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Oregon Falls to Stanford in Overtime, Cardinal 31 - Ducks 24

A tough loss on the field, and some tough losses to injury.

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STANFORD, CALIFORNIA - The No. 3 Oregon Ducks (3-1) fell to the Stanford Cardinal (2-2) in overtime, 31 to 24, after allowing a touchdown to tie the game on the final play of the fourth quarter.

Anthony Brown: 14/26 - 186 YDS - 1 INT - 12 Car - 35 YDS - 2 RTD

Tanner McKee: 20/36 - 230 YDS - 3 TD

TD SCORERS: (UO) Anthony Brown Jr {2}, CJ Verdell, (STAN) Tanner McKee {3}, Brycen Tremayne, Isaiah Sanders, Elijiah Higgins, John Humphreys

DUCK YARDS: 414 yards - 186 passing - 228 rushing

CARDINAL YARDS: 354 yards - 230 passing - 124 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.

HALFTIME SCORE: Cardinal 17 - Ducks 7

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  • Anthony Brown Jr. nearly threw a pick on second down, then failed to connect with Ferguson on third down. The Ducks’ first drive of the half ended in a three-and-out.
  • The Cardinal answered with a three-and-out of their own after an offensive holding penalty on third-and-8 doomed the drive.
  • A bad punt started the Ducks on the Stanford 48.
  • Brown Jr. started the second Duck drive of the second half with a 13-yard pass to Redd.
  • Then Dye took back-to-back carries to earn another first down.
  • On second-and-5 at the Stanford 20, Brown threw a 14-yard pass to Dye.
  • Three run plays later, Verdell cut the lead to three with a 1-yard TD run.

Stanford 17 - Ducks 14

(8 plays, 48 yards, 3:48)

  • Stanford was only able to pick up 5 yards on their next drive, which ended in another three-and-out.
  • Four consecutive carries from Verdell netted 17 yards to help the Ducks reach the Stanford 23.
  • On third-and-4, Brown Jr. kept the ball and picked up six yards with his legs.
  • Dye picked up 7 total yards on first and second down, then Verdell came in to convert with a 5-yard gain. Unfortunately, Verdell seemingly injured his leg on the run and was taken to the medical tent.
  • The Ducks were called for an illegal block on first down, setting up a long second-and-goal.
  • Brown Jr. was sacked by Levani Damuni for a loss of 4 yards.
  • Stanford was called for defensive offside.
  • Johnson III picked up 14 yards to reach the Stanford 4 on third-and-goal.
  • Cristobal elected to kick the field goal, which Camden Lewis connected on from 22 yards out.

Ducks 17 - Stanford 17

(12 plays, 34 yards, 6:16)

  • McKee passed to John Humphreys to earn 7 yards on first down.
  • On the next play, the final play of the third quarter, McKee earned another first down with a 9-yard pass to Higgins. On the play, Noah Sewell took an injury to his left wrist area and left the game.
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  • Back-to-back runs from Peat picked up a first down to start the final quarter.
  • An offensive holding penalty greatly hurt the Stanford drive by setting up a first-and-20 at the Cardinal 41. Then, three plays later, they were called for a false start. The Cardinal were eventually forced to punt.
  • The Oregon offense started their next drive with a false start.
  • A couple of plays from Dye set up a third-and-6, then Brown Jr. connected on one of the most important passes of the season: a 66-yard gain from Mycah Pittman.
  • Two plays later, Brown Jr. ran in from 5 yards out for the score.

Ducks 24 - Stanford 17

(5 plays, 80 yards, 2:11)

  • Stanford’s next drive started with a sack by Noah Sewell, who re-entered the game and made an athletic move to earn the loss of 7 yards.
  • The Cardinal were then called for a false start. Stanford was forced to punt on another three-and-out.
  • Oregon ran the ball nine times in a row (seven Dye carries, two carries from Byron Cardwell) to earn three first downs and convert on 4th-and-1 in an effort to kill the clock.
  • However, the Oregon offense was called for back-to-back false starts which put them at second-and-20 at the Stanford 49 with 2:12 remaining in the contest.
  • Cardwell picked up 2 of the necessary 20 yards on first down then Stanford used their first time out of the second half.
  • Brown Jr. threw an incomplete pass on second down which stopped the clock.
  • Dye was only able to pick up 4 yards on third down, forcing the Ducks to punt.
  • Stanford started at their own 13 after a good punt from Tom Snee.
  • McKee threw a deep incompletion on first down.
  • Then, Stanford was called on back-to-back false starts, which placed them at their own 4-yard line.
  • McKee connected with John Humphreys for a 23-yard gain to extend the drive.
  • On the next play, Kayvon Thibodeaux was called for targeting, which resulted in an incomplete pass turning into a 15-yard gain.
  • Jack West came in the game and scrambled for no gain.
  • McKee then came back into the game and connected with Yurosek for a 13-yard gain, then with Bradley Archer for a 13-yard gain.
  • On the next play, McKee was unable to connect with his receiver, but Bradyn Swinson was called for roughing the passer which gave the Cardinal 15 more yards.
  • McKee connected with Yurosek for 14 yards to the Oregon 3.
  • Stanford got an extra shot at the end zone when on fourth-and- goal Wright was called for defensive holding. On the next play, with zero seconds on the clock, McKee connected with Higgins for the 2-yard TD. Joshua Karty hit the extra point to tie the game and send it to overtime.

Ducks 24 - Stanford 24

(11 plays, 86 yards, 1:59)

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  • Stanford earned their first first down of overtime with a 9-yard pass to Humphreys then a 3-yard run from Peat.
  • After a false start on first down, the Cardinal got into the end zone with a 4-yard pass to Higgins on first-and-15, then a 14-yard TD pass to Humphreys.

Stanford 31 - Ducks 24

(6 plays, 26 yards)

  • Anthony Brown Jr’s first pass in overtime was an incomplete pass to Pittman.
  • On second-and-10, Brown Jr. ran for three yards.
  • On third-and-7, Brown Jr. hit Redd for a short loss that was fumbled but then recovered by Redd.
  • Oregon’s final play of the game was an incomplete pass.


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