The Ducks still found a way to win. Their opportunistic defense forced seven turnovers. They turned two into touchdowns, and three times turned away Arizona State in the shadow of their own goal posts.
The Ducks found a way, which is what good teams do.
• Rob Moseley notes that the second half adjustments by the Oregon defense made all the difference.
“That’s what great teams do,” said linebacker Casey Matthews, who had one of three UO interceptions in the fourth quarter. “They fix their mistakes.”
• George Schroeder says the Ducks kept driving to keep the dream alive.
Eight plays, 80 yards, touchdown. Followed by three plays, 80 yards, touchdown. The Ducks needed 75 seconds for the first score, 24 seconds for the next.
Just that fast, you knew they would win.
“We kind of weathered the storm,” Kelly said.
• John Hunt recaps the win at ASU.
You could say Oregon dodged a bullet Saturday night at Sun Devils Stadium. Then again, you could also say the Ducks have a certain bullet-proof quality these days.
• Ted Miller shares his "what we learned" weekly story.
Stanford's visit to Oregon could be the Pac-10 Game of the Year: At this point in the season, Oregon and Stanford look like the conference's top two teams, though Arizona is in that conversation. Stanford beat the Ducks last year just when the Ducks looked unbeatable. The Cardinal's visit to Autzen Stadium on Saturday figures to have major Pac-10 and perhaps national ramifications.
• The Heisman Pundit rate the Ducks #3 in the country.
• Lindsay Schnell recaps possible Duck recruits play this last weekend.
• Rob Moseley reports that Chip Kelly is now focusing on Stanford.
After watching some film, Kelly said he is, like everyone else, impressed with Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. But even minus Toby Gerhart, the Cardinal have a strong run game, he said.
“They got a couple of other really good running backs that have filled in. They’re doing it a little bit more by committee ... but they’re still the same type of operation, the same power run of game,” he said. “There’s not a better offensive line around, and they have some quality wide receivers and a quarterback as good as there is the country. He’s a great one.”
Rob also sets the stage for the game, where he looks at all the numbers for each team.