Over the last decade or so, USC has struggled against Oregon State in Corvallis. USC played Stanford last week. Perhaps some of the Trojans’ Corvallis anti-magic rubbed off on the Cardinal?
Regardless, 21st-ranked Stanford is in the midst of a slugfest with unranked Oregon State, with the former leading the latter 21-17 after 30 minutes of play. While the Cardinal never trailed, the Beavers were never down by more than seven points either.
In fact, the two teams took turns trading touchdowns for most of the half, with Stanford opening the scoring five minutes into the contest only to see OSU tie it right back up seven minutes later. Kevin Hogan, who started at quarterback despite a serious ankle injury the previous weekend, tossed a 42-yard touchdown pass late in the opening stanza to regain the lead.
Two minutes later, though, the Beavers opened the second-quarter scoring on a Ryan Nall five-yard touchdown run. With three minutes left in the opening half, Remound Wright bounced off the right side of his offensive line — literally — on a two-yard run for his second touchdown of the game and a 21-14 lead. A Garrett Owens’ 24-yard field goal with :22 left cut the lead to 21-17
On a heavily-taped ankle, Hogan has passed for 101 yards, the one touchdown and an interception. Christian McCaffrey, as has been the case all season, has done everything but score, accounting for 126 first-half all-purpose yards — 88 rushing, 38 receiving.
Freshman Seth Collins has thrown for 107 yards and ran for another 26.