|Phillips (33) and Byrd|
Redshirt freshman cornerback Jairus Byrd set a career-high with eight tackles to accompany his pass breakup. Thrust into the action after the loss of junior Jackie Bates to injury, Byrd has developed into a solid tackler and a physical presence at the cornerback position. Next year, with the graduation of safety JD Nelson and the return of Jackie Bates, Byrd might move back to his natural safety position.
Also seen in the picture is senior linebacker and game MVP Blair Phillips. Phillips said that "for the most part, it was redemption coming back here and playing for our home crowd." Phillips finished the game as the Ducks' leading tackler and entered the game as the Pac-10's leader with 9.6 tackles per game.
CJ Wallace of Washington trailed at 9.2 tackles per game.
Sophomore running back Jonathan Stewart was back to his typical self as he romped for 121 yards on 20 carries. Stewart upped his total for the season to 603 yards and brought his average to 6.3 yards per carry.
Stewart also gained 83 yards on three kick returns, including a long of 47 yards. Oregon's star running back was impressed with how the offensive line bounced back from the loss at Cal.
"Our blocking was really good," he said. "There were holes that we could actually choose from. Seeing that from the offensive line was a good sign."
To aid Stewart's efforts from the backfield, fellow sophomore running back Jeremiah Johnson picked up 66 yards on 12 carries, and junior quarterback Dennis Dixon set a career high of 69 yards on the ground.
|Reed (49) and Manley|
Finally, Oregon's defensive front line put serious pressure on UCLA sophomore quarterback Patrick Cowan throughout the game. In this picture, sophomore defensive end Nick Reed (49) and junior defensive end Dexter Manley sandwich Cowan. Reed had a tackle-for-loss of nine yards, and Manley earned a quarterback hurry.
Senior defensive end Darius Sanders had a strong day with two tackles-for-losses, including an 8-yard sack, and a quarterback hurry.
Senior defensive tackle Matt Toeaina also had a tackle-for-loss to round out a strong performance from the defensive line.
Others with TFL's were senior safety JD Nelson and junior linebacker AJ Tuitele.
|"D" getting pumped|
Whatever it takes to get the job done, the defense will do it. The defense has implemented a rather unique ritual before they need to make a big play, and they put it on display today. It doesn't matter what they do to pump themselves up, according to head coach Mike Bellotti, as long as they make the plays.
The defense played lights out today, holding the UCLA Bruins to only 216 total yards on offense.
Pictured here are junior defensive tackle David Faaeteete and Toeaina.