Oregon blitzes Stanford to end nation's longest winning streak
Five turnovers. Missed tackles. Poor offensive line play. An imperfect Andrew Luck.
And, once again, not enough speed.
Stanford just had too much to overcome against Oregon, as is typically the case when the Cardinal go up against Chip Kelly's squad.
The Ducks used big plays (touchdowns of 58, 41 and 59 yards), a 146-yard, three-touchdown effort from star running back LaMichael James and very steady play from quarterback Darron Thomas, who tossed three touchdowns, to claim a 53-30 win in Palo Alto on Saturday night to snap Stanford's 17-game winning streak. The productivity of James whether he ran inside or outside and the ability of Thomas to efficiently run the high-octane offense overwhelmed a Stanford defense that just couldn't keep up with the pace.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, in the last two seasons Stanford has allowed five offensive touchdowns of 40-plus yards in two games against Oregon. The Cardinal allowed the same amount of scores of 40-plus yards in the team's other 21 contests in that time frame.
Oregon now is in control of the Pac-12 North division, while Stanford’s national championship aspirations have been exterminated. Meanwhile, the Ducks are back in the national title picture, especially if Oklahoma is able to knock off undefeated Oklahoma State in the Bedlam game on Dec. 3.
As for Luck, his Heisman Trophy credentials definitely took a hit after throwing two interceptions and fumbling deep in his own territory after getting sacked.
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