David Shaw has been at Stanford since 2011 as its head coach and has the most wins in school history.
Last Saturday night at Oregon’s Autzen Stadium, Shaw added to that number, though it wasn’t easy as the Cardinal needed overtime in order to squeeze out a 38-31 victory in a Pacific 12 Conference match.
Shaw’s record is 77-22 and 51-14 in conference and his teams have been to seven bowl games including three consecutive Bowl Championship Series matchups to begin his tenure.
Oregon (3-1 and 0-1 in conference) dominated the opening half and led 24-7, but was outscored 31-7, which is the biggest comeback during Shaw’s time at Stanford.
The No. 7 Cardinal (4-0 and 2-0 in conference) evened it at 31-31 when junior Jet Toner belted a 32-yard field goal with no time left in regulation.
The game-clincher came when junior quarterback K.J. Costello (19 of 26 for 327 yards) and sophomore tight end Colby Parkinson (50 yards on three receptions) hooked up on a 23-yard pass.
Sophomore Adam Stack’s 38-yarder with 7:24 left in the second frame saw the Ducks waddle ahead 24-7.
What followed was an offensive onslaught that included a high snap over junior quarterback Justin Herbert’s head that turned into a fumble as senior linebacker Joey Alfieri scooped up the ball and darted 80 yards with 2:43 left in the third which sliced the deficit to 24-14.
Senior running back Bryce Love (89 yards on 19 carries) tacked on a 22-yard run with 12 seconds left in the third as Stanford (398 total net yards) came within 24-21.
Oregon, ranked No. 20, soared in front 31-21 when freshman running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio (two carries for minus eight yards) scored on a one-yard burst as 4:49 remained.
Costello answered with a 15-yard strike to senior wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (84 yards on four catches) that allowed Stanford to get within 31-28 as 3:10 was on the clock.
Oregon (524 total yards) led 7-0 with 8:30 showing in the initial period when senior running back Tony Brooks-James (27 yards on six carries) hit the end zone from seven yards out.
Herbert (26 of 33 for 346 yards with one pick) then unloaded a seven-yard bullet to junior tight end Jacob Breeland (34 yards on three catches) with 13:26 left in the first half to make it 14-0.
Costello’s 13-yard strike to Arcega-Whiteside cut the lead to 14-7 with 9:14 left, but freshman running back C.J. Verdell (115 yards on 20 carries) had a 48-yard sprint that gave the Ducks a 21-7 edge and 7:30 left before the break.
Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.