Halftime Score: Ducks 14 - Cardinal 3
1st Quarter: Stanford elected to start with the ball. They started the game with a false start but were able to gain back some yards with a quick pass to the outside. Cameron Scarlett earned the first down and Thomas Graham Jr., back from injury, took him down shortly after. Scarlett broke for a 23-yard run, then a big run from Austin Jones put the Cardinal at the Duck 27.
Osiris St. Brown caught a 13-yard pass on 3rd and 13 after a Bryson Young tackle lost the Cardinal some yards. KJ Costello threw an incompletion and knocked his thumb against a friendly o-line helmet. Scarlett then ran for three yards on the next play. David Shaw called a timeout on 2nd-and-10 at the Oregon 17.
Costello went for the signature big-man box-out score against Graham, but it was unsuccessful. Jet Toner then scored the first points of the game.
Cardinal 3 - Ducks 0
Travis Dye returned the kick to the Duck 27. CJ Verdell ran for five yards on Oregon’s opening offensive play and Jacob Breeland caught a 9-yard pass for the first down on the next play. Jordan Fox rushed through the o-line, which was missing C Jake Hanson (Calvin Throckmorton replaced him and Brady Aiello took the vacant right tackle spot), and sacked Justin Herbert for a 9-yard loss in which the QB struggled to hang onto the ball.
Verdell ran for 2 yards, then Breeland caught an 11-yard pass which meant the Ducks were forced to punt. Starting on their own 12-yard line, Stanford was unable to reach the first down marker thanks to some tight coverage by Nick Pickett. Stanford and Oregon had offsetting penalties, illegal motion and running into the kicker respectively, which forced another punt that Jevon Holland barely managed to catch at the Oregon 45.
On their first play of their second drive, Herbert passed to Johnny Johnson III for 19 yards, and on the next play Jaylon Redd scored a 36-yard touchdown
Ducks 7 - Cardinal 3
Scarlett pushed his way forward for two yards and then ran for no yards on the next play. On 3rd-and-8, Costello attempted to connect with Simi Fehoko but failed to do so, leading to another Cardinal punt.
Jaylon Redd caught a quick. short pass that he was able to extend for six yards, Verdell shortly after rushed his way towards the first down. After an incompletion and a Verdell run got the Ducks to a 3rd-and-4 midfield, Casey Toohill sacked Herbert after Oregon’s o-line failed to notice him.
The Cardinal got the ball back and returned it to their 10-yard line. A Scarlett run of four yards was the final play of the first quarter.
2nd Quarter: A swing pass to Scarlett was quickly snuffed out by Holland, but the running back was able to convert on the next play. Michael Wilson fought off Verone McKinley III for a 9-yard gain and Scarlett once again moved the sticks. An illegal block by Osiris St.Brown put the Cardinal back 15 yards and ultimately they weren’t able to recover.
Verdell ran for six yards followed by a screen to Josh Delgado for a first down. Verdell carried the ball twice in a row for a net of 1-yard, but Bryan Addison was able to push through the arms of a defender and earn the first down.
Verdell once again was given the rock but failed to earn positive yards and a Delgado drop had the Ducks at 3rd-and-11 on their own 44. Dye was able to take a screen 24 yards for the first down and suddenly the Duck offense came alive. Addison snatched a 16-yard pass which was followed by a Breeland 16-yard touchdown catch. The tight end used his size advantage against the Cardinal DB to bring in the score.
Ducks 14 - Cardinal 3
Scarlett was able to scrounge up a yard, Wilson grabbed an 8-yard pass, then Scarlett earned the first down with an 8-yard carry. Two completions got the Cardinal to 3rd-and-2 when Tucker Fisk was able to earn his first first down on his first catch.
Troy Dye blew up an attempted outside pass and then Scarlett straight up dropped what could have been a big play. Gus Cumberlander sacked Costello and after further review the refs decided the play was just that and not a Sampson Niu scoop and score.
The Cardinal were forced to punt after the review and Oregon fair-caught the ball at their own 6-yard line. Verdell ran the ball twice in an attempt to run out the clock but failed to reach the first down, resulting in a timeout by Shaw. Verdell was able to move the sticks and end the first half on the next play.