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Second Half Thread: Wounded Ducks Trail Cardinal, 17-7

Let’s hope for a better second half! Go Ducks!

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STANFORD, CALIFORNIA - The No. 3 Oregon Ducks (4-0) are trailing the Stanford Cardinal (2-2) 17 to 7 in an injury-riddled contest.

Anthony Brown: 8/14 - 74 YDS - 1 INT - 7 Car - 23 YDS - 1 RTD

Tanner McKee: 7/13 - 109 YDS - 1 TD - 6 Car - 19 YDS

TD SCORERS: (UO) Anthony Brown Jr. (STAN) Tanner McKee {2}, Brycen Tremayne, Isaiah Sanders

DUCK YARDS: 190 yards - 74 passing - 116 rushing

CARDINAL YARDS: 221 yards - 109 passing - 112 rushing

TURNOVERS FORCED: Ducks: 0 - Cardinal: 1 (1 INT)

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  • On the opening kick return for Stanford, cornerback Trikweze Bridges was called for targeting, resulting with Stanford beginning their opening drive on the Cardinal 43-yard line.
  • Quarterback Tanner McKee’s first pass of the game was an incompletion, but on second down he connected with tight end Benjamin Yurosek for a 14-yard gain.
  • On second-and-7, Nathaniel Peat gained 13 yards on the ground.
  • Brycen Tremayne caught a pass for 15 yards on third-and-7 to reach the Oregon 9.
  • Austin Jones took back-to-back carries for a gain of seven total yards.
  • After an incomplete pass on third down and a false start on fourth down, Shaw was forced to settle for the field goal.

Stanford 3 - Ducks 0

(11 plays, 50 yards, 4:30)

  • The Ducks started their first drive of the game with a 7-yard carry.
  • On third-and-3, the Ducks were called for a false start, which proved too much for the Oregon offense to overcome. The Ducks went three-and-out.
  • Stanford’s Casey Filkins fumbled the proceeding kick, but was able to recover.
  • The Cardinal were also forced into a three-and-out when McKee was sacked by tackles Keyon Ware-Hudson and Brandon Dorlus on third-and-6.
  • After an 8-yard run from Jaylon Redd and an incomplete pass to Johnny Johnson III, Brown was picked off at the Oregon 43 by Gabe Reid to end the drive.
  • Stanford used just two plays - a 25-yard pass to Elijiah Higgins and an 18-yard pass to Tremayne - to reach the end zone and take a two-score lead.

Stanford 10 - Ducks 0

(2 plays, 43 yards, 0:40)

  • Travis Dye entered the contest and ripped off a 17-yard gain on first down.
  • Dye then took consecutive carries to gain 7 yards, but on third-and-4 Brown was unable to connect with his receiver, resulting in a punt.
  • Stanford started on their own 10-yard line, but a 23-yard run from Peat and a 13-yard pass to Higgins got the Cardinal near midfield in just two plays.
  • Peat picked up 8 yards to set up a third-and-2 at the Oregon 46, but the Duck defense stuffed the Cardinal offense twice in a row to force a turnover on downs.
  • A 5-yard run from Verdell and a 9-yard pass to Devon Williams got the Ducks a first down and across midfield.
  • Consecutive 11-yard passes to Williams and Ferguson were followed up by an 11-yard run from Verdell to end the first quarter at the Stanford 6 with a fresh set of downs.
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  • Anthony Brown Jr. kept the ball twice for gains of 3 yards apiece to reach the end zone for Oregon’s first touchdown of the contest.

Stanford 10 - Ducks 7

(8 plays, 55 yards, 2:31)

  • The Duck defense forced a third-and-1 at the Stanford 34, but cornerback Dontae Manning was called for pass interference, which extended the drive.
  • An 8-yard run from Jones got the Cardinal into Oregon territory,
  • Tremayne made another big play when he brought in a 15-yard reception, but the talented receiver suffered a horrific ankle injury and had to be carted off the field.
  • The Cardinal used seven runs and a QB scramble to march 46 yards down the field and score on a 2-yard touchdown run from QB Isaiah Sanders.

Stanford 17 - Ducks 7

(12 plays, 75 yards, 6:32)

  • Verdell started the next drive with a 7-yard run, then receiver Kris Hutson earned a first down with a 7-yard reception.
  • On first down, the Cardinal blew up the line and took down Verdell for a 4-yard loss.
  • On third down, Brown Jr. was sacked by Ricky Miezan and Gabe Reid for a 2-yard loss.
  • The Stanford offense was taken down for a loss on first down, threw an incompletion on second down, and then was called for a false start on third down. The Cardinal was forced to punt on a three-and-out.
  • Brown connected with Redd on first down for a gain of 4 yards.
  • After overthrowing his target on second down, Brown found Dye for a quick reception and a 13-yard gain.
  • Dye then carried the ball for an 11-yard gain, and after originally being ruled a fumble, the official review deemed the runner down before the fumble.
  • CJ Verdell took a checkdown for a gain of 13 yards on first down to reach the Stanford 41.
  • Redd took a sweep 21 yards on second-and-12, then Brown followed that up with a 12-yard keeper to reach the Stanford 10.
  • Dye, Brown, and Verdell each took a carry and gained a total of 9 yards to set up a fourth-and-goal at the Stanford 1. Cristobal elected to go for it, but Brown Jr. was taken down for a loss of a yard.
  • Stanford started with their backs in the end zone, and though Oregon had two timeouts remaining they elected not to use them and the Cardinal killed the clock to end the first half.


Cardinal 17 - Ducks 7

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