Friday, November 8, 2013
Keys to victory: Stanford 26, Oregon 20
By ESPN Stats & Information
What were the biggest statistical keys to Stanford’s 26-20 win over Oregon on Thursday night?
Here are three of the most notable:
1. Tyler Gaffney had a Stanford-record 45 rushing attempts for 157 yards, with 47 yards coming after contact. Gaffney had 24 rushing attempts in the first half Thursday, the most in a first half by an FBS player this season.
Gaffney's success allowed Stanford to keep Oregon off the field.
The 20-play, 96-yard drive by Stanford to end the first half marked the third-most plays in a single drive in the FBS this season.
2. Over the past two seasons, Oregon’s rushing attack has averaged 327 yards per game against opponents other than Stanford, but only averaged 130 against the Cardinal.
Oregon had only 22 rushing yards in the first half Thursday, its fewest in a half since Sept. 3, 2009, at Boise State, when it was held to 6 yards. The Ducks ran only 28 offensive plays in the first two quarters, their fewest plays run in a first half this season.
Stanford had more rushing yards after contact (86) than Oregon had total rushing yards (62).
3. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota completed fewer than half of his passing attempts (4 of 10) when Stanford brought five or more pass-rushers. Mariota was 0-for-5 on such passes in the first half, a key reason for why Oregon trailed by 17 points after 30 minutes.