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Stanford vs. Oregon State: Cardinal win nailbiter

Stanford held off a game Beavers team with a tight 27-23 home victory on Saturday.

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Where is Stanford projected to bowl?

The Stanford Cardinal can win out and go to the Rose Bowl, but will probably end up elsewhere if they lose to the Oregon Ducks.

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Stanford now No. 13 in Coaches' Poll

The Stanford Cardinal are now the Pac-12's second-highest ranked team in the USA Today Coaches' Poll after their 27-23 win over Oregon State.

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Stanford vs. Oregon State: Cardinal win 27-23

Behind star running back Stepfan Taylor's two touchdowns and more than 160 yards of total offense, the No. 14 Stanford Cardinal held off the No. 11 Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Stadium in a thrilling conference game.

Despite Stanford's change at quarterback to freshman Kevin Hogan, who threw for 254 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in his first start, it seemed as if the Cardinal would run the Beavers out of town after an early 14-0 lead.

But the Beavers' defense toughened up and the offense produced, as the two units stringed together 23 consecutive points for a 23-14 lead late in the third quarter.

Oregon State was unable to score again, instead allowing two touchdowns, including one on the very last play of the third quarter that shifted the game. Freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan seemed to be swallowed up, but was able to dump the ball off to star running back Stepfan Taylor before hitting the ground. The senior stiff-armed ahead for 40 yards and the score.

Stanford's defense stiffened up as well in the fourth quarter, making life difficult for Beavers quarterback Cody Vaz. The junior quarterback was hit several times in the fourth quarter and was banged up late in the fourth quarter after being sacked on a critical third-and-4. He was unable to return for the following play or the game, because of the apparent injury.

Box Score Hero: Stepfan Taylor's production, especially in the second half, carried the Cardinal to victory. The senior running back rushed for 114 yards and one touchdown in just 19 carries while picking up another touchdown and 47 more yards in the passing game.

Rankings Ramifications: The Cardinal could find themselves just outside the top 10 with a conference win over the No. 11 team in the nation. But they will need some help with losses to teams ahead of them in the rankings. Meanwhile, the Beavers will certainly fall in the rankings, but it shouldn't be anything major with a road loss to a quality conference opponent in Stanford.

But Did They Cover? As 5.5-point favorites to defeat the Beavers, the Cardinal were unable to cover the spread as the team only won by 4.

Next Week's Schedule: Stanford will travel north to take on the Oregon Ducks while the Beavers will go back home and prepare to host the visiting California Golden Bears.

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Cardinal lose 14 point lead, trail 23-21 after 3rd

The No. 14 Stanford Cardinal opened the second quarter with a 14-0 lead, but have yet to score since and now find themselves trailing 23-21 to No. 11 Oregon State Beavers after three quarters of play at Stanford Stadium.

The Beavers scored 23 consecutive points and the defense toughened up in the following quarters, allowing just one touchdown and forcing two turnovers, including one just outside Oregon State's 20 yard line.

The aforementioned play happened to be the most exciting play of the game, keeping the Cardinal in the game when it looked like it was getting out of reach. The pocket collapsed on quarterback Kevin Hogan, but the freshman was able to dump the ball off to star running back Stepfan Taylor before hitting the ground. The senior running back stiff armed his way for 40 yards and the touchdown.

After allowing points to Oregon State on five of the past six drives, Stanford's defense will need to play stout if they want to get back into the game.

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Cardinal lead Beavers 14-10 at halftime

The visiting Oregon State Beavers cut into the Stanford Cardinal's 14-0 lead in the second quarter with ten consecutive points, but the Cardinal remain in front by the score of 14-10 at halftime.

After holding the Beavers to almost nothing on offense in the first quarter, Stanford's stout defense let up ten points in the second quarter, where both of the scoring drives came on long drives in number of plays and the time it took of the clock.

It looked as if the Cardinal would be able to extend their 14-10 lead right before halftime, but star running back Stepfan Taylor fumbled just outside Oregon State's 20 yard line. Fortunately for Stanford, the Beavers were forced into punting the ball.

Stanford kicker Jordan Williamson missed a 51 yard field goal with one second remaining in the half, sending the Cardinal into halftime with a four point lead against the visiting Beavers.

Making his first start for the Cardinal, Kevin Hogan impressed in the passing game, completing 13 of 16 passes for 165 yards and one touchdown. Beavers running back Storm Woods rushed for 63 yards in the first half.

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Cardinal lead visiting Beavers after 1st quarter

With freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan making his first start of the season, the No. 14 Stanford Cardinal lead the visiting No. 11 Oregon State Beavers by the score of 14-0 after one quarter of play at Stanford Stadium.

Hogan has not missed a beat since coming onto the scene last week against Colorado, completing 9 of 12 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown. The freshman quarterback also picked up 26 yards on the ground, showing he can be a running and passing quarterback for Stanford.

The Beavers were unable to do anything against the stout Cardinal defense in the first quarter, punting the ball on both of their drives after picking up just a few yards of total offense. However, the Oregon State offense was able to get the ball to midfield as time expired in the first.

Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor helped Hogan in the offense, rushing for 39 yards in the first quarter and one touchdown.

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OSU vs. Stanford: Game time, spread and more

Stanford and Oregon State will meet in a battle of two of the top teams in the Pac-12 North on Saturday.

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Kevin Hogan, Stanford get set for Oregon State

Can new starting quarterback Kevin Hogan deliver the Stanford Cardinal a signature win?

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Stanford favored over Oregon State at home

The Cardinal are favored in an important Pac-12 North match-up this weekend.

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