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Stanford hitting Oregon in the mouth, leads 17-0 at the half

Tyler Gaffney, Kevin Hogan AP

Stanford seems to have found the right combination to handle the Oregon Ducks.

1. Hit them in the mouth. 2. Don’t let them have the ball.

It worked for Stanford last year, when the Cardinal upset the Ducks, 17-14, in Eugene. And it looks to be working to perfection again on Thursday night in Palo Alto as No. 6 Stanford leads No. 2 Oregon, 17-0, at the half.

The Cardinal used its turn-back-the-clock offense to dominate the clock, running 42 plays to the Ducks’ 28 and holding the ball nearly 21 minutes to Oregon’s nine.

Meanwhile, Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan looks like he’s on his way to having his best game of the season. He completed six of 10 passes for 97 yards and also rushed for 34 yards and one score as Stanford converted an astounding 8 of 10 third down conversions. A lot of those conversions came on the back of Tyler Gaffney, who already has 24 carries for 84 yards and a score.

And the Stanford defense reminded everyone why it’s considered one of the best units in the country, holding Heisman front runner Marcus Mariota to 115 yards on 9 of 17 passing and negative 9 yards rushing. It was hard for the Oregon offense to get untracked — it never had the ball!

Not that the Ducks showed no signs of life. Twice they advanced inside the Stanford 10-yard line, coming away empty both times, the first time on a failed 4th down conversion and the second when running back De’Anthony Thomas was stripped by Cardinal linebacker Shayne Skov near the goal line.

The one upside to the first half for Oregon is that it can score quick and Stanford is still within reach. The second half could get interesting if the Ducks find their rhythm. But first they need the ball back.

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36 Responses to “Stanford hitting Oregon in the mouth, leads 17-0 at the half”
  1. beastmode5150 says: Nov 7, 2013 10:27 PM

    Another year, another year without a National Title for the *ucks.

  2. realfootballfan says: Nov 7, 2013 10:37 PM

    Whre’s that guy who was calling me and Mr. Right crazy? Exactly as I said last week, Oregon would get their lunch money taken as soon as they played a more physical team. If they ever could get past being dominated at the line of scrimmage by their first stiff test, Alabama would do them like Notre Dame last January. Hopefully, this holds up so that we’re one week closer to a real national championship game between Alabama and FSU.

  3. dcroz says: Nov 7, 2013 10:38 PM

    Oregon wants ‘Bama? They’re playing the closest thing to the Tide in the PAC-12 and getting dominated. They have a half to turn it around, but so far they’ve shown nothing that proves they deserve to be in Pasadena ahead of FSU, let alone that they’d fare well there against either the Tide or the ‘Noles.

  4. bucrightoff says: Nov 7, 2013 10:38 PM

    How the hell did Stanford lose to Utah?

  5. dhalb34 says: Nov 7, 2013 10:39 PM

    International sign for choking has been changed to the Oregon O.

  6. BrownsTown says: Nov 7, 2013 10:46 PM

    How are they even eligible for a bowl game this year?

  7. Deb says: Nov 7, 2013 10:53 PM

    Omigosh … I’m watching the NFL game. Didn’t know this game was tonight!! Why aren’t they playing on Saturday? Crap!

  8. chiefdog says: Nov 7, 2013 10:55 PM

    Anybody want to let Jonathan Martin know his alma mater is doing the bullying tonight?

  9. babyfarkmcgeezax says: Nov 7, 2013 10:56 PM

    Oregon’s jersey of the week is wearing nothing, as they are getting EXPOSED. The only jersey they bring back every season.

  10. Deb says: Nov 7, 2013 11:00 PM

    Nothing would look better than the uniforms they’re wearing.

  11. chiefdog says: Nov 7, 2013 11:04 PM

    Glad you guys are paying attention to the uniforms. After getting hit in the mouth like Stanford is doing to them these beauty queens sure aren’t pretty tonoght.

  12. Deb says: Nov 7, 2013 11:08 PM

    Sorry, chiefdog … still struggling to adjust to Nike chic. But the real mind-bender is that the sad one-win Minnesota Vikings I’ve been watching have outscored the famed Ducks offense by 31 points … so far.

  13. Woody Bass says: Nov 7, 2013 11:17 PM

    Oregon is Clemsoning.

  14. totallysirius says: Nov 7, 2013 11:20 PM

    How did Oregon even get ranked in the top 10?

    Same deal as Clemson.

  15. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 7, 2013 11:22 PM

    Pretty sure the Johnny Manziel vs Marcus Mariota question is being answered tonight.

  16. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 7, 2013 11:23 PM

    When will these FOOL Oregon fans ever learn?

    Winston is far more impressive than Mariota, and Miami’s defense is better than Stanford’s which REALLY makes him look bad.

    You can go back into your holes until next September Oregon fans, you made my guys have to focus harder through our toughest part of the slate, and now all we have to do is win out and take the ACC.

    Thanks.

    Nothing’s changed with this team, despite all the bloviations from their non-football knowledgeable fanatics.

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 7, 2013 11:23 PM

    Oregon v Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl will be fun.

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 7, 2013 11:25 PM

    dcroz says: Nov 7, 2013 10:38 PM

    Oregon wants ‘Bama? They’re playing the closest thing to the Tide in the PAC-12 and getting dominated. They have a half to turn it around, but so far they’ve shown nothing that proves they deserve to be in Pasadena ahead of FSU, let alone that they’d fare well there against either the Tide or the ‘Noles.
    ————-

    Just shut up already. Oregon can’t hang with a physical Stanford team, FSU is even more physical AND has superior speed to Oregon. I hope you yokels will finally recognize that it is Alabama, Florida State and a HUGE drop off from there, as I kept trying to say all season.

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 7, 2013 11:28 PM

    8to80texansblog says: Nov 7, 2013 11:23 PM

    Oregon v Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl will be fun.
    ———————-

    I’ll enjoy it, since it will be fun to watch with no frauds in the national title game.

  20. bfree2k says: Nov 7, 2013 11:28 PM

    I’d recommend Oregon wear a uniform that’s black & blue the week after playing Stanford.

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 7, 2013 11:28 PM

    I’m guessing we’re going to have back to back freshman win the Heisman now.

  22. dkhhuey says: Nov 7, 2013 11:45 PM

    The Ducks choke year after year after year and yet they continue to be the media darlings of college football – perhaps this ass kicking will finally stick to the collective memories now that they are all feathers, fluff, and ugly ass uniforms and no substance when they face a big strong team!!!

  23. Deb says: Nov 7, 2013 11:45 PM

    Don’t think freshmen should win the Heisman, but if it happens again, let’s hope the next one has a good head on his shoulders.

    If they go on to lose, it will knock Helfrich out of the running for the Bryant award … although he’s following Kelly’s pattern of losing late in the season and ruining the team’s title hopes.

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 7, 2013 11:48 PM

    How far does Oregon fall….? At least to 6, possibly as far as 10.

    Bama
    FSU
    OSU
    Baylor
    Stanford

    Then a bunch of 1 loss teams in no particular order (I know Stanford has a loss but they are obviously the best 1 loss team)

    Clemson
    Miami
    Mizzou
    Oregon
    Auburn

  25. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 7, 2013 11:54 PM

    Man, those FGs for Stanford may come back to haunt them. This game is finally getting interested.

  26. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 7, 2013 11:59 PM

    Ruh roh

  27. v2the4 says: Nov 8, 2013 12:00 AM

    the quack is on the attack…three quick tds in the 4th, including the 4th and goal from the 17…way to keep competing Ducks…now 26-20 and another on side kick coming

  28. v2the4 says: Nov 8, 2013 12:05 AM

    florida state should send some flowers up to palo alto ca….

    stanford 26
    oregon 20

  29. bfree2k says: Nov 8, 2013 12:11 AM

    If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…it’s probably an Oregon Duck.

  30. realfootballfan says: Nov 8, 2013 12:17 AM

    8to80texansblog,

    I still wouldn’t say Stanford’s the best one loss team as I’d give that distinction to Auburn. They’re pretty impressive with only a loss to LSU who will give Alabama all they want to handle Saturday. Auburn will be lurking at the end of the year, and you can throw records out when Alabama and Auburn get together.

  31. dkhhuey says: Nov 8, 2013 12:19 AM

    Time for some new unis… these have been soiled!!!

  32. gborange says: Nov 8, 2013 12:30 AM

    Football strategy at its finest. Get ahead, keep the ball, and control the clock. Trying to run 90 plays a game and stockpiling stats should be reserved for video games. Oregon may run around some teams; but teams like Bama and FSU run over teams.

  33. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 8, 2013 12:31 AM

    @realfootballfan

    Auburns best win was a barnburner against my Aggies who have NO defense.

    Stanford just beat the #3 team in the country. They also made the Heisman frontrunner look average at best, while Auburn got lit up by Johnny Football.

    I agree that Auburn is a good team and a great 1 loss team. But they will definitely have to beat Bama to pass Stanford in the standings, and it’s obviously not happening this week.

  34. realfootballfan says: Nov 8, 2013 12:43 AM

    8to80texansblog,

    Oh, I wasn’t talking about the standings because that’s already baked into the cake, but rather commenting on who I actually think the best one loss team is.

  35. tigersgeaux says: Nov 8, 2013 7:20 AM

    I knew Oregon could come back quickly, but with Stanford’s game plan and execution, I told my brother that Stanford had it all in control. I am glad they did.

    Congrats to Stanford for popping the bubble that was Oregon again this season.

  36. dhardy8207 says: Nov 9, 2013 8:58 AM

    Well Quack!… Just as usual the Ducks always lose feathers during the mid season and show that they’re overrated from the beginning. Mariota should not be the Heisman front runner. A better than average defense exposed his weaknesses. After watching this game, if I had a vote that counted I would definately vote for Manziel before I would vote for Mariota. Famous Jameis should be in strong contention for the stiff arm award in December…

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