Luck’s lone victory was as a redshirt freshman, 51-42 at home in 2009.
Kelly’s Ducks outscored Luck’s Cardinal the two other Pac-12 games, 52-31 at Eugene, Ore., in 2010, and 53-30 at Stanford in 2011. The 2010 setback was Luck’s only loss that season.
But Kelly quickly dismissed the notion that he had success against Luck, drafted No. 1 overall by the Colts in 2012, on a Thursday conference call before their first NFL meeting.
“No, I think that’s a misconception,” Kelly said. “We won twice but they were both shootouts. They scored 30-plus points, and the two games we won we scored 50 and they scored 30. We didn’t shut Andrew down, we were more productive on the offensive side of the ball in those games.
“We outscored them in the two games and didn’t score enough points in the other game. We didn’t do anything to slow him down, I can tell you that.”
When told of Kelly’s assessment, Luck reluctantly agreed, not that it was a subject he wanted to remember.
“I guess they outscored us,” the quarterback said Thursday, “although, you know, a loss is a loss, in college, NFL, high school, it doesn’t matter by how many points or what it was like.”
Luck had a 30-8 record at Stanford. Kelly went 46-7 at Oregon.
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