Stanford won its second straight game over a ranked team Saturday night, defeating the No. 25 Oregon State Beavers, 20-12. That puts the Cardinal at 7-1, the lone blemish being the loss to Utah two weeks ago.
David Shaw’s defense was exceptional, holding an extremely hot Oregon State offense to only 12 points. Before Saturday night, the Beavers’ lowest single-game point total was 33 points.
The Cardinal front seven never let outstanding quarterback Sean Mannion get going, sacking him eight times. The secondary was great too, containing wideout Brandin Cooks and allowing Mannion only 271 yards through the air.
The game was relatively uneventful in the first half, at least in terms of offense. The first 29 minutes of play saw only three points, thanks to an Oregon State field goal in the second quarter.
However, Kevin Hogan was able to lead the Cardinal on a fantastic drive in the last minute of the first half, and set up a Tyler Gaffney touchdown with a beautiful scramble. Stanford took that 7-3 lead into the half.
The Cardinal opened the second half with another great drive, this one also culminating in a Gaffney touchdown. However, backup kicker Conrad Ukropina missed the extra point and the Cardinal held a 13-3 lead.
Oregon State answered with a Brandin Cooks touchdown, but Stanford blocked the extra point to maintain a four-point lead in the third quarter.
Gaffney’s third touchdown, this one from 32 yards out, gave the Cardinal a 20-9 lead. Gaffney had a late fumble, but the defense was able to shut down the Beavers yet again, forcing them to kick a field goal.
Stanford was forced to punt and Oregon State had a shot to tie it with under two minutes to play. However, the defense held strong in the red zone again, giving David Shaw’s team its seventh win of the season.
Stanford’s next game is the big one, hosting Oregon at home on Thursday, Nov. 7. Be sure to tune in for what promises to be the most exciting game of Stanford’s season.