What They're Saying...

What the coaches, players, and media is saying about the Beavers come behind victory over Stanford.

Beavers come up big in second half win
A winning season, a bowl bid and shedding the road demon were there to be grabbed.

But the Beavers couldn't seem to get a grip. Then they wrapped their struggling fingers around Stanford's throat and refused to let the dream dissolve into a nightmare.

Oregon State's offense and its defense arrived for the second-half party and wrested a 31-21 Pac-10 Conference football victory from the Cardinal on Saturday, winning in the spacious but mostly empty Stanford Stadium for just the second time since 1968...Bob Rodman, Register Guard



Civil War starts off field
One war is over. Another even bigger battle is less than a week away for the Beavers.

By overtaking Stanford 31-21 on Saturday, Oregon State began turning its attention to the Civil War, that annual fur and feather fight with the Ducks of Oregon.

The struggle, however, has been under way for a week or so already...Bob Rodman, Register Guard



Yliniemi breaks OSU consecutive field goal record
Last season, Kirk Yliniemi was a backup kicker with an unpronounceable name. On Saturday, he set an Oregon State record for consecutive field goals made.

In the first quarter, Yliniemi (ILL-uh-NEE-mee) made a 37-yard kick, his 10th consecutive field goal this season. It broke the OSU record of nine in a row, set in 1985 by Jim Nielsen.

Yliniemi went on to make a 24-yarder in the second quarter and a 23-yarder in the fourth...Rachael Bachman, Oregonian



OSU defense holds on until offense comes through
Oregon State's offense played some dreadful football at times Saturday.

Open receivers reached helplessly at overthrown passes. Good passes were dropped. And critical plays on third down and short yardage were stuffed.

OSU's offense was in desperate need of a friend at Stanford Stadium. It found the two best friends a struggling offense could have, a stingy defense and a hot kicker...Aaron Fentress, Oregonian



Jackson gets OSU up and running
Is it too late to start a Heisman campaign?

If there was a player who formed the bulk of an offense, who was running away with his conference's rushing title, who brushed off defenders like leaves on a windshield, wouldn't he be worthy of acclaim?

Oregon State tailback Steven Jackson is such a player...Rachael Bachman, Oregonian



Beavers rally to beat Cardinal
Steven Jackson ran for 230 yards and a touchdown as Oregon State rallied for a 31-21 victory over Stanford on Saturday.

Derek Anderson's 46-yard pass to James Newson with 9:36 remaining put the Beavers (7-4, 3-4 Pac-10) ahead to stay and made them bowl-eligible with their third win in four games.

Kerry Carter rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown as Stanford (2-8, 1-6) lost its fourth straight...OSUBeavers.com



OSU defeats Stanford
Oregon State finally won a Pac-10 Conference game on the road, and the Beavers did it by sticking with their game plan.

Steven Jackson ran for 230 yards and a touchdown as the Beavers rallied for a 31-21 victory Saturday against Stanford, their first conference road win in eight games.
“We’re going to run the football, and we have a back who can run it,” said Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson, who coached his 200th college game. “How important is Jackson? That’s an understatement.”...Associated Press



Beavers show emotion after win
These were the sights and sounds of victory.

"Yes! Yes! Yes!" Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson shouted, pumping his right arm in jubilation upon seeing the officials confirm that OSU had made its 21st and final first down by inches, cementing their 31-21 victory at Stanford.

"Beat the Ducks! Beat the Ducks! Beat the Ducks!" chorused the estimated 4,000 Beaver Believers to Richard Seigler, Nick Barnett, Terrell Roberts and Noah Happe, who had motored over to the north corner of Stanford Stadium to salute the orange-clad boosters who enlivened an otherwise-somnambulant crowd by raising a nonstop din all afternoon...Brooks Hatch, Mid Valley Sunday



Jackson had green light all day
To hear Richard Seigler tell it, Oregon State's Steven Jackson had his "ready, set, go light" on.
Jackson pummeled a Stanford defense that was specifically aligned to stop the run for 230 yards and a touchdown on 35 attempts as he carried the Beavers home in their 31-21 victory over the Cardinal.
"Stevie turned his ‘go' light on and went crazy," Seigler said. "The defense got the stops it needed. All in all, it was a team effort and I'm just glad we could come out on top."...Brooks Hatch, Mid Valley Sunday



Stanford waits a half before folding
Stanford didn't score in the second half Saturday, but the team deserves a few points for creativity. At least it found a new way to lose.
Instead of being overwhelmed in the first quarter (such as against Oregon) or the first half (see the USC game), the Cardinal emerged from halftime with a chance to win. A good chance, in fact.
But its inept offense and beleaguered defense watched Oregon State score the final 25 points and power to a 31-21 victory before an announced crowd of 29,850 at Stanford Stadium...Jon Wilner, Mercury News



Excruciating way to lose

It just didn't seem possible that Stanford's football season could get more gut-wrenching. And then it did.

As the team has done so many times already in this lost season, the Cardinal folded in the second half. What makes this day more distinctive than the others is that they first built themselves a cushy little lead.

Oregon State stared down a 21-3 second-quarter deficit and then reeled off 28 unanswered points to pin an excruciating 31-21 loss on the Cardinal in their final home game of the year at Stanford Stadium...Michelle Smith, Chronicle Staff Writer

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