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Stanford close to bowl eligibility with win at Oregon

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) -- Even a strange game can't faze Stanford.
Not after everything the Cardinal has gone through this season.

Trent Edwards found Justin McCullum with a pair of touchdown
passes and Stanford moved a step closer to bowl eligibility with a
20-17 victory over problem-plagued Oregon State on Saturday.

But it was unusual, with injuries, penalties, missed field goals
and steady second-half rain and wind.

That's nothing for Stanford, who have dealt with adjusting to a
new coach, a loss to Division I-AA UC Davis and a near-upset of
UCLA en route to their best season since they won nine games in
2001.

Edwards, who injured his thumb late in the third quarter and was
replaced by T.C. Ostrander, completed 16 of 28 passes for 196
yards. McCullum had seven catches for 119 yards for the Cardinal
(5-4, 4-3), who snapped a two-game losing streak.

"You've got to give a tremendous amount of credit to our
players, and how they hung in there in some very tough times,"
coach Walt Harris said.

Edwards said he didn't think anything was broken but he'd have
precautionary X-rays on Sunday just in case.

The Beavers (5-5, 3-4) lost quarterback Matt Moore to what
appeared to be a right knee injury in the second quarter, and
kicker Alexis Serna uncharacteristically missed three field goals
after making six attempts the week before. Oregon State also had 11
penalties for 123 yards.

The Cardinal need one more win with two games left -- the Big
Game against California and another at home against Notre Dame -- to
be considered for a bowl invitation.

"We had the mindset that we were going into these last three
games needing to win two and that's just what we had to do,"
Cardinal tight end Pat Danahy said.

Stanford had lost two straight, to UCLA and top-ranked USC. The
losses followed a three-game winning streak.

Oregon State senior Mike Hass was playing his final game at
Reser Stadium and had six catches for 140 yards. The former walk-on
went into the game leading the nation with an average of 142.78
receiving yards a game.

"Penalties for 123 yards, you're going to shoot yourself in the
foot," Hass said.

The Beavers have one more game, the annual Civil War against No.
11 Oregon.

Moore completed five of 14 passes for 94 yards and a score
before he was hit by Stanford linebacker Michael Okwo and left the
game with an injured right knee. He was replaced by backup Ryan
Gunderson, who was 11-of-26 for 156 yards.

Oregon State coach Mike Riley did not immediately know the
severity of Moore's injury.

Moore hit Anthony Wheat-Brown with a 24-yard scoring pass on the
first series of the game for an early Beavers' lead.

Stanford evened it on the next series with a 3-yard touchdown
pass from Edwards to McCullum. Michael Sgroi gave the Cardinal the
lead with a 25-yard field goal.

Edwards again found McCullum with a 20-yard TD pass to put
Stanford ahead 17-10.

After Moore was injured, Gunderson was largely ineffective, so
the Beavers' defense took over. Defensive end Jeff Van Orso
intercepted Edwards on the Stanford 22-yard-line and returned it
for a touchdown to narrow Stanford's lead to 17-14.

As time wound down in the first half, Serna's 44-yard field goal
attempt went wide left. That stopped Serna's string of consecutive
made field goal attempts at 15, tying the school record set by Kirk
Yliniemi in 2002.

Sgroi added a 31-yard field goal for Stanford to make it 20-14
in the third quarter, before Serna missed his second kick.

Serna made a 34-yard field goal late in third quarter to narrow
it to 20-17. Sgroi's 38-yard attempt early in the fourth quarter
was blocked by Beavers defensive tackle Sir Henry Anderson.

Oregon State rallied in the final minutes, when a pass from
Gunderson bounced off of Wheat-Brown and into the arms of tight end
Dan Haines for a 31-yard gain. But the Beavers couldn't close
enough for Serna, who fell to the turf in grief after missing a
52-yard attempt in the waning seconds.

"Hats off to Serna man. It was rainy, there was a lot of
wind," Anderson said. "You can't get down on Serna -- he made all
of them last week."

Stanford snapped a four-game losing streak to Oregon State and
won at Reser Stadium for the first time since 1997.