Ducks want win in Palo Alto

Palo Alto, Calif. -- The Oregon Ducks (3-1) look to rebound from a loss to USC last week by travelling to Palo Alto to take on Stanford (1-1) this afternoon starting at 2 p.m. The game is the 66th match up between the two schools, with Oregon winning the last three games including last year's 16-13 win at Stanford Stadium.

The Ducks were crushed last week 45-13 at home by the Trojans, but before that had won 3 straight over Houston (38-24), Montana (47-14) and Fresno State (37-34).

Stanford beat Navy 41-38, but then lost to UC Davis a Div. I-AA team, 20-17.

Stanford Head Coach Walt Harris is in his first year at Stanford after a successful run a Pittsburgh, a team he led to last year's Fiesta Bowl. Harris inherited a team that went 4-7 last year (2-6 in the Pac-10). The upcoming game with Oregon presents a big obstacle for the Cardinal.

"We have a formidable opponent in Oregon," Harris said earlier this week. "We're up against a big, physical team on both sides of the ball. Their athletes have great speed and size. We have a tall challenge this week, and we're looking forward to our opportunity."

Mike Bellotti is in his 11th season at Oregon and has an overall record of 83-41. Last year the Ducks logged the first losing season of Bellotti's reign going 5-6 and 4-4 in the Pac-10 race.

Bellotti is taking the Stanford game very seriously as the Cardinal had and embarrassing loss to UC Davis and had a bye last week and has had two weeks to prepare for the Ducks.

"The most important thing is that we have to remember that Stanford is coming off a difficult loss," observed Bellotti. "They are probably very mad, they're hurting, they're smarting and they've had two weeks to prepare for us. We need to give our best effort in terms of focus, attention to detail and making sure this SC loss doesn't haunt us. Stanford played us in a very close game last year -- they were 4-2 at the time. We're prepared for their best football game and we need to be prepared to match it. When you're on the road, you can't rally or spar with the home team, you have to knock them out."

Kick off will be at 2 p.m. but there will be no live television coverage. The game will be shown on a delayed basis on the Oregon Sports Network with Joe Giansante and Anthony Newman. The game will also be broadcast live on radio on OSN with Jerry Allen, Mike Jorgensen and Bobby DeBisschop.

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