- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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EUGENE, Ore. -- The first half of Oregon-Stanford was mostly about defense, which feels like a win for the Cardinal.
The Ducks and Cardinal are knotted at 7-7 in the first half, with both teams making plays and making mistakes.
Stanford's redshirt freshman QB Kevin Hogan didn't seem overwhelmed by the atmosphere in Autzen Stadium when he started off 9-for-9 passing and ran for a TD, but he was 6-for-14 thereafter with a bad interception.
The Ducks failed to convert on a pair of fourth-down plays in Stanford territory, including a fourth-and-1 on the Cardinal 7-yard line.
Stanford mostly slowed the Ducks rushing game, but did yield a couple of big plays. A 77-yard run from Marcus Mariota didn't lead to any points, and the Ducks finished with 116 yards rushing in the half.
Oregon is notoriously good at halftime adjustments. The past two years, Stanford also was close at halftime before getting blown out.
The Ducks get the third quarter kick. That might be a good early measure of where this one might be headed.
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