Keeping with our trend of honoring those who win the Walter Camp National Player of the Week, we too at the Pac-12 blog are picking Stanford linebacker Shayne Skov as the Pac-12 player of the week for his performance in Stanford's 17-14 overtime win over Oregon.
Pac-12 blogger extraordinaire Ted Miller was at the game and described Skov's play as "beastly."
The strength of Stanford's defense is the sum of its parts -- but with 10 tackles (seven solo, one for a loss) Skov stood out on the road against Oregon's juggernaut offense.
Oregon was the FBS leader, averaging 54.8 points per game and had scored at least 30 points in 23 straight games -- an NCAA record. Oregon had scored at least 42 points in 13 consecutive games.
Among his many highlights, Skov recorded a critical fourth-down stop in the first quarter deep in Stanford territory when he stopped Marcus Mariota at the line of scrimmage on fourth-and2. That set the tone for what was going to be a defense-heavy game. Though on Stanford's ensuing drive, the Cardinal marched 93 yards in 15 plays for a touchdown. It was a key momentum swing.
As a unit Stanford held Oregon to 198 yards rushing (77 of which came on one play) and just 4 of 17 on third down and 0-for-2 on fourth down.
Skov didn't play in last year's game at Stanford Stadium because of a knee injury he suffered in the third game of the year and had to miss the season.