WTS: Beavs offense torn asunder

WHEN YOU GO for it on fourth down only two things can happen -- you're a genius or you're second guessed. Mike Riley found himself a member of the latter category as we check in with what the scribes were saying after Oregon State's 20-12 loss.

Mike Riley has been grilled by Oregon State fans for the past few years for being too predictable, too conservative, too boring. But Saturday night against No. 8 Stanford, a little conventionality might have been a good thing. - Lindsay Schnell , Oregonian

Against a team averaging a nation-leading 442 yards passing per game, this was the equivalent of a goal-line stand against a normal team. - Tom Fitzgerald, SF Gate

Stanford held up its end of the bargain. Barely. - Jon Wilner, Mercury News

The Cardinal sacked OSU quarterback Sean Mannion eight times and had plenty more hurries and hits. Outside linebacker Trent Murphy was all but unblockable, with 2.5 sacks. - Dan Greenspan, NFL.com

This was the type of game where No. 8 Stanford thrives, the sort of bare-knuckled, physical brawl where yards and points are hard to come by. - Associated Press

Oregon State coach Mike Riley seemed to know the game would be shortened if Stanford had the ball for prolonged periods of time, so he frequently went for it on fourth down (although he puzzlingly decided to punt with under five minutes to play; naturally Stanford fumbled and gave the ball back to Oregon State). - Martin Rickman, Sports illustrated

Instead of being up at the break, OSU was down and reeling. And if the first half ended badly, the second half started worse. True freshman Victor Bolden fumbled the kickoff and Stanford recovered at the OSU 12, and it took only two plays for the Cardinal to take a 13-3 lead. - Lindsay Schnell , Oregonian

Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh grew hoarse as he barked assignments in practice. His players analyzed the film, noting the way Stanford alters games with a parade of blitzes. It hardly mattered. - Connor Letourneau, Oregonian

the Stanford defense defused the nation's most explosive aerial game with an inspired performance and probably put many of the viewers to sleep. - Tom Fitzgerald, SF Gate

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