Oregon holds off Stanford upset, wins 45-27 in 4th consecutive football victory

Timmy Parsons, Staff Writer

As the second quarter came to an end during Saturday Night Football’s University of Oregon versus Stanford University game on Saturday, October 1, the Ducks were leading 31-3. Bo Nix, Oregon’s quarterback transfer from Auburn University, had led Oregon’s offense to dominate the first half. Nix himself scored three touchdowns, making it clear that Oregon offense was a force to be reckoned with. 

With Oregon holding such a large lead, Tualatin High School senior, game attendee and Duck fan Ellie Bogar said that she was excited, but anxious for a win going into the third quarter.

“Everyone in the stands was going crazy after the third quarter. Shout and half time got everyone really hyped up,” Bogar said. “Going into the third quarter Oregon was definitely in control. Even Stanford fans knew. They all started leaving after the third quarter started.”  

In response to Oregon’s early lead, Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee threw his first touchdown of the game, a 42-yard pass to Casey Filkins. Oregon immediately struck back with Nix running a career-best-80-yard touchdown. With Stanford trailing so far behind, it would take a major comeback for the Cardinals to pull through with a win. 

Elijah Higgins caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from McKee, making the score 38-17. Oregon responded again with a 2-yard running touchdown from Sean Dollars. Stanford kicker Joshua Karty kicked an impressive 53-yard field goal, and Stanford eventually closed with Ari Patu throwing a touchdown pass to Mudia Ruben, with a final score of 45-27. 

Oregon’s victory over Stanford marks its 22nd consecutive victory at Autzen Stadium, and its second win against a Pac-12 team this season. The Ducks’ win over Stanford is significant after last year’s matchup ended in a Stanford upset over Oregon. 

“This win was really important to Duck fans, especially after last year,” Bogar said. “It feels good to beat a highly-respected school like Stanford.”