Courtesy: Oregon State Sports Information
STANFORD, Calif. – No. 11 Oregon State forced four turnovers and Storm Woods rushed for 94 yards against the NCAA’s top-ranked run defense, but the Beavers lost at No. 14 Stanford, 27-23, Saturday afternoon. The Beavers are now 7-2 on the season and 5-2 in Pac-12 action.
After falling behind 14-0, Oregon State scored on five of its next six possessions to take a 23-14 lead late in the third quarter. The Beavers started on that comeback trail with a solid ground attack that led to Terron Ward’s 7-yard touchdown run over right guard. The Beavers gained 41 yards on the ground on that drive against a Cardinal rush defense that came in allowing just 55.6 yards per game. It was also the first rushing touchdown allowed by Stanford since Oct. 6 against Arizona, a span of 17 quarters. Woods rushed for 34 yards on the drive.
After forcing a Stanford three-and-out, the Beavers mixed run and pass to move into the Stanford red zone and allowed Trevor Romaine to boot home a 20-yard field goal to cap a 13-play, 79-yard drive that took 6:26 off the clock.
The Beavers moved in front on the opening drive of the second half. Facing a third-and-16 from the Stanford 22, Cody Vaz found Markus Wheaton wide open over the middle and he raced in to make it 17-14. Romaine added two more field goals in the third quarter to push the lead to 23-14. Ryan Murphyintercepted Kevin Hogan at the Stanford 30 to set up a 42-yarder, and Romaine hit a 44-yard field goal on the next Beavers’ possession.
Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor brought the Cardinal back to within one score with a 40-yard touchdown reception on the final play of the third quarter to make it 23-21.
With the momentum appearing to shift towards Stanford after the Beavers were forced to punt, Rashaad Reynolds intercepted Hogan on a deep pass down the left side to stop the Cardinal. Stanford forced a turnover of its own, however, as Vaz fumbled on a scramble. That ensuing drive culminated in a 14-yard touchdown strike from Hogan to Zach Ertz with 5:07 remaining.
After a punt, the OSU defense gave the offense one more opportunity with a three-and-out stop. After an incompletion, Vaz hit Connor Hamlett for 20 yards and Wheaton for a 9-yard completion. The drive would stall, though, as Vaz was injured on a third down sack. Sean Mannion’s pass to Hamlett on fourth down was too high. Wheaton and Brandin Cooks each made seven receptions, with Wheaton finishing with 91 yards and Cooks with 82. Vaz finished with 226 yards.