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Oregon also goes down on night of BCS bedlam

Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota fumbles as Stanford Cardinal defensive end Henry Anderson tackles during first half of NCAA football game in Eugene Reuters

Anybody following college football close enough — that would be y’all — knows that teams contending for a BCS championship this late in the season are going to get every opponent’s best shot. It just so happens there were two knockout punches tonight.

No. 2 Kansas State got throttled by Baylor earlier this evening 52-24. Not long after, No. 14 Stanford shocked No. 1 Oregon 17-14 in overtime. Oregon kicker Alejandro Maldonado missed a 41-yard field goal (his second miss of the night) before Jordan Williamson nailed a 37-yarder to give the Cardinal the win.

But it wasn’t just that the Ducks lost, it’s that Stanford’s defense was able to contain the likes of Marcus Mariota, Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas for an entire game. Even more impressive is that Stanford actually lost the turnover battle three to one. One of the most dangerous things about the Ducks is that they make opponents pay for their mistakes.

Not tonight. Oregon only got one touchdown off a turnover — and that was a turnover on downs. In fact, on Stanford’s three real turnovers, the Ducks threw an interception, missed a field goal and punted. In all, Oregon got just 11 plays for 26 yards off those turnovers. Stanford’s defense, which had been torched in the second half the past two seasons against UO, held strong the entire game, even when it was put in tough spots.

But Stanford’s defense was best at harassing Mariota, who was under duress the entire night.

Also impressive was Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan, who made is road debut as a starter. He threw for 211 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He’ll need to have another big game next on the road against UCLA. The Bruins knocked off USC earlier this afternoon and  secured their spot in the Pac-12 championship game. Depending on what happens next week between the Bruins and the Cardinal, the Pac-12 championship game could be a rematch. Stanford is tied with Oregon at 7-1 in the conference and needs a win over UCLA and/or a loss by Oregon to Oregon State. to secure a Pac-12 North title.

But what does Stanford’s win tonight mean on the national scale? We take you live to Chip Diller, CFT’s BCS analyst.

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32 Responses to “Oregon also goes down on night of BCS bedlam”
  1. ttalarico says: Nov 18, 2012 12:23 AM

    Go Irish!

  2. normtide says: Nov 18, 2012 12:25 AM

    Oregon is a great team, but this offense always struggles against upper tier defenses with strong fronts. Kudos you Stanford, talk about a team being prepared. College football is insane, didn’t okst lose on this weekend one year ago?

  3. irish75 says: Nov 18, 2012 12:27 AM

    Thanks Oregon…it would’ve been exhausting trying to convince the voters why we deserve the BCS game over you and KSU.

    We owe you one.

    Go Irish!

  4. fishtales10 says: Nov 18, 2012 12:29 AM

    I’ll tell you what it means…. Bama crushes ND for the national championship.

  5. ttalarico says: Nov 18, 2012 12:33 AM

    Here we go again.

    ND haters predict another lose. That’s 11 now.

    Actually Bama would be the best matchup for ND. Our defense would shut them down. I was worried a lot if we played Oregon.

    Go Irish!

  6. kozbee says: Nov 18, 2012 12:36 AM

    Even thou Oregon lost doesnt mean they are out of the picture for a playoff.Playoff teams beware ND defense is that dam good.

  7. duklover says: Nov 18, 2012 12:41 AM

    It is what it is. Well done Stanford. Still love ya, Ducks, you’re fun to watch. Hope you get decent bowl game.

  8. crazyfootballfun says: Nov 18, 2012 12:43 AM

    chip kelly also, IMO, called the worst game of his life. the last 2 sets of plays, last one at end of game, and first one in overtime…ducks looked lost. Stanford deserved the win, and I am a big Ducks fan. they played harder, IMO. Mariotta, for the first time, looked like a freshman.

  9. gatorfan1 says: Nov 18, 2012 12:44 AM

    Wow! What a boring f_ _ king game 17-14. All that good defense and low scoring game had me snoozing. Just horrible!

    I started switching channels looking for that gimmicky team that scores like 8000 points a game with no defense and has those loudmouth fans who know nothing about football and playing both sides of the ball.

    For the life of me I can’t remember their name. Can anyone help me?

  10. jgater1981 says: Nov 18, 2012 12:48 AM

    @TT I was worried about Oregon too, but when a D punches them in the mouth, they fall. We still have to beat USC. They are soft, but can put up big points.

  11. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Nov 18, 2012 12:49 AM

    It turned out just exactly the way I said it would: both KSU and Oregon would lose, putting Bama and GA in the NCG…
    Next week USC will definitely beat ND, no doubt in my mind.
    It might be Bama vs Florida for the NCG this year.

  12. jelliot1978 says: Nov 18, 2012 12:54 AM

    No way a 2 loss team is making the NCG. Not with all the 1 loss teams out there. The sec winner is most likely in and to think USC is certain to beat ND is a joke. USC just lost to UCLA and did not look great. Add in Barkley being uncertain and I would say ND is the favorite going in.

  13. irish75 says: Nov 18, 2012 12:55 AM

    Crazyasian seemed logical until you had 4 loss USC possibly without Barkley (doesn’t matter either way) beating unbeaten ND.

    So sad. You had promise young grasshopper.

  14. pdcooper08 says: Nov 18, 2012 12:57 AM

    Domers, your defense is outstanding, with that said, you give Bama (Saban) 4 to 5 weeks to prepare for you, they will do to you and some what they did to LSU last year.

    I really hope this game goes down. I’ll be off to Vegas to lay down some heavy jack on the Tide.

  15. jintzforever says: Nov 18, 2012 12:57 AM

    Ducks offense did nothing.. Defense could not get a stop… Kicking game AGAIN failed them epically… And still almost won it. Sad to watch.

  16. dgbk says: Nov 18, 2012 1:02 AM


    The gators arent allowed in any BCS game according to various experts/fans because their offense stinks. Despite their record and them continue to do that one annoying thing that dont matter, which is winning.

    So as a gator fan if they beat FSU I will be happy if they got an invite to the scotchtape bowl.

  17. ttalarico says: Nov 18, 2012 1:02 AM


    Back at you. Give BK just 3 weeks (don’t need 4-5) to prepare for Bamako and watch out!

  18. frug says: Nov 18, 2012 1:08 AM

    1 and 2 both fall, Maryland and Rutgers might be changing conferences.

    What a crazy day in college football…

  19. pdcooper08 says: Nov 18, 2012 1:31 AM

    Hope that happens. It’s looking good, you just need one more win to go and you’ll get your wish. I’m not looking at a calendar regarding how many days or weeks it will be from the last game to the NC, but what ever it may be, I’ll stand by my prediction.

    Yes it was a crazy but exciting day in College football. I love it!

  20. bills4 says: Nov 18, 2012 1:37 AM

    Irish, you are not a good team! Period! Lose to USC and avoid the embarrassment of getting destroyed in a title game.

  21. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Nov 18, 2012 3:14 AM

    I love how the Irish fans are all saying they’re back, back from what!?!
    They have a good season going right now, may even be a magical season for them if the can win out…
    I was wrong when I predicted your would lose to Pit.
    I was dead on when I predicted both Oregon and KSU will lose.
    ND you got what you wanted, an undisputed number ONE!!
    Y’all will hold on to that #1 status for exactly six days because on the seventh day the Trojans will dethrone you from your high horse.
    Now when can repeat what you are doing this year, regardless of whether or no your win a Title, for the next three or four years, then you can claim you are BACK!!!
    Anybody is capable of have one good year, look at ND under Weis, or 2007 USF, 2010 Auburn, even Hawaii .. So do what LSU is doing and have a 10 or more win season a fews a roll, add in two NC in there, then you can claim that you’re back.

  22. irish75 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:54 AM

    crazyasian….let me first figure out what the hell you’re saying and I’ll get back to you. Your grammar is as good as your predictions. Sorry to burst your bubble but we win out this year. Count on it.


    Go Irish!

  23. irish75 says: Nov 18, 2012 7:56 AM

    Bills4 is a joke but that’s been proven so many times I feel bad repeating it.

    That is all.

    Go Irish!

  24. manchestermiracle says: Nov 18, 2012 9:15 AM


    Still a much better game than watching your team schedule those tough FCS games…..

  25. cometkazie says: Nov 18, 2012 9:26 AM

    ND will show us if they are real at U$C, but the Trojans are a flawed team.

    As someone said, put together a string of ten win seasons and then say you are back.

    My 2¢

  26. sssjim7 says: Nov 18, 2012 9:28 AM

    Woohoo… Clemson for #3 now (right behind Florida State at #2)!

    Having fun yet?

  27. gatorfan1 says: Nov 18, 2012 11:27 AM


    Like I said “fans who know nothing about football”. Florida is ranked as having the hardest schedule in the nation in most ratings and in the top 5 in others.

    But hey thanks for playing and good luck with that NC thing!

    We are the greatest scoring offense ever, no one can stop us, we would hang 60 on any SEC defense. It doesn’t matter that an SEC team would have had a month to get ready for our gimmicky offense…yada…yada…yada….

    and of course it only took Stanford a week to get ready!!!! Too f_ _ king funny.

  28. Deb says: Nov 18, 2012 12:12 PM

    This is why I never count my chickens before they’re hatched and only focus on the game at hand … unlike pedagoguish who’s been polishing that Waterford for the Ducks for weeks now.

    By the way … where is ped?

  29. gamustangdude says: Nov 18, 2012 12:20 PM


    Aren’t you talking about The ducks game versus Tenn Tech. earlier this year? Or was that a different Oregon team playing a FCS school?

  30. cometkazie says: Nov 18, 2012 2:56 PM

    Deb says:
    Nov 18, 2012 12:12 PM
    This is why I never count my chickens before they’re hatched and only focus on the game at hand … unlike pedagoguish who’s been polishing that Waterford for the Ducks for weeks now.

    By the way … where is ped?

    Probably hanging out with Bush-whatever, the U$C fan.

  31. lasseter1113 says: Nov 18, 2012 10:54 PM

    Lmao @ all the people saying the SEC was out of this thing. The winning sign on College Gameday was “The Tide choked on my other sign”, looks like Oregon chocked on a sign or 17 themselves. Karma is a BIATCH!! Congrats to Stanford, looks like their success wasn’t just LUCK after all. Too funny!!!

  32. rtfox says: Nov 19, 2012 7:50 AM

    Where is ped and taint? When Oregon was winning, you couldn’t shut them up. What kind of conspiracy theory are they working on now?

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