Final: Stanford 26, Oregon 20
Oregon saw its national championship hopes go up in smoke with another loss to Stanford, this one by a 26-20 margin. The Ducks fell in a hole that even they could not climb out of on The Farm.
Let's take a look at the grades for the Oregon performance in this disappointing loss.
For the full box score, check out NCAA.com.
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vs. Stanford November 7, 2013
Game Analysis for the Oregon Ducks
Marcus Mariota did not look like a Heisman candidate at all, but that was because he was pressured all night. The offensive line was totally dominated for 3.5 quarters, and by then it was too late for a comeback.
The Ducks went with Byron Marshall over De’Anthony Thomas for the most part, and that failed miserably with just 62 yards total. Stanford just won the battle in the trenches.
Kevin Hogan did not shock the world with 7 passes for 103 yards, but he made every big play when he had to. Oregon could not contain him and get off the field in a disappointing effort.
Tyler Gaffney ran for 152 yards to lead an onslaught of 265 rushing yards against the Ducks. Oregon knew what was coming all game and still couldn’t stop it. Terrible effort up front.
The Ducks generated great kick returns all night. A successful onside kick and a blocked field goal for touchdown gave this unit a winning effort and the team a chance.
Oregon did not make any effective defensive adjustments to stop the Stanford attack after halftime, which led to an impossible deficit. The pattern of losses to physical teams continues.
1st-Half Analysis for the Oregon Ducks
Marcus Mariota has made a couple of big plays, but he’s also been lucky to avoid two interceptions. De’Anthony Thomas is looking good, but Mariota will need to get more time from his line to make better reads and win this game.
Put simply, the running game was completely stuffed by Stanford this half (22 net yards). Byron Marshall has to break some tackles or else Stanford will dictate the tempo all game.
With the exception of an interception that went away on a questionable pass interference call, Oregon has made no big plays against Kevin Hogan. Surrendering a 47 yard pass is also unacceptable versus a running team.
Stanford wants to grind the clock and wear out Oregon with the run, and that’s already happening in the first half. Bad sign. 141 yards and multiple long drives will doom the Ducks if it continues.
Bralon Addison had a great 25 yard punt return in the first quarter, but the Ducks failed to score. The lack of field goal kicking is baffling as well.
Mark Helfrich is calling this game normally, but the fourth-down conversions are not coming. Adjustments, especially on defense, will be critical to saving the season.