Oregon beats Stanford knocking Pac 12 out of Playoff Contention

By Phil Cantor
Nov. 15, 2015

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

by: OSGPhil/@osgphil

Scratch the Pac 12 off your list of conferences to have College Football Playoff contenders...

You can say that now thanks to of all teams, the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks held off a valiant Stanford rally late Saturday night, winning 38-36 and handing the previously once defeated Cardinal their 2nd loss.

Stanford had their chances. Trailing for most of the game, the Cardinal came storming back in the 4th quarter after trailing by two TD's. But two fumbles while deep in Oregon territory late in the game may have been the back breakers.

Still as the clock wound down, Stanford again found themselves driving for a possible game tying score. It took a very highly questionable pass interference call against the Ducks to put the ball on the 4 yard line with just a few seconds left. QB Kevin Hogan lofted a pass to TE Greg Taboada who somehow came up with the catch.

Needing the 2-point conversion to tie the game, Hogan dropped back and was under heavy pressure. He tried to squeeze the ball in to TE Austin Hooper but the ball was slightly tipped by Oregon LB Joe Walker, Hooper couldn't catch it. Game over Ducks win.

The win gives Oregon an outside shot at the Pac 12 North title and while the loss doesn't knock Stanford out of the Pac 12 title race it likely does keep them out of the playoff.