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.