Originally posted on Dr. Saturday  |  Last updated 11/12/11
Oregon 53, Stanford 30. Based on the final score, you're probably thinking "Business as usual," which is true to an extent: Oregon's never going to turn down three touchdown passes from Darron Thomas on the same night it gets 146 yards and three touchdowns on the ground from LaMichael James. Eighty-three points by both teams even eclipsed the over/under. But it still doesn't convey how thoroughly this night belonged to the Oregon defense. It wasn't just Stanford's worst offensive effort of the season: It was arguably the worst in nearly three full seasons with Andrew Luck as starting quarterback. Thirty points points marked the Cardinal's lowest-scoring game in two years; their output in terms of total yards (372), rushing yards (133) and yards per play (4.9) marked new lows in any game Luck has started in his career. The best-protected quarterback in America was sacked three times, a career high, hit a dozen more and forced into three turnovers — yes, another career high. All three giveaways
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