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Cardinal clinic: No. 6 Stanford crushes No. 2 Oregon's national title hopes with 26-20 win

  • Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney, left, runs against Oregon linebacker Rodney Hardrick (48) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney, left, runs against Oregon linebacker Rodney Hardrick (48) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • Oregon linebacker Derrick Malone (22) tackles Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan after Hogan passed the ball during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Oregon linebacker Derrick Malone (22) tackles Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan after Hogan passed the ball during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

  • namStanford safety Jordan Richards, left, pushes Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas (6) out of bounds during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    namStanford safety Jordan Richards, left, pushes Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas (6) out of bounds during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)  (The Associated Press)

Tyler Gaffney ran for 157 yards and No. 6 Stanford hammered No. 2 Oregon for three quarters, then held off a furious final kick by the Ducks to crush their national title hopes for a second straight season, this time with a 26-20 victory Thursday night.

Kevin Hogan ran for a touchdown and played a mistake-free game for Stanford (8-1, 6-1 Pac-12). The Cardinal put on a clinic in how to play keep away from a team that was averaging 55.6 points. Stanford ran for 274 yards and held the ball for 42½ minutes.

Heisman Trophy contender Marcus Mariota was inaccurate and under pressure much of the night, but he threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, sandwiched around a blocked field goal return for a score by Rodney Hardwick, to pull the Ducks (8-1, 5-1) to 26-20 with 2:12 left.

Oregon couldn't recover a second onside kick and Stanford ran out the clock.