Stanford defeated Oregon State tonight 36-28.
The game was tied at halftime 17-17.
The key to Stanford's victory was their running game, and most notably RB Toby Gerhart. Gerhart was the star of the game, and had 149 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.
Gerhart was bouncing off tacklers and just running roughshod over the OSU defense. If Gerhart can run like this the whole season, Stanford will have a chance to win a lot of games this year.
Gerhart was able to break a couple of long runs as the OSU defense just could not bring him down.
QB Tavita Pritchard was 10-17 for only 91 yards and one touchdown.
OSU's QB Lyle Moevao threw 54 passes and completed 34 of them. He threw three touchdown passes but also had two costly interceptions.
One of his interceptions was ran in for a touchdown by safety Bo McNally.
RB Ryan McCants only ran for 11 yards and was never a factor in the game.
The game was tied 20-20 in the third quarter when Moevao threw a backwards pass to McCants coming out of the backfield. The ball went out of bounds into the end zone which cost the Beavers two points.
Stanford was up 36-20 until late in the fourth quarter, when OSU rallied for a touchdown and converted on the two-point conversion to make it a 36-28 game.
The Beavers had a chance to tie the game after forcing Stanford to punt with under two minutes left in the game.
OSU was marching down the field with crisp passes from Moevao to his wideouts until WR Darrell Catchings caught the ball around the five-yard line and then fumbled the ball out of the end zone.
Catchings was trying to dive into the end zone with the ball, but the ball came loose.
What Catchings did was very ill-advised but his instincts told him to try to reach for the end zone with the ball.
This is a big win for Stanford as they travel to Arizona State next week.
OSU will have to travel all the way to the East Coast next week to play Penn State.
I was suprised that Moeveo threw 54 times and threw for 404 yards. He played well despite his mistakes. He showed more accuracy than he did last season.
WR Shane Morales had 13 catches for 150 yards and one TD for OSU.
WR Sammie Stroughter had 12 catches for 159 yards with two TDs.
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