The No. 13 Stanford Cardinal paid a visit to Eugene to try to steal the Pac-12 North title from the No. 2 Oregon Ducks. The game ended up being a defensive battle, ending in a 17-14 OT win and upset for the Cardinal.
The thrilling conclusion started when Stanford caught a controversial touchdown pass to tie the game in the closing minutes. Kevin Hogan, Stanford's redshirt freshman quarterback, made one of many great passes and tight end Zach Ertz collected it to tie the game.
Oregon returned the ensuing kick to their own 22-yard line with 1:35 to play. The offense couldn't get into field-goal range and punted with the ball at mid-field.
The Ducks started overtime with the ball but weren't able to advance on Stanford's defense.
Alejandro Maldonado attempted a field goal but hit an upright for the second time in the game for Oregon. The first kick ricocheted over the cross bar, but the overtime attempt failed.
Jordan Williamson then squeezed his subsequent attempt just inside the same upright, giving Stanford the 17-14 win.
Both offenses and special teams made critical mistakes in this game. There were a combined four turnovers but very little made of them.
In the end it came down to execution. Stanford was able to finish their drive at the end of regulation, while Oregon failed to capitalize.
The play-calling and execution on Oregon's final possessions were suspect at best. There was no rhythm on an offense that hadn't been held under 42 points all season.
It is hard to recap an Oregon game without first mentioning the uniforms.
I believe the Ducks requested permission from the Pac-12 for a costume change prior to the encore. Here's a look at their latest fashion statement.
The Cardinal made a huge play just inside 2:00 to play. Originally called incomplete, the replay official ruled the receiver had possession and touched his right shoulder in.
I thought the ball was still moving when his left shoulder touched out, but what do you believe? CBS Sports shared the video of the play.
I'm not sure if I trust a basketball expert with this call, but Dick Vitale liked the call.
Gr8 call in Stanford - Oregon - the right call = TD 4 The Cardinal— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) November 18, 2012
There were some great highlights in this game. The Pac-12 conference shares several of them.
Poor field position following a textbook punt? Marcus Mariota to the rescue. HIGHLIGHT snpy.tv/T3p0Ba— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) November 18, 2012
The lack of a ground game for Oregon was a major factor in the game. One of the best college football analysts shared his thoughts.
Give Stanford's front seven credit but Oregon OL isn't keeping blocks. Barner isn't showing much strength to run through arm-tackles either.— Rob Rang (@RobRang) November 18, 2012
The result was Oregon's offense coming up short with their offensive output.
The importance of the game was clear.
The Cardinal in particular found ways to make sure their mistakes would not be their downfall.
Following Stanford's three turnovers, Oregon got off just 11 plays for 26 yards. Two three and outs. Huge for Stanford.— Ben Kercheval (@CFTBenKercheval) November 18, 2012
The Ducks have their sights set on the Beavers. They need a win to keep their Pac-12 championship hopes alive. Some fans are underestimating their competition.
All the duck fans saying how Oregon st lost to Washington ? Stanford lost to them too— Shane brown(@Shanebrown20) November 18, 2012
Many are wondering how Hogan ended up at Stanford. Cardinal fans are wondering what might have been if he'd started against Notre Dame.
For those unfamiliar, Stanford QB Kevin Hogan is a #NotreDame super legacy. Sister, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandpa and dad all went to ND.— Jake Brown (@Jake_Brown) November 18, 2012
Oregon is still alive to advance to the Pac-12 Championship Game. If the UCLA Bruins beat Stanford next weekend, and Oregon beats Oregon State in the Civil War, the Ducks would host the Bruins.
If Oregon loses to the Beavers the winner of Stanford-UCLA will host the loser in the Pac-12 title game.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.
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