Oregon is back on the run.

Going into the game with Utah State in Logan, Utah, on Saturday night the Oregon Ducks had a couple missions to accomplish. The Ducks wanted to establish a running game and also improve on third-down conversions. After Maurice Morris broke off a 69-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and boosted his total rushing for the night to 175-yards on 22 carries, mission one was accomplished. Mission two is still a work, but with 38-21 victory over Utah State who is counting?

The Ducks looked to establish a running game and Morris was up to the task. Despite a scoreless first quarter and a very scrappy Utah State team, the Ducks stayed with their game plan and displayed a very balanced offense. Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington was 17 for 24 and 261-yards and two touchdowns. Harrington also dove into the end zone in the second quarter.

"Now that we showed can do it I am going to demand it every game," Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti told the Oregon Sports Network regarding the balanced offensive performance.

The game did have a price to be paid. Three Oregon players were injured. Running back Allan Amundson injured his ankle in the first half and Bellotti indicated Amundson might be the most seriously injured. Also banged up were receivers Keenan Howry and Jason Willis. Willis took a very nasty spill and obviously needed assistance off the field. The status of the injuries will not be known until the team returns to Eugene.

Keith Allen filled in nicely as a deep threat as he had two long receptions in the second half. "Our depth at receiver held up," said Bellotti.

"I'm still not completely happy about our third down conversions," said Bellotti. The Ducks were three for 10 on third down conversions. Clearly the Ducks need to make an improvement in converting third downs into first downs as the Ducks continue on the road at Arizona next week.

The defense seemed to be perplexed by the quirky Utah State offense that showed multiple formations. Utah State quarterback Jose Fuentes showed a very quick release and was very accurate though he did give up four interceptions, one each by Keith Lewis, Kevin Mitchell, Steve Smith and Garret Graham.

Oregon improves its record to 4-0 and the second time in Bellotti's tenure that the Ducks have started off with four wins. In 1998 the Ducks started the season with five wins.

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