STANFORD – Once the Oregon Ducks got rolling against Stanford, it didn’t stop.
The Cardinal (1-4, 0-3 Pac-12) held the nation’s second-highest scoring offense to two three-and-outs to start the game and led 6-0 early in the second quarter. But the ninth-ranked Ducks scored touchdowns on six of the next seven drives and won 42-6 on Saturday afternoon in its last scheduled appearance at Stanford Stadium.
The one possession that Oregon didn’t convert into a score came at the end of the first half, when it drove 55 yards in 40 seconds but missed a 38-yard field goal attempt.
Most of Stanford’s offense came from scrambles and designed runs by quarterback Justin Lamson, who had 22 rushes for 33 yards. That total included being sacked four times for a loss of 28 yards. The Syracuse transfer also completed 11 of 20 passes for 106 yards.
Lamson and Ashton Daniels split time at quarterback until Daniels left the game with an injury after being sacked early in the second quarter.
Bo Nix completed 27 of 32 passes for 290 yards and four TDs for the Ducks. He wasn’t sacked and didn’t turn the ball over. The stat line was similar to another Heisman contender, Caleb Williams, who was 19 of 21 for 281 yards and three TDs in USC’s 56-10 win over tanford earlier this season.
The Ducks (5-0, 2-0) had averaged 54 points and 570 yards entering Saturday’s game, but had just three plays for six yards in the first quarter.
Stanford opened the game with two long drives – a 15-play drive that took up 7:42 and a 13-play drive that lasted six minutes. But the Cardinal were held to field goals both times, which wasn’t going to be nearly enough.
Joshua Karty connected from 37 and 53 yards to give Stanford a 6-0 lead one play into the second quarter. The Ducks finally got a first down with about 9 ½ minutes left before halftime, and scored a touchdown just one minute later on a 30-yard run by Jordan James.
After its two field goal drives, Stanford had just 15 yards on its next four possessions, allowing Oregon to gain separation.
The Ducks opened the second half with a 10-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-2 and then a 46-yard touchdown pass off a blown coverage. Oregon finished with 506 yards.
Stanford’s struggles continued in its last Pac-12 season. It last finished winless in the conference in 1960, when it played just four conference games and went 0-10 overall.
The Cardinal have an off week before playing at Colorado on Oct. 13.