Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/12
Five times the Stanford Cardinal's went into Eugene Oregon.  Five times they came away defeated. This year the Oregon Ducks and their hopes for a BCS Championship game looked good.  The Ducks entered the Saturday night prime time game rated number two in the BCS standings.  They held the designation as the nations' highest scoring team averaging 54.8 points per game.  And they were riding a 13-game winning streak. Enter the Stanford Cardinal's and their red-shirted freshman quarterback.  All predictions were that he would be bad.  The ending was going to be ugly. That's why they play the game. The GoodRed-shirted freshman Kevin Hogan was good.  Starting in his first away game, he didn't need luck.  He was poised. Hogan completed his first nine passes.  He ran for the games first score.  Hogan finished the game with 211 yards and one interception. With 1:35 remaining in regulation, Hogan threw a touchdown pass to tight end Zach Ertz.  The pass like Hogan's play was good.  Game tying good.  How good?  The pass will be part of Stanford lore. That's pretty good. The BadAnd they gazed in wide wonder-At the joy they had found-The head nurse spoke up-Said  "leave this one alone"-She could tell right away-That I was bad to the boneTight end Zach Ertz was bad, bad to the bone.  Ertz demonstrated his badness all game.  He had 11 reception, 106-yard day.  But what will be remembered is the catch that came with 1:35 remaining in regulation. Standing in the back of the end zone, tightly covered by the Ducks' Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Ertz collected the pass from Hogan.  Falling on his back, cradling the ball in his left arm, Ertz fell on Ekpre-Olomu near the end line.  The play was initially ruled an incomplete pass.  Upon review the ruling on the field was reversed.  It was a correct call.The senior tight end hauled in the pass of the season for the Cardinal's.  It was epic.  No it was bad to the bone.The UglyIt is no secret the Duck's weakness lies in their kicking game.  They are 5-for-11 on field goal attempts this  season. It was ugly that the team who averages 54.8 points per game only scored 14 points.  It was ugly that the hopes for a BCS Championship game rested on the leg of a shaky kicker. Alejandro Maldanado missed two field goals Saturday night.  The first was a 42-yard attempt in regulation that sailed wide right.  The second kick, the one everyone will remember was in overtime. The Ducks' much talked about offense received the ball first in overtime.  The offense couldn't convert on a first down.  In comes Maldanado to attempt a 41-yard attempt.  The ball hit the left upright. Maldanado's misses were ugly.  That the Ducks' BCS hopes rested on the leg of their weakest offensive weapon is uglier.   
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