With a handful of exceptions, the Oregon Ducks and Stanford Cardinal have been clashing since 1920. Coming into this weekend’s meeting the #20 Ducks have lost two in a row, although as recently as the 2000s they logged a 7-game series win streak. Let’s take a look at some program history for the two schools.
The game was marred somewhat by smoke from nearby forest fires. Gary Kerkorian passed for two touchdowns for the Indians.
Stanford scored a TD in the opening 90 seconds of the game and held on for the upset victory. Stanford’s Bill Tarr led all rushers with 81 yards.
Another upset in the all-time series as the Indians traveled to Multnomah and beat the 7th-ranked Ducks. Stanford finished with 374 total yards to just 73 for Oregon but needed a last-minute field goal for the win.
Oregon was no much for the Stanford offense, led by Jim Plunkett. The future Heisman Trophy winner threw for 3 touchdowns.
Another big day for Plunkett, who threw for three scores and ran for another. During the game he became the Pac-8 Conference’s all-time leader in touchdown passes, breaking the record held by Oregon’s Bob Berry.
Mike Cordova threw for a pair of scores as the Cardinals blanked the Ducks.
Another year, another sparkling Stanford QB performance. Sophomore John Elway threw for two touchdowns and ran for another in a Pac-10 shootout.
Not much to write home about for Oregon in this blowout. The standout offensive performers for Stanford were RB Brad Muster (151 yards, 3 TDs) and WR Jeff James (103 yards, 1 TD).
Stanford ran wild at Autzen, led by Christian McCaffrey‘s 135 rush yards and two TDs.