Johnson's 79 rushing yards surpassed his career bests of 63 (Stanford, 10/1/05) and his 52-yard run in the 3rd quarter was also a career long. Johnson had 10 carries and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 2 yards and returned three punts for a total of 36 yards (12-yard avg.) and one kickoff for 12 yards.
Fellow running back Jonathan Stewart also recorded a career high for a single game: carries (22) and yards (162). His two touchdowns were not a record however. Last year he scored three times against Stanford on two rushes and a pass reception. Stewart topped 100 yards on Saturday on his ninth carry of the game in the second quarter.
(PHOTO RIGHT) Patrick Chung (15) pressures Nick Frank (39) into an incompletion on an attempted fullback pass in the second half of Oregon's 48-10 victory over Stanford.
Chung was the Ducks' second leading tackler yesterday as he notched a total of seven tackles (3 solo) including one tackle for loss of 12 yards, which also gave him credit for a sack.
Oregon Linebacker Blair Phillips was the leading tackler for the day with a total of eight (4 solo). Jackie Bates led the corner backs in tackling with five (all solo) and was credited with one break up. The other starting corner back Walter Thurmond also had five tackles (3 solo) and like Bates had a break up.
Jeremy Gibbs led the defensive line in tackles for the Ducks with five tackles (4 solo) and was given credit for a sack. A third sack was recorded by Duck defensive end Nick Reed.
(PHOTO LEFT) AJ Tuitele (34) returns a blocked field goal for a touchdown in the second half of Oregon's 48-10 victory over Stanford at Autzen Stadium.
Tuitele can thank Gibbs for the blocked field goal attempt that led to the 72-yard missed field goal return. The field goal return scored capped off Oregon scoring and gave the Ducks a 38-point margin of victory that represents Oregon's largest ever win over Stanford. The previous margin record was 35 points, scored twice in 2003 (35-0) and 1998 (63-28).
The Ducks now have a 5-game win streak against the Cardinal and have outscored Stanford 184-57 in those contests. Stanford last beat the Ducks in 2001, wining 49-42 and spoiling Oregon's quest for a perfect season that year. In 2001, the Ducks went 11-1 and finished 2nd nationally after beating Colorado 38-16 in the 2002 Fiesta Bowl.
Oregon also has won 20 of its season-openers and is 10-2 in opening games under Mike Bellotti. The Ducks are also 15-4 all-time when opening at Autzen and 7-2 in home openers under Bellotti.
(PHOTO RIGHT) Dennis Dixon (10) led the Oregon Ducks to a 48-10 blow out victory in their first game of the 2006 campaign vs. Stanford in Autzen Stadium.
Dixon also recorded career bests when he connected on 21 passes (best for single game completions) for 236 yards (career for single game passing yards). On the last drive he led, Dixon was near-perfect going 5-for-6 and 55 yards.
The two-yard touchdown plunge in the third quarter was Dixon's second career rushing touchdown. His first career-rushing touchdown was in last year's season opener against Houston. Dixon ended up as the team's fourth leading rusher on Saturday racking up a net of 17 yards. Dixon was caught behind the line of scrimmage for 5-yards lost on running plays, but was not sacked by the Stanford defense.
Dixon's longet run of the day was for 12 yards.
(PHOTO LEFT) James Finley (18) takes a short pass and turns it into a first down in the second half of Oregon's 48-10 victory over Stanford at Autzen Stadium.
Finley finished the day with the single catch for 18 yards. In all, eight Ducks recorded pass receptions with Garren Strong leading the way with six grabs for 78 yards. Jaison Williams had the solo touchdown reception and had 42 yards on three catches.
Oregon's Head Coach Mike Bellotti notched his 91st career win on Saturday and is now tied with Rich Brooks (1977-94) with all-time winning as coach at Oregon. Bellotti's record at Oregon stands now at 91-42.
Next week Oregon travels to Fresno State to take of the Bulldogs. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7 p.m.