Updated Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 09:51 PM
EUGENE, Ore. — Jordan Williamson hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime and No. 14 Stanford upset No. 1 Oregon 17-14, denying the Ducks a chance to clinch the Pac-12 North and derailing their straight shot at the BCS title game.
If both Stanford and Oregon win in their final games next weekend, both will finish with one conference loss, which means Stanford will win the head-to-head matchup and go to the Pac-12 championship for a chance to play in the Rose Bowl.
After winning its fifth straight, Stanford (9-2, 7-1) will play its finale at No. 17 UCLA, which defeated No. 21 USC 38-28 earlier in the day to claim the Pac-12 South. Oregon (10-1, 7-1) will play Oregon State in the annual Civil War rivalry game in Corvallis.
The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Ducks, which was the longest in the nation coming into Saturday.
"It hurts and as I told them, you'd like to have some words that would take the pain out of it, but there aren't," Oregon coach Chip Kelly said. "We'll feel bad for a little bit of time and we'll bounce back from it."
Oregon's loss, coupled with No. 2 Kansas State's — they were also the top two teams in the BCS standings — means third-ranked Notre Dame is now the lone unbeaten team in the race for the BCS title game.
The Fighting Irish control their national championship run, with No. 4 Alabama and a couple of other Southeastern Conference teams also in the thick of it.
Oregon was the only Pac-12 team that Stanford hadn't defeated over the past two seasons. But the Cardinal's tough defense smothered the highest scoring team in the nation.
Alejandro Maldonado missed a 41-yard field goal for the Ducks to open overtime before Williamson's game winner.
Redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan threw for 211 yards and a game-tying fourth-quarter touchdown for Stanford, while Stepfan Taylor rushed for 161 yards on 33 carries.
Down 14-7, Stanford went for it on fourth-and-1 on the Oregon 12 with 2:17 left in regulation and Ryan Hewitt ran two yards for the first down. Hogan hit Zach Ertz with a 10-yard scoring pass to tie it at 14 with 1:35 to go. Ertz fought to gain control of the ball with a defender as he fell to the turf on top of a Ducks player. The play was initially ruled incomplete, but a video review overturned it for the tying touchdown.
Stan — Hogan 1 run (Williamson kick), 12:39.
Ore — Lowe 28 pass from Mariota (Maldonado kick), 3:26.
Ore — D.Thomas 6 run (Maldonado kick), 6:35.
Stan — Ertz 10 pass from Hogan (Williamson kick), 1:35.
Stan — FG Williamson 37.
A — 58,792.
|Time of Possession||37:05||22:55|
Rushing — Stanford, Taylor 33-161, Hogan 8-37, Hewitt 2-5, Wright 1-0, Team 2-(- 3). Oregon, Mariota 12-89, Barner 21-66, D.Thomas 7-43.
Passing — Stanford, Hogan 25-36-1-211. Oregon, Mariota 21-37-1-207.
Receiving — Stanford, Ertz 11-106, Toilolo 3-17, Montgomery 3-9, Young 2-36, Terrell 2-24, Hewitt 2-14, Taylor 1-4, Patterson 1-1. Oregon, Lowe 5-51, Lyerla 4-54, Huff 4-50, D.Thomas 3-3, Murphy 2-20, Hawkins 2-16, Barner 1-13.
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Stanford tight end Zach Ertz catches a pass over Oregon's Ifo Ekpre-Olomu for a tying touchdown in the final minutes of regulation. Stanford won in overtime.