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Stanford 27, Oregon 24 (OT)

October 13, 1996

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) _ Kevin Miller kicked a game-tying, 25-yard field goal, then hit a 27-yarder in overtime Saturday as Stanford rallied for a 27-24 victory over Oregon.

Oregon (3-4, 0-4 in the Pac-10) took a 24-14 lead when Pat Johnson returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown with 9:21 remaining but Stanford scored the final 10 points in regulation to force the shootout-style overtime, instituted by the NCAA this season.

The Ducks’ first overtime possession ended when Tony Graziani, returning from a four-game absence due to a leg injury, fumbled at the end of a scramble. Stanford’s Carl Hansen recovered, and then the Cardinal took their turn from the 25.

Mike Mitchell, who had two touchdown runs in regulation, carried five times and moved the ball to the 10 before Miller came on to kick the game winner.

Chad Hutchinson completed 27-of-41 passes for 365 yards, including a 27-yard TD pass to Damon Dunn with 8:02 remaining in regulation to get Stanford close.

He also completed a 49-yard pass to Andre Kirwan on a fourth-and-12 play, setting up Miller’s 25-yard field goal with 50 seconds remaining to force overtime. Kirwan was well covered but managed to make the catch falling down backwards.

Stanford (2-3, 1-1) pulled within 17-14 when Mitchell broke loose for a 42-yard TD run. His second scoring run of the day came with 9:34 remaining but Oregon, losers of four straight, answered with Johnson taking the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown.

Johnson ran up the right side behind a series of blocks and sprang into the clear. The kicker, Miller, tried to make a diving stop at the 40 but Johnson eluded him and sprinted the rest of the way untouched.

Up 10-7 at halftime, Oregon used a squib kick starting the second half to add to its lead. Joshua Smith’s bouncing kick glanced off Nicodemus Watts as he retreated to block, and Eric Edwards recovered for Oregon at its 39.

Three plays later, Graziani threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Damon Griffin. Graziani threw for 254 yards, completing 16 of 32 passes in his first game in five weeks.

Stanford, limited to two field goals in its last two games, ended a 10-quarter touchdown drought when Mitchell finished the Cardinal’s opening series with a 3-yard scoring run.

The Ducks tied it up on Saladin McCullough’s 3-yard TD run and Graziania led a 97-yard drive in the second quarter ending in Smith’s 25-yard field goal.

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