Ducks stick with Kellen and Jason combo

Updated: October 22, 2003, 5:16 PM ET

EUGENE, Ore. -- Despite their recent slump, the Oregon Ducks aren't going to toy with their quarterback duo of Kellen Clemens and Jason Fife.

Clemens will start Saturday when the Ducks (4-3, 1-2) host Stanford (2-3, 0-3) at Autzen Stadium. Fife will play, too, when it's merited.

"I see much the same situation, I think that honestly gives us the best opportunity for success, playing both in roles that enhance their ability to maximize their talents," coach Mike Bellotti said.

Clemens was shaken in the Ducks' last game, a 49-14 rout by Arizona State two weeks ago, when he opened with a pair of interceptions -- one that was run back for a touchdown. Fife replaced him.

Clemens has had a bye week to rebound, and Bellotti said he talked with his starter earlier in the week and his confidence was fine.

The Ducks opened the season with four straight victories and were ranked as high as No. 10 before they went on a three-game slide, punctuated by the loss at Arizona State. Oregon has used both quarterbacks in each game.

Clemens has completed 80 of 150 passes for 1,233 yards and eight touchdowns. He has thrown six interceptions.

Fife has completed 45 of 87 passes for 627 yards and five touchdowns with four interceptions. He also has four rushing scores, while Clemens has one TD run.

Clemens said the bye did everyone good.

"We got thumped last week but we had a chance to get away from football for a while, see our families and now we're back at it with much more intense practices and we're feeling good," Clemens said.


^THEN THERE'S STANFORD'S QBs: Stanford coach Buddy Teevens said he'll start fifth-year senior Chris Lewis against Oregon on Saturday, rather than freshman Trent Edwards.

Lewis was Stanford's starter -- briefly -- in the opener against San Jose State, but Edwards was impressive in relief and won the starting job.

Edwards went down with a slight concussion and a shoulder sprain in the third quarter of Stanford's 24-14 loss to Washington State last week. Lewis took over and led the Cardinal on a 60-yard touchdown drive.

"I thought Chris did a very nice job stepping into the ballgame. He's been steady and consistent in practice. His attitude has been tremendous, and he's stayed focused. We talked to him about being prepared, and I believe that he is," Teevens said.

Plus, Lewis has Autzen Stadium experience.

Two years ago he replaced the injured Randy Fasani and led Stanford to a 49-42 come-from-behind victory over the then-No. 5 Ducks.

Teevens wasn't guaranteeing the full game to Lewis. Sophomore Kyle Matter could see some action, and Edwards was expected to return to practice this week, meaning he'd be available, too.

"Could you see two quarterbacks? Yes, you could. Could you see three quarterbacks? Yes, you could," he said. "But right now Chris will be our starter on Saturday. He's excited, and we're excited for him."<


^EXTRA POINTS:@ Oregon hosted Stanford last season and trounced the Cardinal 41-14. Quarterback Jason Fife threw for three touchdowns and ran for another. ... Stanford has a 16-12 edge historically in games played in Eugene. Overall, the Cardinal leads the series 43-22-1. ... There was some controversy stirred among the Ducks last week when wide receivers Samie Parker and Kellen Taylor worked out with the defensive backs. Said cornerback Steven Moore: "I didn't take it too well. I thought it was a disrespectful thing. I talked to coach Bellotti and let him know I didn't feel too good about. We talked about it. But it's cool. You always want to work it out with your coach and not let it build up."

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