The Oregon Ducks fell to 4-3 in Willie Taggart’s first season as head coach after the No. 23 Stanford Cardinal (5-2) cruised to a 49-7 victory on Saturday night at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, California. Heisman candidate and Cardinal running back Bryce Love rushed for 147 yards and two touchdowns (136 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter), including a 67-yard touchdown run to put Stanford in front 14-0 before five minutes had ticked off the first quarter clock. True freshman Braxton Burmeister started his second-consecutive game for the Ducks at quarterback, but completed just three passes on eight throws. He did not throw for a touchdown and was picked off twice by the Stanford defense. Burmeister did find the end zone with his legs in the first quarter for the first time in his career, but the scramble wound end up being Oregon’s first and last scoring play of the night. Redshirt senior quarterback Taylor Alie played a quarters’ worth of snaps in the second half and completed two of his five passes for 10 yards. Only one Oregon wide receiver caught a pass on Saturday (Brenden Schooler snagged two balls for 15 yards), while Royce Freeman and Kani Benoit combined for the other three catches. Freeman did rush for 143 yards on 18 carries in the defeat. With the loss, the Ducks have lost three of four games after starting the season with three-consecutive wins. Oregon travels to the Rose Bowl to take on the UCLA Bruins on Saturday, October 21 at 1:00 p.m. Below is full post-game coverage, including stories and interviews.
Oregon’s Passing Attack Vanishes at Stanford (by Alex Castle)
Oregon’s Powerful Front Seven Pummeled in Palo Alto (by Matt Tyra)
Head Coach Willie Taggart
Running Back Royce Freeman
Wide Receiver Charles Nelson
Linebacker Troy Dye
Safety Tyree Robinson