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Dickson gets some recognition for breakout

EUGENE — Oregon tight end Ed Dickson got noticed for his breakout game against California.

Dickson caught a career-best 11 passes for 148 yards and three touchdowns in the Ducks' 42-3 romp over the then-No. 6 Golden Bears.

The senior's receptions matched the previous single-game school record by a tight end, set by Josh Wilcox in the 1995 Rose Bowl. His receiving yards were the second most to Tim Day's 152 against Washington State in 2004.

His three TDS also were a career high.

As a result, Dickson was named the national offensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He was also named the Pac-10 offensive player of the week.

Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli said getting Dickson the ball was all part of the plan.

"We both had an understanding that he definitely needs to touch the ball more and have some opportunities to make something happen," Masoli said.

It was certainly a breakthrough. In the Ducks' first three games, Dickson caught just four passes for a total of 58 yards. And it wasn't all for lack of trying: Masoli completed just four passes in Oregon's 31-24 victory over Utah the week before Cal.

"I want us to get better. Whatever it takes to get a win, that's what you're going to see me out there doing. If it takes me blocking 10 times a game or it takes me catching 10 times a game, that's what I'm going to do to get a Ducks victory," Dickson said.

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THURMOND OUT: Oregon senior cornerback Walter Thurmond III will need surgery on his right knee and will miss the rest of the season.

Thurmond injured his knee on the opening kickoff of last Saturday's 42-3 win over California in Autzen Stadium.

The team co-captain had returned both an interception and punt return for a touchdown this season. He had 17 tackles.

For his career, Thurmond scored five touchdowns, more than any other non-offensive player in school history.

He spoke briefly before he got the results of the MRI on his knee Monday, but he gave the impression he knew the results.

"I'm just trying to stay focused and help the team out ... especially in my role as a leader of this team. I really need to stay as positive as possible and get the guys on the right path," Thurmond said.

The Ducks tried true freshman Cliff Harris and running back Kenjon Barner at cornerback during practice this week.

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VIOLATING CONDUCK'T: The number of spectators ejected from Autzen Stadium has steadily increased this season.

Last weekend against Cal, 125 fans were booted, 49 for alcohol violations and 44 for ticket-related offenses, the Register-Guard reported.

Forty fans were kicked out of the home opener against Purdue, while 77 were told to leave the game against Utah.

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POURING ON THE PRAISE: As if the Ducks didn't get enough attention for their upset victory over Cal last weekend, USC coach Pete Carroll poured praise on the Ducks.

At his weekly press conference, Carroll was asked what things Oregon did to take Cal out.

"Gosh, it just happened in just an avalanche. There was a little bit of success early moving the football. There was a couple turnovers in the game back and forth. Then once Oregon started throwing the football successfully, it seemed like everything opened up," he said. "Then it was just a one-sided football game from then on.

"They were able to control the running game. Jahvid (Best) couldn't get loose. They disrupted them in the passing game with pressure and a mixture of coverages and things. There was no one thing they did. It was really on no one aspect. It was the entire team played an extraordinary football game against Cal."

Oh, and he also gave props to the crowd at Autzen:

"With the crowd and all that getting going, it was overwhelming for them. They had an enormous win over Cal. I don't think Cal's been beaten like that in I can't remember," Carroll said.

The No. 7 Trojans visit No. 24 Cal this Saturday.