Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Gaffney rushed for 157 yards and a
touchdown on a school-record 45 carries as the sixth-ranked Stanford Cardinal
survived a late scare and stunned No. 2 Oregon for a second straight season
with a 26-20 victory from Stanford Stadium.
The Cardinal (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12) made a statement to the rest of the nation,
dominating the Ducks (8-1, 5-1) in every facet of the game for three quarters
before nearly giving it away in the fourth.
Stanford took a 23-0 lead into the final frame and tacked on a 30-yard Jordan
Williamson field goal early on for a 26-0 advantage. Heisman hopeful Marcus
Mariota then marched Oregon down the field in five plays and threw a 23-yard
touchdown pass to Daryle Hawkins to put the Ducks on the board.
After the Cardinal drove into field goal range, Williamson's 40-yard try was
blocked and returned 65 yards for a touchdown by Rodney Hardrick. Alejandro
Maldonado's onside kick was successful, and Mariota's 4th-and-goal touchdown
pass to Pharaoh Brown made it a one-score game with 2:12 left to play.
Maldonado and the Oregon special teams unit took the field to attempt another
onside kick, but Jeff Trojan secured the ball and the game for Stanford.
Gaffney broke Tommy Vardell's mark of 39 rushes that was set against
California in 1991.
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