Stanford Cardinal 17, Oregon Ducks 14—FINAL SCORE (OT)
In what can only be described as an epic defensive battle, Stanford knocked down the mighty Oregon Ducks in overtime with a 37-yard field goal.
In the first quarter, nothing happened. In the second quarter, Stanford eked out the first score on a 93-yard drive into the end zone. Oregon responded with a turnover on downs.
Stanford repaid the favor with a turnover on downs that the Ducks turned into a three-play 59-yard touchdown drive that culminated in a 28-yard passing touchdown to Keanon Lowe.
Oregon tacked on another touchdown via a six-yard scamper by De'Anthony Thomas, putting the Ducks ahead 14-7. Stanford and Oregon traded everything from punts to missed field goals until Stanford finally tied the game with 1:35 left in the game.
Entering the overtime period, Stanford won the toss and elected to play defense first. Stanford's defense held the Ducks to a field-goal attempt that bounced off the upright and fell short of putting the Ducks in the lead. (The attempt was from 41 yards away.)
Stanford responded with a slightly more successful jaunt, landing their kicker a 37-yard attempt for the win. Jordan Williamson responded by squeaking the ball just inside the left upright for the three-point stunning victory over the top-ranked Ducks. (At the time, Kansas State had already lost to Baylor, so the Ducks were sitting at No. 1 all over the country, assuming the win over the Cardinal went through successfully.)
Stanford now has to get past UCLA to get to the Pac-12 championship game, where the Cardinal are already guaranteed to meet the Bruins again.
That's right, folks, we could be staring down the barrel of two back-to-back Stanford vs. UCLA games in the next two weeks.
Of course, if Stanford loses to UCLA, the Ducks will still get to go to the conference title game and bid for the Rose Bowl.
Don't forget to check out the "10 Things We Learned" article about the Ducks. Surprisingly, we learned a lot of good things from this game along with the bad. Here's a hint: Oregon's defense is awesome.
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