EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -Dennis Dixon threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns and No. 18 Oregon rebounded from a humbling loss with a solid 30-20 victory over UCLA on Saturday.
Going into the game, UCLA (4-2, 2-2) led the Pac-10 and was ranked second nationally in run defense, allowing an average of just 50 yards a game. But Ducks ran for 256 yards.
The Ducks were coming off a 45-24 loss at California, when their running game - and just about everything else - sputtered. It was the Ducks' first loss of the season and put them in a four-way tie for third in the Pac-10. UCLA, coming off a victory over Arizona, was also in that group.
The Bruins could not match the intensity of the Ducks.
Patrick Cowan started at quarterback for the Bruins in place of Ben Olson, who injured his knee during last weekend's victory over Arizona and was expected to be out up to six weeks.
Cowan, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound sophomore, completed 16 of 31 passes for 112 yards. He was intercepted once.
Kahlil Bell had two TD runs for UCLA.
Oregon was fast and efficient on its first drive, scoring on an 11-yard pass from Dixon to Dante Rosario. The point-after was blocked by UCLA's Justin Hickman, making it 6-0.
Jeremiah Johnson added a 7-yard touchdown run for the Ducks, before the Bruins made it 13-3 with Justin Medlock's 35-yard field goal.
Before the end of the first quarter, Paysinger outsprinted Bruins free safety Dennis Keyes and caught Dixon's 26-yard pass in the end zone to make it 20-3.
Medlock had a 48-yard field goal before the half to narrow it to 20-6.
Bell's 1-yard scoring run to open the final quarter narrowed it to 27-13.
Matt Evenson attempted a 45-yard field goal for the Ducks which fell way short, but he later made a 21-yarder that put the Ducks ahead 30-13. Bell scored on another 1-yard dash with 1:59 left in the game.
UCLA tight end Ryan Moya left the game in the first half. The team reported he had a fractured left fibula, but no additional details were immediately available. Offensive tackle Aleksey Lanis also left the game with an ankle injury.
Oregon guard Josh Tschirgi left the game with a sprained ankle.
The teams hadn't met since 2004, when UCLA won 34-26 in Autzen Stadium.
Oregon Game Notes
Today's crowd of 58,618 is the fourth-largest crowd ever to watch a game at Oregon . It also marks Oregon = s 45th consecutive sellout at Autzen Stadium.
Top 5 Autzen Stadium Crowds
1. 59,269, Oklahoma (9/16/06)
2. 59,129, USC (9/24/2005)
3. 59,023, Michigan ( 9/20/03 )
4. 58,618, UCLA ( 10/14/06 )
5. 58,450, Stanford ( 9/2/06 )
Head Coach Mike Bellotti is now 6-5 all-time vs. UCLA. This is Oregon 's first win over UCLA in Autzen Stadium since a 29-10 win in 2000.
Oregon rushed for 256 yards in the game today. Entering the game, the Bruins had allowed just 50 yards of rushing per game. The Ducks also scored 30 points today and UCLA was allowing just 12.4 points per game entering today's contest.
For the fourth straight game, the Ducks were perfect in the red zone. In four appearances today, Oregon scored three touchdowns and one field goal. The Ducks are 28-of-30 in red zone scoring this season and 17-of-17 in their last four games.
Jonathan Stewart had his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season. He has had a 100-yard performance in four of his five starts this season.
Wide receiver Brian Paysinger had a career-high 105 receiving yards today, surpassing his previous best of 58 yards (Oklahoma, 9/16/06).
Quarterback Dennis Dixon's 69 rushing yards is a new career-best. His previous high was 45 last week at California .
Redshirt freshman Jairus Byrd had a career-best eight tackles today.
With Paysinger's 105 receiving yards, Oregon has now had a 100-yard receiver in five consecutive games. Jaison Williams did so against Fresno State , Oklahoma and Arizona State and Jordan Kent had 113 receiving yards last week at California . Oregon had five games with a 100-yard receiver in all 12 games last season.
UCLA Game Notes
Oregon 's 20 points in the first quarter are the first points the Bruins have given up in the first quarter this season.
Placekicker Justin Medlock moved to third all UCLA's all-time scoring list (302).
Defensive back Altenfaun Berner and linebacker Kyle Bosworth got their first career starts today.