EUGENE, Oregon (Ticker) -- Oregon took out its frustrations from the last two weeks on Stanford.
Jason Fife threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns as the 16th-ranked Ducks avoided a third straight loss with a 41-14 Pac-10 Conference rout over Stanford.
Oregon (7-2, 3-2 Pac-10) was shredded for 89 points in losses to Arizona State and Southern California in seeing its hopes for a second straight conference crown take a serious hit. But the Ducks built a 28-0 lead after one quarter and easily avenged a defeat to the lone team they lost to a year ago.
"Offensively and defensively, we talked about two things this week: don't turn the ball over and don't give up explosion plays," Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said. "And the reality is we did that."
Fife led three scoring drives of 67 yards or more in the first quarter and gave Oregon a 14-0 lead with touchdown passes of one yard to backup tight end Tim Day and five yards to tight end George Wrighster.
Wrighster capped a six-play, 67-yard drive with a one-yard TD plunge to make it 21-0 and Ducks free safety Keith Lewis picked off Stanford's Ryan Eklund on the next possession. Two plays later, Fife scored up the middle from one yard out with 40 seconds to go in the first.
"Oregon did a great job, they mixed it up and the QB had a great day," Stanford coach Buddy Teevens said. "The things we talked about prior to the game, we did not achieve."
Stanford (2-6, 1-4) fell to 0-5 on the road this season and fell at Autzen Stadium for just the second time in six games. The Cardinal did not gain a first down on their first two possessions before Eklund was picked off on the third.
The Cardinal finally got on the board on a 10-yard TD run by Kenneth Tolon to open the scoring in the second quarter. That only briefly halted the onslaught by the Ducks as Fife had a one-yard TD toss to Matt Floberg. Jared Siegel's 32-yard field goal with 48 seconds left opened up a 38-7 halftime cushion.
Oregon turned in a much better effort on the defensive end, limiting Stanford to 173 yards of total offense. The Cardinal's quarterback tandem of Eklund and Kyle Matter combined to complete just 12-of-28 passes for 92 yards.
"It wasn't so much out of anger but out of frustration on Stanford because of the fact that we hadn't won a game in two weeks," Ducks defensive tackle Igor Olshansky said. "Last year it hurt a little bit that Stanford celebrated and they had the right to celebrate because they had a great victory. But we wanted to make the point that we're the only ones to celebrate on the 'O' from now on."
Terrence Whitehead carried 29 times for 132 yards rushing as Oregon had 170 yards on the ground. Keenan Howry had three catches for 87 yards.
"It's a great feeling to go over 100 yards my first collegiate start," said Whitehead, who was filling in for Onterrio Smith. "I felt pretty good throughout the first and second half and never really felt fatigued."
Stanford scored the lone touchdown of the second half on a two-yard touchdown pass from Eklund to tight end Teyo Johnson, who is also a forward on the basketball team.
"They are a good football team and we knew they could make the plays," Teevens said. "We need to make plays."
The Ducks have won seven games for the sixth straight season, the first time they have accomplished that feat in school history.
The Cardinal posted a 49-42 upset at Oregon last season that snapped the Ducks' 23-game home winning streak.