After an uncharacteristic slow start on offense, the No. 2 Oregon Ducks find themselves tied at halftime against No. 13 Stanford Cardinal at Autzen Stadium in Oregon at seven each.
The Stanford Cardinal did something no other team this year has done against Oregon's explosive offense this year and that was keep the team scoreless in the first quarter. While that is an accomplishment on its own, it is just as impressive the Cardinal only allowed seven points in the first half.
Those seven points came on one big play for the Ducks offense when freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota connected with wide receiver Keanon Lowe for 28 yards and the score. It was one of the very few explosive plays we saw in the first half from either team.
Making his second start for the Cardinal, Kevin Hogan completed 15 of 23 passes for 118 yards. The freshman turned a broken play into a rushing touchdown, but also threw an interception late in the second quarter.
Star running back Kenjon Barner rushed for just 15 yards in the first half.