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Ducks halt Stanford's playoff hopes

Oregon’s Royce Freeman celebrates his 19-yard TD run in the third quarter with teammate Darren Carrington.

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Oregon’s Royce Freeman celebrates his 19-yard TD run in the third quarter with teammate Darren Carrington.

STANFORD, Calif. — Vernon Adams passed for 205 yards and two touchdowns and Oregon used its quick-strike offense and a late stop on a two-point conversion to spoil No. 7 Stanford's playoff hopes with a 38-36 victory Saturday night.

In a game dominated by offenses that combined for more than 900 yards, it was a defensive stop on the two-point conversion with 10 seconds left that sealed the win for Oregon and kept the Ducks' hopes for a Pac-12 title alive.

After Kevin Hogan lost two fumbles on snaps in the fourth quarter, Stanford tied it on Hogan's 4-yard pass to Greg Taboada with 10 seconds left.

Needing the two-pointer to tie it, the Cardinal sent Christian McCaffrey out wide and Hogan tried to find tight end Austin Hooper over the middle. But the Ducks stopped the play.

Royce Freeman rushed for 105 yards and a score and Charles Nelson scored on a 75-yard run on one of the Ducks' three touchdowns of more than 45 yards.

Oregon needs to win its final two and hope Stanford loses next week at home to Cal to win the Pac-12 North.

While Stanford is still in control of the division race, the Cardinal had higher goals of making the College Football Playoff if it could win out. But a suspect defense and two costly botched snaps by Hogan were its undoing.

Hogan lost one fumble near midfield midway through the fourth quarter with the Cardinal down five. After Oregon kicked a field goal to make it 38-30, Stanford drove inside the 20 before Hogan lost another snap with 2:06 to play.

Hogan threw for 304 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score. McCaffrey set a Stanford record with his eighth straight 100-yard rushing game, running for 147 yards and a touchdown.

NO. 2 OHIO ST. 28, ILLINOIS 3: Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns to pace the visiting Buckeyes, who started slowly and led 7-3 for much of the first half before Elliott picked up the pace. He accounted for 50 of OSU's 75 yards on a third-quarter drive that opened a 21-3 lead. J.T. Barrett, starting again after being suspended for last week's game, passed for 150 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

NO. 5 OKLA. ST. 35, IOWA ST. 31: Backup J.W. Walsh threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Carr with 3:06 left f to help keep the unbeaten Cowboys in playoff contention. Walsh drew the visiting Cowboys to 31-28 with a 16-yard touchdown run early in the fourth, then they drove 84 yards in 11 plays for the winning score after forcing a punt. Starter Mason Rudolph got Oklahoma State to the 7, and Walsh, usually the team's running quarterback, took it from there. Joel Lanning staked Iowa State to the lead, running for two touchdowns and passing for another.

No. 8 Iowa 40, Minn. 35: LeShun Daniels rushed for a career-high 195 yards and three touchdowns as the host Hawkeyes moved to 10-0 for the first time in school history. C.J. Beathard passed for 213 yards and ran for two touchdowns for Iowa, which can clinch the Big Ten West with a win over Purdue next week.

No. 13 TCU 23, Kansas 17: Trevone Boykin left with an apparent right ankle injury and the host Horned Frogs did just enough without their Heisman candidate to hold off the winless Jayhawks. On his second play of the game, the TCU quarterback turned awkwardly on his right ankle as he was being tackled. The nation's total offense leader didn't return after getting sacked on TCU's last offensive play of the first quarter. The Horned Frogs played mostly without Boykin and one of the country's top receivers in Josh Doctson, who was limited by a left arm and wrist injury from last week's loss that likely eliminated them from the national title race.

NO. 14 MICH. ST. 24, MARYLAND 7: Starting quarterback Connor Cook left at halftime with a shoulder injury, putting a damper on the host Spartans' win. MSU has been dealing with injuries all season, particularly on the offensive line and in the secondary, but if Cook is limited, the Spartans could be a significant underdog next weekend at Ohio State. The Terrapins turned the ball over five times.

NO. 15 MICH. 48, INDIANA 41, 2 OT: Receiver Mitchell Paige bobbled a fourth-down pass at the goal line that would have forced a third overtime as the visiting Wolverines kept their Big Ten title hopes alive. Jake Rudock forced overtime with a touchdown pass with two seconds left, and he threw two more on back-to-back plays in overtime to lead Michigan. He finished 33-of-46 with 440 yards and six touchdowns, and Jehu Chesson caught 10 passes for 207 yards and four scores. IU has lost six straight since winning its first four and has dropped 20 straight in the series. Jordan Howard rushed for 238 yards and two TDs for the Hoosiers.

NO. 24 N'WESTERN 21, PURDUE 14: Justin Jackson rushed for 116 yards and a late touchdown and Warren Long added two rushing touchdowns for the host Wildcats. Jackson plowed in from the 2 with 4:37 remaining to cap a 58-yard drive. The Wildcats converted four third downs, including the touchdown, on the possession.

Elsewhere

Penn 35, Harvard 25: Receiver Justin Watson totaled 249 yards and two touchdowns, the defense pitched a second-half shutout and the visiting Quakers ended the 22-game win streak of the Crimson (8-1, 5-1 Ivy).

West Virginia 38, Texas 20: Skyler Howard passed for two touchdowns and ran for another and Wendell Smallwood rushed for 165 yards to lead the host Mountaineers.

Nebraska 31, Rutgers 14: Tight end Cethan Carter rambled 32 yards for a touchdown on his first career carry and caught one of three touchdown passes by Tommy Armstrong for the visiting Cornhuskers.

Dayton 28, Marist 21: Alex Jeske rushed 7 yards with less than a minute left for the winning score to keep the host Flyers (10-0) unbeaten and claim the school's first berth in the Division I-AA playoffs.

Ducks halt Stanford's playoff hopes 11/14/15 [Last modified: Saturday, November 14, 2015 11:54pm]
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