Oregon State vs. Stanford: Vaz injured, Beavers lose

Oregon State's starting QB was knocked out in the last moments as they fell 27-23 to the Cardinal.

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Beavers drop to third in Pac-12 North with loss

It's looking pretty unlikely that the Beavers take the Pac-12 North after their second conference loss this past weekend.


Ducks jump to No. 2 in BCS rankings

The computers haven't been easy on Oregon for most of 2012 but the Ducks finally caught a break Sunday and were bumped up to the No. 2 in the BCS Rankings.


Oregon State vs. Stanford: Beavers lose 27-23

Behind star running back Stepfan Taylor's two touchdowns and more than 160 yards of total offense, the No. 14 Stanford Cardinal held off the No. 11 Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Stadium in a thrilling conference game.

Despite Stanford's change at quarterback to freshman Kevin Hogan, who threw for 254 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in his first start, it seemed as if the Cardinal would run the Beavers out of town after an early 14-0 lead.

But the Beavers' defense toughened up and the offense produced, as the two units stringed together 23 consecutive points for a 23-14 lead late in the third quarter.

Oregon State was unable to score again, instead allowing two touchdowns, including one on the very last play of the third quarter that shifted the game. Freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan seemed to be swallowed up, but was able to dump the ball off to star running back Stepfan Taylor before hitting the ground. The senior stiff-armed ahead for 40 yards and the score.

Stanford's defense stiffened up as well in the fourth quarter, making life difficult for Beavers quarterback Cody Vaz. The junior quarterback was hit several times in the fourth quarter and was banged up late in the fourth quarter after being sacked on a critical third-and-4. He was unable to return for the following play or the game, because of the apparent injury.

Box Score Hero: Stepfan Taylor's production, especially in the second half, carried the Cardinal to victory. The senior running back rushed for 114 yards and one touchdown in just 19 carries while picking up another touchdown and 47 more yards in the passing game.

Rankings Ramifications: The Cardinal could find themselves just outside the top 10 with a conference win over the No. 11 team in the nation. But they will need some help with losses to teams ahead of them in the rankings. Meanwhile, the Beavers will certainly fall in the rankings, but it shouldn't be anything major with a road loss to a quality conference opponent in Stanford.

But Did They Cover? As 5.5-point favorites to defeat the Beavers, the Cardinal were unable to cover the spread as the team only won by 4.

Next Week's Schedule: Stanford will travel north to take on the Oregon Ducks while the Beavers will go back home and prepare to host the visiting California Golden Bears.

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Beavers comeback, lead Cardinal 23-21 after 3rd

Once trailing 14-0 on the road against the No. 14 Stanford Cardinal, the No. 11 Oregon State Beavers have come all the way back to take a lead, as the Beavers lead, 23-21, at Stanford Stadium after three quarters of play.

The Beavers scored 23 consecutive points and forced the Cardinal offense into two turnovers, one fumble and one interception in the following quarters. Oregon State had not allowed a single point since the end of the first quarter, until the very last play of the third quarter.

With time running out in the third quarter, Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan was pressured and had to get rid of the ball as the pocket was collapsing. The freshman quarterback dumped it off to running back Stepfan Taylor, who stiff-armed his way for 40 yards and the score.

It was Taylor's second touchdown of the game, giving him 47 yards in the receiving game to add to his 87 yards on the ground. He's been opposed by Beavers running back Storm Woods, who is also having himself quite a day with more than 100 yards of total offense.


Cardinal lead Beavers 14-10 at halftime

After opening up the second quarter down 14-0, the Oregon State Beavers were able to tack on ten consecutive points, but the Stanford Cardinal remain in front by the score of 14-10 at halftime.

Despite their first quarter struggles on offense, the Beavers offense put together two long scoring drive in the second quarter, including one touchdown. Oregon State went 79 yards and 81 yards down the field in those two drives, respectively.

It looked as if the Cardinal would be able to extend their 14-10 lead twice with time running out in the second quarter, but they failed to do so both times. The Beavers were able to force senior running back Stepfan Taylor into a fumble just outside the 20 yard line, but Oregon State punted just a few plays later. Then Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson missed a 51 yard field goal attempt with just one second remaining in the second quarter.

Freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan starred in the first half for Stanford, completing 13 of 16 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown while picking up an additional 30 yards on the ground. Meanwhile, running back Storm Woods rushed for 63 yards in the first half for Oregon State.


Beavers trail to Cardinal after 1st quarter

Despite a change at quarterback for the Stanford Cardinal, the visiting Oregon State Beavers find themselves trailing by the score of 14-0 after one quarter of play at Stanford Stadium.

After an impressive showing at Colorado last week, Stanford decided to start freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan for the first time in his young career. Despite his inexperience, Hogan has impressed in his first start, leading the Cardinal offense to two touchdowns in the first quarter against one of the better defensive units in the nation.

Meanwhile, the Beavers were unable to put much of anything together in the first quarter, punting the ball after picking up just a few yards of offense in their first two drives of the game. It wasn't until the last two plays of the first quarter did the Beavers gain a new set of downs.

The Beavers defense will be asked to toughen up in the following quarters, after allowing the Cardinal offense to convert all three of their third downs.


Beavers, Cardinal clash in Palo Alto

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Oregon the new No. 3 in the BCS Rankings

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Building the Dam encouraged by late adjustments

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