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.
Last year’s seniors were the first in Stanford history to go to four straight bowl games. In a day and age where bowl games are almost a formality, it’s hard to imagine how this achievement would have taken so long.
Palo Alto is no football wasteland: Talent has always been here–four number-one draft picks, 13 conference titles, and 30 consensus All-Americans to Oregon’s five. But for the longest time it seemed that Stanford oscillated between the gates of history and the gates of hell.