Posted November 04, 2013 on AP on Fox
Almost every week, Stanford coach David Shaw delegates a backup quarterback to the scout team in practice who can best simulate the upcoming opponent. Not this week. Shaw's search for somebody on the roster to mimic Marcus Mariota and Oregon's up-tempo offense was deemed a lost cause. There's nobody who could even come close. "We have to sign somebody," he joked. Slowing down Mariota will be the top priority when sixth-ranked Stanford (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) hosts No. 2 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) on Thursday night in a matchup of the winners of the past four conference championships. In 21 starts, the Heisman Trophy hopeful has put up video game-like numbers against nearly every team he's faced. That is, except for Stanford. The Cardinal handed Mariota the only loss of his career last season, 17-14 in overtime in Eugene. Stanford's victory ended then-No. 1 Oregon's three-year run as conference champion and dashed the Ducks' national championship dreams -...
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