The Oregon Ducks made themselves an even more serious national title contender as they defeated the Stanford Cardinal, 45-16.
No. 5 Oregon ensured that they would put themselves in position for a college football playoff spot by demolishing Stanford, 45-16. This exorcised the demons from the past two seasons, and quarterback Marcus Mariota was on the winning side against Stanford for the first time in his career.
The Cardinal were able to keep it relatively close until the third quarter when they trailed 24-16, as the Ducks pulled away with 21 unanswered points.
Mariota picked up even more steam in his Heisman campaign as he threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns with one interception on 19-of-30 passing, and he added 85 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
Running back Royce Freeman ran for 98 yards on 19 carries, and Thomas Tyner added another 63 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.
For the Cardinal, quarterback Kevin Hogan threw for 237 yards and an interception on 21-of-29 passing. Wide receiver Devon Cajuste led the team in receiving with 116 yards on five receptions. The Stanford running backs were held to 90 yards.