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A refusal to buckle.

Byline: Rob Moseley The Register-Guard

STANFORD, Calif. - The stage is set, even if its construction was a little rickety rick·et·y  
adj. rick·et·i·er, rick·et·i·est
1. Likely to break or fall apart; shaky.

2. Feeble with age; infirm.

3. Of, having, or resembling rickets.

No, not the stage for ESPN's College GameDay College GameDay may refer to one of several shows produced by ESPN:
  • College GameDay (football) is a television program about college football.
  • College GameDay (basketball) is a television program about college basketball.
 set, which is expected to be erected somewhere in the vicinity of Autzen Stadium The stadium is tucked between the Willamette River and Coburg Hills. The uniquely shaped bowl blends in with the wooded Eugene landscape. The shape also allows for unique acoustics, making it one of the loudest stadiums in NCAA Football for its capacity.  this week. That hasn't gone up yet, but everything else is in place for a dramatic showdown between Oregon and California in Eugene in six days.

The No. 13 Ducks kept the scenario suspenseful for the first half of their game with the host Cardinal before an announced crowd of 35,019 in Stanford Stadium History
Built partly in competition with the University of California, Berkeley to see who could build a football stadium first, Stanford Stadium was built in four months and opened its gates on November 19, 1921.
 on Saturday. Three second-quarter fumbles led to three Cardinal touchdowns, and Oregon trailed by seven at halftime.

But under the leadership of quarterback Dennis Dixon Dennis Lee Dixon Jr. (born January 11, 1985 in Oakland, California), is the starting Quarterback for The University of Oregon and is in his Senior season. Dixon was also drafted by the Atlanta Braves on June 7th, 2007 as an outfielder and spent the football offseason in the Braves , who wilted under similar conditions a year ago, the Ducks stormed back to win 55-31, and improve to 4-0. With losses by No. 10 Penn State and No. 12 South Carolina South Carolina, state of the SE United States. It is bordered by North Carolina (N), the Atlantic Ocean (SE), and Georgia (SW). Facts and Figures

Area, 31,055 sq mi (80,432 sq km). Pop. (2000) 4,012,012, a 15.
, and a near defeat for No. 9 Wisconsin, there's an outside chance the Ducks will meet the No. 6 Bears next week in the first matchup of top-10 teams in Autzen Stadium history.

A decisive third-quarter performance by Dixon made it possible. He completed all 12 of his passes in the period, for 156 yards and two TDs.

"He came through tremendously," UO receiver Cameron Colvin said. "He calmed himself, he calmed our offense down, and said, 'Let's go, we've got to do this.' '

The Ducks came out of halftime down 31-24 and entered the fourth quarter up 45-31. In the end, they scored the final 34 points of the game, after yielding 28 straight.

"We're still not a well-oiled machine in a lot of respects," UO coach Mike Bellotti Robert Michael Bellotti (b. December 21, 1950 in Sacramento, California) has been the head coach of the University of Oregon football team since 1995. His accomplishments at Oregon include an 11-1 season and #2 national ranking in 2001. Education
 said. "But we've got some character and we handled some adversity, and that's a positive sign."

Dixon, who seemed to have such a fragile psyche in throwing 14 interceptions last season, was completely in command for Saturday's second half. And that was despite the fact the first second-quarter fumble was his.

His season imploded im·plode  
v. im·plod·ed, im·plod·ing, im·plodes

To collapse inward violently.
1. To cause to collapse inward violently.

 last fall against this week's opponent, California. Dixon's first pass against the Bears was intercepted to set up a touchdown, sending that game, and the season, slipping away from the Ducks. Not so Saturday.

"I just looked back at last year and I tried to erase that," said Dixon, who finished 27-of-36 for 367 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions for a fourth straight game. "... It just shows the character of this team, as far as me, too. I mean, when somebody slouches, everybody slouches, so you've got to never let anybody see you sweat. And I think as a senior, it worked."

Eight of Dixon's completions for 136 yards and a touchdown went to Colvin, who filled in as a starter for the injured Brian Paysinger. Jonathan Stewart Jonathan Creon Stewart (born March 21, 1987 in Fort Lewis, Washington) is a junior running back for the University of Oregon Ducks. Early and personal life
Jonathan Stewart is the son of Jonathan Stewart and Lora Faison.
 added 160 rushing yards and a touchdown, though Oregon failed to get 300 rushing yards as a team for the first time this year.

For a while, it had all appeared to slip away: footballs, Cardinal ballcarriers, and the Ducks' firecracker start to the season.

A second quarter of mistakes nearly did the Ducks in. There were three lost fumbles, and some multiple of that in missed tackles. When it was over, Stanford led by a touchdown at halftime, and Oregon's air of infallibility infallibility (ĭnfăl'əbĭl`ətē), in Christian thought, exemption from the possibility of error, bestowed on the church as a teaching authority, as a gift of the Holy Spirit.  this fall was all but forgotten.

The killer was those turnovers, which so badly haunted the Ducks a year ago. There was an errant pitch by Dixon, a botched botch  
tr.v. botched, botch·ing, botch·es
1. To ruin through clumsiness.

2. To make or perform clumsily; bungle.

3. To repair or mend clumsily.

 punt return In American and Canadian football a punt return is one of the punt receiving team's options to respond to a punt. A player (usually a second or third string wide receiver or running back) positioned many yards from the line of scrimmage will attempt to catch or pick up the ball  by Andiel Brown, and a flub (language) FLUB - The abstract machine for bootstrapping STAGE2.

[Mentioned in Machine Oriented Higher Level Languages, W. van der Poel, N-H 1974, p. 271].
 by receiver Jaison Williams. That was more turnovers than the Ducks had in the three previous games combined, and took the life from the defense as well.

"It's hard to recover from missed tackles, having turnovers, having your defense on the field the whole time," UO rover Patrick Chung said. "It's something we've got to overcome if we want to be a good defense. We've got to learn how to play tired, play hurt and overcome all that."

The entire team did that in the third quarter. While Dixon helped the offense to 21 points and 231 yards of offense on 21 plays, the defense held Stanford to no points and 66 yards on 20 plays.

Anthony Kimble ran for touchdowns of 60 and three yards following UO fumbles to start Stanford's 28-point rally in the second quarter. The Cardinal tailback tail·back  
n. Football
The back on an offensive team who lines up farthest from the line of scrimmage.


Brit a queue of traffic stretching back from an obstruction

 had 115 yards at halftime, but just four more in the final two quarters.

"The second half was a big deal for us," Oregon's Nick Reed said. "We played terrible in the first half, and we had a lot to make up for."

The Ducks got a field goal early in the fourth, then missed a second attempt. The Cardinal trailed 48-31 before mounting another rally, T.C. Ostrander completing four-of-five passes for 43 yards down to the UO 28-yard line. But then, as it has time after time this season, Oregon's secondary came up with another defining play, Chung diving for an interception.

That set up Dixon's final touchdown pass, a 50-yarder to Williams, who had seven catches for 113 yards and two scores. Now comes California, 51 weeks after the Ducks saw last season's 4-0 start ended by the Bears.

"It's finally here now," Dixon said. "And I think everybody's intensity is going to pick up come Monday."


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Title Annotation:Sports; After a shaky first half, Dixon rallies Ducks with third quarter explosion
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Sep 23, 2007
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