OSU trails 7-3 at half after late Cardinal TD

IT WAS A DEFENSIVE first half and for all but the final seconds, OSU won the battle. But Oregon State went for it on fourth down within field goal range twice and failed to pick up the yardage both times -- and the last time proved particularly costly.

Stanford took a 7-3 lead on a 71-yard drive to end the first half. Until that drive, Oregon State had held Stanford to just 91 yards of total offense.

Sean Mannion was sacked three times in the first quarter, the Beavs got to Stanford QB Kevin Hogan twice over the first 30 minutes.

Oregon State had some scoring chances but could only cash in once, on a 50-yard career best field goal by Trevor Romaine.

It looked like that would be all the scoring in the first half but after Mannion's sneak on fourth and about a half a yard failed, Stanford suddenly caught fire and marched from their own 29-yard line to the end zone in less than a minute.

Stanford has rushed four for the most part but they've also tossed in some blitzes. For the most part, both have worked and Mannion has not had time to let the longer routes develop. The second half is coming up...

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