University of Oregon triumphs over Stanford in first game of season

Amanda Fronczak, Staff Writer

Saturday, Nov. 7, marked a big day for University of Oregon football fans. The first game of the season was a smashing success for the Ducks with a victory against Stanford. 

 The Pac-12 kicked off this season with four games: Arizona State at University of Southern California, Stanford at University of Oregon, UCLA at University of Colorado Boulder and Washington State at Oregon State.

 Taking place in Autzen Stadium, this was the first game of the season for both teams. The Stanford Cardinals were hopeful to make a comeback after a 4-8 record last season, but with a COVID testing mishap benching quarterback Davis Mills and three other players, their first game was not the start of the team’s comeback season. This game was very telling of how the Ducks will do this season after losing quarterback Justin Herbert. After a 35-14 win over Stanford, University of Oregon looks to have a pretty promising 2020-2021 season. 

First quarter, the teams were neck and neck at 7-7, Stanford scoring first with eight minutes left on the clock. With just three minutes left in the first quarter, Oregon junior running back CJ Verdell tied the game. The second quarter remained scoreless until five minutes were left,when Oregon junior DJ Johsnon brought home another touchdown, putting the Ducks ahead at halftime,14-7. 

The second half started off strong with two touchdowns by Oregon in the third quarter, one by Travis Dye and the other by quarterback Tyler Shough. This put Oregon in a good position going into the fourth quarter with a 28-7 lead. Finally, in the fourth quarter, Stanford scored with nine minutes left, changing the score to 28-14, the Cardinals still trailing behind. With just three minutes left, junior running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio scored the final touchdown and led the Ducks to their 35-14 victory.