No. 6 Stanford was perfect for more than three quarters, then held on for its postseason life to defeat the No. 2 ranked Oregon Ducks 26-20 Thursday night.
The Cardinal led 26-0 with 10 minutes remaining when the momentum shifted.
Oregon ripped off 20 points in eight minutes — including a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown — but was unable to grab an onside kick with two minutes remaining. The Cardinals then ran out the clock.
Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney ran for a school-record 45 times for 157 yards and a touchdown.
Oregon’s Heisman hopeful Marcus Mariota was inaccurate and under pressure most of the night, but did throw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes.
The win marks the second consecutive year Stanford (7-1, 5-1) has knocked Oregon (8-1, 5-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.