Stanford runs away with football victory over Oregon State


Christian McCaffrey rushed for 206 yards, Barry Sanders added 97 yards and scored twice, and No. 21 Stanford downed host Oregon State, 42-24, in a Pac-12 Conference football contest Friday night.

The Cardinal (2-0 Pac-12, 3-1 overall) hosts Arizona next Saturday at either 4:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. in conference play.

Kevin Hogan, a game time decision to start, threw for 163 yards and a pair of touchdowns, a 42-yard toss to Michael Rector and a 49-yarder to Devon Cajuste.

Remound Wright rushed for two more touchdowns.

Rector's 49-yard scoring reception on a pinpoint pass from Hogan gave Stanford an 11-point advantage with 6:42 remaining to play in the third quarter and seemed to be the turning point of the contest.

The score erased the sting of a missed opportunity early in the second half, when Joey Alfieri, playing in place of Kevin Anderson, recovered a fumbled snap deep in Beavers territory and the Cardinal failed to capitalize.

The Stanford defense, with linebacker Blake Martinez its poster boy, also came alive at the same time, making sure Oregon State wasn't going anywhere. The Beavers gained 41 total yards in the third quarter, two on the ground.

A pair of Cardinal turnovers led to a pair of Oregon State touchdowns, one in each half.

In the first quarter, a Hogan pass was tipped and intercepted. That led to the Beavers tying the game at 7-7.

The second half turnover could have been even more costly had it not been for Sanders. McCaffrey coughed up the football after a 33-yard run that gave the Beavers momentum and led to a touchdown.

Twenty-one seconds after Oregon State moved within 35-24, Sanders scampered 65 yards to return the momentum back to Stanford.

The Hooper touchdown came when he lined up in the slot and fellow tight end Dalton Schultz ran alongside on a go-route before clearing out the safety by cutting outside. This left Hooper with no defender over the top and he made the catch behind the defense.

Each time, Oregon State matched Stanford with a touchdown, creating a lot of problems with the versatility of dual-threat quarterback Collins and the up-tempo offense near the goal-line. Ryan Nall's 5-yard scoring run came during such a sequence, when he carried on three consecutive plays with such a quick pace between plays that Stanford was unable to get set.

Stanford took its third lead with help from a 38-yard pass to McCaffrey, who lined up in the backfield before releasing downfield and getting space with a hard cut across the middle to meet the pass. Wright's 2-yard run completed a 70-yard drive with 3:03 left.

Though the Beavers drew within 21-17 on a 24-yard field goal by Garrett Owens, it could have been worse for Stanford. Martinez halted the drive by hitting Collins on a third-down blitz, forcing an incompletion.

Stanford's already-thin defensive line received yet another blow when anchor Aziz Shittu was lost to a leg injury in the second quarter. Kevin Palma moved from linebacker to fill some of the role down low.

Oregon State offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin had a lot of success against Stanford when he was the head coach at San Jose State.

The Spartans won three of the four meetings with the Cardinal under Baldwin, including three straight. His teams put 40, 35 and 44 points on the board in those victories.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 26, 2015 at 3:24 pm

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The team did very well! I hope that the guys can keep it up and prove that the Northwestern loss was a fluke.

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Posted by Shallow Alto
a resident of another community
on Sep 26, 2015 at 3:43 pm

The Pac-12 makes no sense this season.

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Posted by Football
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 26, 2015 at 8:50 pm

What makes no sense about Pac 12 this season?

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