Last updated: November 08. 2013 12:28AM - 1249 Views
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Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney, left, runs against Oregon linebacker Rodney Hardrick (48) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney, left, runs against Oregon linebacker Rodney Hardrick (48) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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STANFORD, Calif. — Tyler Gaffney ran for 157 yards and No. 6 Stanford hammered No. 2 Oregon for three quarters, then held off a furious rally by the Ducks to crush their national title hopes for a second straight season, this time with a 26-20 victory Thursday night.


Kevin Hogan ran for a touchdown and played a mistake-free game for Stanford (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12). The Cardinal put on a clinic in how to play keep away from a team that was averaging 55.6 points. Stanford ran for 274 yards and held the ball for 42½ minutes.


Heisman Trophy contender Marcus Mariota was inaccurate and under pressure much of the night, but he threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, sandwiched around a blocked field goal return for a score by Rodney Hardrick, to pull the Ducks (8-1, 5-1) to 26-20 with 2:12 left.


Oregon couldn’t recover a second onside kick and Stanford ran out the clock.

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