The No. 1 Stanford women’s soccer team (8-0-1, Pac-12 1-0-0) began conference play decisively with a 3-0 victory against the Oregon Ducks (6-3-1, PAC-12 0-1-0) on Saturday.
The Stanford-Oregon game is always the premiere matchup of Pac-12 conference play. Year after year, both teams find themselves competing for the Pac-12 North title, and this year proves no different. With a win at home on Saturday, the Cardinal can clinch the North and secure a spot in the Pac-12 Championship. Here’s a look…
Stanford’s main football rival over the last three seasons, Oregon, admitted to major NCAA violations by its football coaches in a report released Monday night, marking the most definitive move since the Ducks’ controversial dealings with talent evaluator Willie Lyles were exposed in early 2011.
Maybe it was the announcing team of Brent Musberger and Bill Walton. Perhaps it was the rowdy student section overfilled with frats and sororities that unexpectedly rolled out in force on a Wednesday night. It’s possible that Dwight Powell, Josh Huestis and Aaron Bright simply ate their Wheaties in addition to getting fresh haircuts. Whatever…
Flying high after throttling Utah on Sunday evening, the men’s basketball team faces its most important game of the season to date tonight as the Card welcomes No. 10 Oregon to Maples Pavilion. Recent history is not in Stanford’s favor. You have to go back to January of 2011 to find Stanford’s last win over a ranked opponent, an upset of then-No. 17 Washington, and the Card has lost four games in a row against top-25 teams. The last time Stanford beat a top-10 team was 2008, and the last home upset of a top-10 team came in 2007.
In addition to linebacker Shayne Skov being named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, redshirt junior tight end Zach Ertz was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week and fifth-year senior punter Daniel Zychlinski was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week. In addition, Ertz was named one of three finalists for the John Mackey Award.
Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson said he “blacked out” as his 37-yard field goal sailed a few feet inside the left upright. Stanford fans will remember every second of it, as the kick gave the No. 13 Cardinal a stunning 17-14 overtime upset over No. 2 Oregon Saturday night from Autzen Stadium.
With just about everything on the line, three-touchdown underdog No. 13 Stanford (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) hopes to knock off No. 2 Oregon (10-0, 7-0) tomorrow night. As if the game didn’t have enough of a David-Goliath feel to it, the Cardinal will have to pull off the upset in Autzen, where the crowd noise can grow so loud that the pellets on the turf start to shake.