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Cardinal Football Live: Stanford vs. Oregon
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 11/12/2011

Nov. 12, 2011

STANFORD, Calif. -

Final score: Oregon 53, Stanford 30

On the kickoff, Usua Amanam fought for extra yardage and fumbled. The kicker, Rob Beard, recovered.

Oregon gains possession at the Stanford 30. Stanford's Matt Masifilo got a hand on the ball, forcing a fumble from quarterback Darron Thomas, but the Ducks fell on the ball.

Stanford takes the ball over on downs. On the next play, Drew Terrell caught a pass from Andrew Luck, but fumbled - Stanford's fifth turnover of the game. Avery Patterson knocked the ball loose for Oregon.

Oregon runs out the clock.

Fourth quarter (4:28 left): Oregon 53, Stanford 30

Stanford remains within two scores of catching the Ducks, but with fewer than five minutes. Andrew Luck's second-down pass deflected off the hands of freshman receiver Ty Montgomery and into the hands of Oregon's Boseko Kokombo, who returned the interception 40 yards for a touchdown.

Fourth quarter (5:09 left): Oregon 46, Stanford 30

Stanford bypasses the squib kick and goes deep and Oregon takes over at its 30. Kenjon Barner gains 14, and soon after quarterback Darron Thomas keep the ball on a naked bootleg for 18 yards.

Oregon faces third-and-10 at the Stanford 25 and Kenjon Barner was stopped after a two yard gain. Oregon will attempt a 40-yard field goal. It's good.

Fourth quarter (9:37 left): Oregon 43, Stanford 30

Stanford gets a good return from Usua Amanam to its 38. With a third-and-9 at the Oregon 47, Andrew Luck connects with Coby Fleener on a crossing route for 17 yards.

Levine Toilolo catches a pass over the middle for 11, moving the Cardinal to the 19. A pass to Griff Whalen moved the ball to the 7. Stanford struggles and faces a third-and-goal from the 9. Luck keeps the ball and reaches the 1. Stanford will go for it on fourth down.

Jeremy Stewart leaps over the right side for the touchdown.

Fourth quarter (14:02 left): Oregon 43, Stanford 23

LaMichael James picks his way through the Stanford defense for 13 yards to the 3. On second down at the 1, James scored off left guard.

End of third quarter: Oregon 36, Stanford 23

Oregon takes possession at its 31, and quarterback Darron Thomas keeps it and finds space for eight yards. LaMichael James runs and spins for 14 yards to the Stanford 47.

James carries for eight more, and is not even touched until he reaches the second level of the defense. Kenjon Barner runs around right end for 10, again not touched until well downfield.

James runs for nine, and Stanford can't substitute in time and is called for too many men on the field. Oregon settles in at the Stanford 15 as the quarter expires.

Third quarter (2:38 left): Oregon 36, Stanford 23

Stanford trails by 20 with 1½ quarters to work with. A pass to Griff Whalen and a hands to the face penalty moves the ball to the Oregon 42.

Tyler Gaffney runs twice for 17 combined yards, gaining a first down out of the Wildcat formation. On second down, another Luck pass is dropped by a tight end. Facing third-and-6 at the 24, Luck goes to tight end Levine Toilolo for a first down.

Again, Stanford is in a third-down situation, this time at the 12. With an empty backfield, Luck finds Toilolo, who slips before reaching the first down marker. On fourth and 1 at the 7, fullback Ryan Hewitt picks up the first down, but Stanford takes an Oregon offsides penalty to the 4.

Another offsides call creates a first-and-goal at the 2. Luck pivots on the play action and throws to Jeremy Stewart for the score.

Third quarter (7:41 left): Oregon 36, Stanford 16

On the first play of the series, Andrew Luck is sacked from his blindside by Terrell Turner and fumbles, with Brandon Hanna recovering. Hanna was tackled at the 12 by Jonathan Martin.

On the next play, Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas finds tight end David Paulson circling behind a defender. Paulson appeared to make a diving catch for a score, but the play was reviewed and the pass was ruled incomplete.

LaMichael James was stopped on the next play for no gain and Oregon suddenly faces a third down. Thomas passes to Lavasier Tuinei to the 4, and the Ducks go for it on fourth down. James scores easily off right guard.

Third quarter (8:51 left): Oregon 29, Stanford 16

Oregon takes over at its own 30 after the missed field goal try, but immediately faces a third-and-8 and Cory Gatewood, a fifth-year player who recently swithed back to defense from receiver, broke up the pass with a leaping knockdown.

Third quarter (11:08 left): Oregon 29, Stanford 16

Stanford faces a third-and-6 in what might be considered four-down territory. Luck's throw is dropped by Coby Fleener on a crossing route. Stanford instead will try a 48-yard goal by Eric Whitaker, but it's wide right.

Third quarter (11:02 left): Oregon 29, Stanford 16

Stanford takes over at its 34 after the kickoff. The game is going as could have been expected, with Oregon exploding for big plays and Stanford driving in small increments. Two turnovers by Stanford have hurt in a game in which anything other than a touchdown drive might be perilous.

Stanford was stopped when Andrew Luck was sacked on third down by Taylor Hart and was forced to punt - a dangerous situation with Oregon ahead by 13 and scoring at will.

But David Green's punt was muffed by LaMichael James on a fair catch try and Stanford's Harold Bernard recovered, giving the Cardinal new life and the ball at the Oregon 34.

Third quarter (13:23 left): Oregon 29, Stanford 16

Stanford kicks off to begin the second half. Darron Thomas patiently waits as pressure approaches before dumping off to LaMichael James for a first down to its own 41.

Thomas evades the rush and throws to Josh Huff, who beats Terrence Brown on the coverage and takes off. Brown misses a tackle and so does Michael Thomas. Huff completes a 59-yard touchdown play.

Halftime: Oregon 22, Stanford 16

Oregon takes over at its 38 yards line after rolling kickoff. Two passes to Kenjon Barner take Oregon into Stanford's 42, but the Ducks run out of time and the half ends.

Second quarter (0:24 left): Oregon 22, Stanford 16

Andrew Luck hits tight end Coby Fleener on consecutive passes after Stanford takes possession, to its own 48. The second pass to Fleener was into tight coverage, and Fleener made a great catch for 28 yards.

A drop by Levine Toilolo has Stanford in third-and-5, but Luck finds Griff Whalen for a first down. Luck hits Ty Montgomery to the 31.

After a Stanford timeout with 53 seconds left, Stanford gains 18 on another Luck to Whalen pass. On the next play, Luck hits Whalen on a slant and he pushes into the end zone between two defenders.

Eric Whitaker makes the kick.

Second quarter (2:52 left): Oregon 22, Stanford 9

After the kickoff, Oregon takes over at its 30. After a 10-yard pass, LaMichael James again found space at the line, gaining 15. With a third-and-5, at Stanford's 39, De'Anthony Thomas is stood up by Ben Gardner and Matt Masifilo for a loss of two. Oregon will go for it on fourth down - touchdown.

Darron Thomas threw to De'Anthony Thomas in the right flat and he had room down the right sideline to use his speed to score from 41 yards.

Second quarter (4:57 left): Oregon 15, Stanford 9

Stanford's A.J. Tarpley was called for a horse-collar tackle on a three-yard loss, but Oregon picked up the penalty yardage to the 35.

De'Anthony Thomas had room and broke past the line, but Stanford safety Delano Howell stuck his injured hand into the ball and stripped it loose. Jarek Lancaster made the recovery.

Andrew Luck completed a pass to Griff Whalen over the middle and yardage was added on because Whalen was speared by Oregon's Michael Clay.

With the ball on the 21, Luck looked for Ty Montgomery deep in the end zone, but the ball was batted away. Stanford faces a third-and-6 at the 17. Luck found Stepfan Taylor in the left flat, but he slipped for only a three-yard game.

Eric Whitaker lines up to try a 32-yard field goal. The Cardinal is called for delay of game, extending the try to 37 yards from the left hashmark. It's good. Stanford keeps alive its perfect percentage in the red zone.

Second quarter (9:03 left): Oregon 15, Stanford 6

Stanford takes over at its own 34, and Stepfan Taylor immediately gains 5. A broken play, with Andrew Luck finding no one open, bought enough time to find fullback Ryan Hewitt for a first down.

However, Stanford faces a third-and-6 at the Oregon 49. Luck's pass intended for Drew Terrell wasn't close and Stanford must punt.

Oregon will take possession at its own 20.

Second quarter (11:49 left): Oregon 15, Stanford 6

Ben Rhyne kicked off to the goal line. Oregon takes over at its 15.

Oregon faces a third-and-4 at its 21, and Stanford is called for a holding penalty, on safety Michael Thomas, and picks up the first down.

One play later, Oregon finally showed the explosion and speed that has becomes its defining characteristic. LaMichael James broke through the line, shifted past a defender or two and no one could catch him on a 58-yard touchdown run.

Second quarter (13:51 left): Oregon 8, Stanford 6

Stepfan Taylor gains three on third-and-1 on his 14th carry of the game. Stanford, with the ball at the Oregon 16, goes with an Andrew Luck to Griff Whalen pass in the end zone for a touchdown.

Whalen was lined up left and gapped his defender to make an open catch. However, Stanford kicker Eric Whitaker was wide right on the conversion try.

End of first quarter: Oregon 8, Stanford 0

Stanford faces a third-and-1 at its own 42 before fullback Ryan Hewitt takes the short handoff and gains seven for the first down. Tyler Gaffney gains seven out of the Wildcat Formation, but the ball was ripped out of his hands as he was falling by Troy Hill. The play was called a fumble. But it was reviewed and reversed and Stanford retained possession.

On second and 10 from the Oregon 40, Stepfan Taylor gained 12 up the middle, and another eight on the next play, this time on the outside to the 20.

First quarter (3:59 left): Oregon 8, Stanford 0

Stepfan Taylor and Tyler Gaffney pick up a combined 18 yards on two carries as the Cardinal crosses midfield for the first time in the game.

Andrew Luck is hit as he throws by Boseko Lokombo on a blitz and the ball is nearly intercepted by a lineman before falling incomplete. Stanford now faces a third down and 8 at the Oregon 49.

Luck looks left on the pass, but throws right, into the hands of Dewitt Stuckey, who returns it 30 yards before Luck upends him at the Stanford 20.

On first down, Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas gains 9 on an option keeper. De'Anthony Thomas takes a pitch on an end around, but is run down by Terrance Brown for no gain. No matter, LaMichael James runs for 6 on the next play.

Thomas rolls right on third down and finds Lavasier Tuinei in the back corner of the end zone. The Ducks run a two-point try, with David Paulson throwing to short snapper Jeff Palmer for the conversion.

First quarter (7:57 left): Stanford 0, Oregon 0

LaMichael James is tackled for a five-yard loss by Chase Thomas. Oregon faces a third-and-10 at its 47.

Darron Thomas heaved a pass that was intercepted by Trent Murphy under heavy pressure, but the officials say they whistled the play dead, on a sack by Matt Masifilo, before he threw the ball. The loss was for 20 yards, but Oregon was able to punt.

Instead of the ball at the Oregon 30, the Cardinal will take over at its own 31.

The teams have combined for 1 yard in total offense.

First quarter (9:15 left): Stanford 0, Oregon 0

Starting from its own 8, Stanford picks up a first down on a short pass from Andrew Luck to Griff Whalen after the receiver was initially covered, but maneuvered for an opening for eight yards.

Facing third and three, Luck rolled right only for his pass to Whalen to be broken up by Oregon's Eddie Pleasant, forcing another Cardinal punt.

David Green punts for only 28 yards and Oregon will take over at its own 47.

First quarter (12:13 left): Stanford 0, Oregon 0

Stanford, with Olympic volleyball player as an honorary captain, wins the toss and receives the opening kickoff.

Stanford takes possession at its own 17-yard line after Ty Montgomery's short return. Stepfan Taylor carries the defense five yards on the initial play. But Stanford goes three and out on the opening series, after an incompletion and swing pass to Tyler Gaffney for no gain.

After a punt, Oregon begins at its own 36. The Ducks immediately go into the no-huddle, and on second down, LaMichael James is dropped for a four-yard loss on a tackle by Trent Murphy, after a cutback move. The Ducks also go three-and-out.


In the most anticipated college football game in the West this season, Stanford plays Oregon at Stanford Stadium in a matchup that will likely determine the Pac-12 North Division title and a berth in the inaugural conference championship game.

Stanford (9-0 overall, 7-0 Pac-12) and Oregon (8-1, 6-0) present a matchup of high-scoring teams that win with different methods. Oregon plays a spread, up-tempo offense, while Stanford goes with a power running game augmented by the passing of quarterback Andrew Luck.



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