Stanford Derails Ducks Title Hopes

EUGENE, Ore. – For the second straight year, a missed field goal cost the Oregon Ducks a chance to win the BCS Title. Alejandro Maldonado missed a 41 yard field goal in overtime, while Jordan Williamson connected on his chance as the Stanford Cardinal shocked the Oregon Ducks 17-14 in OT.

Coming into the contest, Oregon hadn’t been held below 42 points in a single game. The Cardinal allowed 405 yards of offense to the Ducks, but were able to keep them out of the endzone, helped by a pair of fourth down stops.

Still, despite their struggles, Oregon led Stanford 14-7 late in the fourth quarter. Freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan led Stanford on an 11 play, 78 yard drive, capped off by a touchdown pass to Zach Ertz with less than two minutes ago to send the game into overtime.

The Ducks received the ball first in the extra frame, but failed to make a first down. That’s when Maldonado came in to attempt a 41 yard field goal, only to miss it wide left. The Cardinal came back with three plays, followed by Williamson’s 37 yard kick to clinch it.

The loss not only eliminates the Ducks from the BCS Championship, they also need some help just to make the Pac-12 Title game. Oregon needs to beat Oregon St. next week in the Civil War and have UCLA beat Stanford to get the chance to play for the conference crown.