RECAP: Heartbreak in Corvallis as OSU falls last minute to Stanford, 15 to 14

Runningback Ryan Nall carries the ball against Stanford’s defense. Nall finished with 84 yards on 19 carries against the Cardinal. 

Riley Youngman, Sports Chief


The weather at kickoff was sunny and in the sixties–a picturesque October night in Corvallis. Despite the unusual Thursday night game time, 30,000 people had made their way to Reser Stadium. The student section was rocking. The scene was set for the Oregon State Beavers to take home their first conference win of the season and deliver interim head coach Cory Hall his first ever victory.

For nearly four complete quarters, the team was primed to do just that. Leading 14-9 with 3:31 remaining in the game and the ball, OSU was set to run the clock down. Then, in a relevant ode to Halloween and to the horror and dismay of the OSU fans, running back Ryan Nall fumbled the ball and Stanford took over on the Beaver 40-yard line.

The Beaver defense took the field with 2:30 left in the fourth quarter with the on the line. OSU’s defense had played well on the night. Stanford had only been able to punch in three field goals up to that point. The Cardinal’s rush attack was held under 80 yards. Quarterback Keller Chryst completed only 12 of 29 passes for 113 yards. Relatively unknown sophomore Omar Hicks-Uno snagged his first career pick and linebacker Manase Hungalu dropped three interceptions.

Yet, on 4th and 10 from the Beaver 40 with under a minute left, Chryst hit tight end Kaden Smith for 25 yards and first down. Stanford would score with 20 seconds left on the clock. They would eventually miss the two-point conversion, but it would be enough to Beavers’ attack and escape with a victory. The final, Stanford 15, Oregon State 14.

The fans and students electrified the atmosphere in Reser. Though many seats sat empty for much of the game, those that trekked their way to Corvallis for the Thursday night game made their presence known–and did so for all four quarters. The official attendance was marked at 30,912.

Looking past the gut-wrenching loss for the Beavers, the team played what was arguably their best football of the season.

Stanford’s Heisman candidate Bryce Love was sidelined for the game with an ankle injury and did not dress. Oregon State held the Cardinal team known for their run game to a mere 81 rushing yards the entire game. OSU’s Nall finished with 87 on the game.

For interim head coach Cory Hall, the last two games have signified one thing–there is a change in the Beaver football team. The team believes again. They have moved on past the departure of Andersen.

The Beavers head down to Berkeley next weekend to take on Cal. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks. With the loss to Stanford, OSU remains last place in the Pac-12.

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