Toner’s late field goal lifts Cardinal past OSU 27-24

Stanford tight end Tucker Fisk (88) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of the team’s NCAA college football game against Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Amanda Loman)

By Daniel Dullum
Sports Radio Service
Saturday, December 12, 2020

Jet Toner booted a 39-yard field goal with 1:47 left in the fourth quarter, giving Stanford 27-24 Pac-12 football win over Oregon State in its regular season finale at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore.

Beavers quarterback Chance Nolan was leading OSU upfield when the Cardinal’s Gabe Reid punched the ball as Nolan was falling and Stanford recovered at its own 25-yard line with 23 seconds remaining.

Oregon State kicker Everett Hayes kicked a 26-yard field goal at 7:37 of the fourth quarter to tie the game at 24-24.

The see-saw battle had three lead changes. One of them occurred at 13:34 of the fourth quarter when Davis Mills’ 6-yard touchdown run gave Stanford a 24-21 lead. In the third quarter, the Beavers took a 21-16 lead when Nolan connected with Tyjon Lindsey for a 30-yard TD.

Two minutes into the second half, the Cardinal (3-2) took its first lead of the game on a 1-yard plunge by Davis Mills.

Oregon State (2-4) opened the scoring at 10:30 of the first quarter on Nolan’s 18-yard touchdown pass to Lindsey. Four minutes later, the Cardinal responded with a 12-yard scoring pass from Mills to Tucker Fisk, but a 2-point conversion pass was incomplete, and the Beavers led 7-6.

The Beavers increased their lead to 14-6 on Nolan’s 8-yard TD pass to Zeriah Beeson at 12:42 of the second quarter. Toner’s 47-yard field goal with 1:27 left in the half pulled Stanford to within 14-9.

Austin Jones gained 126 rushing yards on 22 carries for Stanford, while Mills completed 21 of 29 passes for 292 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions, but was sacked three times. Simi Fehoko led Cardinal receivers with six receptions for 110 yards.

Nolan completed 17 of 30 passes for 221 yards and three touchdown and no interceptions. Jermar Jefferson was the Beavers’ leading rusher with 80 yards on 18 carries. Tre’Shaun Harrison caught five passes for 91 yards.

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