CORVALLIS, OR- Give credit where credit is due, and tonight that belongs to the Oregon State Beavers defense. Before kickoff, it was announced that Stanford running back, the nation's leading rusher, and Heisman contender Bryce Love would be ruled out due to an ankle injury. Regardless of who was in Stanford's backfield, the Cardinal historically have been a power-run game beginning up front with a strong offensive line. But the Oregon State defense rose to the challenge and held Stanford's run-game to just 82 yards, 15 points (12 of which from field goals). However, it wasn't enough as Oregon State (1-7) loses a nail-biter to No. 20 Stanford (6-2) 15-14.
The defense started off strong from kickoff limiting explosive plays and making it difficult for Cardinal quarterback Keller Chryst to find open receivers. Oregon State struggled at first to get off the field on third down, but compensated by giving up only field goals and not touchdowns. That is until the very last Cardinal drive, started from an OSU fumble to give Stanford good field position with just under 3 minutes to go, leading to a Stanford touchdown to lead the Beavers 15-14.
Now for the offensive side of the ball. The backfield duo of sophomore Ryan Nall and senior Thomas Tyner established the run-game early finding success through the middle and then bouncing to the outside which helped open up downfield for senior quarterback Darell Garretson. The two combined for 138 rushing yards and one 18-yard touchdown run from Tyner. Following the game, interim head coach Cory Hall said, "Beaver football has changed". There is something different about this Beavers squad in the last two weeks alone.
Up next: Oregon State (1-7, 1-5 PAC-12) travel south to face the California Golden Bears (4-4, 1-4 PAC-12) at 2 p.m. next Saturday, November 4th.