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- Oregon controlled most of its game against Stanford, but lost 38-31 in overtime.
- The Ducks had a touchdown overturned in the second half and lost a fumble with less than a minute left in regulation.
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert threw two incompletions in regulation and he outran Stanford star running back Bryce Love. Gotta be a Ducks win, right?
Nope. Oregon lost to Stanford 38-31 in overtime as a short home underdog thanks to some serious misfortune. The Ducks opened -2.5, but closed around +3.
First, the Ducks had a touchdown overturned when Jaylon Redd hit the pylon while entering the end zone. It was the correct call, as explained below, but a weird rule.
Oregon couldn’t punch it in and two plays later, Stanford’s Joey Alfieri returned a botched snap for a touchdown to make it 24-14 midway through the third quarter instead of 30-7. The Ducks were rolling to that point.
Stanford got back into the game in the second half thanks in part to that play, but Oregon appeared to have things wrapped up 31-28 with less than a minute to play.
Then, CJ Verdell fumbled fighting for extra yards with 51 seconds left. Stanford had just one timeout remaining.
Naturally, Stanford marched down the field and tied it with a field goal.
In overtime, the Cardinal scored on this absurd play and stopped Herbert and the Ducks on their possession to win 38-31.