The one thing Stanford was fearing most came to pass early in the second quarter, as Oregon's sparkling ground game and speed came alive. Superstar running back LaMichael James found an opening against the Stanford defense and sprinted for a 58 yard touchdown that put the Ducks on top, 15-6.
Oregon freshman De'Anthony Thomas was hoping to open up another big run, but fumbled the ball to Stanford. Quarterback Andrew Luck was unable to lead the Cardinal to a touchdown, but following a delay of game penalty on a field goal attempt, kicker Eric Whitaker was able to nail a 37 yard field goal to bring Stanford to within a touchdown. Oregon once again displayed their speed, however, as Darron Thomas threw a short pass to De'Anthony Thomas on a 4th and 7 play that resulted in a 41 yard touchdown that put the Ducks up by a score of 22-9.
Stanford quarterback and Heisman favorite Andrew Luck has not been having a particularly stellar first half, most notably throwing a costly interception in the first quarter that led to Oregon getting on the board first. Luck was, however, able to lead Stanford to a much-needed touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half, connecting with Griff Whalen for the second time in the end zone.
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