Oregon had tonight’s game vs. No. 7 Stanford won. The Ducks had outplayed the Cardinal for 59-plus minutes. Oregon had the ball and its star quarterback, Justin Herbert, behind center.
A couple of kneels and, maybe, a punt with a couple of seconds left would’ve sealed tonight’s victory over a top 10 team.
Instead, Oregon opted to run the ball, and the Ducks’ running back fumbled it away with a little more than 50 seconds to go. Stanford recovered it, of course, and the Cardinal made a game-tying field goal as time expired to force overtime.
Stanford got the ball first and scored a TD. Oregon failed to reach the end zone on its possession.
Oregon’s head coach, Mario Cristobal, is getting crushed for how he handled the final couple of minutes. It was certainly head scratching.
Oregon fumble recovered by Stanford. Unreal. No reason to do anything but take knees.
— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) September 23, 2018
Stanford forces overtime with a field goal setup by Oregon not playing it safe late and just taking a knee and worst case just punting with 10 seconds left. Never understand this philosophy from coaches
— Angelo Di Carlo (@angdicarlo) September 23, 2018
Wow, Stanford absolutely stole that game. Oregon players and fans have to be sick.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 23, 2018
Oregon not taking a knee will make people forget that Oregon was up 24-7 with the ball on the Stanford 4.
This game had TWO deathbed resuscitations, not just one.
— Matt Zemek (@MattZemek) September 23, 2018
There have been plenty of brutal losses so far this season. None, though, have been as brutal as the one Oregon just suffered.