The Oregon Ducks were hoping to make a big statement against their division rival, the undefeated Stanford Cardinal. Through two quarters, the Ducks are making good on their hopes, entering halftime ahead by a score of 22-16.
After being almost entirely shut down for the first quarter, running back LaMichael James was able to showcase Oregon's vaunted rushing game. He found an opening and was able to manage a 58 yard touchdown run that put the Ducks on top by a score of 15-6 early in the second quarter.
Ducks running back De'Anthony Thomas fumbled the ball midway through the second quarter with the Ducks hoping for another big drive. The ball was recovered by Stanford but quarterback Andrew Luck was unable to lead a touchdown drive. Eric Whitaker, who had earlier missed an extra point attempt, was able to kick a 37 yard field goal that brought the score to 15-9 in favor of the Ducks.
With three minutes left in the first half, the Ducks went for it on a 4th and 7 situation, a short pass from Darron Thomas to De'Anthony Thomas, who again flashed the famous Oregon speed. He hustled 41 yards to the end zone with ease and put the Ducks on top 22-9.
Luck managed to lead the Cardinal to a crucial touchdown in the closing minutes of the first half to bring the Cardinal back to within five. The Ducks still lead 22-16, but there is a lot of football left to play.
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