EUGENE, Ore. —
Stanford remains a game back of the Ducks in the Pac-12 North standings after a 27-21 upset loss at Utah on Oct. 12.
Last season the Cardinal were ranked No. 14 when they came to Autzen Stadium and knocked off the top-ranked Ducks 17-14 in overtime. Jordan Williamson connected on a 37-yard field goal for the win.
Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan threw for 211 yards and a game-tying fourth-quarter touchdown.
Marcus Mariota threw for 207 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 89 yards for Oregon.
The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Ducks and all but derailed their shot at the BCS championship game. Stanford went on to claim the Pac-12 North and beat UCLA in the conference title game before defeating Wisconsin 20-14 in the Rose Bowl.
It was the season’s lone loss for the Ducks, who went on to beat Kansas State 35-17 in the Fiesta Bowl.
“It’s definitely a new year and they’re a different team,” said Oregon cornerback Avery Patterson, who had a momentum-shifting interception in the second half against the Bruins Saturday night. “It looks like they’re throwing downfield more. They’re different. It will be a different game.”
Said Lokombo: “Obviously we’re aware that they beat us last year, but that’s just going to feed us. That’s just going to motivate us.”