Stanford, unable to do very much offensively against the Oregon defense, took over possession of the football with just 6:28 remaining in the fourth quarter of Saturday evening's 17-14 overtime victory at Oregon. An 11-play, 95-yard drive ended with the Cardinal locking the game up at 14 but burned just 3:20 off the clock.
It wasn't simple, either. The tie came as a result of a very controversial toss from Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan to tight end Zack Ertz.
It was 1st-and-goal for the Cardinal after the team went for it on 4th-and-1 at the Ducks' 12-yard line. That’s when Hogan found Ertz in the back of the end zone, but his big tight end wasn’t able to hold on. Or so we thought.
Ertz was juggling possession of the lob pass while his shoulders came down simultaneously as he regained control of the ball.
The officials initially called the play incomplete, but they overturned the call after having another look. This reversal tied the game up with just 1:35 left to play in regulation and gave the Cardinal a huge momentum boost. They went on to hold the Ducks to send the game to overtime thanks to the controversial ruling in the end zone.
A missed field goal by the Ducks in OT gave control of their fate and the ball to Stanford, which connected on a 37-yard field goal to seal the upset of the nation's second-ranked team.
For a squad that scores over 50 points per game, it’s odd that a play like this would come back to haunt it. Stanford definitely played tough and deserves respect for completely shutting down the high-powered Ducks offense in Eugene, controversial play or not.