It wasn't pretty, and it came at a cost, but Stanford remained undefeated this season with a 38-13 win at rainy Reser Stadium.
Chris Owusu was on the receiving end of yet another scary hit to the head and was carried off the field in an ambulance in the first half. Whether Oregon State's Jordan Poyer led with his shoulder or his helmet, his lid collided with Owusu's and the Stanford receiver lay motionless on the field. As he was being loaded into the ambulance, Owusu gave the thumbs up. Reports came that he was fully conscious and had movement in all of his extremities. We can only hope for the best.
As for the game, the Cardinal led 17-7 at the half and the Beavers cut the lead to 17-13 with a touchdown on their first drive of the second half. Then the Stanford running game took over. Andrew Luck, who threw an interception and looked shaky for much of the first half, found Stepfan Taylor on a 27-yard touchdown pass to cap an 82-yard drive that stretched the Stanford lead to double digits.
The Stanford defense put the hammer down on OSU's next possession, sacking Sean Mannion on back-to-back plays and forcing a fumble that set up a touchdown pass to Coby Fleener. Luck finished 20-for-30 for 206 yards and 3 TDs, while Stanford rushed for 300 yards.
Levine Toilolo left the game in the first half but returned to the sidelines after the break and apparently could've played. He wasn't needed today, but Stanford could really use him, Delano Howell, Jordan Williamson, and Zach Ertz next week against Oregon. The Cardinal could use Owusu, too, but for now it's most important that #81 gets fully healthy.
Use this thread to discuss today's win, tonight's GAME OF THE CENTURY, the Oregon-Washington game, and the most important game of them all, Oklahoma State-Kansas State. Go Stanford! Go Wildcats!