NCAA Game Summary - Stanford at Oregon|
(Saturday, November 17th)
Final Score: (14) Stanford 17, (1) Oregon 14 (OT)
Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - Jordan Williamson kicked a 37-yard field goal in
overtime, and the No. 14 Stanford Cardinal delivered a blow to Oregon's dream
of reaching the national championship game by stunning the top-ranked Ducks,
Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan had forced overtime with a touchdown pass to
Zach Ertz with 1:35 remaining. Ertz was initially ruled to have made the
catch out of the end zone, but replay overturned the call.
Alejandro Maldonado missed a 41-yard field goal try for the Ducks in OT, and
the Cardinal survived a Hogan fumble in the extra session before winning the
Stanford had lost its last five trips to Eugene since winning at Autzen
Stadium on Oct. 20, 2001.
"Our word of the week was 'resolve.' It was about us playing our best football
and withstanding a mad rush we knew we were going to get from a great football
team in Oregon," said Stanford coach David Shaw. "We knew we were going to
have a chance to make some plays. We knew some things were going to go against
us. We had to stay with the same mentality."
Hogan completed his first nine passes and finished 25-of-36 with 211 yards and
one interception. He also ran for the game's first score.
Stepfan Taylor compiled 161 yards on 33 carries for Stanford (9-2, 7-1
Pac-12), which can win the North Division with a victory over UCLA next week.
The 17th-ranked Bruins beat No. 21 USC earlier Saturday to clinch the South
and a spot in the conference championship game.
Stanford limited Oregon's high-octane offense to 405 yards, well below its
season average of 562.6. The Ducks (10-1, 7-1) entered the game as the
nation's highest scoring team with 54.8 points per game and riding a program-
best 13-game winning streak.
"It is tough losing but it is not always going to go your way and that's life;
that's football," said Ducks coach Chip Kelly. "It hurts everyone so badly
because they have all put so much into this."
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota connected on 21-of-37 throws for 207 yards
with one touchdown and an interception.
The Ducks orchestrated a 15-play, 95-yard drive to take a 14-7 lead in the
third quarter. Mariota converted a pair of third downs with his arm before
De'Anthony Thomas rushed for a 6-yard score.
Oregon squandered opportunities to pad its lead with its defense forcing two
On the Cardinal's first offensive play following the go-ahead touchdown,
Kelsey Young fumbled after a 12-yard catch-and-run. Oregon recovered in
Stanford territory, but Maldonado missed from 42 yards.
Taylor then fumbled at the Oregon 20 late in the third quarter. After its
defense forced a three-and-out, Stanford came up empty when Williamson missed
a 43-yard field goal.
However, the Cardinal reached the end zone on their next possession. Ertz was
Hogan's favorite target on the drive, catching four passes, including a 10-
yard touchdown. Ertz leaped and bobbled the ball while fighting off a defender
and falling to the turf. Replays showed his right shoulder was down before he
went out of bounds.
The first big play of the game belonged to Mariota, who sprinted 77 yards down
the right sideline to the Stanford 15. But the Ducks came away with no points
when a fourth-down gamble failed. The Oregon offense remained on the field and
Mariota was stuffed for no gain at the 7-yard line.
Stanford responded with a 15-play drive that stretched into the second quarter
and culminated in Hogan's 1-yard plunge. Hogan twice converted third downs
with completions to Ryan Hewitt and moved the chains on 3rd-and-2 from the
Oregon 8-yard line with a QB keeper.
The Ducks then went for it a second time on fourth down and, once again, they
came up empty as Mariota's pass from the Stanford 38 fell incomplete.
Stanford turned the ball over on downs on its next possession. Facing a 4th-
and-1 from the Oregon 41, Hogan couldn't connect with a wide-open Hewitt off
Given a short field, the Ducks reached the end zone in three plays. Josh Huff
caught a 22-yard pass and Kenjon Barner picked up nine yards on the ground
before Mariota found Keanon Lowe for a 28-yard touchdown.
Hogan and Mariota threw interceptions on consecutive drives late in the first
Stanford improved to 2-6-1 against teams ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll ... The
Cardinal played a No .1- and No. 2-ranked team in the same season for the
first time in school history. The Cardinal beat then-No. 2 USC on Sept. 15 ...
Ertz had 11 receptions for 106 yards ... Oregon had scored at least 30 points
in an NCAA-record 23 straight games.
11/18 01:40:54 ET