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QUICK HITS: Oregon 53 Stanford 30

Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:37 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The Game of the Century, West Edition, featured plenty of defensive plays, mistakes on special teams and one of the teams ready to press for a rematch in the BCS national championship game. The only difference between that tussle in Tuscaloosa last week and this defacto Pac-12 championship in the Bay Area? There were touchdowns. Plenty of them.

Oregon's speed went over, around and - at times - through Stanford's size as the Ducks ended the nation's longest winning streak with a 53-30 win over their division foe to take control of the conference title race. Both teams got off to their normal slow start in the first half but the Ducks, who are now 24-0 when leading at halftime under Chip Kelly, utilized big plays from Darron Thomas, LaMichael James, DeAnthony Thomas and Josh Huff to pull away from the Cardinal in the second half.

The most impressive performance of the night came from the Oregon defense that constantly put pressure on Andrew Luck and seemingly brought the Heisman Trophy front-runner back to the pack, of which James might have run his way back to. Without the team's top wide receiver (Chris Owusu) and top tight end (Zach Ertz), Luck was forced to throw into coverage often after his receiving corps could not create much separation, tossing two interceptions, one of which was a pick-six. Without a speed threat to guard against, Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti pressed his cornerbacks and used safety help over the top, limiting Stanford's bread and butter offense of quick short and intermediate throws.

That didn't mean Luck and company couldn't move the ball or get stops on defense. They just didn't do enough. It's not hard to argue that this was Stanford's biggest game in decades but they never could do enough to slow down Oregon, who proved that they're the Pac-12's best team and well on their way to their third straight conference title.

They even got a glimpse of the trophy, as commissioner Larry Scott officially presented it before the game in the press box. Given the way the South is playing out (UCLA lost, Arizona State and Utah are unranked, USC is ineligible), you wouldn't blame the Ducks' uber-booster Phil Knight for asking if he could take it home with him on his private jet.

He'll have to wait a few weeks to officially hoist the silver trophy for the first time ever but after Oregon settled things on the field Saturday night against #2 Stanford, it's a matter of when - not if - any more.


Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:10 pm

QUICK HITS: Oregon 53 Stanford 30

You should probably watch the games. auburn wins on bad call and lsu a defensive team plays an offensive team game one at home basically. Anyone who has played knows defense plays better early in the season. Add Freshman turnovers and lsu did by no means dominate Oregon. Yardage was low by lsu vs oregon as well. Add the boring factor 6-3 Alabama ? Don't lie and say the defenses impressed anyone. Oregon would put 38 on lsu tomorrow and Alabama can't score a touchdown at home? yawn tide! As for okies. Oregon owns the state. Sooners got beat by a jv like Tex tek. Cowboys still second best in tornado state though. Final comment that PAC 12 goes head to head and will beat sec despite the fact that these are real academic institutions with standards. Sec accepts 1.8 gpa monkeys with no care or hope of graduation. NCAA investigate this and all should be ineligible in sec.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 12:41 pm

QUICK HITS: Oregon 53 Stanford 30

To even consider Oregon at this point is useless and really something I don't think anyone other then the west coast would even care to see. Oregon is 0-2 in their last two games with SEC teams so lets put the b-team to the side for now. Oklahoma State is in the drivers seat for now but if they do fail then a rematch of Bama/LSU is the only option left. Oklahoma was routed and Oregon was owned in their loses. If Ok St can get by the Sooners then I do hope that somehow the Ducks could end up with the Tide just to see what comes next from the 0-3 vs SEC Ducks. Next year may be differant but this year there are two teams in a league of their own, really they are for they are in the SEC West. So for now the Duckies can lay on down for its down to either SEC vs Big 12 or SEC vs SEC for national championship game. None are even in the running anymore.

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 2:41 am

QUICK HITS: Oregon 53 Stanford 30

Really... Auburn won the game on a freakish play at the end of the game.  How was that not an exciting game to watch? That was a great game last year. That just shows you have some hidden bias in your opinion....

Pretty sure I want to see a game that comes down to last posessions to win championships.  That's what it's all about.  Who's going to step up. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 2:17 am

QUICK HITS: Oregon 53 Stanford 30

Oregon won't lose the rest of the year.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 12:00 am

QUICK HITS: Oregon 53 Stanford 30

AFter the way they lost to Auburn last year and LSU this year I don't think many people would want to see them in the NC game. At least I don't.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:54 pm

QUICK HITS: Oregon 53 Stanford 30

The Oregon Duck took a giant dump on Lee Corso and the tree on his head. Really, the Ducks played in the BCS Bowl and the Rose Bowl the past two years, although losing both, they know big time pressure while the Cardinal called it their biggest game ever. Try some Mr. Clean, Corso!

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