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Johnson scores three TDs as Oregon crushes I-AA Portland State

Oct 29, 2006 - 1:37 AM EUGENE, Oregon (Ticker) -- Jeremiah Johnson and Oregon made it look too easy.

Johnson ran for three first-half touchdowns and quarterback Dennis Dixon added another score through the air as the 25th-ranked Ducks rolled to a 55-12 triumph over Division I-AA Portland State.

Oregon (6-2) was coming off a crushing 34-24 setback against unranked Pac-10 Conference rival Washington State last week. But the Ducks got into an early offensive groove in this one behind the efforts of Johnson.

Johnson carried 17 times for 86 yards - including touchdown runs of one, seven and one yards - for Oregon, which took a commanding 34-12 advantage into the locker room. Johnson took over the bulk of the carries after starting tailback Jonathan Stewart suffered a strained abdominal muscle in the first quarter.

Dixon completed 14-of-24 passes for 160 yards and ran for 42 more. The speedy signal-caller opened the scoring when he connected with Jaison Williams on an 11-yard TD pass just 2:27 into the contest.

Williams finished with eight catches for 112 yards for the Ducks, who improved to an impressive 25-1 in non-conference home games under coach Mike Bellotti. Oregon is 3-0 all-time in this series.

Mu'Ammar Ali was the lone bright spot for the Vikings (5-4), who were facing their third Division I-A opponent of the season. Ali rushed for 134 yards on 23 attempts, including a 57-yard TD run that brought Portland State within 20-12 with 10:39 left in the second quarter.

Vikings quarterback Sawyer Smith went just 5-of-15 for 45 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions.

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