EUGENE, Ore. -- Dennis Dixon has helped carry Oregon into the heart of the national title race.
For a few moments, the Ducks had to wonder if he'd be there for the rest of the journey.
Dixon threw four touchdown passes before leaving with a knee injury, and the fourth-ranked Ducks defeated No. 6 Arizona State 35-23 on Saturday, their second consecutive victory over a Top 10 team.
Though Dixon's injury is not believed to be serious, it may have given Oregon more of a scare than the Sun Devils did.
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"Dennis is going to be fine," coach Mike Bellotti said. "He would have gone back in if we felt he was needed."
The Ducks didn't need their Heisman Trophy candidate in the final quarter, and that was a testament to tailback Jonathan Stewart, who ran for 99 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown, and their oft-criticized defense. The Ducks sacked ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter nine times and forced two late turnovers deep in Oregon territory.
"We played inspired on both sides of the ball," Dixon said. "And we can enjoy it right now."
Last week, the Ducks beat USC in Autzen Stadium to set up the West Coast's biggest game of the season -- Oregon was in fifth-place in the latest BCS standings while Arizona State was fourth.
The largest crowd to attend a football game in the state, 59,379, came out on a clear, crisp afternoon to watch the Ducks (8-1, 5-1 Pac-10) repel the Sun Devils (8-1, 5-1). When it ended, students poured out of the grandstand and mobbed the Ducks at midfield.
WASHINGTON 27, STANFORD 9, at Stanford -- Louis Rankin ran for 255 yards and a touchdown, helping the Huskies avenge a humiliating loss to Stanford last year and win their first Pac-10 game this season.
Rankin carried the ball 36 times as Washington (3-6, 1-5) relied on its ground game, finishing with a season-high 388 yards on the ground to snap a six-game losing streak.
The loss all but ended any hopes for the Cardinal (3-6, 2-4) to make a bowl game in coach Jim Harbaugh's first season on The Farm.
No. 13 USC 24, OREGON STATE 3, at Los Angeles -- John David Booty passed for 157 yards and two touchdowns in his first game in four weeks, the USC defense was overpowering with nine sacks, and the Trojans (7-2, 4-2 Pac-10) defeated the Beavers (5-4, 3-3). It was USC's 31st win in the last 33 games between the schools and avenged a 33-31 loss at Oregon State last year.
ARIZONA 34, UCLA 27, at Tucson, Ariz. -- Willie Tuitama threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns and the Wildcats (4-6, 3-4) handed the Bruins (5-4, 4-2) their second Pac-10 loss in a row.
No. 21 BOISE STATE 42, SAN JOSE STATE 7, at Boise, Idaho -- Taylor Tharp threw three touchdown passes, two to Austin Pettis, to lead Boise State to its seventh straight win. The Broncos (8-1, 5-0 Western Athletic Conference) beat the Spartans (3-5, 2-3) for the eighth consecutive time.
UC DAVIS 31, SACRAMENTO STATE 26, at Sacramento -- Matt Engle threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Aggies over the Hornets in the Causeway Classic. Former Beyer High standout Emmanuel Benjamin was 3 for 3 on point-after attempts and completed a 2-point conversion pass.