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West: Ducks hold off huskies

SEATTLE -- Jonathan Stewart can handle the entire rushing load for Oregon just fine.

Still, he didn't mind a little help from Andre Crenshaw and Dennis Dixon.

Stewart rushed for a career-high 251 yards and two touchdowns, and Crenshaw had two second-half scoring runs as No. 7 Oregon held off Washington 55-34 on Saturday night.

With backfield-mate Jeremiah Johnson out of the season with a knee injury, the Ducks turned to Stewart as never before. The Seattle-area native who spurned Washington responded with a career performance.

"When somebody goes down like Jeremiah last week, somebody has to step up," Stewart said. "Right now we're not missing a beat."

Stewart's 32 carries were seven more than his previous high.

Stewart rushed for 144 yards at halftime, had 198 at the end of the three quarters, and became the first Oregon back to rush for 200 yards since Ontario Smith set a school record with 285 yards against Washington State in 2001.

The Ducks finished with a school-record 465 rushing yards.

As the second half wore on, Oregon mixed in Crenshaw, and the sophomore added 113 yards. His 5-yard run with 12:54 left gave Oregon a 38-31 lead and put the Ducks ahead for good.

Washington lost its fifth in a row, all to teams who were ranked in the top 12 at one point this season. Redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Locker had the best yards passing night of his young career, throwing for 257 and four scores, but Washington's defense could never slow down the Ducks potent spread offense.

Adding to their eclectic uniform collection by wearing all white for the first-time -- looking much like storm troopers from Star Wars -- the Ducks won their fourth consecutive game over the Huskies for the first time since 1928-31. It was the 100th meeting between the two schools.

Whether running inside or on sweeps to the edge, Stewart couldn't be slowed. Dixon was 19 of 30 for 196 yards, added 99 yards rushing and a 13-yard scoring run with 4:52 left for the final margin. Oregon finished with 661 total yards.

BOISE STATE 45, LOUISIANA TECH 31, at Ruston, La. -- Taylor Tharp threw for five touchdowns -- one of them for 83 yards -- and the Broncos (6-1, 3-0 Western Athletic Conference) beat the Bulldogs (2-5, 1-3). Boise State has lost only one WAC game since 2002.

BYU 42, E. WASHINGTON 7, at Provo, Utah -- Harvey Unga rushed for 145 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the Cougars (5-2) over the Eagles (4-3).

MONTANA STATE 20, SACRAMENTO STATE 9, at Bozeman, Mont. -- The Bobcats (5-2, 3-1 Big Sky) scored all of their points in the final 16 minutes to post a victory over the Hornets (1-6, 1-4). Jason Smith completed 14 of 31 passes for 157 yards for the Hornets while Travon Jones rushed 26 times for 141 yards.

UC DAVIS 41, S. UTAH 21, at Cedar City, Utah -- Matt Engle passed for 295 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Aggies (3-5, 1-2 Great West Conference) past the Thunderbirds (0-7, 0-1).

Beyer High graduate Emmanuel Benjamin converted five of his six point-after attempts for UC Davis.

NEW MEXICO 20, SAN DIEGO STATE 17, at San Diego -- Rodney Ferguson's 6-yard touchdown run with 15 seconds left in the game lifted the Lobos (5-2, 2-1 over the Aztecs (2-5, 1-2) in a Mountain West Conference game at Qualcomm Stadium.

COLORADO STATE 48, UNLV 23, at Las Vegas -- Gartrell Johnson rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns and the Rams (1-6, 1-3 Mountain West) snapped a 13-game losing streak with a win over the Rebels (2-6, 1-3) in a game that featured wind gusts of more than 50 mph that littered the field with debris, sent most of the announced 19,266 fans home early and caused a few unusual plays.

S. DAKOTA STATE 48, CAL POLY 35, at Brookings, S.D. -- Cory Koenig rushed for 259 yards and four touchdowns as the Jackrabbits (3-4, 1-0 GWC) beat the Mustangs (4-3, 1-1).

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