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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Instant analysis: Stanford 17, Oregon 14

By Ted Miller


It was an overtime, defensive-minded thriller with No. 13 Stanford pulling off the upset of No. 2 Oregon, 17-14. Here's our take.

It was over when: It was over when Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson, the goat of the Fiesta Bowl last year, booted a 37-yard field goal in overtime.

Game ball goes to: The Stanford defense. Just brilliant. Kudos to coordinator Derek Mason and his crew.

Stat of the game: 14. The Ducks had scored at least 42 points in 13 consecutive games.

Unsung hero of the game: Stanford's redshirt freshman QB Kevin Hogan was making his first career road start, and he turned in a solid performance. He completed 25 of 36 passes for 211 yards with a TD and an INT. He also rushed for 37 yards on eight carries with a TD.

Second guessing: Chip Kelly might be the best offensive mind in all of college football. I can't recall any time you'd think, "Those weren't good play calls." But on the Ducks last possession in regulation and first possession of overtime, the Ducks offense seemed completely befuddled and directionless.

What it means: It means Oregon's national title hopes are over, and Stanford controls its own destiny. If Stanford wins at UCLA next weekend, it wins the Pac-12 North title, meaning the Ducks wouldn't have the Rose Bowl as a consolation prize, though they can still be a BCS bowl at-large selection. And it means, after two years of frustration, Stanford has solved its Oregon problem.