No. 3 Oregon has fallen from the ranks of the unbeaten, losing 31-24 in overtime to Stanford on Saturday in a game that will likely have significant implications for the College Football Playoff race.
For now, though, Ducks fans will likely latch onto multiple defensive penalties during the Cardinal’s final drive in the fourth quarter, one of which allowed them to tie the game 24-24 before they eventually won in OT.
The penalty that most directly led to Saturday’s outcome was called on what would have been the final play of the game: sophomore cornerback Mykael Wright was flagged for defensive holding in the end zone, giving Stanford an untimed down after the end of regulation.
Stanford took advantage of the extra play as quarterback Tanner McKee completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Higgins. The PAT tied the game.
That wasn’t the only penalty that Oregon fans were likely unhappy with on Saturday.
Kayvon Thibodeaux was hit with a targeting call that not only gave the Cardinal a fresh set of downs at their 42 but also knocked him out for the remainder of the game. Four plays later, Brandon Dorlus was called for roughing the passer to gave Stanford a first down at the Oregon 17.
Stanford scored on the first offensive possession of overtime on a 14-yard pass from McKee to John Humphreys on third-and-11. Oregon failed to muster a first down on its ensuing drive.
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