No. 12 Oregon State hopes to prepare for a meaningful finish to the 2023 season when the Beavers take on Stanford at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Reser Stadium.
A win over Stanford marks the end of the regular season, when OSU will face No. 5 Washington and No. 6 Oregon.
Here is an overview:
Stanford (3-6, 2-5 Pac-12) at No. 12 Oregon State (7-2, 4-2)
Time: 2:30 p.m., Reser Stadium
Coaches: Jonathan Smith of OSU (sixth year, 33-33), Troy Taylor of Stanford (freshman, 3-6)
Last line: Oregon State by 20½ (courtesy of FanDuel)
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TV channel: Pac-12 Network
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Oregon State offense against Stanford defense
Although Stanford gave up seven points and held Washington State to 245 yards last week, the defensive numbers remain abysmal. The Cardinal are giving up an average of 34.1 points and 440.7 yards per game. Where Stanford is most vulnerable is in the pass defense, as it yields 360.6 yards per game, worst in the Pac-12. Also worst in the conference: third-down defense, with opponents converting on first down at a rate of 51.2%. Stanford’s run defense is respectable, allowing 121.7 yards per game. Leaders of the Cardinal defense are linebacker Gaethan Bernadel (team-high 59 tackles), cornerback Collin Wright (53 tackles, 5 for loss), edge David Bailey (5 sacks, 6 TFL) and safety Scotty Edwards (2 interceptions).
Look for Oregon State’s receiving trio of Anthony Gould, Silas Bolden and tight end Jack Velling to capitalize on the Cardinal’s lenient pass defense. Bolden has a career-high 40 receptions for 562 yards and four touchdowns, followed by Gould (32-538-2) and Velling (24-363-8). The Beavers are averaging 249.2 passing yards per game. Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei passed for 2,014 yards and 18 touchdowns, but his 58.3% completion percentage is a little light. Look for freshman quarterback Aidan Chiles to play the third series of the game, as has become customary. He appeared in the final five games, leading OSU to the end zone three times, plus one field goal. Running back Damien Martinez is 122 yards away from his first 1,000-yard season. The sophomore has 10 100-yard games. Deshaun Fenwick continues to play a big role in the Beavers’ running game, as he has totaled 436 yards and four touchdowns.
Oregon State defense vs. Stanford offense
The Cardinal only managed 217 yards a week ago at Washington State, but they are capable of explosive games. Stanford had performances of 46 points and 523 yards against Colorado and 35 points and 495 yards against Washington. Stanford is more efficient through the air, as it averages 239 yards per game, while rushing for 127 yards. Quarterback Ashton Daniels has had many ups and downs this season. Overall, Daniels is 148 of 249 for 1,707 yards and nine touchdowns. He is also a capable runner, with 77 carries for 187 yards and two scores. Stanford’s top running back is former Lake Oswego High star Casey Filkins, but he missed last Saturday’s game at WSU due to injury. The Cardinal has two significant threats: Elic Ayomanor and Benjamin Yurosek. Ayomayor has 49 catches for 790 yards and five touchdowns, while Yurosek, a tight end, hasn’t done much since a nine-catch, 135-yard performance against Hawaii.
Oregon State ranks fourth among conference teams in total defense, allowing 334.1 yards per game. The Beavers are top 20 in the country in run defense and top 10 in sacks. Linebacker Easton Mascarenas-Arnold is by far OSU’s leading tackler with 83, including five for losses. His brother, safety Akili Arnold, is second with 51 tackles. Outside linebacker Andrew Chatfield has a team-high seven sacks, including three last Saturday at Colorado. Sione Lolohea leads the Beavers with 8½ tackles for loss. The Arnolds each have two interceptions.
Oregon State had a winning season last Saturday at Colorado. The Beavers have three consecutive winning seasons, their longest streak since 2006-09.
OSU has an eight-game home winning streak, the school’s longest since 2007-08. This is the seventh longest streak nationally.
It’s been an eventful series. The Beavers have won the last two games against the Cardinal, who previously had an 11-game winning streak against OSU.
Smith, as OSU’s quarterback in 1999, threw for a series-high 405 yards against Stanford.
Oregon State kicker Atticus Sappington is 11 of 12 on field goal attempts.
In a span of three games, Stanford won the road games by scores of 46-43 and 10-7.
Stanford is 0-5 against Pac-12 teams with winning records, losing by a collective score of 203-76.
Center Levi Rogers is the only Cardinal on offense to start all nine games this season.
Oregon State 45, Stanford 17
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