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Stanford knocks off Oregon in OT

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Stanford's Jordan Williamson replaced his bad memories from last year's Fiesta Bowl with a winning field goal against Oregon.

The Stanford sophomore drilled a 37-yard field goal in overtime to lift the 13th-ranked Cardinal past second-ranked Oregon 17-14 Saturday night at Autzen Stadium.

"I was thinking I was going to make it," said Williamson, who missed three field goal attempts, including one at the end of regulation and one in overtime in last year's 41-38 loss to Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl. "Everyone on the team put their hearts out there to keep us in the game. It was time for me to come out and help them win."

Stanford tied the score 14-14 on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Hogan to Zach Ertz with 1:35 left in regulation.

Oregon got the ball first in overtime, but Alejandro Maldonado hit the upright and missed a 41-yard field goal attempt. Stanford drove the ball to the 20-yard line before Williamson drilled the winner.

The Cardinal improved to 9-2 overall and moved into a tie for first place in the Pac-12 North Division with the Ducks at 7-1. The Cardinal can win the division with a victory over UCLA next week that would set up a rematch with the Bruins in the conference championship game.

Oregon (10-1) had the nation's longest winning streak snapped at 13 games and likely watched its hopes for a berth in the BCS Championship Game come to an end as well. With a win, Oregon almost certainly would have moved up to No. 1 in the BCS Standings, but instead the Ducks' suffered their first loss just a few minutes after top-ranked Kansas State lost its first game.

"It's just disappointing," said Oregon senior running back Kenjon Barner, who ran for 66 yards on 21 carries. "We lost the game and I hate to lose. It is extremely disappointing, but we have to regroup and get back to work."

Oregon entered the game first in the country with 54.8 points per game but was held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time all season.

Stanford took the lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Hogan in the second quarter, but Oregon tied the score 7-7 before halftime when quarterback Marcus Mariota threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Keanon Lowe.

Oregon took its first lead at 14-7 in the third quarter on a 6-yard touchdown run by De'Anthony Thomas.

Stanford got the ball at its own 22-yard line with 6:28 left in regulation and drove 78 yards before Hogan threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Ertz, who bobbled the ball before catching it. Officials originally ruled an incomplete pass, but replay overturned the call and gave the Cardinal a touchdown.

"I knew I caught it, but I was not sure if I was inbounds or not," Ertz said. "The defender broke it up, but the ball bounced my way. It was a great play call by the coaches."

Stanford converted once on third down and once on fourth down during the tying drive as Hogan was 5 of 6 for 60 yards, including four completions to Ertz.

"I was just trying to get the ball in catchable places and let my receivers do the rest," Hogan said.

Hogan, making his second start, was 25-of-36 passing for 211 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for 37 yards. Stepfan Taylor rushed 33 times for 161 yards.

"Stanford is a good program and did what we expected them to do," Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan said. "They came out and played hard and the quarterback did a good job as far as managing the game and Taylor ran hard."

Mariota was 21-of-37 passing for 207 yards and one touchdown while running for 89 yards. Oregon, which was averaging 562.6 yards per game, finished with 405 yards and the Cardinal had 411.

Stanford is now 6-2 in games decided by seven points or less this season and Oregon had won every game by at least 11 points.

"We kept fighting," Stanford linebacker A.J. Tarpley said. "We have had close games this year and most of the time we came out on top. We trust in each other to do our jobs."

Both teams had plenty of miscues as the Cardinal had three turnovers and and missed a field goal attempt. Oregon missed two field goal attempts and could not convert on a fourth-and-2 at the Stanford 7-yard line in the first quarter after a 77-yard run by Mariota.

NOTES: Oregon all-conference defensive end Dion Jordan started after missing last week with a shoulder injury. Defensive linemen Ricky Heimuli and Isaac Remington, who also missed last week against Cal, played off the bench. ... Oregon had scored at least 30 points in 23 straight games, which was the longest streak in the nation. The Ducks had scored 42 or more points in 13 straight games.
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