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Oregon State Football: What We Learned Versus Stanford

One step forward, two steps back.

NCAA Football: Oregon State at Stanford Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to week ten of What We Learned. The Oregon State Beavers lost on the Farm against Stanford, 48-17. After inspiring hope with a win on a road at Colorado two weeks ago, the Beavers have dropped two straight. Let’s look at the takeaways from this game.

Jermar Jefferson should break Quizz’s OSU freshman rushing record

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Back in 2008, Jacquizz Rodgers ran for an Oregon State freshman record 1,253 yards. After his 109 yard performance against Stanford, Jefferson is now 53 yards from breaking that record. With two games left, it looks like Jefferson will reach that. Fifty-plus yards might be a tall task at Washington, so it may not happen until the Civil War.

Defending tall and talented tight ends is not fun

Stanford’s Colby Parkinson had about as good of game that you’ll ever see from a tight end. On just six catches, the 6’7’’ Parkinson amassed 166 yards and four touchdowns to torch the Oregon State defense. As per the reputation of this defense, the four touchdown receptions were a school record for the Cardinal.

Even gimpy running backs can run on the defense

As people know, the Bryce Love of this year is not quite the one we saw last year. Injury and offensive line play has hampered the former Heisman contender’s play. But against the Beaver defense, Love was able to turn in his second best rushing performance of the year.

Trevon Bradford has a career game in the first half

Bradford had his best game since his two touchdown performance at Ohio State. His 5 catches for 120 yards came in the first two quarters, and most of his yards came on a wide open 63 yard touchdown reception. Bradford is quite the weapon and it’s unfortunate that he hasn’t had more games like this in his career.