Oregon was able to spring one of the major upsets of the season in terms of the BCS race this past weekend. Although it isn’t really an upset in their minds.
While Oregon’s defense didn’t exactly shut down Stanford’s offense, they were able to slow it down enough to secure a victory in this one. In fact, the game was never really in doubt for the Ducks.
They were able to keep Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor out of the end zone for the first time in two months.
The Ducks secondary were also the first to finally figure out Andrew Luck. For the most part he was held in check as he was forced into two interceptions on the day. That is the first time this has happened all season long.
He also threw three touchdowns, but when you couple that with five turnovers for the Stanford offense., it doesn’t really look all that impressive anymore.
It was a back and forth first half between the two. The two traded scores on three different occasions.
The difference was that Oregon had three touchdowns, and one two point conversion. While Stanford had two touchdowns, a field goal, and a failed PAT. This left the score at 22-16 after the first half.
Then Oregon broke it open in the third. They got two quick touchdowns to get it out to a 36-23 lead, and they never looked back from that point.
They were also able to secure the last two scores of the game to wrap up a 53-30 win, which just so happens to ruin Stanford’s BCS title hopes for the second consecutive season. Ducks Football Stats
If Oregon wants to finish off their season with a bang, they will have to get through the Trojans of USC. Luckily, they will face them at Autzen, as USC has proven mighty tough at home so far this season.
USC’s offense is not one to be taken lightly. They are an incredibly balanced bunch. They rank in the top 50 nationally in both the running game, and passing game. Of course, the passing attack seems a little ahead on paper with Matt Barkley, but the running game has been closing ground in a hurry since the return of Marc Tyler.
Their total offense ranks at number 27 in the country, while their defense still ranks in the top 50 as well. This will definitely be a challenge for the Ducks, but after last week’s impressive defensive showing against Stanford, this is the Ducks’ to lose.
LaMichael James was able to keep up his outstanding season with over 150 total yards from scrimmage on 21 touches last week against then-No. 4 Stanford. Good for well over seven yards per carry.
Freshman De’Anthony Thomas just can’t be kept out of the end zone it seems. He was able to score yet again last Saturday.
He caught a 41 yards touchdown pass in the first half for his 13th total touchdown on the season.
OL – Ramsen Golpashin (Knee)
DB – James Scales (Knee)
CB – Cliff Harris (Suspension)
TE – Curtis White (Leg)
We could get a re-match in the BCS title game, but it may not be the one everyone was expecting.
It could be another version of Oregon and LSU if Oklahoma State slips up late in the season.
Oregon has done everything possible to get back into a position for revenge on the Tigers. Now they just need to finish strong, and hope that Oklahoma can upset the Cowboys.
This is shaping up to be an interesting finish to the BCS race this season.