Oregon loses to Stanford 51-42
Toby Gerhart of Stanford rushed for a ridiculous 223 yards and three touchdowns to help the Cardinal hold on in shootout in Palo Alto against the Oregon Ducks.
Oregon rallied with two late touchdowns to cut a 20-point lead down to six, but Stanford recovered an onside kick with 2:38 to go and tacked on a field goal with 11 seconds left.
This loss, in reality, doesn't really change much in the Pac-10. Oregon has only one loss in the conference and remains in the driver's seat to go to the Rose Bowl. However, if they lose again, lord only knows what'll happen and who would actually go to the Rose Bowl.
But what's fascinating is that one week ago, Oregon looked like arguably the best team in the country, as they utterly annihilated USC. Then this week they lose to a seemingly minor roadblock in Stanford.
Make no mistake, even though USC has had a down year, and Cal was overrated, the Pac-10 is as strong this year as I've ever seen it. They'll likely have 5 teams in the top 25 this next week and even the bottom of the conference teams are incredibly tough outs - with wins against USC and Arizona to their credit.