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In a game with major BCS implications, two high-powered offenses collided for a Pac-12 divisional match-up. The No. 7 Oregon Ducks defied the odds and crushed their division rival, Stanford Cardinal, in a road game that would never be forgotten.It seemed as though Stanford had the Ducks figured out, limiting LaMichael James to few yards on his first seven carries.
But when he touched the ball for the eight time, the Heisman candidate running back found two holes in the Cardinal defense and took it in for a 58-yard touchdown, thus changing the tide of the game. James finished with 146 yards on 20 carries, and the Ducks never looked back. QB Darron Thomas had an incredible game, completing 11-of-17 passes for 155 yards and three touchdoowns; no interceptions.
He also broke the Stanford defense with a deep 18-yard designed QB run. This year’s undisputed No.1 overall draft pick, Andrew Luck hauled in 271 yards and two touchdowns, adding onto his campaign resume for the Heisman Trophy, but it would be his three interceptions that proved to be the difference maker in the game.
Following a fourth quarter Duck score, Luck threw a pick-six, essentially putting a surmountable lead out of reach. RB Stepfan Taylor ran for 99 yards on 23 carries, but he was held touchdown-less by the aggressive Oregon defense. While the Ducks’ defense managed to contain Luck, especially in the fourth quarter, the Oregon offense and their “Quack Attack” proved to be too much for the Stanford Cardinal to hold off.
With this win, the Ducks will re-enter their names into BCS Championship conversations, potentially jumping up to a Top 4 slot, especially with No. 5 Boise State taking a loss. However, if they’re going to make their claim to fame, the Ducks must beat a very resilient, underrated USC Trijans squad next week. And that will be yet another exciting, high-scoring matchup.
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