- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
It was senior day in Eugene on Saturday when the Ducks hosted the Stanford Cardinal. A day that was supposed to be the statement game in a season full of resounding wins for a team on its way to a second BCS National Championship Game in three years. With ESPN's College GameDay in town, it was a big showcase for Oregon to show the nation it was the favorite to become the first non-SEC team to win the national championship in seven years.
There were a handful of recruits on hand -- including a Stanford commit -- to watch what was supposed to be the moment that helped the Ducks solidify their place among the top programs in the country. The Ducks had momentum on the field and on the recruiting trail going into the weekend. After a tough overtime loss, some Oregon fans may feel like the sky is falling, but that isn't necessarily so.
Despite the loss to Stanford, the Ducks are still likely in control of their own destiny for a BCS bowl berth. While the loss put a damper on things for fans, it didn't seem to dampen the spirits of Oregon's recruits. DuckNation caught up with some of the Ducks' commits -- and targets -- to get their thoughts on the game.
Matt Wogan (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge): "It was tough to watch. As a kicker, I understand how [Alejandro] Maldonado feels. We had so many chances and those kicks that he missed were just a couple of them. I envisioned myself out there lining up for those kicks and wish it would have been me out there. I'm still a Duck all the way. If I could jump on a plane right now and suit up next week, I'd be there tomorrow."
John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic): "It was definitely a heartbreaker. They battled hard, but it just wasn't their night. Seeing the way they handled it after the game is what makes them such a great program. Everyone was disappointed, but the coaches and players all know that they still have a shot at finishing the season where they know they belong."
Tyrell Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln): "I thought they could have pulled it off, but you win some, you lose some. The defense played great out there, but Stanford was the better team tonight. It doesn't change anything for me and my brother. The breaks didn't go their way. It happens to the best of them."
Darren Carrington Jr. (San Diego, Calif./Horizon): "They just had an off day. Stanford is a great team. No, it doesn't change anything for me at all."
Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon): "It was a tough loss, but it is just one game. The offense struggled, but the defense played great. You can't always have a great game on both sides of the ball. I can't wait to see them play next week to see how they respond. They'll bounce back and I'm still excited to be a Duck."
Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco): "It was a good game. Despite the loss, coach Chip Kelly and his staff were really positive in the locker room. I liked that."
Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker): "I watched the game. It won't affect my recruitment at all. I saw a lot of things they did well and a few things they did wrong. It came down to the small stuff, and Stanford was able to capitalize on more mistakes than Oregon was able to."