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Stanford vs. Washington State: Cardinal keep rolling

Stanford avoided a scare on Saturday, as they pulled out a 24-17 victory over a game Cougars team.

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Stanford ranked No. 14 in latest BCS standings

The Stanford Cardinal are ranked No. 14 in the latest BCS standings released on Sunday.

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Stanford moves into 2nd place in Pac-12 North

Stanford is now tied with Oregon State for second place in the Pac-12 North after the Beavers slipped up this past Saturday.

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Stanford fans weigh in on close win over Cougars

The Stanford Cardinal squeaked out a 24-17 victory over the Washington State Cougars on Saturday, improving to 6-2 (4-1) on the season.

The Cardinal and Cougars were tied at 10 at halftime, but Stanford was able to score two more touchdowns and held the Cougars out of the endzone in the game's final seconds.

Quarterback Josh Nunes struggled again, throwing for 136 yards and a touchdown on just 7-15 passing. Rule of Tree blogger Scott Allen weighed in on Stanford's passing issues following the game:

There were drops, sure, but Marqise Lee and Tavon Austin wouldn't have made Nunes look like even an average Division I quarterback yesterday. Switching QBs midseason normally doesn't work, but the offense can't possibly look any more broke than it did against the Cougars. Here's a proposal: open next week's game against Colorado with 10 consecutive passing plays. If Nunes doesn't complete at least seven of them, put in Kevin Hogan.

Despite the shaky quarterback play, the Cardinal improved to the No. 15 spot in the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls after the win. Next Saturday, Nov. 3, Stanford will take on the Colorado Buffaloes. The Buffaloes are 1-7 and were blown out by the Oregon Ducks over the weekend, 70-14.

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Stanford vs. Washington State: Cardinal win 24-17

The No. 17 Stanford Cardinal survived a scare from the Washington State Cougars, taking a 24-17 victory on a defensive touchdown.

Up 17-10 in the fourth quarter, the Cardinal got the cushion they needed when safety Ed Reynolds stepped in front of a Jeff Tuel pass and returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown and a 24-10 lead.

Washington State staged a comeback, however, first when Tuel capped a 12-play, 75-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kristoff Williams. The Cougars got the ball one final time, and drove all the way to the Stanford 9-yard line with under a minute to play.

The game-tying drive ended when Tuel was forced into an intentional grounding (which comes with a ten-second runoff), then sacked. Washington State had no timeouts, and time expired.

The defensive score was huge for Stanford and its struggling offense. Washington State outgained the Cardinal, 385-256.

Box Score Hero: Wide receiver Jamal-Rashad Patterson, Stanford. Patterson caught only one pass for the Cardinal, but it was for a 70-yard touchdown. The big play helped the limping Stanford offense do just enough for the win.

Rankings Ramifications: While the win was underwhelming, three teams directly ahead of Stanford lost, so the Cardinal may move up a slot or two anyway.

But Did They Cover? Stanford was a 25-point favorite, and did not cover.

For More On This Game: Visit Stanford site Rule Of Tree, Washington State blog Coug Center, and Pac-10 blog Pacific Takes.

Next Week's Schedule: Stanford hits the road to play Colorado, while Washington State travels to Utah.

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Stanford grabs 17-10 lead after 3 quarters

The Stanford Cardinal have taken a 17-10 lead over the Washington State Cougars after three quarters of play at Stanford Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Cardinal opened the second half with a deliberate scoring drive, going 78 yards on 13 plays, capped when Ryan Hewitt scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run. Stanford ran the ball ten times on the drive, with a couple 20-plus-yard throws from Josh Nunes.

The two completions for 43 yards on the drive were good for Nunes, who is otherwise 6-14 for 129 yards on the day. Despite the lead, Stanford has been outgained by Washington State, 257-214. Stepfan Taylor has rushed 15 times for only 33 yards on the day. Jamal-Rashad Patterson leads the Cardinal in receiving with a 70-yard reception.

After taking a 10-7 lead in the second quarter, Stanford allowed a field-goal drive as Andrew Furney tied the game at 10-10 with a 24-yard kick as time expired in the first half.

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Stanford looks to continue Pac-12 tear against WSU

Here's all you need to know for Stanford's Saturday game against Washington State.

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Stanford big favorites over Washington State

The Stanford Cardinal are huge favorites to beat the Washington State Cougars this weekend.

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