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Biggest Thursday ever: Stanford owns the Ducks, Baylor yet to be stopped

The national title script was rewritten, and Baylor convinced quite a few more skeptics. It was an eventful Thursday.

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Oklahoma, Baylor fans wowed by Bears' defense

Coming into the game, Baylor's offense was the focus of national attention. After it, all eyes point to the Bears' defense.


Reactions and highlights from Stanford's win

For the second year in a row, Oregon's title hopes end at the hands of the Cardinal.


Thursday night fallout

Week 11's Thursday night was billed as perhaps the biggest weeknight of regular-season games in college football history. While both games were decisive wins for the home teams, the night still changed things.


College football's weird nerd lords

SB Nation's Steven Godfrey got to know the rapidly evolving Cardinal fan base, which pairs nicely with a team built like the stone age never went out of style.


Stanford knocks off No. 3 Oregon, 26-20

Oregon's BCS dreams might be over but Stanford is back in the championship hunt.


Stanford one quarter away from upsetting Oregon

The third quarter didn't feature the fireworks of the first half, but Stanford did manage to extend its lead by another six points thanks to a pair of Jordan Williamson field goals. Stanford now leads 23-0 with one quarter to play.

Oregon only held the ball for 210 seconds in the third quarter and have now held the ball for only 13 minutes through the first 45 minutes of gameplay.

Marcus Mariota appeared to injure his knee but came back into the game. Even so, Stanford's offense was completely shutting down Oregon before Mariota came up limping. The Ducks gained just 43 yards in the 3rd quarter and have 185 in the entire game.


Baylor pummels Oklahoma 41-12

Bryce Petty throws for three scores and runs for two more as the No. 5 Bears roll past the Sooners.


Marcus Mariota hurt

Oregon's Heisman-candidate quarterback was already playing through a knee injury in Palo Alto, according to one report.


Baylor leads Oklahoma 34-12 after three quarters

The rout is apparently on in Waco: After scoring three unanswered touchdowns to close the first half, Baylor scored another 10 points in the third quarter and now leads the Sooners, 34-12, with 15 minutes left to play. After a sluggish start, the Bears offense has now scored or attempted a score in six of its last seven possessions.

After punting on its first possession, Baylor started its second drive of the half at the Oklahoma 34. It took the Bears just five plays to score, with Bryce Petty finding Levi Norwood wide open in the end zone for a touchdown. It was Petty's second touchdown pass of the night, and Norwood's second touchdown reception of the season.

Oklahoma's offense finally answered back. Blake Bell completed a swing pass to halfback Roy Finch for a 10-yard touchdown, the Sooners' first of the night. It capped a 10-play, 71-yard drive, the Sooners' longest of the evening so far.

Baylor again drove deep into Oklahoma territory, with third-string halfback Rashodrick Linwood gashing the Sooners defense on a 39-yard run. The drive stalled after an offensive pass interference call, however, and Baylor was forced to settle for a field goal.

Baylor halfback Glasco Martin and wide receiver Tevin Reese are out for the rest of the night with injuries. Running back Lache Seastrunk, who missed much of the second quarter after suffering a groin injury, returned to action in the third quarter.


Stanford has Oregon on upset alert at halftime

The game plan for Stanford coming into this game was simple: the Cardinal needed to control the clock and dominate Oregon up front to have any shot of keeping it close, to say nothing of actually beating the 3rd-ranked Ducks. That's exactly what the Stanford did when they beat Oregon 17-14 last year, but few thought the Cardinal were well-suited to repeat the performance. And yet, through two quarters of play, David Shaw's squad is somehow outdoing last year's stunning performance.

With a 7-0 lead entering the second quarter, the Cardinal benefitted from a questionable pass interference call that put them deep in Duck territory. From there, Kevin Hogan showed unexpected speed getting into the end zone on an 11-yard zone-read keeper.

Oregon looked like it was going to answer with a touchdown of its own, but Stanford's star linebacker Shayne Skov stripped De'Anthony Thomas on the Stanford 11-yard line. From there, the Cardinal marched down the field and ran out the final 8:26 of game clock on an incredibly long 19-play drive to end the half.

Stanford nearly ran out too much clock, letting the clock hit zero on a failed pass into the end zone. But another pass interference penalty on Oregon bailed Stanford out. The Cardinal got an extra opportunity to score, electing to knock through a chip shot field goal and take a 17-0 lead into the half.


Baylor WR Reese done for career

The Baylor offensive weapon came back from halftime with his arm in a sling.


Ducks flagged on iffy pass interference call

The Ducks were called for a penalty that could have gone either way, keeping Stanford's scoring drive alive.


Glasco Martin, Lache Seastrunk injured vs. OU

Both Martin and Seastrunk are on the sideline and dressed, but Shock Linwood has taken over.


Stanford strikes first, leads Oregon 7-0 after 1st

Oregon and Stanford traded punts to open the game, but things started to get interesting when Bralon Addison's long punt return gave Oregon a short field in Stanford territory.

But the Ducks' drive stalled out inside the 10-yard line when Marcus Mariota's pass fell incomplete, forcing a turnover on downs at the Stanford 4-yard line. The Cardinal responded with a brusing 12-play, 96-yard touchdown drive capped by Tyler Gaffney's 2-yard touchdown run. Kevin Hogan's 47-yard bomb to Michael Rector put Stanford in position to set up the score.

Through one quarter, the Stanford defense has held Oregon to just 57 total yards on 18 plays.


Baylor leads Oklahoma 24-5 at halftime

After a slow start, the Bears found their offense, and Oklahoma is in serious trouble.


OU's Sterling Shepard hurt by big K.J. Morton hit

K.J. Morton was flagged but not ejected for his brutal hit on Sterling Shepard.


Oregon-Stanford and Oklahoma-Baylor

No. 10 Oklahoma-No. 6 Baylor, 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1. No. 3 Oregon-No. 5 Stanford, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN. Also there's a Sun Belt game on ESPNU. Join us, and let us share jokes, insights, news, GIFs, and so forth!


3 things to know about Blake Bell

Will the Baylor Bears be able to contain Blake Bell, the Belldozer?


Alabama-FSU title game now likely

Ten teams have realistic (or very optimistic) shots at the BCS National Championship, but Thursday and Saturday will tell us exactly how many are fighting for the top two spots.


3 things to know about Shayne Skov

Stanford's Trent Murphy, Josh Mauro, and Ed Reynolds, plus the rest of the Cardinal's elite defense, will have to star to upset the Ducks on Thursday night. But don't be surprised if a face-painted linebacker makes the most plays.


The ultimate offense

Listening to defensive coaches discuss the outbreak of Bear maulings west of the Mississippi, you get the sense that something awful is happening to the men of their profession.


Baylor-OU odds: Vegas trending towards Bears

After starting with a relatively close line, Vegas is predicting a Baylor blowout over Oklahoma.


Oregon vs. Stan: Vegas says Ducks, trends unsure

Oregon is a big favorite over Stanford, but history says that isn't necessarily in the Ducks' favor.


College football's biggest Thursday ever?

Biggest regular season Thursday night, at least? Getting a top-10 battle on Thursday night is pretty unique and exciting. Getting two top-10 battles in the same Thursday night (Oklahoma-Baylor, 7:30 p.m. ET, FS1; Oregon-Stanford, 9 p.m. ET, ESPN) is ridiculous. And fun.


DAT: Ducks should score 40 on Stanford

Oregon scored a season-low 14 points against Stanford in 2012. Thomas doesn't see history repeating itself.


Stanford DE Anderson to play against Oregon

An important senior defensive end returns for the Cardinal.


Stanford to retire John Elway's number

The Cardinal will honor their former quarterback at halftime of the Oregon game on Nov. 7.

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