Stanford's defense takes huge hit

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Stanford linebacker Clinton Snyder, a fifth-year senior and four-year starter, blew out his knee this week, ending a career just when it seemed the Cardinal were on the cusp of earning their first bowl berth since 2001.

Snyder's loss also will hurt the offense, because talented fullback Owen Marecic will replace him and play both ways against Oregon on Saturday.

It should be a tiring day for Marecic, considering how fast the Ducks are on both sides of the ball.

The San Francisco Chronicle also reported that defensive end Erik Lorig is still struggling with a groin injury and won't play against the Ducks.