RECAPS: What they're saying...OSU at Stanford

A YOUNG DEFENSE still finding its way. Too many mistakes to overcome. A one man wrecking crew in RB Toby Gerhart. Shane Morales making catch after catch and bringing in helping bring the Beavers back. Here's what the Oregon and California media are saying about Oregon State's 36-28 loss to Stanford Aug. 28.

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 | From an Oregon State Perspective |

One mistake too many
It had to end that way, didn’t it?

After a night of mistakes, the final one by Oregon State denied the Beavers a chance at knotting the score in the final minute and forcing overtime. Instead, when receiver Darrell Catchings reached for the end zone from about the 3-yard line and had the football knocked loose and out of bounds in the end zone, Stanford had its 36-28 win over the Beavers wrapped up ... more from the Register Guard.

 

Beavers' comeback falls short
Everybody in orange was thinking miracle, and Darrell Catchings was, too, as the clock ticked down Thursday night at Stanford Stadium.

When Catchings took a pass inside the Stanford 5-yard line with less than a minute to go, he should have been thinking sidelines ... more from The Portland Tribune.

 

OSU was the better team, but didn't deserve to win
It was discouraging, for sure. But it wasn't all that surprising.

Oregon State was the better team Thursday night at Stanford Stadium, but the Beavers didn't deserve to win ... more from The Portland Tribune.

 

Beavers still have a lot of work to do
Season openers are all about getting a win and seeing what needs work for the next game and beyond.

With a rebuilt Oregon State football team this year, Thursday night's contest at Stanford served as a good challenge — too good of a challenge.

The Beavers would have preferred a lesser opponent, not a Pacific-10 Conference rival, because it turned out to be the worst of what could have happened ... more from the Gazette Times | Notes

 

Morales comes up big
After watching Shane Morales get open and make catch after catch on Thursday evening, nobody who has followed the Oregon State football team in recent years would be surprised at his favorite receiver.

It's Mike Hass, of course.

Morales brought back memories of Hass in OSU's 36-28 loss at Stanford. He carved up the Cardinal secondary all night, catching 13 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown ... more from the Gazette Times | Gamecenter

 

OSU stumbles out of the gate
Oregon State left guard Adam Speer said this week that the Beavers couldn't "wait to open the gates ... to knock down the gates."

So much for that reference to making up for the team's slow starts the past two seasons. Instead, it was OSU that got knocked down Thursday night in front of a national television audience and 30,223 spectators at Stanford Stadium ... more from The Oregonian | Notes

 

Good numbers don't result in win
In many ways, the numbers Lyle Moevao put up on Thursday at Stanford Stadium were most the impressive of the Oregon State quarterback's career.

But there was one set that mattered most: 36-28. That was Stanford's winning score in the Pacific-10 Conference opener for both teams ... more from The Oregonian.

 

Stanford fends off Pac-10 foe Oregon State
As Darrell Catchings reached the ball toward the goal line, it appeared Oregon State was on its way to a memorable comeback. Then Taylor Skaufel knocked it loose for a touchback and Stanford survived a thrilling season-opening victory.

Catchings' fumble in the final seconds was one of two bizarre plays in the south end zone that made sure Stanford would not waste Toby Gerhart's stellar return from a knee injury and hold on for a 36-28 Pac-10 victory Thursday night ... more from the Associated Press.

 

| From a Stanford Perspective |

Stanford can't afford mediocrity
Stanford beat Oregon State 36-28 in the Cardinal's season opener Thursday night. And this is why Stanford needs to have a good football team.

It's boring when Stanford stinks. Hey, I know the Cardinal beat Cal in Big Game 2007. But come on, with few exceptions, like defeating USC last season, they've stunk the better part of six seasons in a row. They need to be good if they want to matter. They need to be good so we feel there are two Pac-10 teams in Northern California, instead of one -- the Golden Bears ... more from the Press Democrat.

 

Stanford football opens season with a victory
Toby Gerhart looks like he can still run down a baseball hit into the gap, or at least run with a football after busting through a gap.


After a brief three-play experiment in which quarterback Alex Loukas caught a pass before attempting one, it was Tavita Pritchard's show ... more from Palo Alto Online.

 

Stanford holds off Beavers
After six frustrating seasons mired in the nether regions of the Pac-10 standings, it appears that maybe, just maybe, the Stanford Cardinal are poised and ready to become a winning team in 2008, their second under coach Jim Harbaugh.

The team opened their season last night in front of an announced crowd of 30,223 (apparently several thousand of the ticket holding student body decided to crack the books instead) at gleaming Stanford Stadium in most impressive fashion, beating not just some second division cupcake that many college football powers choose to kick off their schedules with but rather they came away with a gutty 36-28 victory over a daunting Oregon State squad that finished third in the conference in 2007 ... more from The Daily Journal.

 

Stanford puts heat on Oregon St.
Stanford resisted the heat in every conceivable way Thursday night.

The Cardinal opened the 2008 college football season on an unseasonably warm late-summer evening against a capable conference opponent, who made a last-minute run at them in front of a national television audience ... more from the San Francisco Chronicle | Notes

 

A triumphant return follows a lost year
One minute, Toby Gerhart was putting the boot into the San Jose State defense for 140 yards and a touchdown. The next, he was giving Oregon State a 147-yard, two-touchdown schooling from his position as Stanford's other starting tailback.

It was the 347 days between those two spikes that got a little hazy for him. The posterior cruciate ligament he tore and rehabilitated, the practices he watched with clenched teeth, the baseball he played, the engineering books he read to keep the profs off his back ... it was all such a mad, blue-gray blur ... more from the San Franciso Chronicle.

 

Stanford wins at home? Odd. By running? Odder.
Ball-control Stanford. Physical Stanford. Cloud-of-dust Stanford. Why-bother-to-pass Stanford.

Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler would've loved it, though I'm fairly certain Bill Walsh would've switched over to other programming ... more from the Mercury News.

 

Stanford rushes to season-opening victory
Stanford opened its season Thursday night with a dominating performance from running back Toby Gerhart, clutch field-goal kicking from Aaron Zagory, a big interception return for a touchdown from safety Bo McNally and plenty of help from Oregon State.

With the Cardinal's seemingly safe 16-point lead down to eight, Beavers receiver Darrell Catchings caught a short pass and sprinted toward the end zone with about 50 seconds to play. But rather than go out of bounds at the 1-yard line — which would have given Oregon State four more downs to score — Catchings lunged toward the pylon and lost the ball, and it rolled out of the end zone for a touchback ... more from the Mercury News.

 

At Cardinal opener, many open seats
At Cardinal's opener, a lot of open seats

The crowd was expected to be small for Stanford's season opener Thursday against Oregon State — bad start time, Barack Obama's acceptance speech, etc. — and the projections were spot on ... more from the Mercury News.

 

Cardinal pointed in right direction
Even before Thursday night's pre-Labor Day season opener against Oregon State, it was clear Stanford's football team was on the move. For the record, it switched sides of the field — from the east sideline to the west sideline.

It wasn't an insignificant relocation, given that the Cardinal had bivouacked on the east sideline since its days as The Nickname That Shall Not Be Spoken. It also was a strategic move, given that the dominant feature of the east sideline is an unobstructed view of the afternoon sun ... more from the Contra Costa Times.


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