Nov. 6, 2012
No. 13/12 Oregon State (7-1 5-1 Pac-12)
November 10, 2012 Noon (PT)
Stanford Stadium (50,000) Stanford, Calif.
Television Live national broadcast on FOX with Craig Bolerjack (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (analyst) and Petros Papadakis (sideline).
Radio Live coverage on Stanford's flagship station - KNBR 1050 AM - with Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Todd Husak (analyst) and John Platz (sideline). All radio broadcasts begin one hour prior to kickoff with the Cardinal Tailgate Show and conclude with the postgame Cardinal Locker Room Report. The game can also be heard live on Stanford student radio KZSU 90.1 FM and at kzsulive.stanford.edu.
Live Stats Live in-game statistics will be provided through GameTracker via GoStanford.com.
Tickets Stanford Athletics Ticket Office GoStanford.com 800-STANFORD
Polls Stanford (16th - AP, 15th - USA Today) Oregon State (13th - AP, 12th - USA Today)
On the Web GoStanford.com OSUBeavers.com Pac-12.com
Inside the Huddle
The Cardinal returns to Stanford Stadium on Saturday for its regular season home finale against Oregon State in a showdown between two teams tied in the Pac-12 North and one game behind Oregon. Both the Cardinal (5-1 Pac-12) and Beavers (5-1) will play the Ducks (6-0) later this month.
Stanford has won seven straight home games and 18 of its last 19. Saturday will be the Stanford Stadium regular season finale for Cardinal seniors who own a record of 23-2 at home, dating back to 2009.
The contest between No. 14 Stanford and No. 11 Oregon State is one of just two games this week to feature a pair of teams ranked in the top 15 of the BCS Standings. No. 1 Alabama plays host to No. 15 Texas A&M.
This Pac-12 game pits the conference's top two rushing defenses and top two scoring defenses. When they last met in Corvallis (Nov. 5, 2011), Stanford and Oregon State rushed for 300 and 33 yards, respectively, in a 38-13 Cardinal victory.
The Cardinal currently ranks No. 1 in the NCAA in rushing defense (55.56 yards/game), sacks (4.44/game) and tackles for loss (9.22). Stanford also owns the No. 12 scoring defense (16.56 points/game) and No. 7 turnover margin (+1.22/game).
Stanford evened its 2012 road record at 2-2 last Saturday following an historic 48-0 victory at Colorado, the largest road shutout margin of victory in school history since a 57-0 win at UCLA in 1929. The Cardinal defense did not allow Colorado to cross midfield until its final possession of the fourth quarter.
In its last three games, the Cardinal has recorded three of the top 10 single-game rushing defensive performances in school history: No. 3 at Colorado (minus-21 yards), No. 4 vs. Washington State (minus-18) and t-No. 9 at California (3).
Stanford has scored on defense in five of nine games this season, the most recent coming in the first quarter at Colorado with a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown by junior FS Ed Reynolds. Reynolds has a school-record three pick-six scores this season, tied for the most in the NCAA.
Senior RB Stepfan Taylor is 53 yards away from his third consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season, which would be a first in Stanford history. Taylor carried 10 times for 43 yards last week before sitting out the second half at Colorado.
Stanford owns active winning streaks against nine of its 12 regular season 2012 opponents: San Jose State (W5), Duke (W3), USC (W4), Arizona (W3), Cal (W3), Washington State (W5), Colorado (W4), Oregon State (W2) and UCLA (W3). The Cardinal has a two-game losing streak to Oregon and lost its most recent games to Washington and Notre Dame.
Oregon State Series Notes
Series: Stanford leads, 50-26-3 (.633)
First meeting: 1919 at Oregon State - Stanford 14, Oregon State 6
Last meeting: 2011 at Oregon State - Stanford 38, Oregon State 13
Series streak: Stanford - W2 (2010-11)
Longest win streaks: Stanford - 11 (1919-1936), Oregon State - 4 (1955-58, 2000-04)
Dating back to 1919, the 79-game series with Oregon State is Stanford's fifth-oldest rivalry.
The Cardinal has won two straight meetings and three of the last four.
In the last two matchups, Stanford has out-scored Oregon State, 76-13.
The Beavers have beaten the Cardinal 11 times at Stanford Stadium, most recently a 30-7 win in 2006.
Last Matchup Against Oregon State - Nov. 5, 2011
Stanford rebounded from a slow start with a strong second half performance to defeat the Beavers in Corvallis, 38-13.
Leading 17-7 at halftime, the Cardinal out-scored the Beavers 21-6 in the second half to extend its winning streak to 17 games.
After a scoreless first quarter, Stanford running back Jeremy Stewart found the end zone on the first play of the second quarter with a two-yard run, capping an 11-play, 92-yard march. The Cardinal came right back on its next possession to take a 14-0 lead when quarterback Andrew Luck hit wide receiver Griff Whalen with a 17-yard scoring pass.
The Beavers battled back into the game when quarterback Sean Mannion found wide receiver James Rodgers on a 15-yard touchdown pass. Eric Whitaker kicked a 31-yard field goal with 0:35 seconds remaining in the half to lift Stanford to a 17-7 advantage.
Oregon State took the second half kickoff and drove 66 yards, with running back Malcom Glover scoring on a two-yard run. Cardinal defensive end Ben Gardner blocked the extra point.
Stanford dominated the rest of the way. Luck connected with running back Stepfan Taylor on a 27-yard scoring pass, then found tight end Coby Fleener for a 14-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Running back Tyler Gaffney capped the Cardinal scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Stanford rushed 48 times for 300 yards, topped by Taylor with 95. The Cardinal finished with 507 total yards, as Luck completed 20-of-30 passes for 206 yards.
The Stanford defense limited Oregon State to 33 yards rushing and recorded three sacks. The Cardinal finished with a huge time of possession advantage - 40:20 to 19:40 - and ran 79 plays compared to 47 by the Beavers.
It Happened Against Oregon State
1940 - Frankie Albert boomed a 79 yard punt, which still ranks as the longest in school history.
1952 - Bill Rogers ran for a 96-yard touchdown in a 41-28 Stanford victory in Corvallis, the longest rush from scrimmage in school history.
1963 - Craig Ritchey returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown to account for Stanford's only score in a 10-7 loss to the Beavers in Corvallis.
1971 - One week after being upset, 24-23, by Washington State, Stanford rallied from a 24-3 second quarter deficit and outlasted Oregon State, 31-24, in Corvallis.
1980 - John Elway tossed a school-record six touchdown passes in a 54-13 victory over the Beavers at Stanford Stadium. Ken Margerum was on the receiving end of four of those scoring strikes.
1981 - Stanford rushed for a (then) school-record 439 yards in a 63-9 victory over the Beavers in Corvallis. Darrin Nelson set a single-game school record by scoring five touchdowns against the Beavers, including a 80-yard touchdown run.
1982 - John Elway had another big game against the Beavers, completing 23-of-29 passes for 381 yards and five touchdowns in a 45-5 victory. The passing yardage was the third highest single-game total in Elway's illustrious career.
1991 - Steve Stenstrom hooked up with Glyn Milburn for a 92-yard TD pass at the 6:19 mark of the second quarter, marking the third-longest pass play in school history.
1993 -Steve Stenstrom completed 28-of-37 passes for 407 yards, the seventh-best passing performance in school history.
1998 - Todd Husak set single-game records for passing yardage (450) and total offense (447), but Stanford dropped a 30-23 decision to the Beavers at Stanford Stadium.
2003 - The Beavers held Stanford to just 133 yards in total offense, which is the third lowest output in school history.
2008 - Toby Gerhart rushed for a (then) career-high 147 yards and two touchdowns to pace Stanford to 36-28 win. Gerhart's rushing total was the 27th-best performance in school history and highest total recorded in a season-opener.
2010 - Stanford posted its third shutout of the season with a 38-0 victory over the Beavers as the Cardinal set a school record with its 11th victory of the season. Stepfan Taylor broke off a 62-yard touchdown run in the third period and Andrew Luck completed 21 of 30 passes for 305 yards and four scores to break John Elway's single-season touchdown passing record.
2011 - Andrew Luck threw three touchdown passes and the Cardinal churned out 300 yards rushing as Stanford extended its winning streak to 17 games with a 38-13 win in Corvallis.
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