MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 10: Sean Mannion #4 of the Oregon State Beavers throws a pass against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Madison Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Oregon State 35-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Oregon State Vs. Stanford Score Update: Beavers Fall 38-13

The Oregon State Beavers are hosting Stanford on Saturday. To say they're the underdogs would be a bit of an understatement.

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Oregon State Vs. Stanford: Sean Mannion Keeps Beavers Close Before Stanford Pulls Away For 38-13 Win

The Oregon State Beavers hung around early and made things interesting for the Stanford Cardinal, but a strong third quarter performance by Stanford decided the game's final outcome. The Beavers fell by a final score of 38-13 to the Cardinal.

 Neither team scored in the game's opening period as both teams punted often. The Beavers managed an interception of Stanford quarterback and Heisman hopeful Andrew Luck to derail one Cardinal drive, but Stanford's final drive of the quarter placed at the Beaver six-yard line at the end of the period.

Stanford punched in a two-yard touchdown run with Jeremy Stewart to open the second quarter and followed up with a 17-yard pass from Luck to Griff Whalen. The Beavers countered with a 15-yard touchdown from quarterback Sean Mannion to James Rodgers. Stanford's Eric Whitaker connected on a 31-yard field goal near the end of the half to give Stanford a 17-10 halftime lead.

The Beavers came out of the gates firing in the second half, scoring on their first possession with a two-yard run by Michael Agnew. A blocked extra point attempt by Trevor Romaine kept the score 17-13 and the Beavers looked poised to potentially pull of the upset. The Stanford rushing game and Luck extinguished that doubt by the end of the quarter, however, with the offense moving the ball and Luck finding both Stepfan Taylor and Coby Fleener for touchdown passes.

Stanford led 31-13 after three quarters and tacked on another score in the fourth quarter 10-yard rushing touchdown by Tyler Gaffney.

Mannion passed for 252 yards on 18-of-30 passing with one touchdown. Wheaton led the Beavers stagnant rushing attack with only 19 rushing yards on two touches. Rodgers led the Beaver receivers with 77 yards and one touchdown on six receptions.

The Beavers drop to 2-7 on the season and 2-4 in the Pac-12. Oregon State takes on the Cal Golden Bears next week on the road.

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Oregon State Vs. Stanford Score Update: Beavers Start Strong, Trail 31-13 By End Of Third Quarter

The Oregon State Beavers trail the Stanford Cardinal 31-13 after three quarters of play. The Beavers kept things close for most of the quarter but Stanford scored two touchdowns late to severely hinder Oregon State's chances at an upset.

The Beavers received the second-half kickoff and took full advantage of possession. Quarterback Sean Mannion led his team down the field and Malcolm Agnew rushed for a two-yard touchdown to pull the Beavers within four points. However, the extra point attempt by Trevor Romaine was blocked and the Cardinal maintained a 17-13 edge. Between the blocked extra point and a blocked 50-point field goal attempt by Romaine at the end of the first half, the Beavers missed an opportunity to tie the game at 17-17.

The two teams struggled to put together long drives over the following two possessions as both offenses were plagued by penalties. With 6:26 left in the period, however, Luck helped the Cardinal put some distance between Stanford and Oregon State as he helped Stanford march down the field. Luck passed to Stepfan Taylor for a 26-yard touchdown to give Stanford a 24-13 edge.

The Stanford defense got in on the action during the following drive when Mannion was sacked by Chase Thomas. The Cardinal recovered the fumble at the Beaver 24-yard line and Luck found Coby Fleener three plays later for a 14-yard touchdown.

Stanford leads 31-13 after three quarters.

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Oregon State Vs. Stanford Score Update: Beavers Trail 17-7 At Halftime

Heading into halftime, the Oregon State Beavers trail Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal 17-7. The Cardinal managed to score two touchdowns in the period while the Beavers scored one.

Jeremy Stewart kicked things off in the second quarter with a two-yard touchdown run that put Stanford up 7-0 just three seconds into the period. After a three-and-out by Oregon State, Stanford stormed down the field and recorded a second straight score. Luck completed a 17-yard pass to Griff Whalen in the endzone to give Stanford a two-touchdown edge.

After recording only one first down to that point in the game, Oregon State came alive on offense on the following possession as the team drove 66 yards down the field for the score. Quarterback Sean Mannion capped off a five-play drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to James Rodgers to pull the Beavers within 14-7.

Cardinal wide receiver Chris Owusu took a hit to the head and was loaded into an ambulance during Stanford's next possession. Owusu was able to move his arms as he was loaded into the ambulance, a positive sign for the senior wideout. He has suffered two concussions already this season though and faces uncertainty about his playing time for the rest of the year following this latest hit.

Stanford used the majority of the half's final 5:25 to march down the field again and hit a field goal. Eric Whitaker connected on a 31-yard field goal attempt to give Stanford a 17-7 halftime lead. Oregon State's Trevor Romaine had a 50-yard field goal attempt blocked in the final seconds of the half.

The Beavers will receive the second-half kickoff after halftime.

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Oregon State Vs. Stanford Score Update: Cardinal Lead 7-0 In Early Second Quarter

The Oregon State Beavers have held the own in the first quarter of their game against the Stanford Cardinal and trail just 7-0 three seconds into the second quarter. Neither team has been very sharp offensively but the offense should pick up in the second quarter as both teams get comfortable with the game speed.

Andrew Luck and the Cardinal received the opening kickoff but managed to move only 32 yards. Both teams swapped punts before Luck was intercepted by Michael Doctor. Unfortunately, the Beavers were unable to do much with the ball after regaining possession and promptly went three-and-out.

Stanford has not pulled away and has given Oregon State a chance to keep things close by the time the two teams enter halftime. Stanford has a tendency to turn up their offense in the second half, so a good second quarter by the Beavers could be instrumental in keeping up with the Cardinal in the second half.

The first quarter marks the first time that the Cardinal have been shut out in the first quarter this year. Stanford did manage to punch in a score just three seconds into the second quarter when Jeremy Steward rushed in for a two-yard score to move Stanford to a 7-0 lead.

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Oregon State Vs. Stanford Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Oregon State has had a rough season in 2011 and nothing could erase all of those bad memories more than a huge upset victory over Andrew Luck and the No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal

The Beavers will have to play a flawless game on both sides of the ball, but they catch the Cardinal a little fatigued and banged up after a wild overtime thriller last weekend. If OSU is able to establish the running game early, they'll have a chance with the home crowd behind them.

Kickoff: 12:30 p.m. locally in Corvallis.

Weather Report: A chilly, rainy day is expected in Oregon. Temperatures will be in the 40's throughout the game and rain is in the forecast all weekend. Bring your jackets and umbrellas to the stadium.

TV Coverage: The game is set to be televised on a regional basis by ABC, with Carter Blackburn and Brock Huard calling the action.

Radio: The Beaver Sports Network, with its flagship station, KPAM 860 (AM), will cover the game locally.

Team Sites: Building The DamRule Of Tree

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Oregon State Vs. Stanford: Can Andrew Luck Be Shut Down By Beavers Defense?

If you were looking for candidates to be the first to really slow down Andrew Luck and the undefeated Stanford Cardinal this season, the Oregon St. Beavers were probably the last team you'd ever think of. But here they are, the first of four final regular season tests before the Pac-12 Championship Game, as Stanford sits four wins away from a potential dream 13-0 season going into January.

The Oregon State defense has given up only 222 or so passing yards a game (which is average), but they've also given up a 64 percent completion rate (98th in FBS) and conceded 17 touchdowns with only seven interceptions to show for it. All this amounts to a very weak passing efficiency defense that ranks 108th in FBS. Oregon State's run defense is average, conceding about 155 yards on the ground.

This amounts to a pretty average defense that Luck, Taylor and the Cardinal can expect to face on Saturday. It shouldn't be a huge challenge if Stanford can avoid the turnovers and keep the ball moving on both the running and passing fronts.

For more on Oregon State football, head to Building the Dam. For more on Stanford football, head to Rule of Tree.

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Oregon State vs. Stanford: Beavers Capable Of Upset Over Cardinal

As the 2-6 Oregon State Beavers get ready to take on their stiffest competition of the year in the No. 4 Stanford Cardinal, players and fans alike are hoping to salvage their season with one big win over one of the top teams in the country. 

"I just have that feeling - the feeling we can beat this team," Beavers redshirt freshman defensive end Scott Crichton said this week. "It's not just me, it's everyone else, too."

Although the odds as well as your common sense would lead you to believe that the Beavers didn't stand a chance, but if you look at some of past seasons, OSU is always primed for a big upset. Like back in 2008 when they toppled top-ranked USC 27-21, despite being a 26-point underdog, ultimately costing Pete Carroll a shot at the national title. You may remember a freshman that year by the name of Jacquizz Rodgers running for 186 and making his way on the map.

In 2007 Oregon State took down the then No. 2 Cal Golden Bears 31-28 on Halloween in Berkeley; The Golden Bears had a shot at No. 1 after the top-ranked team that week already lost, but couldn't get it done. Let's not forget 2006 either, when OSU defeated the No. 3 Trojans by the skin of their teeth, 33-31.

History is on their side, that's got to account for something.

Head coach Mike Riley was a bit more straight-forward in his thinking though, knowing full well that it's going to be a battle out there:

"We're facing a major challenge. This team is very good in all areas, their offense and their quarterback," Riley said. "That's all well documented and outstanding in every way - statistically and by performance."    

The Beavers currently have a four game losing streak to ranked opponents, dating back to last year and their shutout loss to the Cardinal up in Palo Alto by the score of 38-0. Let's hope that that history does not repeat itself. 

For more on the Beavers, head over to Building the Dam

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Oregon State Vs. Stanford Odds: Beavers Are Underdogs By Roughly Three Touchdowns

The Oregon State Beavers take on arguably the best team in the Pac-12 this week when they host No. 4 Stanford. The odds place Oregon State as 20.5 to 21.5-point underdogs to the Cardinal.

That line is about right. Besides last week's triple-overtime thrilling win over the USC Trojans, Stanford has been blowing opponents out all year. Their closest victory of the year (excluding the USC game) came by 26 points against the UCLA Bruins.

The Beavers have shown that they can score at home this year, recording totals of 37 and 28 points in their past two home match-ups. Those numbers figure to drop a little bit against Stanford's strong defense, which has limited teams to just 17.0 points per game (13th-best in the nation), but the Beavers should still get opportunities to put points on the board at home.

If Andrew Luck can keep the offense moving as he has all year, Stanford should be able to cover the spread. If the Cardinal stagger in the aftermath of their emotional win against USC, however, the game could be much closer than the odds predict.

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Oregon State Vs. Stanford: Beavers Face 'Monumental' Obstacle Hosting Andrew Luck And Company

The Oregon State Beavers are hosting Stanford on Saturday. To say they're the underdogs would be a bit of an understatement.

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