No. 4 Oregon Rallies In Second Half To Get By No. 9 Stanford 52-31

October 3, 2010 – By Scott

After trailing 21-3 at the end of the first quarter, it appeared as though No. 4 Oregon might be on their way to suffering their first loss of the season to No. 9 Stanford in College Football action Saturday night. Also, they were favored by 7 points in danger of not covering the spread set by oddsmakers. But the Ducks (5-0, 2-0 Pac-10) scored 28 second half points and held the Cardinals scoreless in the final half in route to their 52-31 win.

Oregon’s sophomore quarterback Darron Thomas led the Ducks by passing for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns, as well as rushing for another 117 yards and one touchdown. The young quarterback never seemed to be rattled and remained calm while trailing during the entire game.

“Coach just preached finishing,” he said. “So we came out and finished.”

This game had all of the offensive explosion that everyone expected as the two teams combined for 1,144 yards. Oregon’s LaMichael James rushed for a career high 257 yards in the win to go along with his 3 touchdowns. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck passed for 341 yards and two touchdowns.

Oregon got on the board first as Rob Beard nailed a 22-yard field goal to give the Ducks the early lead. But Stanford would bounce right back and reel off three consecutive touchdowns in less than five minutes to give the Cardinals a 21-3 lead heading into the second quarter.

Oregon would bounce back though and get 2 touchdowns early in the quarter and cut the lead to 4. Stanford would then score as Luck found Coby Fleener on a 36-yard touchdown pass to give the Cardinals a 28-17 lead. Oregon would quickly respond with a touchdown of their own and Stanford would add a field goal to end the half and take a 31-24 lead into halftime.

The rest of the game would belong to Oregon. The Ducks would pile on 4 touchdowns in the second half and held Stanford scoreless as they went on to their 52-31 win.

This game was the first time Oregon and Stanford had met as ranked teams. But being ranked has not been a plus for the Cardinals as they have not won a game while ranked since 1970 and Stanford now has fallen to 4-1, 1-1 on the year.

“I’m proud of my guys, very proud of them, and we’ll keep our heads up, and we’ll come back next week,” Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh said. “Wasn’t our day today.”

Stanford will need to regroup quickly as they will host USC next weekend. Oregon will travel to play at Washington State.

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