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.