Nov. 13, 2012
No. 1/1 Oregon (10-0 7-0 Pac-12)
November 17, 2012 5 p.m. (PT)
Autzen Stadium (54,000) Eugene, Ore.
Television Live national broadcast on ABC with Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst) and Heather Cox (sideline).
Radio Live coverage on Stanford's flagship station - KNBR 1050 AM - with Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sideline). All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and conclude with the postgame Cardinal Locker Room Report. A national broadcast will be provided by Dial Global Sports with John Tautges (play-by-play) and Rocky Boiman (analyst). The game can also be heard live on Stanford student radio KZSU 90.1 FM and at kzsulive.stanford.edu.
Live Stats Live in-game statistics will be provided through GameTracker via GoStanford.com.
Polls Stanford (14th - AP, 13th - USA Today) Oregon (1st - AP, 1st - USA Today)
On the Web GoStanford.com GoDucks.com Pac-12.com
Inside the Huddle
The Cardinal hits the road for the final two games of its regular season, starting Saturday at No. 1 Oregon. Stanford has not won at Autzen Stadium since 2001, when it upended a national championship-minded Oregon squad which boasted an undefeated record, 49-42.
Stanford trails Oregon by one game in the Pac-12 North standings, with each team to play one remaining game after Saturday's matchup. The Cardinal would control its ability to host the Pac-12 Championship Game with a win in Eugene, while the Ducks would clinch hosting outright with a victory.
The Cardinal currently ranks first in the NCAA in rushing defense (58.60 yards/game), sacks (4.30/game) and tackles for loss (9.10/game). Stanford also sports the 12th-best scoring defense (17.20 points/game) and 18th-best turnover margin (+0.80/game).
Oregon currently ranks third in the NCAA in rushing offense (325.10 yards/game), first in scoring offense (54.80 points/game), second in passing efficiency (168.64) and 12th in turnover margin (+1.10/game).
The Cardinal has held its last four opponents under 100 yards rushing, including three of the top 10 single-game rushing defensive performances in school history: No. 3 at Colorado (minus-21 yards), No. 4 vs. Washington State (minus-18) and t-No. 9 at California (3).
Last week, Doak Walker Award semifinalist Stepfan Taylor became the first player in school history to record back-to-back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Taylor is 169 yards away from reaching 4,000 yards rushing in his career and 202 yards from Darrin Nelson's career rushing record.
Sophomore QB Kevin Hogan will make his second career start - and first on the road - Saturday at Oregon. Albeit in limited overall action, Hogan possesses a passer rating of 178.01. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota officially leads the NCAA with a 176.96 passing efficiency.
Stanford has won eight or more games each of the last four seasons, the first time since Glenn "Pop" Warner coached the Cardinal to five straight eight-win seasons from 1926-30.
ESPN College GameDay will broadcast Saturday morning from Eugene, the second time this season at a Stanford game and fourth time in Stanford's last 16 regular season games. This is the third straight year that College GameDay has originated at the site of the Stanford-Oregon game, the only matchup in the country to play host to the national show in each of the last three seasons.
Stanford owns active winning streaks against nine of its 12 regular season 2012 opponents: San Jose State (W5), Duke (W3), USC (W4), Arizona (W3), California (W3), Washington State (W5), Colorado (W4), Oregon State (W3) and UCLA (W3). The Cardinal has a two-game losing streak to Oregon and lost its most recent games to Washington and Notre Dame.
Oregon Series Notes
Series: Stanford leads, 44-30-1 (.587)
First meeting: 1900 at Stanford - Stanford 34, Oregon 0
Last meeting: 2011 at Stanford - Stanford 30, Oregon 53
Series streak: Oregon - W2 (2010-11) 9 of last 10 (2002-11)
Longest win streaks: Stanford - 11 (1900-29) Oregon - 7 (1957-63, 2002-08)
In a series that dates back to 1900, Stanford leads, 44-30-1.
Oregon has won two straight games against the Cardinal while out-scoring Stanford 105-61.
Oregon has captured nine of the last 10 meetings between the two programs.
The last Cardinal win came in 2009, when it posted a 51-42 victory at Stanford Stadium.
Stanford's last win in Eugene at Autzen Stadium came in 2001, when it prevailed 49-42.
The Cardinal own the longest winning streak in the series - 11 games - from 1900-29.
In four of the last five meetings, either Stanford or Oregon has scored at least 50 points.
Last Matchup vs. Oregon - Nov. 12, 2011
In a showdown of top 10 teams, sixth-ranked Oregon ran past third-ranked Stanford, 53-30, in front of a sellout crowd of 50,360 at Stanford Stadium. The loss ended Stanford's nation-best 17-game winning streak.
Using a no-huddle spread offense, the Ducks jumped out to an 8-0 lead and never trailed. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Griff Whalen in the first half to trim Oregon's lead to 20-16.
The second half was all Oregon. Quarterback Darron Thomas threw a 59-yard scoring pass to Josh Huff early in the third quarter, and LaMichael James, the nation's leading rusher, added a four-yard run to make the score 36-16. Thomas completed 11 of 17 passes for 155 yards and three scores.
Jeremy Stewart rushed for two short touchdowns for the Cardinal, finishing the evening with three touchdowns and 146 yards on 20 carries.
Luck completed 27 of 41 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns, but was intercepted twice and lost a fumble in the wet conditions. Stepfan Taylor ran for 99 yards on 23 carries, while Whalen caught nine passes for 107 yards.
Oregon narrowly out-gained Stanford in total yards, 387-385, and ran 13 fewer plays (63-76). The Cardinal also finished with a nearly nine-minute advantage in time of possession. However, the combination of the Ducks' quick-strike offense and five turnovers doomed Stanford, which saw its 12-game home winning streak snapped.
Last Matchup at Oregon - Oct. 2, 2010
Oregon's Darron Thomas threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 117 yards and a score to lead No. 4 Oregon to a 52-31 victory over No. 9 Stanford. Thomas completed 20 of 29 passes but was intercepted twice. LaMichael James ran for 257 yards and three touchdowns for the Ducks.
The Ducks fell behind, 21-3, in the first quarter of the frenzied game, but forced two crucial turnovers in the second half to take control.
It was Oregon's 13th straight win at Autzen Stadium and 10th consecutive Pac-10 victory. It was the first time Oregon and Stanford faced each other as ranked teams.
Andrew Luck was 29 of 46 passing for 241 yards and two scores. He was also intercepted twice.
Oregon tied it at 31-31 with 8:20 to go in the third quarter on Thomas' 6-yard keeper and the momentum shifted to the Ducks. Midway through the quarter, Luck found receiver Chris Owusu for a 6-yard completion at midfield, but he fumbled after a hard hit by Oregon's Javes Lewis. Eddie Pleasant scooped up the ball and returned it to the 3-yard line, and James ran it in from there for Oregon's first lead of the game.
On Stanford's first drive of the next series, Luck was intercepted by Cliff Harris and Oregon controlled the rest of the game.
It Happened Against Oregon
1969 - Stanford defeated Oregon, 28-0, marking Stanford's first shutout victory over the Ducks since 1953.
1980 - After missing the entire 1979 season with a hamstring injury, Darrin Nelson returned for action for the first time in 21 months and rushed for 122 yards in Stanford's 35-25 victory over the Ducks. The game also marked the head coaching debut of Paul Wiggin.
1981 - Darrin Nelson broke Tony Dorsett's NCAA career record for all-purpose yardage in a 42-3 victory over the Ducks at Stanford Stadium. Nelson would finish his brilliant career with 6,885 all-purpose yards, a mark that still ranks first on the school's all-time career charts.
1985 - John Paye completed 31 of 47 passes for 408 yards - including three touchdowns - but Stanford dropped a 45-28 decision in Eugene. The passing yardage ranks for the sixth highest single-game total in Stanford history and is the highest single-game mark by a Stanford quarterback against Oregon. Brad Muster hauls down 14 of Paye's passes to tie the school's single-game record for receptions.
1986 - Brad Muster ran for 151 yards on 25 carries in helping Stanford to a 41-7 victory in Eugene, the most rushing yards ever by a Stanford back against Oregon. Thomas Henley returned an Oregon punt 92-yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, marking the longest punt return for a touchdown in school history.
1987 - Trailing 10-5 with 3:36 left in the game, Stanford marched 68 yards on 12 plays, capped off by Brad Muster's three-yard touchdown run as the Cardinal rallied for a 13-10 victory at Stanford Stadium.
1989 - Stanford scored 18 points in the final period, capped off by a game-winning, 37-yard field goal by John Hopkins as time expired to give the Cardinal a 18-17 victory.
1992 - Head coach Bill Walsh made his Stanford Stadium debut in his second stint as Stanford's head coach as the Cardinal posted a 21-7 victory over the Ducks.
1993 - Steve Stenstrom threw for 407 yards and three touchdowns in Stanford's 38-34 victory over the Ducks at Autzen Stadium. The numbers brought Stenstrom's single-season passing yardage to 3,281, breaking the Pac-10 and school record of 3,242 set by John Elway in 1982.
1995 - Marlon Evans returned an Oregon kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to give Stanford a 21-14 lead as the Cardinal survived to defeat the 12th-ranked Ducks, 28-21, at Autzen Stadium.
1996 - In the first overtime game in Stanford history, the Cardinal pulled out a 27-24 victory as Kevin Miller kicked a 27-yard field goal to give Stanford its first conference win on the season.
2001 - Kerry Carter tied a school record by rushing for four scores as the Cardinal rallied from two touchdowns down in the second half to stun the fifth-ranked Ducks in Eugene, 49-42. It was Oregon's only loss of the season.
2009 - Toby Gerhart broke Stanford's single-game rushing record by running for 223 yards as the Cardinal upset No. 7 Oregon, 51-42, at Stanford Stadium. The two teams combined for 1,075 yards in total offense.
2010 - No. 4 Oregon overcome a 31-24 halftime deficit and blanked the ninth-ranked Cardinal in the second half while posting a 52-31 win in Eugene. It was the first time Oregon and Stanford faced each other as ranked teams. The game lived up to the hype as a battle of offenses as Oregon, averaging 560 yards of total offense going into the game, had 626 yards compared to the Cardinal's 518.
2011 - Andrew Luck threw for three touchdowns but was intercepted twice and lost a fumble in a 53-30 loss to sixth-ranked Oregon at Stanford Stadium, ending third-ranked Stanford's nation-best 17-game winning streak.
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