Early on in this heavyweight battle things didn’t look very good for the Oregon Ducks, Stanford went up 21-3 early. Led by the cool, calm, and collective young Quarterback Andrew Luck, the Cardinals drove down the field almost untouched and scored at will. The noise at Autzen didn’t seem to bother the young Luck. He completed his first 6 passes, one for a TD and also ran in for a TD all in the first quarter. To get ready for the Autzen crazies Luck practiced with Metallica in his ears at volume level 10, this seemed to work early on.
The Ducks finally got their high powered offense going in the second quarter on a 9 play 85 yard drive which was topped off with a 29 yard TD pass to Jeff Maehl from Darron Thomas. After this drive the Ducks were still down 21-10 and couldn’t seem to put a stop to Andrew Luck and Stanford’s offense, so the mastermind Chip Kelly pulled a fast one, calling for an onside kick which was recovered by the Ducks. Capitalizing on this huge break was key, that’s exactly what Oregon did. Running 7 plays in 1:59 scoring on a 5 yard rushing Touchdown by LaMichael James moving one step closer to the still deadly Cardinals. The Ducks added another Touchdown before the half but Stanford added 1 and a Field Goal going into halftime with a 31-24 lead.
Oregon came back out in the second half and absolutely dominated the rest of the game like they have been doing this whole season. They have shown everyone they are definitely a second half team. Outscoring Stanford 28-0 in the second half! LaMichael James had 31 carries for an outstanding 257 yards and 3 TD’s. James catapulted himself right into the Heisman Trophy mix with his performance Saturday night. His performance was the 2nd Highest rushing yards in one game in Oregon Ducks Football History, the only guy above him is Onterrio Smith who rushed for 285 yards back in 2001 against Washington State.
Once again young Sophomore QB Darron Thomas put up impressive numbers throwing 20 for 28 238 yards 3 TD’s but threw 2 Int’s. Thomas also ran the ball 15 times for 117 yards and a TD. He finally displayed his running and scrambling abilities that everyone has been wanting to see. There was definitely some questions being asked if Thomas could handle the pressure of being down in a big game by 18, he answered those questions, and then some.
In their first losing effort of the season Andrew Luck still had a great game throwing for 341 yards, 2 TD’s and 2 picks. Luck in my opinion still showed why he is the best QB in the Nation and still should be considered in the Heisman Trophy talk.
Everyone is wondering where this will put the Ducks in the polls. I think they should really be looked at moving past Boise State at #3. I think its only a matter of time before the Ducks move up closer and closer to the top spot. Next week they look at going on the road against a very weak opponent in Washington State. Stanford flies back home to take on a USC team who is going to be looking at bouncing back from a close loss against Washington.
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Written by Ryan Frank
My name is Ryan Frank and I am from Salem, OR. I am a die hard sports fan and love just about any sport. Favorites are College Football, College Basketball, and NBA. Favorite teams are North Carolina Tar Heels for Basketball, Oregon Ducks for Football, and I am a Portland Trail Blazer fan in NBA. I am 24 years old and for my every day job i am in Inside Sales for a construction supply company. I would love to become a sports writer someday if its at all possible. I look forward to writing for the site and would love as much feedback and comments as possible.