Last week, the Oregon Ducks suffered a terrible loss at the hands of Stanford, as they blew a 31-7 lead, losing 38-31 in overtime. This past weekend, the Ducks bounced back in a big way against another top-25 team, as they went to Cal and really put a beating on the Golden Bears, winning 42-24 on the road.
Justin Herbert continues to show he may be the best quarterback in the country, as he threw for 225 yards and two touchdowns against a very good Cal defense. Herbert was also aided by a strong running game from his backs, as they averaged over 6.0 yards per carry, led by Travis Dye, who rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown.
The Ducks defense harassed the Golden Bears quarterbacks all game long, forcing four interceptions, two each from Ugochukwu Amadi and Jevon Holland. Amadi returned one of his interceptions back for a touchdown, as the Ducks really cruised in this one. Oregon has a monster game this weekend, as they host the Washington Huskies.
The Stanford Cardinal took part in one of the biggest games on the college football slate this past weekend, as they went to South Bend, Indiana to take on the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Coming into the game as the No. 7 team in the country, Stanford was beaten badly on both sides of the ball, and left South Bend on the losing end of a 38-17 blowout.
Quarterback KJ Costello, coming off one of the best games of his career last week against Oregon, played poorly for Stanford, throwing for only 174 yards and a touchdown. Heisman candidate Bryce Love continued his sub-par season, rushing for only 73 yards on 17 carries, and while he did score, he also left the game for good with an injury in the fourth quarter.
For Stanford, they now much rebound if they hope to win the Pac-12 North Division this season. They have tremendous talent on both sides of the ball and will look to get right against Utah this weekend. Their defense allowed 550 yards against Notre Dame, so head coach David Shaw has a lot of work to do before playing the Utes.