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Stanford Football: Every Cardinal Steps Up To Beat Oregon

The Stanford Cardinal had every member of their team come up with big moments to beat the Oregon Ducks.

Steve Dykes

Talk about the biggest factors in Stanford's upset over Oregon. Who were the biggest playmakers in the win?

Hank Waddles, Go Mighty Card: The great thing about this win is that you could probably name a dozen or so guys who played huge parts in the victory. The defense is getting most of the love, and you probably have to start with Shayne Skov. He's had kind of a disappointing season from a production standpoint, but he remains the heart and soul of the defense. The moment when I really believed -- honestly believed -- that we could beat Oregon was before the kickoff when the cameras found Skov on the field. When I saw him with his warpaint on, I knew he was ready. I was just sitting on the couch, but it certainly fired me up.

Alex Carter's contributions can't be ignored, and it's worth mentioning that a year ago at this time he was wrapping up his high school season and thinking about whom he might ask to the winter formal. What he's been doing as a true freshman is phenomenal. Ed Reynolds had been great, but it's Carter who has transformed the secondary.

It's the usual suspects on the offensive side of the ball. Stepfan Taylor was the best running back on the field all night, and it wasn't even close, and Zach Ertz had another great day. But really, what can you say about Kevin Hogan? A redshirt freshman making his first career road start in an insanely hostile environment against the #1 team in America -- and he won. Two weeks ago you asked if Hogan was the real deal. No one's asking that question anymore.