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Pac-Ten Shootout Goes to the Ducks

posted Mar 27, 2011, 11:02 AM by Golden Knight   [ updated Mar 29, 2011, 2:22 PM ]

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Stanford             31

Oregon               52

By Daniel Gong


Photo Credit: University of Oregon

In a matchup between two Pac-10 powerhouses, the 9th ranked Stanford Cardinal made their way into Autzen Stadium to take on the 4th ranked Oregon Ducks. Leading 21-3 after the first quarter, the Cardinal seemed to be en route to a win by dismantling the Ducks’s defense and scoring at will. However, Oregon’s offense gained momentum in the 2nd quarter, with quarterback  Darron Thomas (20/29 238 yards, 3 TD’s, 2 INT’s) passing for 2 touchdowns and running back LaMichael James, who set single game rushing yard school records with 257 yards and 3 touchdowns, scoring on a five yard scamper. Going into halftime, Stanford led at 31-24.

In the second half, Oregon’s defense shut down Stanford offense while Oregon’s offense scored 28 unanswered points. Stanford quarterback Andre Luck (29/46 341 Yards, 2 TD’s, 2 INT’s) had a chance to cut the deficit to seven threatening at Oregon’s own 5 yard line, but after a botched snap and a failure to convert on 4th down, Stanford’s hopes for a comeback were extinguished.

 Even with a conference loss, Stanford is still ranked in the AP’s top 25, and look to take on the USC Trojans, who suffered a last second upset against Washington, in Palo Alto. Meanwhile, Oregon looks to improve their record to 6-0 when they travel to Pullman to take on Washington State.