No. 2/2 Oregon Ducks (8-0 • 5-0 Pac-12)
November 7, 2013 • 6 p.m. (PT)
Stanford Stadium (50,545) • Stanford, Calif.
Television • Live national broadcast on ESPN with Rece Davis (play-by-play), Jesse Palmer (analyst), David Pollack (analyst) and Samantha Ponder (sideline).
Radio • Live coverage on Stanford’s flagship station – KNBR 1050 AM – with Scott Reiss ’93 (play-by-play), Todd Husak ’00 (analyst) and John Platz ’84 (sideline). All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and conclude with the post-game Cardinal Locker Room Report. The game can be heard live on Stanford student radio – KZSU 90.1 FM – and online at kzsulive.stanford.edu. Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 91) and XM Satellite Radio (channel 91) will carry a national broadcast.
Live Stats • Live in-game statistics will be provided via GoStanford.com
Polls • Stanford (6th - AP, 6th - USA Today, 5th - BCS) • Oregon (2nd - AP, 2nd - USA Today, 3rd - BCS)
On the Web • GoStanford.com • GoDucks.com • Pac-12.com
Social Hour • tagboard.com/GoStanford • GoStanford.com/FrontRow • #GoStanford
Game Notes: Stanford | Depth Chart: Stanford | Media Guide: Stanford
Inside the Huddle
• Stanford plays hosts to a pivotal Pac-12 North Division game when it welcomes Oregon to Stanford Stadium. ESPN will broadcast Thursday’s game with kickoff slated for 6 p.m. (PT). Oregon enters play ranked No. 2 nationally by the AP and USA Today while Stanford enters play ranked No. 6 by the AP and USA Today.
• Stanford is 11-1 (.917) at home against opponents ranked in either the AP or USA Today Coaches polls since 2009 (3-1 vs. top 10), including wins over No. 9 UCLA (2013), No. 15 Washington (2013), No. 23 Arizona State (2013), No. 2 USC (2012), No. 7 Oregon (2009), No. 13 Arizona (2010), No. 13 Oregon State (2012), No. 17 UCLA (2012 Pac-12 Football Championship Game), No. 22 Washington (2011), No. 22 Notre Dame (2011) and No. 24 Washington (2009).
• The lone home loss to a ranked opponent since 2009 came at the hands of No. 6 Oregon (2011).
• Stanford is 44-17 (.721) all-time when ranked in the top 10.
• The Cardinal is 34-3 (.919) at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007.
• Including its Rose Bowl victory against Wisconsin, Stanford has won 30 of its last 31 games played in California (only loss against No. 6 Oregon in 2011).
• Stanford’s active 13-game home winning streak is the third-longest in the nation behind Michigan (19) and South Carolina (15).
• This will be the fourth time Stanford will play a regular season game on a Thursday, and just the second time at Stanford Stadium. Stanford has played three bowl games on a Thursday.
Oregon Series Notes
Series: Stanford leads, 45-30-1 (.599)
First meeting: 1900 at Stanford - Stanford 34, Oregon 0
Last meeting: 2012 at Oregon - Stanford 17, Oregon 14 (OT)
Series streak: Stanford - W1 (2010-11)
Longest win streaks: Stanford - 11 (1900-29) • Oregon - 7 (1957-63, 2002-08)
• In a series that dates back to 1900, Stanford leads, 45-30-1.
• The 2013 meeting will be the second ever in which both teams enter the game nationally ranked.
• Stanford is 26-14-1 at home against Oregon. The Cardinal last defeated Oregon at Stanford Stadium in 2009, when it posted a 51-42 victory.
• Oregon has captured nine of the last 11 meetings between the two programs.
• The Cardinal own the longest winning streak in the series - 11 games - from 1900-29.
• In four of the last six meetings, either Stanford or Oregon has scored at least 50 points.
• The all-time series has been decided by 144 points with Stanford out-scoring Oregon, 1,661-1,517. Oregon has out-scored Stanford
Last Matchup Against Oregon - Nov. 17, 2012
• Jordan Williamson hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime and No. 14/13 Stanford upset No. 1 Oregon, 17-14, denying the Ducks a chance to clinch the Pac-12 North and derailing their straight shot at the BCS title game.
• The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Ducks, the longest in the nation coming into Saturday.
• Alejandro Maldonado missed a 41-yard field goal for the Ducks to open overtime before Williamson’s game winner.
• Kevin Hogan threw for 211 yards and a game-tying fourth-quarter touchdown for Stanford, while Stepfan Taylor rushed for 161 yards on 33 carries.
• Down 14-7, Stanford went for it on fourth-and-1 on the Oregon 12 with 2:17 left in regulation and Ryan Hewitt ran two yards for the first down. Hogan hit Zach Ertz with a 10-yard scoring pass to tie it at 14 with 1:35 to go. Ertz fought to gain control of the ball with a defender as he fell to the turf on top of a Ducks player. The play was initially ruled incomplete, but a video review overturned it for the game-tying touchdown.
• Despite a pass interference call that gave them a crucial first down, the Ducks were forced to punt on the ensuing series and Stanford took over with 36 seconds to go and the game went to overtime.
• Stanford held Ducks running back Kenjon Barner, who was averaging 136 yards rushing a game, to just 66 yards. Overall, the Ducks managed only 198 yards on the ground.
• Oregon’s top rusher was quarterback Marcus Mariota, who ran for 89 yards. Mariota, a redshirt freshman who had been getting Heisman buzz, threw for 207 yards and a touchdown.
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 7,120 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 ranked as the sixth highest single-game total in Stanford history and is the highest single-game mark by a Stanford quarterback against Oregon. Brad Muster hauled 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 an 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 on 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 of 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 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.
2012 - Jordan Williamson hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime as Stanford upset No. 1 Oregon, 17-14, denying the Ducks a chance to clinch the Pac-12 North and derailing their straight shot at the BCS title game. The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Ducks, the longest in the nation. Kevin Hogan threw for 211 yards and a game-tying fourth-quarter touchdown for Stanford, while Stepfan Taylor rushed for 161 yards on 33 carries. Down 14-7, Hogan hit Zach Ertz with a 10-yard scoring pass to tie it at 14 with 1:35 to go. Ertz fought to gain control of the ball with a defender as he fell to the turf on top of a Ducks player. The play was initially ruled incomplete, but a video review overturned it for the game-tying touchdown.
• Thursday’s matchup between Stanford and Oregon will feature 73 players from the state of California (30 playing for Stanford, 43 for Oregon).
• Junior WR Jordan Pratt (Monmouth/Central) is the only Stanford player hailing from the state of Oregon.
• Between Stanford and Oregon, there will be 20 players from Texas, 13 from Arizona and eight from Hawaii.
• Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost played quarterback for two years at Stanford under head coach Bill Walsh. In fact, Frost’s first collegiate touchdown pass was caught by David Shaw when Stanford played Oregon in 1994
• Scott Frost’s brother, Steve, is the Stanford Stadium public address announcer. The two will be seated in adjacent rooms Saturday in the Stanford Stadium pressbox.
• Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti is a Northern California native, graduating from UC Davis in 1968.
• Oregon running backs coach Gary Campbell and Stanford defensive assistant Vavae Tata are each UCLA graduates.
• Oregon secondary coach John Neal is a native of Mountain View and played two seasons of football at Foothill Junior College in Los Altos Hills.