Oregon State lost their 2nd straight falling to undefeated Stanford at home last night and with the loss there is no way the Beavers will be playing in a bowl game.
With Alabama’s loss Stanford moved up to #2 in this weeks Coaches Poll, and up to #4 in the BCS Standings, and #3 in both the Harris Interactive Poll, and AP Top 25 poll.
They have a massive tilt next week with Oregon. Should be a classic.
Here are 5 reasons the Beavers lost to the Cardinal on Saturday afternoon.
1. Oregon State could not stop the Cardinal rushing attack
In the game Stanford rushed for 300 yards and their featured RB in Stepfan Taylor rushed for 95 yards averaging an impressive 7.3 yards per rush.
2. The Beavers had no answer for Luck
Andrew Luck did not have a huge passing game in terms of yards, but he was a solid 20/30 for 206 yards with 3 TD and only 1 INT. He spread the ball around well and tossed his 3 TD passes to 3 different targets.
In an interesting note it was Luck’s first win in the state of Oregon while in a Stanford jersey.
3. Time of possession killed the Beavers
Since Oregon State gave up so many rushing yards the Cardinal dominated the time of possession 40:20 to 19:40.
Since the Beavers did not have the ball much is was very hard for them to get momentum with their defense on the field for so long.
4. The Beavers could not run the ball
For the game OSU had a grand total of 33 rushing yards. The Beavers came into the game hurting, as slotback Jordan Bishop, TB Jovan Stevenson and two offensive line starters were injured and did not play.
RB Malcolm Agnew only rushed for 15 yards on 8 carries averaging a less than stellar 1.9 yards per carry.
5. OSU was terrible on 3rd down on both sides of the ball
On offense the Beavers only converted on 2 of 9 of their 3rd down conversions and on defense they allowed Stanford to covert on 10 of their 15 3rd down conversions.
Next Up: White Stanford has their big showdown against Oregon next week in a game that has major BCS implications Oregon State hits the road to face California, who moved to 5-4 on the season with a 30-7 romp over WSU on Saturday.