Stanford had a shot to tie the game when the Cardinal scored with 10 seconds left, but Kevin Hogan’s pass to Austin Hooper on the two-point conversion try was incomplete, allowing the Ducks to hold on for a win that has major postseason implications.
Stanford has two losses, and even if the Cardinal win the Pac-12 title game, they’ll almost surely not end up in the top four with an 11-2 record.
Stanford wining the conference championship in a few weeks still seems likely, but after Saturday, Larry Scott & Co. can plan on enjoying the playoff from their West Coast-based New Year’s Eve parties.
“The 5’11”, 201-pound quarterback, who was an FCS sensation the last three years at Eastern Washington, looked every bit the Giant Killer on Saturday, completing 10 of 12 passes for 205 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Freeman rushed 16 times for 105 yards with one touchdown against the Cardinal.
He put on another impressive all-purpose show Saturday, rushing 33 times for 147 yards with one touchdown, catching five passes for 42 yards and finishing with 244 all-purpose yards.
He’s not going to win because players from two-loss teams don’t often win trophies given annually to the most outstanding player in college football.