Stanford 48, Oregon State 17
What Happened: JJ Arecega-Whiteside might have been out, but Colby Parkinson stepped up with four touchdown catches to go along with a 28-yard Bryce Love touchdown run for an easy Cardinal win.
Oregon State tied it at seven early on a 63-yard Trevon Bradford touchdown dash, but the Cardinal went off with all four of Parkinson’s scoring grabs on the way to a 34-7 lead. OSU came up with two late first half scores, but was outscored 14-0 in the second half.
What Mattered: It wasn’t the Love breakthrough game, but he ran for 90 yards and a score on just 11 carries. KJ Costello completed 23-of-33 passes for 342 yards and four scores with a pick, and he took off for a 45-yard run. It was Parkinson’s day with six catches for 166 yards and four scores.
– Trevon Bradford caught five passes for 120 yards and a touchdown for the Beavers, and Jermar Jefferson ran for 109 yards. The defense couldn’t come up with a first half stop, and the offense couldn’t get rolling in the second.
What It All Means: Oregon State can still do some damage. This might be a lost season with a 2-8 run so far, but beat Washington, and it screws up the Pac-12 race. Beat Oregon, and … it’s a win over Oregon.
– After losing two straight and four in five games, Stanford got bowl eligible. For now, that’s good, but beat Cal and UCLA on the road, and all of a sudden a disappointing season isn’t so bad.