(STANFORD, Calif.) — Oregon running back De’ Anthony Thomas guaranteed the Ducks would put up at least 40 points against Stanford. Instead, the Ducks were lucky they put up 20.
No. 5 Stanford shutout Oregon in the first half and the Cardinal possessed the ball more than 25 minutes longer than the Ducks, as Stanford defeated No. 3 Oregon, 26-20, Thursday night.
For the second straight season, Oregon (8-1) suffered its first loss of the year to Stanford (8-1).
“Talent and effort,” Stanford linebacker Shane Skov said when asked how the Cardinal held Oregon’s offense to 20 points. “People want to sleep on us that’s fine. This defense comes to play. It doesn’t matter what anybody else says. It’s about the 11 guys on the field. That’s how we play every single time.”
Oregon, who hadn’t scored under 42 points in a game all season, was held scoreless until the fourth quarter. Oregon then put on a furious comeback, scoring 20 points in less than eight minutes.
The Ducks attempted an on-side after their quarterback, Marcus Mariota, threw his second touchdown pass of the quarter, but Stanford recovered and ran out the clock.
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