STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Oregon State's bowl hopes now come down
to the Civil War game against archrival Oregon -- and the Beavers
wouldn't have it any other way.
It's a must-win for the Ducks, too.
Derek Anderson passed for 334 yards and three touchdowns and
Oregon State kept its postseason chances alive, surviving a late
scare to beat Stanford 24-19 on Saturday.
Anthony Wheat-Brown caught 11 passes for 117 yards and Mike Hass
finished with eight catches for 110 yards for the Beavers (5-5, 4-3
Anderson connected with Dwight Wright, Hass and Joe Newton for
first-half touchdowns, and the Beavers outgained Stanford 370-248
despite a dismal running game to defeat the Cardinal for the fourth
straight time and fifth of six.
The Beavers have won three in a row on the road for the first
time since 2000.
"For everybody concerned, it's awesome," Oregon State coach
Mike Riley said. "It was great for our team. The road is always a
little tougher, but we keep battling for our respectability. This
was a step forward.
"The table is set. Everything is out there. We play the Ducks
with a chance to go to a bowl game. It's there for the taking."
The Beavers have made big strides since sitting at 1-4 only five
weeks ago. They've won four of five since a 49-7 home loss to
fifth-ranked California on Oct. 2.
Stanford (4-6, 2-5) lost its fourth straight, was eliminated
from bowl contention, and is going to be hard-pressed to improve on
last season's 4-7 finish when the Cardinal wrap up their season at
Cal in the Big Game next week.
Redshirt freshman T.C. Ostrander made his first collegiate start
at quarterback for Stanford in place of injured starter Trent
Edwards, who has a sprained shoulder in his non-throwing arm.
Ostrander had a pretty 51-yard touchdown pass to Evan Moore
negated because of holding just before halftime. After David
Marrero's 62-yard punt return in the third, Ostrander threw a
15-yard scoring pass to Mark Bradford to make it 21-13.
Moore caught a 26-yard TD pass from Ostrander with 7:12 left,
but the Cardinal failed on the two-point conversion that would have
tied the game. Moore had the ball in his grasp but couldn't hold
Alexis Serna answered with a 37-yard field goal for the Beavers
with 1:23 remaining, and Keith Ellison got a game-sealing
interception moments later.
"I thought I had an up-and-down first half, and we played
ourselves into a hole," Ostrander said. "I was a little
disappointed in my play. Guys were there, but I couldn't hit them.
That last play was pretty disappointing."
He was 17-for-45 with an interception and faced tough pressure
Anderson went 29-of-42, threw four interceptions and was sacked
four times -- a far cry from his dominant day in the 2003 meeting of
the two teams.
"It was ugly, but it's a win," Anderson said. "Today was the
worst college atmosphere I've ever been in. It was quiet and it was
hard to get going. ... They dropped a lot of guys back and I made a
lot of stupid throws. I made some bad throws early, but you have to
keep believing and keep firing."
Oregon State won 43-3 last November in Corvallis in a
record-setting game for the Beavers. It was Oregon State's highest
score and widest margin of victory in the series. The Beavers
amassed 663 yards, the school's third-highest single-game total.
Saturday's game was an afternoon of missed opportunities for
"It seems like it's the same old pattern this year," said
Stanford receiver Greg Camarillo, who caught three second-half
passes for 74 yards. "With 1:30 to go and the offense on the
field, that's what you live for. It's just too bad it had to end
Oshiomogho Atogwe picked off a pass by Anderson on the game's
first play from scrimmage and returned it 28 yards, but Stanford
failed to get into the end zone from inside the 10 and settled for
Michael Sgroi's 24-yard field goal.
Sgroi, who earlier this season made 10 straight field goals,
missed two other first-half field goals, wide to either side.
Atogwe had another interception in the third quarter and
Stanford couldn't score, failing on fourth down in the red zone for
the second straight series. Sgroi booted a career-long 50-yard
field goal on the next possession.
But he also came up short on a 43-yarder in the fourth quarter.