Offense steps up in Oregon scrimmage
EUGENE — The Oregon offense grabbed back a measure of respect, accounting for four touchdowns and a 41-yard field goal, as it took charge for the majority of a 65-minute scrimmage Friday at Autzen Stadium.
The scrimmage marked the conclusion of the team's third week of spring workouts.
Quarterback Dennis Dixon led the first-team offense on a nine-play, 75-yard scoring drive against the first-team defense on the opening series, capped by a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jaison Williams. Dixon completed all five of his passes for 47 yards, while Jonathan Stewart ran four times for 28 yards.
It proved to be Stewart's lone appearance of the scrimmage, while Dixon finished the day completing 5 of 6 passes for 47 yards.
Brady Leaf quarterbacked the second-team offense 74 yards on the ensuing series before the drive bogged down at the 1-yard line. But he returned later to lead the first-stringers on a 75-yard scoring march against the first-team defense, capped by a 41-scoring run by Brian Paysinger.
Leaf was 4 of 10 on the day for 47 yards.
The offense didn't turn the ball over for the second week in a row. The Ducks had 17 turnovers in their last five games of 2006.
Running back Andiel Brown led rushers with 45 yards on five carries, including a 29-yard TD run.
Cameron Colvin and Williams led all receivers with three catches each for 42 yards each.