Originally posted on The Duck Stops Here  |  Last updated 11/6/13
Stanford beat Oregon last year with a brilliant defensive scheme and physical play. They dictated the type of game it became, a close one that came down to a few plays in the fourth quarter and overtime. They beat the Ducks up. They stymied the running game and made it average. Other than Marcus Mariota's 77-yard run in the first quarter, which led to no points after a failed 4th and two keeper at The Cardinal 7, they frustrated Oregon's explosive offense and made it a war in the trenches, one for which the big, physical team from Palo Alto was better equipped. Holding back the Duck: Taylor Hart supplies pressure, but Kevin Hogan gets off another short pass in last year's 17-14 loss to The Cardinal in Autzen.   The failed sequence (missed block, quick screen, low pass for a loss, run short of the first down, stuffed zone read quarterback run) set the tone for the entire game. Stanford drove 93 yards in 15 plays for 7-0 lead, one of only two sustained drives they managed in the...
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