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Still on top: Card pounds No. 3 Oregon 26-20

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.

Football calling on the corners

If you’re a Pac-12 offensive coordinator, you’ve got to pick your battles when going up against Stanford. It’s probably not wise to attack the Cardinal’s vaunted front seven — thus, only 15 Division I teams have faced fewer carries per game than Stanford has — or its ballhawking safeties — thus, only eight of the 184 completions against the Cardinal have gone for 30 yards or more.

Narrowing in on No. 7

Stanford football head coach David Shaw’s first remarks following Tuesday’s practice reiterated his comments earlier in the day when he expressed his admiration for Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who wears the No. 7 for the Beavers.

“Practice was good today,” Shaw said. “The defense was flying around trying to recognize where No. 7 is.”