On the heels of No. 13 Stanford’s stunning 17-14 upset of No. 2 Oregon in overtime last night, senior inside linebacker Shayne Skov this morning was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week.
The senior recorded a team-high 10 tackles, including seven solo efforts and one tackle for loss. Skov played a key role in the Cardinal’s masterful defensive performance that held the nation’s highest-scoring offense to seven points in the first half and 14 points in total.
The Stanford defense also held the Ducks in check for 198 rushing yards, 77 of which came on one play via quarterback Marcus Mariota’s sideline dash in the first quarter.
Mariota, who came into the game with the highest passing efficiency in the nation, was under heavy pressure from the Cardinal’s pass rush for much of the game and completed less than 60 percent of his throws.
With the win in Autzen, Stanford snapped Oregon’s 13-game winning streak, the longest in the nation, and rose to No. 11 in the AP Top 25 poll today. It also moved up to No. 8 in the BCS, though Stanford’s shot at a BCS at-large berth is unlikely.