Connor's thoughts on the Stanford Game

The Beavers defeated the Stanford Cardinal, 38-28, on a bright, sunny Saturday afternoon in Corvallis. Here are my thoughts on the game.

Quarterback

Sean Canfield had another great game for the second week in a row, going 22 for 32 with one touchdown, zero interceptions, and 290 yards. He did force a couple balls that easily could of been intercepted, but he also had a few very nice throws.

Overall, a very good day for Sean. He will be tested in a couple weeks at USC, but if he plays like he did yesterday, the Beavers have a good shot of getting a win down in LA.

Running Back

Jacquizz had arguably the best game of his career, rushing for 189 yards and Four touchdowns. His long run of the day was 61 yards, out of the Wildcat formation, on the second play from scrimmage for the Beavers. Quizz ran the Wildcat, or WildBeaver, to perfection. Jovan Stevenson had two carries for four yards as well.

Overall, a great day for Jacquizz after a tough three games in a row.

Recievers

The Recieving Corps had another great day for the Beavers. James Rodgers had six catches for 78 yards, and one touchdown. Brother Quizz had five cathces for 82 yards, running the short pass and catch from Canfield to perfection. 

The former walk-on, Damola Adeniji continued to impress with five catches for 60 yards. Joe Halahuni and Casey Kjos also got into the action with two catches each.

O-Line

The O-Line had a very good game this week, opening up holes for Quizz and giving Canfield time to hit his targets. There's still room for improvement, but they played much better than in weeks past. Not much else to say here, just a very solid game for Mike Cavanaugh's bunch.

Defense

The Beaver D had another great game, even though it wasn't as impressive as last week. They held Heisman Canidate Toby Gerheart to only 96 yards and two touchdowns. I was dissapointed that Brandon Hardin didn't get much playing time, but Tim Clark had a pretty good game anyways.

Overall, a great game for the Beaver Defense. We'll need another solid performance from them if we want to beat USC.

Special Teams

The Special Teams had another great game yesterday. The Kick Coverage Unit did a great job of containing Chris Owusu, and the Field Goal Unit did a good job of getting on to the field at the end of the first half.

Once again, not much else to say here. Just another solid day for the Beaver's Special Teams.

Stanford

The Cardinal will be an interesting team this year. On one hand, they played one of the worst first half's of football I've ever seen. But on the other hand, they played a very solid and balanced second half. Even though Andrew Luck was only 12 for 30, he had two touchdowns and 226 yards. So overall, a pretty good day for him. 

Don't be surprised if the Cardinal finish 3rd or 4th in the Pac-10 this year, but don't be surprised if they finish 6th or 7th either.

The Crowd

The crowd of 41,980 was very loud I thought, especially on third downs. The Stanford Band didn't bother me as much as it did some people, especially when our band was playing at the same time. It was also nice to see the Student Section completely full.

Short Pac-10 Recap

Washington-
The Huskies got a thrilling 36-33 win against the Wildcats. The Dawgs travel to Tempe next week.
Washington State-More of the same for the Cougars, as they were dropped 27-14 against Arizona State.
Oregon-The Ducks trailed 3-0, before a kickoff return for a TD and a Pick-6 to begin a 24-10 comeback win.
Oregon State-The Beavers won their 2nd game in a row against Stanford, 38-28. They have a bye next week.
Stanford-The Cardinal fell out of 1st Place after their loss in Corvallis. They travel to Tucson next week.
UCLA-The Bruins had a 3-0 lead before getting blown out by the Ducks, 24-10. The Bruins play Cal next Saturday.
Arizona-The Wildcats fell in Seattle in heart breaking fashion, 36-33. They play Stanford next Saturday.
Arizona State-An ugly win for ASU in Pullman. The Devils will have to step it up next week when they host UW.

Pac-10 Power Rankings

1. Oregon
2. USC
3. Oregon State
4. Washington
5. Stanford
6. California
7. UCLA
8. Arizona
9. Arizona State
10. Washington State

Final Thoughts

The Beavers took a huge step forward towards Bowl Eligibility with their win yesterday. If they play like they did the last two games, there is no doubt in my mind that we can beat USC. Will it happen? Maybe, maybe not. But as we know, anything is possible in College Football.

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And just for fun: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUIgUx-5_DY

Today's Poll

Which team will win next Saturday in South Bend?

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