NOTES: 'The defense was outstanding'

NOTES: 'The defense was outstanding'

Offense notes - Bernard moves up lists despite missing second quarter...Rodgers turns in another fine performance...Sieverson fills in nicely...Defense notes - Clark grabs first career interception...Lee grabs first sack this year...defense limits Stanford to -8 yards rushing...Special teams notes - Serna moves up Pac-10 lists...gunners turn in great performance.

Pregame Notes:

  • Oregon State won the toss and deferred to the second half.

  • The announced attendance was 42,089, the largest crowd this season in Reser Stadium.

  • Weather: 66 degrees, Wind: 6 mph E, wonderfully sunny

 

Series Notes:

  • Stanford still leads the series 47-24-1, 23-14-1 in Oregon.

  • The Beavers have a two game winning streak against Stanford and have won six of its last seven and eight of the last 10 against the Cardinal.

 

Offense Notes:

  • The offense generated 315 total yards of offense, 173 on the ground and 142 through the air while picking up 15 first downs, eight via the rush and six by the pass.

  • The passing game averaged 10.1 yards per completion and with the running game averaging 3.9 yards per rush attempt.

  • The offense converted on 4 of 15 third downs while converting 4 of 5 in the redzone. With Bernard out of the lineup the offense converted just 1 of 8 on third downs.

  • The offense dominated in time of possession 36:09 to 23:51. They held the ball for 12:50 in the fourth quarter as Stanford had the ball for just 2:10.

  • QB Sean Canfield turned in another efficient performance completing 14 of 21 for 142 yards and one touchdown. None of his passes were close to being intercepted and he was not helped out by a couple of drops that would have resulted in big gains and/or touchdowns.

    Canfield was sacked six times though as he held onto the ball a little too long several times, but better to have sacks than interceptions.

  • RB Yvenson Bernard gained 62 yards and one touchdown, the 35th of his career, on nine carries before leaving early in the second quarter with a left shoulder injury. He averaged 6.9 yards per carry and did not return.

    Bernard has now scored at least 10 touchdowns on the ground each of the last three seasons. He needs just three to tie his career high of 13 set in 2005. His 35 touchdowns are just four shy of second-most in Oregon State history. He needs four for 39, which would tie Steven Jackson, who had 39 from 2001-03.

    Bernard's 62 yards on the ground gives give him 3,462 for his career moving him into 12th place in Pacific-10 Conference history.

    Bernard has also now gone 162 rushes without a fumble.

  • RB Matt Sieverson received the bulk of the carries in Bernard's abscence running 16 times for 68 yards, good for 4.2 yards per carry. Sieverson does a nice job of hitting the hole and keeping his legs moving.

  • RB Clinton Polk saw his first signifcant action since the Idaho State game carrying the ball eight times for 28 yards. Polk was shying away from contact though and didn't seem to run as hard as Sieverson.

  • WR James Rodgers ripped of the longest run of his career - a 51-yard jaunt where he stiffarmed a defender, tip toed the sideline and zig zagged between defenders before being pulled down at the one yard line. He finished with three carries for 60 yards and has yet to score a touchdown this year.

  • The offense unvield a new formation early in the first quarter on third and one with Bernard lined up at fullback and Rodgers lined up at tailback. Canfield faked the hand off to Bernard who went to the right and gave the ball to Rodgers who went through a large hole for a seven yard gain and a first down.

  • WR Darrell Catchings led the team with six catches for 51 yards and did a nice job of blocking down field. He did have some drops though including a perfectly thrown deep ball that went through his hands and probably would have resulted in a touchdown.

  • TE Howard Croom pulled in his second career touchdown on a naked bootleg. He finished with three catches for 24 yards and leads all OSU tight ends with 13 catches for 125 yards and two touchdowns.

  • Tight ends Brady Camp and Gabe Miller also added a catch each, one for 14 and 6 yards, respectively.

  • WR Anthony Brown catuch one pas for 31 yards giving him 124 receptions in his career moving into a tie for seventh place (with Pat Chaffey - 1986, 88-89) in OSU history.

  • RG Roy Schuening started his 45th game, tying him with Ken Simonton (1998-2001) and Dennis Weathersby (1999-2002) for the most starts in Oregon State history. Schuening needs three starts to tie Richard Seigler (2000-03) for the most school history.

    The game was also Schuening's 45th straight start, keeping him in second place in OSU history. He needs three more consecutively to tie Seigler for the most consecutive in Beaver history.

  • LG Jeremy Perry suited up, who has missed every game since injury his foot in the home home opener, but did not play.

  • LT Ryan Pohl performed well in his first career start.

  • LT Tavita Thompson, who has been suspended for the remainder of the season, was on the sidelines in black Oregon State sweat pants and sweatshirt.

  • RG Gregg Peat received his first significant action this year as he played for Schuening early in the first half as Schuening was feeling tired from his battle with pnemonia.

 

Defense Notes:

  • The defense gave up 181 total yards, -8 on the ground and 189 through the air, while yielding 12 first downs, two by the run and eight by the pass.

  • The Cardinal averaged -.3 yards per rush and 11.8 yards per completion.

  • The defense limited Stanford to just 1 of 13 on third down conversions, tops this season, while adding nine tackles for loss, including five sacks. The Cardinal ventured into the OSU redzone just once, coming away with zero points.

  • The defense forced four turnovers, two fumbles and two interceptions, as the team finished on the plus side of the turnover margin for the third consecitve game. Not surprisingly the team has been on the plus side in all of their wins and on the minus side in all of their losses. They sit at -3 on the year.

  • The defense now leads the nation in rush defense (54.5) and sacks (34 total, 4.25 per game). They are also No. 2 in total defense in the Pac-10 and No. 13 in the nation at 299.9 yards allowed per game.

  • LB Joey LaRocque led the team with eight tackles, the second time this season he has accomplished the feat this season, including two for loss while adding one fumble recovery, his first this season, and his third sack this year.

  • LB Derrick Doggett tallied seven tackles, six solo, including one tackle for loss, while adding a forced fumble, an interception, his first this year, and a blocked punt.

  • CB Brandon Hughes turned in another superb performance grabbing six tackles, all solo, and including one for loss. He also added a game high two pass breakups.

  • CB Tim Clark also had another good game in his second career start as he recorded four tackles and the first interception of his career on a diving, acrobatic play in front of the Beaver bench.

  • CB Keenan Lewis suited up, but did not play.

  • DT Gerard Lee grabbed his first sack of the year.

  • DE Dorian Smith continued his high level of play grabbing two sacks. He now has five on the year, just one sack behind team leader's Victor Butler and Slade Norris. Smith has four sacks in conference play.

  • SS Daniel Drayton started the game at strong safety after missing the two previous contests due to a groin injury. He finished with three tackles and recovered one fumble.

 

Special Teams Notes:

  • PK Alexis Serna made his 70th, 71st and 72nd career field goals, extending his OSU career record. He is also the Pac-10's all-time leader in field goals made and is the active NCAA leader.

    Serna moved into a tie for eighth place in Pac-10 history for points scored after posting 11 against Stanford.

  • P Alexis Serna averaged 37.4 yards per punt on eight attempts with a long of 48 and two being downed inside the 20.

  • Gunners Gerard Lawson, Patrick Fuller, and James Dockery all had excellent days on special teams as they each made great individual plays and open field tackles. The kickoff and punt coverage was fantastic. The three combined for eight tackles on special teams.

 

Miscellaneous Notes:

  • Stanford had its two-game road and two-game Pac-10 win streaks snapped.

  • Stanford's six points was its second-lowest total of the 2007 season to only the three points in a 41-3 loss to Arizona State on September 29.

  • Under Riley Oregon State is 38-6 when leading entering the fourth quarter.

  • Stanford had one first down and 18 yards total offense in the first quarter.

  • Tavita Pritchard recorded career highs in passes attempts (29) and yards passing (189).

  • Starting with Derek Belch's field goal with 2:16 remaining in the second quarter there were five straight field goals attempted and made between OSU and Stanford, two by Belch and three by Serna.

  • Stanford's four turnovers (all in the second half) marked a season-high.

  • The Beavers have outscored opponents 92-6 in the first quarter this season. Over the lost 17 games, the Beavers have outscored their opponents 172-30 in the first quarter.

  • With four games remaining on the schedule, three on the road, Oregon State is one win away from becoming bowl eligible.

 

Key Quotes:

  • Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh on OSU's defense - “They’re pretty darn good - right up there with USC and Arizona State."

  • Head coach Mike Riley - “We won the turnover battle. That’s the way Stanford has won games, just like that. I was proud we didn’t give them opportunities and we took somewhat advantage of opportunities we got from them. That game wasn’t necessarily artistic, but it was what we had to do to win it,

    On the defense - “The defense was outstanding. Those were unbelievable numbers in rushing defense. Rarely do you could lose a game if you give up minus-eight yards rushing.”

    On the backups - "Football is hard. We are playing without a lot of guys that can be contributing, and guys stepped up tonight. That’s football for you. It’s really important for everyone on the team to realize you are not that far away. You can’t waste time being discouraged not playing. In a blink of an eye you are playing and you have to do well. Ryan Pohl played hard and looked great, and Matt and Clinton went out there and made some plays. I thought they did a really nice job with Yvenson out"

  • RB Matt Sieverson - "Our offensive line was a little banged up, but they did a great job. Those guys always get the job done. They’re a real close-knit group. They work well together and take care of each other.”

    On getting ready to play each week - “It’s just a team thing. You take your reps in the week and you have to be ready when you get your shot. In football, anything can happen on one play. When you get your number called, you have to go in and mesh with the other guys and get the job done.”

  • C Kyle DeVan - “This win goes to the defense again. Playing that defense in training camp, I could foresee how great they’d be as a unit. Our defense got us the ball in good field position a lot of times today.”

    On the backup running backs - “The goal all week was to run the zone blocking scheme against Stanford. It worked real well. Yvenson went down, but Clinton and Matt both stepped up and did their job well. With the coaching staff we have, they make sure everybody is ready week in and week out no matter if you are a starter or third string. You have to be mentally and physically prepared to go into the game at any snap. In the blink of a second, you could be in the game. For a good team, the backups have to be ready to go at any time and that’s what happened tonight.”

  • DE Dorian Smith - “This win goes to the whole team. We’re a team. I don’t separate it. We performed well in all three parts of the game — offense, defense and special teams. We can continue that through the rest of the season. It’s all about finishing. That’s what coach Riley preaches, and that what we intend on doing. I feel just as good as we did earlier in the season, and I have confidence in our team. I knew we were going to finish strong. We just had a younger person in a vital position and he’s coming into his own. The sky is the limit now. Everybody is ecstatic about finishing our season strong."

  • QB Sean Canfield - “We were a little rusty. The offense put up some points early, but it was a little scrappy for us. Stanford brought a lot of pressure. That’s probably the best defense we’ve seen this year. I got banged up quite a bit. But we got the win. That’s the biggest thing.”

    On Bernard being out - “I didn’t even know he was out until I was in there handing off to someone else, so I hadn’t heard anything about it. I was kind of surprised, I really was. It was unexpected. But Matt and Clinton did a great job. It was big for us to get as many rushing yards as we did. It wasn't the cleanest game for us, and Yvenson getting hurt was unexpected, but we got guys that stepped up and made plays."



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