Halftime Report - Oregon 20, UCLA 6

Oregon's offense was back with a powerful attack in the first half of the October 14th game vs. UCLA in Autzen Stadium. Quarterback Dennis Dixon threw for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 7-for-12 passing and pitched in 27 yards on the ground. Jonathan Stewart and Jeremiah Johnson combined for 83 yards rushing, and Brian Paysinger picked up 72 yards in the air on three receptions.

Oregon kicked off the game with a seven-play, 85-yard drive. Set up by a 39-yard pass from Dennis Dixon to Brian Paysinger and a couple of strong runs by Jonathan Stewart, Dixon capped the drive with an 11-yard pass to a wide-open Dante Rosario. A blocked extra point put the score at 6-0 Oregon with 12:00 remaining in the first quarter.

UCLA's first offensive series led to a punt by Aaron Perez after a quick three-and-out. On third down, Oregon safety JD Nelson sacked UCLA quarterback Patrick Cowan for a five-yard loss. Oregon's next drive saw running back Jeremiah Johnson run for two nine-yard gains and a run of the same distance by Dixon. Oregon's seven-play, 55-yard series was capped by a seven-yard touchdown by Johnson to bring the score to 13-0 Oregon with 5:32 remaining.

UCLA retaliated with a 63-yard, 12-play drive to set the score at 13-3 Oregon. Kicker Justin Medlock hit a 33-yard field goal through the uprights to end the drive. On the ensuing kickoff, Jonathan Stewart returned a short kickoff 47 yards to the UCLA 39. After a five-yard run and first down pass to Jaison Williams, Dixon hit Brian Paysinger in the left corner of the endzone for a 26-yard touchdown to up the Oregon lead to 20-3 with 1:01 remaining in the first quarter. Dixon's pass to Paysinger was a replica of the play that gave Oregon the lead and win over Oklahoma on September 16th.

With a rushing attack led by Chris Markey, UCLA then drove 59 yards from their own 20-yard lline. Medlock's 48-yard field goal set the score at 20-6 Oregon with 11:09 remaining in the second quarter. Oregon and UCLA exchanged punts on the next two drives. With time running out in the first half, the Oregon offense went for the first down on 4th and nine. Dixon's throw to Paysinger fell well short, and UCLA's incomplete Hail Mary pass by Cowan was knocked down by Oregon cornerback Jairus Byrd to send both teams into the tunnel. Halftime score Oregon 20, UCLA 6.

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