NCF Nation: Mike Garrity
STANFORD, Calif. -- First-half thoughts from The Farm.
Stat of the half (or quarter): -1, total yards for the Oregon Ducks after the first quarter – though the Ducks held an 8-0 lead. The score came on Andrew Luck’s sixth interception of the season. Oregon turned it into a 4-yard touchdown pass from Darron Thomas to Lavasier Tuinei. The pass from David Paulson to Mike Garrity on the conversion surprised the Cardinal and the Ducks went up 8-0.
Best player: Even though Oregon is leading, Stanford wide receiver Griff Whalen has really established himself as the No. 1 receiver for the Cardinal over the past few games. He’s got six catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Coming up big on the few third downs Stanford has completed.
Best call: Has to be the 2-point conversion. Gutty call on the road by Oregon coach Chip Kelly. If it failed, we’d all be hammering him for the bad decision. But it didn’t. And the fact that Stanford missed a PAT makes it look even more impressive. A very close second was the screen pass to De’Anthony Thomas on fourth-and-7. Stanford sold out on the blitz. Perfect call, and 41 yards later, the Ducks were up 22-9.
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
CHICAGO -- Greetings from the Big Ten meetings, which are in full swing today along the banks of the Chicago River. Penn State head coach Joe Paterno had a little trouble locating the football coaches' meeting room this morning, but he eventually found his way.
I chatted briefly with Purdue's Danny Hope, Minnesota's Tim Brewster and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio this morning. The coaches are booked the entire morning and most of the afternoon, so it's a full day for them.
More to come later, so check back later for updates. For now, a few links for you.
- More bad news for Illinois offensive lineman Mike Garrity, as a video captures the bar fight that led to his arrest for assault Friday night.
- Several of the Midwest's top prep quarterbacks were on display this weekend, Josh Helmholdt writes in the Detroit Free Press.
- Michigan quarterbacks coach Rod Smith is a recruiter to watch, according to ESPN Scouts Inc.'s JC Shurburtt.
- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany admits the league faces a geographical disadvantage in bowl games, The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Scott Dochterman writes in his blog. Gazette columnist Mike Hlas wonders why it takes so long for Iowa's Kirk Ferentz and other coaches to sign their contracts.
- No surprises at all as quarterback Daryll Clark and linebacker Sean Lee were elected as Penn State's co-captains for 2009.
TOP 25 SCOREBOARD
Final 20 Duke 7 1 Florida State 45 Final 2 Ohio State 24 10 Michigan State 34 Final 5 Missouri 42 3 Auburn 59 Final 17 Oklahoma 33 6 Oklahoma State 24 Final 7 Stanford 38 11 Arizona State 14 Final 25 Texas 10 9 Baylor 30 Final 16 UCF 17 Southern Methodist 13 Final Utah State 17 23 Fresno State 24