If the NCAA football rules committee has its way, the wings of the quick-strike Oregon Ducks offense will be clipped somewhat in 2014, with a new regulation prohibiting teams from snapping the ball during the first 10 seconds of the play clock (except in the final two minutes of the half). Oregon has averaged about 15 seconds between plays in previous years, but it has also snapped the ball in as few as five seconds. Next season, it seems that would result in an absurdly named “delay of game” penalty.
Tyler Gaffney said something at Monday’s Pac-12 Championship press conference that would have been obvious 20 years ago, but that borders on controversial in the… Continue Reading »
In one of the most electric atmospheres at Stanford Stadium in recent memory, No. 5 Stanford (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12) shocked the college football world for the second year in a row by upending mighty No. 3 Oregon (8-1, 5-1) 26-20. The deceivingly close score didn’t do justice to the fact that the Cardinal utterly dominated in all three phases of the game for over three-and-half quarters, before the Ducks stormed back in the last five minutes of the game — thanks to a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown and a quick score following an onside kick recovery — to cap the night off in dramatic fashion.
For 50 minutes, the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal was the best football team in the country, and there really wasn’t anyone who could come close.
Welcome to The Daily’s live blog of tonight’s contest between the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12) and the No. 3 Oregon Beavers (8-0, 5-0) at Stanford Stadium. We’ll be updating this page all evening with live coverage and analysis. Please also follow us on Twitter @StanfordSports for extended coverage and commentary. All times are Pacific.