With 1:40 to play in regulation and leading 14-7 in last years game against Stanford, Oregon sophomore cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was involved in one of the most controversial plays of the 2012 season.
Down by a touchdown, Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan tossed a 10 yard scoring pass to Cardinal TE Zach Ertz with Ekpre-Olomu defending.
Ertz was able to come down with the pass deep in the corner of the end zone, however many felt Ertz may have landed out of bounds nullifying the score.
“I thought about it when it happened,…and eventually you get over it” said Ekpre-Olomu when asked to reminisce about the play that tied the score.
“That was a judgement call,…I mean the ref’s made the right call so I’m fine with that,…and I’m ready for this year.”
Asked if he felt Ertz scored, Ekpre-olomu smiled and said he didn’t think it was, but also said the game didn’t necessarily hinge on that single play.
“There were so many plays in that game that could have changed the game,…and that was just one play in the game” explained Ekpre-Olomu.
Fast forward to this season, and the circumstances are almost identical to last years contest.
The Ducks are once again No. 2 in the BCS standings with an opportunity to win the Pac-12 and find themselves in the national championship game.
For Stanford, they again have one loss and with a win over Oregon, control their own destiny to the Pac-12 championship and another BCS bowl berth.
“For me personally, this is one of the only teams I’ve lost to in the last couple of years” said Ekpre-Olomu when asked if he has a chip on his shoulder for the rematch.
“You can say there’s an extra chip on our shoulders just for the fact that you know their going to give us their best game. They feel like they can win the game because they beat us last year,….that’s going to give us a little added motivation,..but at the same time I feel it’s just another game.”
VIDEO; Watch the press briefing with Ifo Ekpre-Olomu by clicking on the arrow in the video box above.