yet it's just the third-highest total this season for the offensively explosive Ducks.
Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs1730
Total Yards314551
3rd Down Conversions4-1312-18
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Individual Leaders
Washington State Passing
A. Brink15/3325112
Oregon Passing
D. Dixon21/2828730
Washington State Rushing
D. Tardy1134015
Oregon Rushing
J. Stewart1366017
Washington State Receiving
M. Bumpus560120
Oregon Receiving
J. Williams4108152
Scoring Summary
TD11:38Jeremiah Johnson 42 Yd Run (Matt Evensen Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 42 yds, :08
FG05:19Matt Evensen 44 Yd
Drive: 13 plays, 69 yds, 3:43
TD00:06Jeremiah Johnson 18 Yd Run (Matt Evensen Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 38 yds, :53
SF10:44Alex Brink Tackled By Nick Reed In End Zone 019
TD06:52Dennis Dixon 1 Yd Run (Matt Evensen Kick)
Drive: 12 plays, 63 yds, 3:52
TD02:22Jaison Williams 52 Yd Pass From Dennis Dixon (Matt Evensen Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 80 yds, 2:46
TD01:20Derrick Jones 10 Yd Pass From Dennis Dixon (Matt Evensen Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 69 yds, :31
TD13:01Aaron Pflugrad 22 Yd Pass From Dennis Dixon (Matt Evensen Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 44 yds, 1:59
TD10:47Michael Bumpus 8 Yd Pass From Alex Brink (Romeen Abdollmohammadi Kick)
Drive: 7 plays, 76 yds, 2:14
FG05:47Daniel Padilla 43 Yd
Drive: 5 plays, 19 yds, 1:52
FG07:35Daniel Padilla 39 Yd
Drive: 18 plays, 70 yds, 8:43
Photo Wire
Oregon's Jeremiah Johnson waves to the crowd after being injured during the second quarter of a football game...
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's easy victory over Washington State came at a high cost -- receiver Cameron Colvin and running back Jeremiah Johnson left with injuries, and could miss the rest of the season.

Dennis Dixon threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns and No. 9 Oregon handed Washington State its fourth straight loss, 53-7 on Saturday. Dixon also ran for a touchdown for the Ducks (5-1, 2-1 Pac-10).

But Colvin broke his ankle early in the game, and Johnson injured his right knee after scoring two touchdowns.

"Those are serious blows," coach Mike Bellotti said. "Our depth will be tested, but I have confidence that we will still be able to do the things we want to do."

The Cougars (2-5, 0-4) were without receiver Brandon Gibson, who suited up but did not play. Gibson was leading the Pac-10 with 6.5 catches and 94.5 yards per game but bruised his heel in Washington State's 23-20 loss to Arizona State last weekend.

The Ducks were coming off a bye week, after a 31-24 loss to California at Autzen Stadium back on Sept. 29, and took advantage of three Washington State turnovers in the first quarter.

Alex Brink was intercepted on the first drive and Oregon capitalized with Johnson's 42-yard touchdown run.

On the next series, Washington got to the Oregon 2, but Brink was sacked for a 17-yard loss and then was intercepted by Jerome Boyd on the next throw.

On the ensuing drive, Colvin -- the starter since receiver Brian Paysinger injured his knee and had survery -- was hit and taken from the field on a cart.

The Ducks took advantage of another Brink turnover late in the quarter. Oregon got the ball when Brink's fumble was recovered by Boyd, leading to Johnson's 18-yard scoring run.

Brink was sacked in the end zone by Nick Reed and Cole Linehan for a safety to put Oregon up 19-0.

Oregon suffered another blow when Johnson hurt his right knee and was carted off the field. He was set to have an MRI exam on Sunday but Bellotti said the "damage is probably extensive."

Dixon was confident in the Ducks despite the injuries.

"It's not going to affect us. I mean, we've got so much depth. [Obviously] you want Jeremiah Johnson and Cameron Colvin in your lineup, but then again, some people have to step up and it continues on. We've got all week to practice," he said.

Dixon scored on a 1-yard keeper midway through the second quarter, then hit Jaison Williams with a 52-yard scoring pass and capped the first half with a 12-yard TD to Derrick Jones that made it 40-0.

Oregon opened the second half with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Dixon to freshman Aaron Pflugrad.

Washington finally got into the end zone on Brink's 8-yard pass to Michael Bumpus, but Daniel Padilla added field goals of 43 and 39 yards for the Ducks, who scored more points against the Cougars than in 85 previous meetings.

"Against a team of that caliber, you can't make mistakes," Washington State coach Bill Doba said.

Reed had nine tackles, six unassisted, and 3½ sacks against Washington State.

Brink completed 15 of 33 passes for 251 yards, but was sacked six times. He has 18 touchdown passes this season and needs three touchdowns to pass Jason Gesser's career school record of 70.

The game was a homecoming for Brink, who grew up in Eugene and led Sheldon High to a state championship. It was his first on-field appearance at Autzen Stadium with the Cougars.

"It's frustrating for me on a person level because I definitely wanted to come home and play better in Eugene, but that's not the most important thing," Brink said. "The most important thing for me is that as a team we got a loss, and now we're even farther away from our chances of going to a bowl game. We need to regroup as a team and stay together."

Washington State has a bye week before hosting UCLA.

"Sitting around thinking about this for this for two weeks is rough," Doba said, "but we need the bye and it will give us a chance to get some guys rested."

College Football Scores

Other Scores:

Thursday, October 11th
21 Florida State 21 Final
Wake Forest 24
Friday, October 12th
16 Hawaii 42 Final
San Jose State 35 OT
Saturday, October 13th
1 LSU 37 Final
17 Kentucky 43 OT
Oregon State 31 Final
2 California 28
Kent State 3 Final
3 Ohio State 48
4 Boston College 27 Final
Notre Dame 14
UCF 12 Final
5 South Florida 64
11 Missouri 31 Final
6 Oklahoma 41
7 South Carolina 21 Final
North Carolina 15
Washington State 7 Final
9 Oregon 53
Arizona 13 Final
10 USC 20
12 Virginia Tech 43 Final
Duke 14
Washington 20 Final
14 Arizona State 44
Louisville 28 Final
15 Cincinnati 24
18 Illinois 6 Final
Iowa 10
19 Wisconsin 7 Final
Penn State 38
Baylor 10 Final
20 Kansas 58
22 Auburn 9 Final
Arkansas 7
23 Texas 56 Final
Iowa State 3
24 Georgia 20 Final
Vanderbilt 17
25 Tennessee 33 Final
Mississippi State 21