By Steve Mims

The (Eugene) Register-Guard

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When: 1 p.m. Saturday TV: Pac-12

STANFORD, Calif. —Oregon had its full roster of wide receivers against Stanford with Charles Nelson and Dillon Mitchell returning from injury.

But neither one of those two were able to add to their receiving numbers Saturday night at Stanford, with ­Oregon rarely attempting a pass and struggling to complete those few opportunities during its second game without injured quarterback Justin Herbert.

True freshman Braxton Burmeister got his second straight start, and Taylor Alie relieved him late in the third quarter before Burmeister returned to finish off Oregon’s 49-7 loss. Burmeister finished 3-for-8 for 23 yards with two interceptions, and the two quarterbacks combined to go 5-for-13 for 33 yards.

“If I saw that in practice, he wouldn’t be playing in the game,” Oregon coach Willie Taggart said when asked if Burmeister looked better in practice while beating out Alie for the starting spot. “He had a good week of practice and came out and did not have the game he wanted to.”

Oregon’s top four receivers on the season — Nelson, Johnny Johnson III, Mitchell and Jacob Breeland — did not catch a pass. Nelson’s 5-yard run marked the only touch in the game from that foursome.

“There were times in this game those guys were open, and we just have to get the ball to them,” Taggart said. “We have to get the ball to our playmakers.”

Brenden Schooler was the only Oregon wide receiver with a catch as he finished with two for 15 yards. Three of Oregon’s five completions went to running backs — Kani Benoit had two for 10 yards and Royce Freeman had one for eight yards.

“I was open a few times, but the quarterback had some pressure,” Nelson said. “That is part of football.”

Burmeister’s first pass was incomplete and his second was intercepted. Burmeister’s third pass was his first completion, but his fourth was intercepted to finish the first half 1-for-4 with two interceptions.

“He had two turnovers and he was shook a bit on the sideline,” Taggart said. “We felt going in we could run the football and play to our strengths, but when you turn the ball over like that it’s tough against a good football team.”

Oregon ran on 43 of 56 plays during the game while totaling 276 yards on the ground. After Burmeister threw his second interception of the first half, Oregon ran the ball on its final 17 plays over three drives before halftime.

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