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Stanford rumbles over Oregon, hangs on for 26-20 win

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For the second year in a row, Stanford has upset the BCS apple cart.

The No. 6 Cardinal used a powerful run game and a physical defense to beat No. 2 Oregon in Palo Alto, 26-20.

With the win, Stanford moves to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the Pac-12, while Oregon falls to 8-1 and 5-1 in league play.

For about three-and-a-half quarters, this game was the province of the Cardinal ground game. Running back Tyler Gaffney carried the ball a career-high 45 times for 157 yards and a touchdown as Stanford punched the Ducks in the mouth over and over again. The Cardinal rushed for 274 yards and converted 14-of-21 third down conversions while holding the ball for an unbelievable 45:30.

Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan was efficient and killed the Ducks with timely scrambles. He was 7 of 13 for 103 yards and rushed for 57 yards and a score. The Cardinal didn’t need him to do much more since they were in control for most of the game.

Ah, but what about the end?

When Cardinal placekicker Jordan Williamson hit his fourth field goal of the game to put Stanford up 26-0 with 11:40 to play, it looked like the Ducks were going to go quietly into the Northern California night. There was even talk of blanking Oregon, something that hasn’t happened since 2007.

But Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, who struggled most of the game, suddenly came to life. He led Oregon on a 60-yard drive that culminated in a 23-yard touchdown pass to Daryle Hawkins. That made it 26-7 with 10:11 to play.

Oregon’s onside kick failed and Stanford drove the ball to the Oregon 23-yard line and then Williamson lined up for his fifth field goal of the night. But the attempt was blocked and Rodney Hardrick returned it 65 yards for a touchdown and it was suddenly 26-13 after Mariota’s 2-point conversion attempt failed.

The Ducks lined up for another onside kick and this time it worked. Oregon recovered and, seven plays later, had a first and goal at the Stanford 2-yard line with almost four minutes to play. It looked like Oregon had a chance to pull off a miracle comeback.

But this is where the Ducks’ hopes died. While Oregon eventually scored on a fourth down play to make it 26-20, the Ducks ate up valuable time on the clock and, with one time out left, it wouldn’t be able to get the ball back unless its next onside kick worked.

It didn’t. Wide out Jeff Trojan recovered it and Stanford ran out the clock. Afterward, Stanford students stormed the field.

And it no doubt set off celebrations in Tallahassee and Columbus, as both Florida State and Ohio State’s odds of making it to the BCS title game improved substantially tonight. When Sunday’s BCS standings come out, we’ll see FSU holding on to its spot at No. 2 behind No. 1 Alabama.

For Oregon, it’s back to the drawing board. On the bright side, it won’t have to face a Stanford defense of this caliber anytime soon as 15 of the 22 players on the Cardinal’s defensive two-deep are seniors. Mariota’s Heisman hopes took a big hit, though the late rally mitigated the damage somewhat, but he’s going to need some help down the stretch to win his school’s first Heisman.

As for Stanford, it’s now in the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 North and has an outside chance at crawling back into the BCS title hunt. If Alabama loses to LSU, Ohio State loses to Michigan or Michigan State and Baylor drops a game in the next month, it will be well-positioned to give the title tilt a physical presence — from the Pac-12, no less.

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68 Responses to “Stanford rumbles over Oregon, hangs on for 26-20 win”
  1. soundsofsuccess7 says: Nov 8, 2013 12:46 AM

    Stanford could beat anyone in the nation on any given night, I think.

  2. overratedgators says: Nov 8, 2013 12:49 AM

    So much for Oregon’s promise to put up 40 points.

  3. marcolamorsa says: Nov 8, 2013 12:53 AM

    Alabama is stanford on steroids

  4. swu32733 says: Nov 8, 2013 12:59 AM

    Oregon cheaters get their due.

  5. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 8, 2013 1:09 AM

    DEANTHONY BRADY.

  6. Anoesis says: Nov 8, 2013 1:10 AM

    Stanford sure made things interesting, what with flubbing one on-side kick and their placekicker drilling one right into the line for six points the other way.

    Too bad the only one-loss teams allowed lately into the title game are from the SEC. Stanford blew its chance when it brain-farted against Utah.

    The last sentence was a nice closing shot at the PAC-12, a conference well-known in the past for smash-mouth football. Well, except to those who think Oregon’s recent success is the conference’s identity.

  7. tuckfexas says: Nov 8, 2013 1:16 AM

    I had to smile watching those arrogant hoodlum punks crying on the sideline between the 3rd & 4th quarter-and that #12 dirtbag POS for Oregon deserves to be snapped off at the knees after that facemask.

    That was some serious ejection material there. He hung on that baby until he drove his head into the ground too.

  8. trojan33sc says: Nov 8, 2013 1:17 AM

    Great ! The Pac-12 has just taken themselves out of the running for the National Championship as Stanford will never leap over the undefeated teams with one loss from Utah. Guess it’s Bama and the SEC all over again………

  9. tttrojan4life says: Nov 8, 2013 1:18 AM

    HA HA HA HA!!!! Looks like the end of gimmick football. Stanford played superbly.

    Nice to see DeAnthony Thomas laughing on the sidelines while his team was getting bent over the sink.

    Uncle Phil will have to throw more money at the team so they can then throw more money to recruits.

  10. txnative61 says: Nov 8, 2013 1:19 AM

    Again the Ducks overconfidence was their undoing. Going for the TD on 4th down instead of kicking the FG showed their utter disrespect for the Stanford D. The Stanford time of possession was unreal, and you could see the Ducks offense going crazy on the sidelines. Well, duh, its textbook—to beat a high-scoring offense keep them off the field! Great game by the Cardinal.

  11. gfj7000 says: Nov 8, 2013 1:20 AM

    Stanford was unimpressive in their victory tonight. They won the game predominantly on the over-penalizing of Oregon. Hogan himself is a QB in ‘title’ only & barely made 100 yards. Granted Oregon had some rough play & tough hits including helmet to helmet hits (with injury to Huff) that the officials didn’t call. Half of Stanford’s points were on FGs, as matches their average scoring in the mid-20s per game. After 3 quarters, though the Ducks almost ran-away with it. Another 2 minutes – it would have been a ‘laugher’ 27-26 win – but as Stanford was successful all night – eating clock.

  12. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 8, 2013 1:32 AM

    gfj7000 says: Nov 8, 2013 1:20 AM

    Stanford was unimpressive in their victory tonight. They won the game predominantly on the over-penalizing of Oregon. Hogan himself is a QB in ‘title’ only & barely made 100 yards. Granted Oregon had some rough play & tough hits including helmet to helmet hits (with injury to Huff) that the officials didn’t call. Half of Stanford’s points were on FGs, as matches their average scoring in the mid-20s per game. After 3 quarters, though the Ducks almost ran-away with it. Another 2 minutes – it would have been a ‘laugher’ 27-26 win – but as Stanford was successful all night – eating clock.
    —————

    As the Great Jim Mora once said:

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda, we ain’t good enough to beat them.

  13. longtallsam says: Nov 8, 2013 1:43 AM

    Anything can happen, but if Bama and FSU continue to win, I think we could have a helluva NC game, in what could be the best NC matchup in a while. I’ll take FSU.

    Of course, if Baylor continues to win, they will have every right to be pissed at getting shut out of the NC game.

    Looks like the Heisman race may now be between Winston & Petty.

  14. skwackquackwoof says: Nov 8, 2013 1:59 AM

    I’m here for my lumps.

  15. tuckfexas says: Nov 8, 2013 2:01 AM

    The best part is that these arrogant hood rats were publicly claiming that they were going to win by 40.

    It doesn’t get much bettter than that. Well, besides that making it 2 years in a row.

  16. sportsguy3434 says: Nov 8, 2013 2:43 AM

    Per the espn article, David Shaw says,”If you control the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball, you can beat these guys.” That is why yeams like Stanford and Alabama give these guys trouble. Baylor has some tough games left. FSU schedule gets softer. Ohio State has a weak strength of schedule. FSU has the inside track to the championship game vs. Alabama…if they can get past their “Stanford” in LSU.

  17. mrlaloosh says: Nov 8, 2013 4:58 AM

    Maybe Chip Kelly could come back? Oh, wait………..

  18. mrlaloosh says: Nov 8, 2013 5:23 AM

    I forgot, Ore-GONE! Dux Sux.

  19. classyjacklambert says: Nov 8, 2013 6:13 AM

    I think we all knew that Oregon was overrated. They will still get a pretty good bowl but they had no business in the championship game.

  20. fiverings37 says: Nov 8, 2013 6:22 AM

    Noles Nation thanks the Cardinals!!

  21. getatmeplease says: Nov 8, 2013 6:55 AM

    Thank you Stanford for saving us from having to watch these clowns get blown out by Alabama in the title game. Now we get to watch an actual football game when FSU takes them on instead.

  22. tigersgeaux says: Nov 8, 2013 7:12 AM

    It does not matter who is coaching Oregon, Stanford has their number. Stanford seems to hav the game plan, motivation, and execution to stifle all the hype and bluster promoting Oregon each year to come away with a win. Congrats Stanford!

  23. florida727 says: Nov 8, 2013 7:15 AM

    skwackquackwoof says: Nov 8, 2013 1:59 AM
    I’m here for my lumps.
    ————————————–
    You make it sound like Oregon has something to apologize for. They don’t. Yeah, they lost. But in the last 5-8 minutes of the game, they showed exactly why they’re one of the most dangerous teams in the country… still. A break here, a turnover there, an onside kick, and guess what? What looked like a blowout ends up a nail-biter.

    I don’t think Oregon is out of the title picture yet. Depends where they fall to when the new rankings come out. They’ll get another shot at Stanford in the Pac-12 title game.

    A lot can happen around the country between now and then. Alabama is just getting to the meat of their schedule. Same for Baylor. Same for Ohio State. Determining the last (praise God!) BCS title game is a LONG way from over. And watch out for FSU. They have the easiest path to undefeated. Two one-loss teams will NOT play in that game if FSU doesn’t lose.

  24. raiderufan says: Nov 8, 2013 7:29 AM

    I’m sure alot of people don’t enjoy watching that grind em down style of football but I thought it was impressive as all hell. They knew they wanted to keep Oregon’s offense off the field and came out in goal line sets on 1st and 10, told them they were gonna run it….DID….and got 5-6 yards everytime. It looked simple but anyone who knows realizes how difficult that is.

    This season is young and the meat is coming up for most teams. Oregon isn’t out of it but the road got much tougher.

  25. gborange says: Nov 8, 2013 7:30 AM

    All year long Oregon had been hanging 60 points on cupcake teams trying to crown Mariota with the overrated Heisman. Too bad this is real life and not a video game. They got outmuscled, outplayed, and outclassed.

  26. halbert53 says: Nov 8, 2013 7:33 AM

    Stanford is built like top SEC team with a strong ball control offense and good defense. Great offense wins games but great defense wins championships. Oregon Baylor and Texas A&M all remind me of Jim Kelly’s Buffalo Bills that played fast, scored points but couldn’t win the big one because the up tempo left their defense on the field too long.

  27. floridacock says: Nov 8, 2013 7:40 AM

    Am I the only SEC fan who is getting tired of Alabama and Nicky? Alabama’s inclusion in the NC game is no given. Not only LSU but Auburn and a SEC championship game stand in their way. Win out and play FSU, which should be one hell of a game.

  28. mrsmell says: Nov 8, 2013 7:43 AM

    Great game by Stanford. I didnt think their D was as dominant as last year, but they still killed the ducks. You know its bad, when you run the same play over and over and get yardage.
    Anyone else noticed Mariotta was trying to impress scouts by throwing instead of running.

  29. gborange says: Nov 8, 2013 7:52 AM

    @floridacock yes I too am tired of Bama leading the SEC. I would much rather it be my Vols, but I realize that’s not happening anytime soon. Unless Alabama blows it against LSU or in the Iron Bowl, there is no disputing they are one of the two best teams in the country again this year.

  30. kiopta1 says: Nov 8, 2013 7:54 AM

    Oregon is a very flashy team but I have always seen toughness beat flashy and tonight was just another example. From an ND man, congrats and can’t wait to see you in the last game of the season.

  31. microbrewuga says: Nov 8, 2013 8:01 AM

    If Oregon can’t stop Stanford, what makes them think they can stop the Bama juggernaut?
    I grew up watching Baylor go 2-9 and Oklahoma going 11-0…………am I taking crazy pills????

  32. threebbuilders says: Nov 8, 2013 8:10 AM

    What’s that? Oregon deserved to be in the BCS game last year? Oh, and they want their chance at Alabama again this year? Talk s*it and it comes back to haunt you. Oregon doesn’t have a defense and they haven’t played anyone with a good defense – until last night.

  33. sailbum7 says: Nov 8, 2013 8:21 AM

    The chaos that this throws the BCS championship into only serves to once again demonstrate why they need to go to a playoff system. This is especially true when you have an undefeated Baylor team that will probably not be in the championship game in large part because they get no respect from the sportswriters and so do not get ranked highly in the human poll. I think they should go to a six team playoff structure. I say this because a four team structure could still leave deserving teams out of the mix. I would set it up as follows – 3 plays 6, 4 plays 5 – the winner of 3/6 plays 2, the winner of 4/5 plays 1 – then the winners of these games meet for the title. With this structure it would be very hard to argue that the team that wins the title game is not the best in the country. It also pretty well eliminates any team whining that they deserved to be included but were not. It is extremely unlikely that any team that is undefeated would be ranked below 6th unless they come from a joke conference and do not play any top ranked non-conference opponents. Any team that is going to have a legitimate shot at the national title needs to schedule some top teams to prove themselves during the season.

  34. normtide says: Nov 8, 2013 8:23 AM

    Look, Oregon is a system team. Nothing wrong with that, it will win you many many games. There is a reason Texas Tech fans wanted leach back before this year. But you can prepare for a system, and Stanford has cracked it. No shame, many teams would want to be Oregon.

  35. dkhhuey says: Nov 8, 2013 8:40 AM

    The Buckeye Nation thanks Stanford for taking out the overhyped Ducks last night! One of the funniest lines posted on here last night:

    Phil Knight needs to come out with black and blue jerseys next week!

    One down – one or two to go!!!

  36. thegeneral7694 says: Nov 8, 2013 9:14 AM

    @florida727:

    Actually, since Oregon and Stanford are both in the PAC 12 North, the Ducks will not get another shot at Stanford….and yes, they’re out of the title picture. They didn’t just lose….they got absolutely whitewahsed, irrespective of the final score, and everybody who watched the game saw that. Nice rally, but it’s over for the Ducks this year, national title-wise.

  37. classyjacklambert says: Nov 8, 2013 9:35 AM

    @dkhuey
    Honestly I think there are a lot of one loss teams that would deserve to be in before OSU, no one wants to see the massacre they would incur if they did somehow make it in.

  38. halbert53 says: Nov 8, 2013 9:36 AM

    Agree with sailbum7 on six team playoff. Like Bama but it’s getting old. Auburn is likely Bama’s most dangerous remaining foe. Hate having 2 arbitrary teams in NC game, because not all conferences are strong and not all have championship game. It is difficult for any team to run the gauntlet of the SEC West undefeated and PAC 12 North is also good. Give me Bama, Stanford, Baylor, FSU, OSU and the No. 2 team in the PAC 12 or SEC, and whatever team could win out in that. 6-team playoff would deserve the national championship.

  39. thegamecocker says: Nov 8, 2013 9:45 AM

    I think there are more upsets to come. Baylor’s DEFENSE was absolutely incredible tonight. All we heard about was their offense; but their defense against a potent Oklahoma running attack was scary good. I don’t see them losing but because they do not play a conference championship game, I feel this will limit their chance of playing in this years NC Game. They were SUPERB last night on both sides of the ball IMO.

  40. pastabelly says: Nov 8, 2013 9:46 AM

    This is great news for college football fans as there is now clear path to us getting FSU-Alabama for a real championship game. Ohio State is not athletic enough to keep up with Alabama and my fear is that we would get a replay of Notre Dame vs Alabama if OSU somehow leapfrogged FSU.

  41. nolanwiffle says: Nov 8, 2013 9:51 AM

    “Stanford was unimpressive in their victory tonight. They won the game predominantly on the over-penalizing of Oregon. Hogan himself is a QB in ‘title’ only & barely made 100 yards. Granted Oregon had some rough play & tough hits including helmet to helmet hits (with injury to Huff) that the officials didn’t call. Half of Stanford’s points were on FGs, as matches their average scoring in the mid-20s per game. After 3 quarters, though the Ducks almost ran-away with it. Another 2 minutes – it would have been a ‘laugher’ 27-26 win – but as Stanford was successful all night – eating clock.”
    __________________________________

    * Stanford wasn’t trying to impress you.
    * The number of yards that Hogan passed for is insignificant
    * Nobody (but you) cares how Stanford got their points
    * If my aunt had balls, she’d be my uncle.

    Stanford set out to win a football game…..and they did. End of story.

  42. halbert53 says: Nov 8, 2013 9:58 AM

    Baylor’s dominance both sides of ball was impressive. I would hate to see OSU back into NC game, because other team would slaughter them.

  43. mogogo1 says: Nov 8, 2013 10:08 AM

    Huge props to Stanford. It’s one thing to pull an upset one year, but it’s much tougher to repeat it the next season after the other team spent an entire year planning revenge.

    Perfect game plan to keep Oregon’s offense off the field and their speed on defense was totally negated by running almost every play up the gut. I was amazed Oregon never was able to stop the run. At some point, I’d have expected them to just line up in goal line formation and dare Stanford to throw, but the coaches seemed as stunned as their players.

  44. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Nov 8, 2013 10:14 AM

    Can Oregon fans quit tweeting We Want Bama now…

  45. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 8, 2013 10:21 AM

    Oregon fans need to change their ‘we want bama’ shirts to ‘how can we beat stanford?’

    The we want bama shirts were way too premature. Typical for an arrogant school that really hasn’t done too much but look pretty.

  46. midtec2005 says: Nov 8, 2013 10:30 AM

    Seriously, how does this surprise anyone? I called this before the season started.

    There’s an extremely consistent pattern with Oregon, play a physical team and lose. It’s been happening for years…. I personally can’t remember them all, but obviously there’s Stanford the last two years and Ohio State a year or two before that SMOKED them in the Rose Bowl. Oregon wouldn’t beat OSU, FSU, or Alabama and this proves it. Those teams have bigger physical players on the O\D lines.

  47. midtec2005 says: Nov 8, 2013 10:53 AM

    Oh and those of you saying OSU isn’t athletic enough need to re-evaluate your opinions… go look up which schools send the most players to the NFL. OSU is #7 in current NFL players, only 3 behind Alabama. 1st round draft picks, OSU is second only to Miami. The Big 10 in general is second only to the SEC in NFL players, and substantially ahead of the drastically overrated Pac 12. The Pac 12 has 2 good teams… how did they get this much respect?

    Oh I know the answer, ESPN hypes them up because Oregon is fun to watch.

  48. jammers11 says: Nov 8, 2013 11:30 AM

    Ducks always play in a weak league and this game shows they don’t know how to handle tough teams. They sometimes go 5,6 games without playing a good team. If the Ducks played in the SEC they would lose at least a couple games every year.

  49. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Nov 8, 2013 12:00 PM

    @ pastabelly:
    Your statement that tOSU “is not athletic enough to keep up with Alabama” is not based on an unbiased assessment of the players. The offensive line is one of the best in the country. Braxton Miller is as athletic a QB as you will find anywhere. tOSU has a lot of depth at RB and is averaging over 300 yards/game (it isn’t just Carlos Hyde). We have fast and capable receivers.
    The defense is very young, fast and is improving. A lack of experience is why they aren’t as dominant as in years past. It is not due to a lack of athleticism. Try running against tOSU (average yards given up are only 88/game wit a paltry 2.78/attempt). I grant you that the pass defense is only average. A season ending injury to Christian Bryant (definite NFL material) doesn’t help.

  50. normtide says: Nov 8, 2013 1:36 PM

    If Alabama and OSU played for the title, I would be worried, just like every game. OSU is a great team in a very weak league. The B1G is what is keeping the buckeyes out of the mix, so far. OSU has talent, a great coach, and tradition. They just need competition.

    Oregon is the Kim Kardashian of college football. A lot of fuss for a team that hasn’t won anything.

  51. crazyfootballfun says: Nov 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    Hats off to Stanford for playing a great game. that said, some of the disses of Oregon are absurd. For anyone who does not know, the reason Mariotta did not run is he was injured and was going on 1 leg. That had nothing to do with his fumbles or with Oregon’s defense which was lousy, or of DAT once again failing to do his job. 2 turnovers by the ducks …on the 2 and 5 yd line. Mariotta missing a wide open Huff ….Ducks lost because of their lack of discipline which has been ongoing and also their heads. Most of these kids are nice kids. they played their worst game of the yr while Stanford played their best. They got whipped, but so many naysayers hear saying they have nothing….lots of teams around the nation would like to have their nothing.

  52. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 8, 2013 3:10 PM

    Excuses, excuses, excuses.

    As we said all season, BEAT SOMEONE before you start spouting off at the mouth at superior teams such as Alabama and Florida State.

  53. hor2012 says: Nov 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    I’m a LSU/ sec guy. And, before I get thumbs down I saying I think. But, Standford sure looks like the could line up and go toe to toe with bama. I think the speed of bama would make a difference. But, Standford looks to be a formidable football team.

  54. dkhhuey says: Nov 8, 2013 3:35 PM

    @jacklambert – perhaps you didn’t notice – OSU has changed quite a bit since those two games!!! Stay in the past if you’d like but they have gotten stronger, faster, meanier, and are packing a punch on both sides of the ball! Incase you haven’t noticed – Urban Meyer is the coach now!!!

  55. pastabelly says: Nov 8, 2013 3:55 PM

    brutusbuckeye2011 says:
    Nov 8, 2013 12:00 PM
    @ pastabelly:
    Your statement that tOSU “is not athletic enough to keep up with Alabama” is not based on an unbiased assessment of the players. The offensive line is one of the best in the country. Braxton Miller is as athletic a QB as you will find anywhere. tOSU has a lot of depth at RB and is averaging over 300 yards/game (it isn’t just Carlos Hyde). We have fast and capable receivers.
    The defense is very young, fast and is improving. A lack of experience is why they aren’t as dominant as in years past. It is not due to a lack of athleticism. Try running against tOSU (average yards given up are only 88/game wit a paltry 2.78/attempt). I grant you that the pass defense is only average. A season ending injury to Christian Bryant (definite NFL material) doesn’t help.
    =================================
    I don’t live in Florida and am not an FSU fan. I just think FSU is more athletic, faster, and would give Alabama a better game. What I think won’t make much of a difference. All that stands in FSU’s way right now is a game at Florida Thanksgiving weekend and the ACC CG against a Miami team without Duke Johnson.

  56. normtide says: Nov 8, 2013 4:00 PM

    Maybe we can stop with the we want Bama fad? We don’t even know if Bama is the best from the SEC yet. Plus, calling out Bama may take away from your team’s focus on their opponent. Cough Stanford cough.

    Sqwauckquack- your a cool dude, takes a real fan to stand by your team after a loss. All football teams lose games, it just hurts worse in college ball. Here us my question. Its been shown that physical teams can beat Oregon. But Oregon wins a lot of games, I mean a lot! Do you modify your offense to try and take the next step? Or do you keep what you and to avoid those teams if you get in a title game? I only ask because I always thought that offense really hurts your own defense.

  57. MyTeamsAllStink says: Nov 8, 2013 5:49 PM

    the gimmick works great agains the crap teams of the PAC 12 but gets stiffed against the REAL teams in college
    football.

  58. amosalanzostagg says: Nov 8, 2013 8:00 PM

    Congrats Stanford!

    Should my beloved Alabama lose tomorrow, Stanford
    deserves a shot at the national title game.

    Alabama is #1 for now, but two teams are on the radar as being capable of BEATING Bama at their
    own game.

    Florida State with their athletes and Bama coaches.

    Stanford with their running game.

    Bear said a “small, quick team will beat a big, slow
    team.”

    a codicile to that a “big,fast team will beat a small,
    fast team.”

    Stanford was great.

    RTR

  59. ratsfoiledagain says: Nov 8, 2013 8:45 PM

    MyTeamsAllStink says:
    Nov 8, 2013 5:49 PM
    the gimmick works great agains the crap teams of the PAC 12 but gets stiffed against the REAL teams in college
    football.
    *************
    Oregon’s only loss is to a ‘crap’ team from the P12 which, according to you comments, is a ‘REAL’ team in college football.

  60. politicalminacity says: Nov 10, 2013 1:05 AM

    You bama believers didn’t see the game I saw … lets recap …

    1st qtr – oregon stuffs Stanford 3 and out
    Oregon drives to the 3 yd line and can’t finish it
    Stanford drives 96 yds and scores 7-0
    Oregon punts lalala Stanford leads after one – 7-0

    2nd Qtr – Stanford grinds to the 35 and Hogan is intercepted …except late flag calls it interference? None of the announcers thought so … the replay didn’t show intereference …they showed stanfords guy getting beat- Oregon gets fucked and momentum changes Stanford scores 14-0

    Oregon sucks it up and goes 80 yds and then at the 3 yd line Thomas ‘fumbles” Stanford Recovers…except go look at the video …bot of his knees and one of his elbows were down and DAT was getting up and then stanford grabs the ball ..and they give them the ball …2nd buzz kill for oregon on another terrible call…go look at the video Stanford takes over on the 3 and grinds all the way thru the rest of the quarter… FG 17-0 …Oregon’s Defense that was on the field for 45 min. never let stanford sniff the end zone again after the start of the 2nd. Oregon got the ball 1x in the 2nd qtr.

    3rd Qtr -Stanford jkicks a FG 20-0
    Oregon drives to the 25 ish and the officials give the ball to Stanford again after the mariota “fumble” ..once again look at the film mariota was down long before he let go of the ball…take it frame by frame …not even close Oregon has now been screwed hard 2x in the red zone and 1x a few yards away from it

    http://scores.espn.go.com/ncf/video?gameId=333110024

    When oregon finally got the ball they scored. I know it may sound like sour grapes but look at those 3 calls which would have oregon over 40 pts. This game was stolen from them. I realize you guys back east are breathing a sigh of relief and you should be …Stanford controlled the ball and plodded down the field in slow motion which is what the SEC calls football. Oregons Defense stopped stanford from getting close to the end zone for 3 qtrs of play and if the game hadn’t of been taken from them 3x then they would have won. Doesn’t it bother anyone else that this is how Stanford manages to sneak into the top 10 every single year? By blown calls? How about this win over the huskies because iof a blown call?

    http://college-football.si.com/2013/10/06/video-keith-price-fourth-down-pass-refs-call/

    This Stanford team barely got past the Huskies who Orego9n blew out and The Beavers …who are barely a .500 team this year …but lets not forget how Orego9n got fucked last year when the tying TD reception was clearly out of bounds

    http://www.campusattic.com/headline/freakin-stanford
    scroll to 2012

    I have never seen a teram that has been the beneficiary of so many shitty calls than Stanford who ground out the clock 3 yds at a time but obnly after the ball was taken from oregon and given to them by the men in the striped shirts …AGAIN!

  61. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 10, 2013 3:37 AM

    You need full, university mental help for typing all that drivel and actually having the nerve to believe it.

  62. normtide says: Nov 10, 2013 11:01 AM

    No one fears Oregon. Stanford gave a clinic on how to crush them. Bama is Stanford with much more talent. Like a sports radio host said, Oregon didn’t lose the game, they lost the argument. National perception of Oregon had changed. Your a system team. System teams are beat by scheme. Bama and FSU are talent teams. Your glory days ended Thursday.

  63. crazyfootballfun says: Nov 10, 2013 3:31 PM

    oh please..oregon played lousy thursday night and stanford played great. Oregon still a top 10 team….all teams can have a bad night…and O certainly did. to pretend it wipes out everything else is as absurd as pretending it was not a big loss.

  64. normtide says: Nov 10, 2013 3:37 PM

    The thing is, they always “play a bad game” against the same types of teams. That’s a trend. No one is saying the ducks stink. But they have a glaring weakness. Now, most teams won’t be able to expose it, but its still there. If you listen to sports talk radio, watch sports TV, read sports articles, then you know the perception has changed. Perception is important in the BCS and will be with a playoff committee. Perception is what college sports is built on.

  65. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 10, 2013 4:15 PM

    I love normtide’s comments. One of the few sensible people here.

  66. crazyfootballfun says: Nov 10, 2013 4:32 PM

    i don’t disagree about the perception and think the Ducks will have to win big against a team like Stanford to overcome that perception. If you look at this game and see that the ducks hurt themselves far more than Stanford hurting them….2 fumbles inside the 5 and the game is completely different. Of course none of that would have helped the defense which could not stop Stanford. Still scoring once instead of fumbling and we have a different outcome, don’t we? For me, i think they got a bit too cocky, and i have been mad all season long at their carelessness…in penalties and fumbles and not improving on those things. If you were in my household, you would have heard me yelling early in the season if they didn’t clean those things up, it would bite them in the butt big time…and it did. And sorry, still think a Mariota with 2 legs instead of 1 would have changed the outcome as well. That said- we got our butts kicked but i agree we have some weaknesses. didn’t know you were saying Ducks still a top team…read so many things indicating Ducks were barely due any credit and should not even be ranked….that was the absurdity i was speaking of,

  67. normtide says: Nov 10, 2013 5:38 PM

    Crazy- I said all along, Oregon’s system will win a while lot of games. Its hard for Duck fans to complain. The question is can you modify it to account for big, fast d-linemen? The problem is that style needs smaller o-linemen. Its not the hurry up part as much, Auburn does that against SEC opponents just fine. Its some thing else.

    Hey, you can catch Stanford on a down year and maybe avoid a physical team in the bowls. But, with a playoff it don’t seem likely. I’m interested to see if your coach tweaks it going forward. That is the difference between a good and a great coach. Can you adjust what you do.

  68. crazyfootballfun says: Nov 11, 2013 2:50 AM

    agree…good article tonight on oregonlive.com..hit sports and then the Ducks….basically says the same thing you do. I can not disagree. If mariota leaves, will be a major rebuilding yr…if we can recruit some of the bigger guys we need and make some changes….got another chance next yr. Frankly, i like have the chance…for most of my life as a duck fan…we did not have any chance at all. Will take the top 10….some luck, a few changes…and try again next yr….of Mariota stays we will be in the top 4 i think. then again, could lose to a dang Utah, eh? Fun chatting with you. A Bama/FSU National championship ought to be fun to watch….much more fun than last yr’s.

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