Oct. 8, 2002
Onterrio Smith looks to help keep Oregon unbeaten as the Ducks face Pac-10 rival UCLA at the Rose Bowl on Saturday.
Smith recorded his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game last weekend in Oregon's 31-14 win over Arizona, tying a school record set in 1971 by Bobby Moore, who now goes by Ahmad Rashad.
Smith had 28 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns as No. 7 Oregon (5-0, 1-0) won its conference opener.
The Ducks, the defending Pac-10 champions, have won 10 straight games, the second-longest winning streak in the country.
Jason Fife completed 18 of 26 passes for 244 yards against the Wildcats. He threw for two touchdowns, both in the second half.
"We started out a bit slow where we were our own enemy with some silly penalties," Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said. "We continued with some of those penalties down to the end of the game. But they really came back to play the second half."
Oregon had 13 penalties for 110 yards, but overcame a 14-7 first-quarter deficit to post the convincing victory.
The Ducks held the Wildcats to 30 yards rushing, but allowed Jason Johnson to throw for 302 yards. Oregon had little success in slowing down Bobby Wade, who caught 12 passes for 151 yards.
"Our corners learned a lot," Bellotti said. "I don't mind giving up pass plays, but we've got to make some tackles."
Oregon's defense will put some of that newfound knowledge to the test against UCLA (4-1, 1-0) and quarterback Cory Paus.
Paus threw for a career-best 378 yards, completing passes to nine receivers, and one touchdown on 24-of-32 passing in UCLA's 43-35 win over Oregon State last week.
The Bruins gained 625 yards of offense, the ninth-highest total in school history.
UCLA running back Manuel White pulled a hamstring in the first quarter and left the game, but his replacement, Tyler Ebell, picked up 203 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries.
"I think the passing game opened up the running game and visa-versa," Paus said. "Any time you're playing well on both sides of the ball, they have to respect it."
A win over Oregon would go a long way toward helping the Bruins forget their 31-17 loss to Colorado on Sept. 21, which dropped them out of the AP Top 25.
"If you're going to compete for a championship, then you've got to beat the champions," coach Bob Toledo said. "This will be a heck of a football game. Oregon without a doubt is the best team we have seen. They do a great job of execution and they find a way to win."
UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon 37-19. The Ducks won last year's meeting 21-20 when the Bruins' Chris Griffith missed a 50-yard field-goal attempt as time expired.