The Oregon State Beavers running back Damien Martinez (6) takes the ball downfield for a 43 yard touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Cardinal safety Patrick Fields (24) tries to grab hold of Martinez to no avail on Sat Oct 8. 2022 (AP News photo)
Heart-Breaking Stanford Loss to Oregon State In Final 13 Seconds – 28-27
By Barbara Mason
The Stanford Cardinal ((1-4) have been struggling losing last week to the Oregon Ducks in a route 45-27. Tonight the Cardinal took on the Oregon State Beavers (4-2). Two teams with their backs against the wall made for some fiery emotional moments in this game.
Oregon State had a nice drive to start the game but came up empty when Atticus Sappington missed a 40-yd field goal failing to take an early lead.
Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee completed seven passes in their first drive in the quarter, one for 31 yards to Benjamin Yurosek. The Cardinal drove down to the Oregon State one -yard-line and Casey Filkins rushed for one yard and the touchdown giving Stanford a 7-0 lead.
Oregon State put together a time consuming drive taking their possession into the second quarter. The Beavers Jack Colletto rushed for one yard and the touchdown. The extra point was good and this game was tied 7-7.
Stanford was looking for a fast start in this game and it all came together in the second quarter. The Cardinal extended their lead to 10-7 when Joshua Party kicked a 47 yard field at 8:44. With the clock winding down in the half, Tanner McKee found Bryson Tremayne for 21 yards and the touchdown. Stanford took a 17-7 lead into the locker room at half-time. The Cardinal were well on their way to breaking their nine game losing streak against conference opponents.
Cardinal quarterback Tanner McKee had a sensational first half completing 14 of 19 passes for 171 yards and one touchdown.
Stanford went three and out to start the third quarter. The Beavers’ first possession of the quarter stalled on the Stanford 27 yard line and they had to settle for a 40-yard field goal. The Beavers now trailed by a touchdown 17-10.
After a slow offensive start in the quarter for the Cardinal, the Stanford defense really stepped up sacking Beaver quarterback Ben Gulbranson for a third time in the game. Stanford took over on downs setting up a 37 yard pass from McKee to Brycen Tremaine for a touchdown extending the Cardinal lead to 24-10.
Stanford would take that lead into the fourth quarter. Oregon State’s Silas Bolden would make the catch of the game, a 21 yard pass from Gulbranson in the end zone to start the quarter. The Beavers two point conversion attempt would fail and at 14:50 the Cardinal had a 24-16 lead.
Oregon State refused to back down and with 5:45 left in the game Damien Martinez romped for 43 yards to the end zone followed by a two-points conversion. The Cardinal were clinging to a 24-22 lead.
Stanford extended their lead in the final minute kicking a 46 yard field goal. When a Cardinal win seemed inevitable Oregon State’s quarterback Gulbranson threw a miracle pass to Tre’Shaun Harrison who scampered for the touchdown and a 28-27 Beaver lead. The Cardinal suffered a heart- breaking loss in a most unlikely comeback by Oregon State.
Stanford had some great numbers despite the loss. McKee finished with 269 yards and two touchdowns. The Beavers just turned out the lights at Stanford Stadium in a crazy finish. It was absolute madness in the final minute of this game.
The Cardinal will face a tough Notre Dame Fighting Irish team next Saturday at Notre Dame with kickoff at 4:30 PM. That game will be televised on NBC.