NCAA Game Summary - Stanford at Oregon|
(Saturday, October 2nd)
Final Score: (4) Oregon 52, (9) Stanford 31
Eugene, OR (Sports Network) - Darron Thomas passed for 238 yards and three
touchdowns while running for 117 yards and another score, as fourth-ranked
Oregon used a dominant second half to down No. 9 Stanford, 52-31, at Autzen
LaMichael James ran for a career-high 257 yards and three touchdowns for
Oregon (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10), which allowed 31 points in the first half and looked
to be in trouble. But the Ducks entered the game having allowed just seven
second-half points all season, and continued that trend by shutting out
Stanford over the final two quarters.
"We knew we just had to find a way to overcome the deficit," James said. "We
were down, but we always feel that something will eventually happen for us. We
practice fast and feel confident with the tempo that we play and it eventually
worked for us."
Thomas completed 20-of-29 passes and was intercepted twice, while James
carried the ball 31 times and punctuated the victory with a 76-yard
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns on 29-
of-46 passing. He was also picked off twice for the Cardinal (4-1, 1-1), who
were aiming for their first 5-0 start since 1951.
Stepfan Taylor ran for 113 yards and a score in the loss.
"Defensively, we just didn't play a good game," said Stanford linebacker
Shayne Skov. "We didn't tackle well enough."
Stanford began the second half with the ball looking to expand its 31-24
advantage, but had to punt, and the Ducks evened the game on the ensuing
Oregon progressed into Stanford territory and Thomas ran for a 17-yard gain.
A five-yard personal foul penalty on the Cardinal moved the ball to the six,
and Thomas found the end zone on the next play. He ran to the right side and
used a fake lateral to throw off defenders before crossing the goal line with
Oregon then got a break during Stanford's next drive. Cardinal receiver Chris
Owusu caught a pass near midfield but fumbled after colliding with a Ducks
defender. Oregon safety Eddie Pleasant picked up the loose ball and was
running up the left sideline before being knocked out of bounds by Luck at the
Owusu appeared to be knocked out on the play and lay still as he was attended
to by trainers. He was helped off the field and looked stunned on the
Meanwhile, James got into the end zone on the first play of the ensuing drive
for a 38-31 lead.
Stanford looked to answer quickly, as Luck tried a deep pass to begin the
Cardinal's next drive. But the throw was off the mark, and Oregon cornerback
Cliff Harris hauled in the ball to give the Ducks' offense another chance.
Oregon turned the ball over on downs, but its defense forced Stanford into a
three-and-out to regain possession at the Stanford 49. The Ducks reached the
Cardinal 25 just as the quarter ended, then scored on the opening play of the
Receiver D.J. Davis lined up in the slot on the right side and ran a slant
route to the left. A run fake got the safety to delay, and Thomas hit Davis
with an easy touchdown throw to make it a 45-31 game.
Stanford threatened on its next drive, eventually setting up at the one on a
3rd-and-goal. But Taylor fumbled before Luck recovered, and Luck's fourth-down
pass fell incomplete as the Ducks took over.
The Cardinal got the ball back, but their next drive ended when Harris picked
off Luck in the back of the end zone with a little more than two minutes to
play, and James' 76-yard TD dash with 1:10 left put the game away.
Rob Beard kicked a 22-yard field goal on the game's opening drive to get
Oregon on the board, but Stanford dominated the first quarter to take control.
Luck led an 11-play, 70-yard march on his team's first possession, which he
capped with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Griff Whalen.
Harris fumbled on the ensuing kickoff, giving Stanford the ball at the Oregon
12, and it took the Cardinal just three plays to score again. On a 3rd-and-8
from the 10, Luck scrambled and got across the goal line to push the lead
Thomas was intercepted near midfield by Stanford's Chase Thomas on the Ducks'
next touch, which the Cardinal quickly converted into another touchdown. On
the first play from scrimmage, Taylor busted out on a 44-yard run, making it a
But the Ducks countered with a score of their own to keep the game from
getting out of control. The drive went 85 yards in nine plays and bridged the
first two quarters, ending when Thomas connected with an open Jeff Maehl on a
29-yard scoring strike.
Oregon then pulled off an on-side kick and took advantage of the opportunity.
The Ducks started their drive at their own 46 and found the end zone on James'
The game continued to turn into a shootout, as Stanford countered with its
fourth touchdown. The Cardinal reached the Oregon 36 before Luck used a
play fake to get tight end Coby Fleener open over the middle. Luck completed
the pass and Fleener ran into the end zone, giving the visitors a 28-17
advantage with 7:30 left.
Oregon then went 75 yards in eight plays, scoring when Thomas aired out a 41-
yard pass to Josh Huff along the right sideline.
Following that score the offenses slowed, but with under a minute to play in
the first half, Stanford re-gained the ball after Delano Howell picked off
Thomas. The interception was somewhat questionable, as it appeared the ball
may have hit the ground before Howell gained control, but the call was upheld
and the Cardinal took over at their own 32.
Luck led Stanford into Oregon territory, but time became an issue, and
Nate Whitaker booted a 46-yard field goal as time expired to make it a 31-24
game at the break.
Oregon has won eight of the last nine meetings between the teams. Stanford had
snapped a seven-game losing streak vs. the Ducks last season in Palo
Alto...Oregon has won 11 consecutive Pac-10 home games...The Ducks have held
their opponents scoreless in the fourth quarter this season...Oregon compiled
626 total yards, while Stanford had 518...Whitaker remained perfect on field
goals this season (9-for-9).
10/03 03:43:25 ET