by Jerry Feitelberg
Stanford beats Oregon 26-20
The Stanford Cardinal dominated play for most of the game. The defense held Oregon in check while the offense controlled the ball for most of the game. Oregon looked like a defeated time but came to life in the fourth quarter. The Ducks scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter. They recovered an onside kick and the big play of the night for Oregon was when they blocked a field goal and Oregon
capitalized to bring them within six points of the lead. It was definitely nail-biting time at Stanford Stadium but the Cardinal held on for the win. The game smmary follows below.
The Ducks took the opening drive from the 18 yard line down to the 48 yard line of the Ducks . A false start cost the Ducks a 3rd and short yardage and they were forced to punt. The Cardinal went three and out on their first series of downs. The Cardinal punted but the Ducks returned the ball to the Cardinal 28 yard line. Good field position for Oregon. Mariota made a great pass down to the 7th yard line. First and goal for the Ducks. Stanford’s defense held at the four yard line and Oregon decided to go for it but
Mariota’s pass was incomplete and Stanford took over on downs. So far Stanford’s defense has stopped the Oregon running game forcing the Ducks to go to the passing game and Mariota’s passes have been hurried.
Stanford scored the first touchdown of the game with 2:36 left in the first period. Stanford took the ball over on downs at their own four yard line and took the ball 96 yards for the score. The key play was a 47 yard pass from Kevin Hogan to Michael Rector. The Cardinal had a first down at the 12 yard line.
Tyler Gaffney carried it to the two yard line then scored on the next play. Stanford had the ball for over six minutes. The Cardinal had the ball for 8:53 and Oregon had it for 6:07 in the first period. Stanford leads 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Cardinal took a 14-0 lead with 11:26 left in the second quarter. The key play on the drive was a pass interference call on the Ducks that put the ball on the Duck 16 yard line. Gaffney took it to the eleven and quarterback Kevin Hogan ran it in to the end zone for the score.
Stanford’s defense stopped the Ducks on the Stanford 2 yard line. The Ducks started the drive on their own 18 yard line end drove the ball down the field. Mariota completed a pass to Bralon Addison on fourth down to move the ball to the Cardinal 11 yard line. On the next play Mariota completed a pass to De’Anthony Thomas but he fumbled the ball and Shayne Skov came up with the ball for Stanford at
the 2 yard line. Stanford drove the ball all the way down the field from their own two yard to the Duck two yard line with 11 seconds left in the first half. Stanford tried two passes but the clock expired but Oregon committed a defensive penalty and since the half can’t end on a defensive penalty Stanford had one more chance to score. The ball was on the one yard line but the Cardinal decided to go for a field goal. The kick was good and Stanford led 17-0 at the half Stanford dominated play in the first half racking up 15 first downs to Oregon’s seven. The Cardinal converted eight out of ten third down plays and had the ball for almost 21 minutes compared to Oregon’s nine.
The Cardinal returned the ball 57 yards on the kickoff to the Duck 37 to start the third quarter. The drive stalled at the Duck 17 yard line and kicker Jordan Williamson made a 34 yard field goal to put Stanford up 20-0 with 12:34 left to play in the third period. The Ducks were driving, trying desperately to score, but Stanford’s defense came up big forcing Marcus Mariota to scramble and forced a turnover at the Cardinal 28 yard line. The Cardinal drove 64 yards and held the ball for 7 minutes and 33 seconds. The drive was stalled by an offensive penalty so Jordan Williamson was called o to make a field goal. Williamson converted and Stanford led 23-0 with just 1:31 left to play in the third period. Stanfordheld Oregon to three and out and the Cardinal has the ball with excellent field position with 1:07 left. The period ends with Stanford leading 23-0 and they have the ball on the Duck 21 yard line to start the fourth quarter.
The drive stalled at the eight yard and Stanford was called for a five yard penalty. No problem. Williamson kicked his fourth field goal of the night to give the Cardinal a 26-0 lead with 11:40 left to play in the game. Oregon got on the board with 10:11 left to play. The Ducks’ De’Anthony Thomas took the ball back to the 40 yard line on the kickoff and then the Ducks went went 60 yards in five plays. Stanford leads 26-7 but Stanford has the keep the Duck offense in check if they want to win the game. The Ducks tried an onside kick but Stanford recovered and had the ball at the Duck 48 yard line. Kevin Hogan converted a huge third down play to give Stanford a big first down at the 37 yard line. Stanford took the ball to the 23 yard line. Williamson’s field goal attempt was blocked by Oregon and returned for a touchdown.
Oregon failed to convert the two point play and now trail Stanford 26-13 with 5:08 to play and Oregon has just one time out remaining. Oregon tried another onside kick and this time they recovered but were penalized 15 yards due to a personal foul. The momentum has definitely shifted in favor of Oregon.
Mariota connected with Chance Allen at the one yard line. Oregon had it at third and one but the Cardinal defense forced a fumble by Mariota and they lost eleven yards. Oregon recovered and Mariota threw a touchdown pass to tight end Pharaoh Brown. The extra point was good and Oregon now trailed by just six points 26-20 with 2:12 left in the game. The Ducks tried another onside kick but Stanford recovered the ball this time. Stanford ran out the clock and won the game 26-20. It was the second year in a row that Stanford has beaten the vaunted Oregon Ducks.
Game notes- Stanford rushed the ball 66 times for 274 yards while Oregon managed just 62 yards on 24 carries. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota completed 20 passes on 34 attempts for 250 yards while Stanford’s Kevin Hogan completed just 7 passes on 13 attempts. Stanford was 14 for 21 on third down conversions while Oregon converted just three times on ten attempts. The big story of the game was time of possession. Stanford controlled the ball for 42 minutes and 34 seconds compared to Oregon’s seventeen minutes and 26 seconds. Tyler Gaffney carried the ball 45 times and broke Toby Gearhart’s school record.
Stanford improves to 8-1 overall and 6-1 inCalifornia Trojans.
the Pac-12. Oregon is also 8-1 overall and 5-1 in conference play. Stanford travels to Los Angeles on November 16th to face the University of Southern