Halftime: Beavs getting rolled 28-7

NOTHING MUCH WAS working for Oregon State on offense against Stanford. The defense has had lapses and given up some big gainers but the only reason the Beavs are within spitting distance, down 28-7 at the break, is because of two Oregon State takeaways.

The first, an interception by safety Ryan Murphy, stopped what looked to be a Stanford TD drive.

The second takeaway, a nice pick and return by Michael Doctor, gave OSU the ball at the Stanford 5-yard line. Chris Brown took it in the next play to tie the game 7-7.

Things went downhill from there.

Beaver running back touches have been few and far between for the Beavs compared to the pass. Clearly, the game plan centered around the arm of Sean Mannion but it hasn't worked.

Oregon State has attempted 22 passes (including two sacks) against running back carries.

The Beavs had just 84 yards of total offense at the break, while Stanford rolled up 331 yards against the Beaver defense, their worst showing in a half this season.

Mannion has been under pressure but he's also looked uncomfortable from the start and on some occasions, seems to be feeling the pressure before it got there.

Oregon State has had at least three false start penalties, something that has plagued OSU all year, called on tight ends Caleb Smith and Connor Hamlett and left tackle Sean Harlow.

The big question in the second half:

Can Oregon State make productive adjustments on offense for a second half run and if so, will it be enough to overcome a 21-point deficit against a Stanford defense that has held opponents to 17 total points or less all year?


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