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Stanford Searching For Ways To Stop Mariota And The Ducks

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Almost every week, Stanford coach David Shaw relegates one backup quarterback to the scout team in practice who can best simulate the upcoming opponent.

Marcus Mariota

Marcus Mariota

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Not this week.

Shaw figured searching for somebody on the roster to mimic Marcus Mariota was a lost cause. He says there’s nobody who could even come close.

Finding a way to slow down Mariota will be the top priority when sixth-ranked Stanford (7-1, 5-1) hosts No. 2 Oregon (8-0, 5-0) on Thursday night in a matchup of the winners of the past four Pac-12 championships.

The Cardinal handed Mariota his only loss last season, 17-14 in overtime in Eugene.

Stanford’s victory ended Oregon’s three-year run as conference champions and dashed the Ducks’ national championship dreams — not to mention Mariota’s chances for college football’s most prestigious award.

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